Kerry runners bring home titles and medals from the National Masters, Intermediate & Juvenile B Cross-Country Championships in Dundlak
Killarney Valley’s Ciara Kenneally competing for DCU was in stunning form, taking joint gold with her DCU team-mate Daena Kealy, with a life-time personal best jump of 1m 79cm. Her club-mate and Paralympian Jordan Lee was competing as a guest and produced another fine jump of 1m 86cm, which was the second highest jump of the day.
An Riocht’s Oísin Murray competing for University of Galway produced one of his best runs to date, with a blistering last kilometre in the 3,000m to take the silver medal in a time of 8 minutes 20 seconds, one place ahead of fellow Kerry man Oísin Spillane (UL), who took the Bronze, and who also later made the final of the 800m.
Pádraig McCarthy (Líos Tuathail/MTU) was a strong fourth in the Wright for Distance event whilst clubmates Megan Lynch (Líos Tuathail/UG) and Sean Mahony (Líos Tuathail/MTU) ran well in the competitive 60m and 200m sprints.
Natasha Myers (Farranfore Maine Valley) competed in the 200m & Long Jump for MTU.
National Masters, Intermediate & Juvenile B Cross-Country Championships
Kerry runners made the long trip to Dundalk on Sunday to take on this deceptively tough cross-county course, where the ground conditions around the D.I.T campus were described as “like running in treacle.”
With large fields and fierce competition, An Riocht’s Niamh O’Sullivan and Kevin Griffin again came away with National Championship titles, with Niamh winning the F60 Masters category by nearly a minute and Kevin moving strategically through the field to win the M60 Masters category, with top-class running by both.
The conditions didn’t suit cross-country star Amy Pollman-Daamen (An Riocht AC) but she battled hard through the muddy sections to take a fine fifth place in the Womens 6k Intermediate Race to cap off a fine season. Also in fifth place was Iveragh’s Brian Murphy, in the M40 category, coming home in an impressive 13th overall out of the 200 Masters runners.
In the Juvenile B races, the top 12 medalled and Kerry runners took two superb individual medals with the smooth-running Hannah Redican (Tralee Harriers) finishing well to take 11th spot in the U-13 Girls field while Eamonn Og McElligott (Spa Fenit Barrow AC) battled hard to take ninth.
The Iveragh U-11 Boys team, made up of Seamus Hallissey, Conor County and twins Noah and Iarlaith O Chonchúir, have really gelled together this season battling for every place to help the team, and in the final race of the season took a brilliant club silver medal and along with Kerry runners, Páidí Ó Muircheartaigh (Star of the Laune AC) and Conor O’Donnell (Killarney Valley AC), also claimed a county team Silver medal for Kerry as well.
Juvenile B U11 Girls (1,000m)
25th Emer O’Sullivan (Lios Tuathail AC)
Juvenile B U11 Boys (1,000m)
Team competition: Iveragh 2nd club team and 2nd county team – 13th Noah O Conchuir, 15th Seamus Hallissey, 22nd Iarlaith O Conchuir, 35th Conor County, 20th Páidí Ó Muircheartaigh (Star of the Laune AC), 30th Conor O’Donnell (Killarney Valley AC), 77th Oisin Moore (Star of the Laune AC)
Juvenile B U13 Girls (1,500m)
11th Hannah Redican (Tralee Harriers AC)
Juvenile B U13 Boys (1,500m)
9th Eamonn Og McElligott (Spa-Fenit Barrow AC)
16th Donnacha Quilter (Lios Tuathail AC)
Juvenile B U15 Girls (2,500m)
23rd Sadhbh Cahill (An Ríocht AC)
38th Jude Ryan (An Ríocht AC)
Masters Men (7,000m)
5th M40 Brian Murphy (Iveragh AC)
17th M45 Stephen Moore (An Ríocht AC)
1st M60 Kevin Griffin (An Ríocht AC)
15th M55 Noel Carr (An Ríocht AC)
Masters Men 65+ (4,000m)
20th M65 Jim O’Meara (St. Brendan’s AC)
22nd M65 James O’Dowd (St. Brendan’s AC)
6th M70 David Kissane (St. Brendan’s AC)
Masters Women (4,000m)
1st F60 Niamh O’Sullivan (An Ríocht AC)
Intermediate Women (6,000m)
5th Amy Pollma Daamen (An Ríocht AC)
Boston College Eagle Elite Invitational
Irish U-20 International Shane Brosnan (An Ríocht AC / Harvard University) had a great early season run in the 5,000m at the Boston College Eagle Elite Invitational on the famous Boston New Balance Track. Shane clocked an impressive time of 14 minutes 15 seconds to take fourth place.
Athletics Ireland Awards
Shot put star Kieran Keane (An Riocht AC) has been awarded a prestigious Athletics Ireland Juvenile Star Award for his performances in 2023 that included National Championship titles, breaking long-standing records and representing the Irish Schools. This comes a week after the 15-year-old won gold at the Munster U-20 indoor shot put in Nenagh Stadium.