15 July 2017

Kerry Juveniles Track & Field Championships 2017

This year the Kerry Juveniles Track & Field Championships took place later in the year due to refurbishment of running track in Castleisland.

Day 1 was held on Wednesday, 5 July 2017
St.Brendan's AC had 11 athletes competing - 
Girls: Ashlyn Falvey (U9), Laura Falvey (U10), Lilly Nowak (U12), Daisy Nowak (U14), Rebecca Falvey (U15), Clodagh Donnelly (U16).
Boys: Matthew O'Sullivan (U10), Eoin Malik (U10), Darragh O'Flaherty (U10), Eoin O'Flaherty (U11), Tom O'Flaherty (U12).
That was an evening of sprints and was a good day for the Falvey sisters with all 3 getting silver medals in sprints:  Ashlyn & Laura in 60m, Rebecca in 100m.

We also had Matthew O'Sullivan (U10) Eoin O'Flaherty (U11) and Clodagh Donnelly (U16) qualifying for their respective sprint finals but finishing outside medal positions. Getting to the final was already a big achievement considering that only top 2 from each heat qualified for semis and finals. 
Laura Falvey stepped up to U11 category in Long Jump and finished in 3rd place to add a bronze medal to her silver medal from sprints.
Last event on the night (under floodlights) with St.Brendan's AC athletes in action was girls U16 800m with Clodagh Donnelly finishing 3rd and earning her first medal in the blue of St.Brendan's AC.
Other good performances on the day by our club members - Daisy Nowak, 5th in U14 High Jump, Tom O'Flaherty in Shot Putt U13, Darragh O'Flaherty and Eoin Malik in 60m sprint U10, Matthew O'Sullivan in 60m sprints finishing just outside medal position in 4th place, Lilly Nowak finishing with 5th fastest time in the heats of 60m sprint in girls U12.

Due to competition taking place so late in the season we were short of a few athletes to field relays on the day.  
Results from Day 1: Track  HERE, Field HERE, High Jump HERE.
Gallery of photos HERE.

Day 2 of Championships was set for Saturday, 15 July 2017.

Forecast for the day was good and we welcomed 16 club athletes to compete on the day:
Girls: Ashlyn Falvey (U9), Laura Falvey (U10), Lilly Nowak (U12), Daisy Nowak (U14), Rebecca Falvey (U15), Clodagh Donnelly (U16).
Boys: Kevin Horgan (U9), Stephen Shanahan (U9), Max Fitzgerald (U9), Matthew O'Sullivan (U10), Eoin Malik (U10), Darragh O'Flaherty (U10), Eoin O'Flaherty (U11), Rory O'Halloran (U11), Aaron Horgan (U11), Zach Walshe (U11), Tom O'Flaherty (U12).
We started the day on a high with Daisy Nowak winning silver medal in Girls U14 Race Walking at her first time competing in this event. 

Our next medal arrived with Ashlyn Falvey, when she won gold medal in Girls U9 Long Jump with very consistent efforts.

Her older sister, Rebecca also claimed a gold medal in Girls U15 Long Jump.
It was a long day with all the long distance races taking place and there was one race our club members were especially looking forward to - boys U11 600m. St.Brendan's AC had 3 boys competing - Aaron Horgan, Eoin O'Flaherty and Zach Walshe. All boys are very strong runners and this was evident where Zach took the lead half way through the race with Aaron in second place. With 60m to go, Aaron accelerated to finish first with Zach in second and Eoin in 5th place.

St.Brendan's AC got one more medal in distance running with Clodagh Donnelly finishing 3rd and getting bronze medal in Girls U16 1500m.

As the track events were in full swing, our youngsters tried some field events where Eoin Malik make final of Boys U10 Turbo Javelin, Aaron Horgan making top 6 in Boys U11 Long Jump and Lilly Nowak moved up one age category and finishing just outside medal position in 4th place in Girls U13 60m Hurdles. She also managed to finish 6th overall in the Girls U13 long jump. 
We also had 2 relays teams competing in Boys U10 and Boys U12 category.
Boys U12 (Eoin O'Flaherty, Zach Walshe, Tom O'Flaherty, Aaron Horgan and Rory O'Halloran (sub)) narrowly missed out on the medal were once again finishing in 4th place.
Our second relay on the day was Boys U10 (Darragh O'Flaherty, Kevin Horgan, Eoin Malik, Matthew O'Sullivan and Max Fitzgerald (sub)) battled hard to finish 3rd and winning bronze medal.
Great effort by both relays!

It was great to see new members, Max and Stephen getting to try some events in Turbo Javelin and 300m. 

A special mention to Tom O'Flaherty (U12) who is showing real potential as a multi event athlete as he competed in Shot Putt, High Jump, Sprint, Distance and Turbo Javelin events over the 2 days of competition. Same goes to Daisy Nowak competing in 7 events over the 2 days.
St.Brendan's AC would like to thank all coaches and parents who travelled to Castleisland for both days of competition and cheered the athletes on  or helped out on the day.
Congratulations to Listowel on winning "Best Juvenile Club" for 2017, well deserved.
Final results HERE (when become available).

Thanks to Orla, Shaz, Aaron, Ursula, Billy for helping out Kerry Athletics on behalf of St.Brendan's AC.

We are taking some weeks off and we will be back for Cross Country training in early September.

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