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Success Galore for KCK Athletes at County Championships

The first round of the County Championships went ahead last Sunday in the Kilmacow. Usually this fixture is held in the RSC but due to continued resurfacing works of the track, a new venue had to be found. Mild weather greeted the six Waterford clubs who took part in what was a very enjoyable and competitive day of athletics. KCK had a very good turn out and finished the day with many medals and some great performances.

Four Medals for Ellen Boylan
Ellen Boylan finished the top performer for the club on the day, cruising to an excellent four medal haul in the girls U10 age group. She began her day taking an excellent win in her 60m semi final. In the final, after a less than ideal start, she powered through the race, taking the county title in a convincing fashion. She followed this up with another victory, this time in her 500m, where her finishing speed crushed the opposition as she crossed the line for another win. Ellen showed great class in her long jump event taking 2nd place here, while finally she took the U11 relay team home to the bronze medals after a dramatic closing leg.

Middle Distance Success for Helina and Rena
The girls kept the medals flying in, with Helena Barry showing continued improvement year on year, this time taking 3rd place in the girls U11 600m final. After a very strong start, Helina kicked to the line and came home well clear of her nearest rival. Helina was joined by Aoife Barry and Nadia Power in the girls U11 competitions, with all three girls performing very well in their 60m, long jump and turbo javelin competitions.  
Tao Behan and Shíona Dunphy both represented the club in the U12 age group, with the girls competing in a range of events.
The club had excellent representation in the girls U13/U14 age groups. Rena Behan ran a very smart race as she took 2nd place in the girls U14 800m. After her recent medals in the schools competitions, this was another good workout for her. She was joined in the race by Margaret Ann Boylan and Hannah-Mei Behan who both finished very strongly. Indeed Margaret Ann was extremely close to a medal of her own in the final of the 80m, as she dipped to 4th place, with a tiny fraction separating her from 3rd. Joining her in the final was Samantha Foley who qualified excellently through the opening rounds. Emily Keane, Eileen Fitzgerald and Rena Behan gave good accounts of themselves in their semi-finals. Also at U14 level, Laura Reynolds showed some excellent technique when she went in the girls 200m walk. While an injury kept her from finishing, her opening half of the race looked promising and with renewed focus should do very well at this event in the future. Roisín Dunphy and Eve Halley battled strongly in their respective 80m and 600m, with both girls showing some very strong performances.

Silver for Paudie Barry and Seánie Flavin
In the boys U9 age group, Colm Barry, Paudie Barry, Shane Power, Liam Organ and Seánie Flavin all competed very well for the club in the long jump, sprint, middle distance and javelin. In the long jump event, Paudie Barry came to the fore with excellent jumping to take second place and his county silver medal. He was only a couple of cm off gold and demonstrated great technique. Likewise, Seánie Flavin scooped an excellent silver medal in the turbo javelin competition, again showing great skill and strength.

Medals for Donnacha Dunphy and Pádraig Fitzgerald
The medals kept coming in for the club, as this time Donnacha Dunphy took his very first county medal with an excellent display in the boys U10 long jump competition. Having shown great improvement at training, Donnacha produced some excellent jumping skill to take third place and his individual medal. Close behind him were team mates Kyle Walsh and Mikey Flavin both producing some very fine displays in their events.
In the U12 age group, Pádraig Fitzgerald led the way taking a very strong third place in his 600m final. After a fast start, Pádraig worked his way through the field and with a strong finish took his bronze medal. He was followed all the way by his brother Seamus who came home a well placed 5th. Both brothers showed a good turn of speed in the final of their 60m, finishing just out of the medals. Jack Mulcahy enjoyed his first taste of track and field athletics with the club when he competed in the U14 age group. He put in two great performances in his sprint and middle distance races.
Double Silver for Percy O’Callaghan
Competing in the U15 category Percy O’Callaghan enjoyed a great day, taking home two individual silver medals. In his 100m sprint final, Percy showed excellent speed to come home in second place. Similarly in his 800m, Percy closed very strongly over the last lap to come home a deserved 2nd place to take his second medal of the day.

Medals in Relays
KCK athletes turned in some very strong performances in the relays with two teams picking up medals. In the boys U9 race, Colm Barry, Paudie Barry, Shane Power and Seanie Flavin all combined brilliantly to take the bronze medals, after a great battle up the home straight. Likewise, the girls U11 team of Helina Barry, Aoife Barry, Nadia Power and Ellen Boylan produced very good speed to snatch third place and the bronze medals after a ferociously close finish with Tramore. KCK teams also competed very well in the girls U12 where they came home in 5th place. KCK had two teams in the girls U14 age group, and they competed very strongly taking 4th and 6th place respectively.  

KCK enjoyed a super day overall, with many athletes competing for their first time for the club. All of them thoroughly enjoyed their first taste of track and field. The club would like to say a big thanks to all the parents on the day who helped out in the events and who organised athletes for their competitions.

Track and Field Season Underway

The track and field season is now up and running with fixtures beginning to roll in. First out for the club was Laura Behan in the Intervarsity Championships.
Laura Behan opened her track campaign with an excellent silver medal at the All-Ireland IUAA Championships. Competing on the newly opened track in the Mardyke in Cork, Laura took to the line in the 1500m and raced well to cross the line in 4.45 to take second place and an All-Ireland silver medal. Noticeably the new track was deservedly named the Sonia O’Sullivan track after Ireland’s most successful athlete to date.

Well done to Laura Behan on her excellent outing in Budapest, Hungary.

Laura was the first Irish finisher home in the women's U23 race, finishing in 54th place overall. Over the challenging course, Laura surged on the hills and enjoyed the excellent experience of representing her country. She was also fortunate to experience first hand the ever wonderful Fionnuala Britton who romped to her second successive European Cross Country title, leading the Irish women to team gold in the process!

Laura goes in European Championships

Sunday will witness this year’s European Cross Country Championships take place near Budapest, the capital city of Hungary. After gaining selection following the All-Irelands Laura Behan will be in action in the U23 race, her second ever outing on an Irish team at these championships. She will be joined by her Irish team mate Una Britton in the race. Laura will be up against the very best girls from over 30 countries around Europe as she will aim to enjoy the experience while executing a strong race. It is an excellent achievement making the team and all at the club wish her the very best of luck on Sunday. RTE will broadcast the senior races live, and show summaries of the other races. The BBC (red button) will show all races live.

Irish Chances this Sunday
Medal favourite, Fionnuala Britton will spearhead the Irish team as she races in the senior women’s race where she will seek to defend her title she won last year in such dramatic fashion. However she will not have it all her own way, as Felix from Portugal and Belete from Belgium look to take her crown. In the senior men’s equivalent Ireland’s Joe Sweeney will pit himself against the mighty Sergey Lebid, last year’s winner Bekele (Belgium) and Lemdassen (Spain). However he will show no fear having finished an excellent 5th place last year. Former KCK athlete Patrick Hogan (Ferrybank) will race in the U23 men’s competition where newly crowned All-Ireland champion Chris Johnson will lead the Irish team. At junior level, expect Seán Tobin and Sarah Collins to feature prominently for Ireland.

Munster Success for KCK Athletes
The Munster B Juvenile Cross Country Championships went ahead in Newmarket-On-Fergus on Sunday. Conditions allowed for a great day of athletics and KCK athletes were out in force.
In the boys under nine, the club was well represented. Running in his strongest race of the year was Mikey Flavin who led the team home in 15th place. The ever improving Josh McCormack followed him across the line after a very strong performance. Next home was Colm Barry who again showed great determination, finishing strongly. Paudie Barry and Donnacha Dunphy both produced strong performances, having encountered trouble along the route. In the girls U11 race, the KCK contingent all performed very well. Tao Behan, Shíona Dunphy, Nadia Power and Aoife Barry produced very good performances over the tough underfoot conditions.
Individual Medal for Seamas Fitzgerald
In the boys U11, over a shortened course, Seamas Fitzgerald produced an ultra fast finish to take 10th place and thus an individual Munster medal. Lying in 18th place with 100m to go, Seamas showed some excellent finishing speed to overtake many athletes and sneak in for a well deserved medal. Jack Boylan and Kyle Walsh followed closely with both boys putting in great determination.

Munster Medal for Rena Behan
Rena Behan had a busy few days as she raced on Friday in the County schools championships in St. Augustine’s College. After a very good race, Rena crossed the line in 3rd place, to take her county medal. At this Munster fixture, Rena once again put in a very strong performance as she raced home to take 5th place overall. She was followed home by Róisín Dunphy, Emily Keane and Margaret Ann Boylan who finished one after another. After showing excellent improvements over the last few months, Laura Reynolds was unfortunate to take a fall during the race and all at the club wishes her well in her recovery. KCK took 4th place in the club team section here, just missing out on a medal by a few points.

Top Ten for Siobháin Boylan
Siobháin Boylan lined up in her first event for the club when she went in the Munster A Masters race. Having recently joined the club Siobháin showed a great level of fitness as she raced to 9th place overall, with some very well known competitors finishing just ahead of her. Having completed the Dublin City Marathon in October, this was a different experience with Siobháin taking to the country very well.

European Championships next for Laura Behan after All-Ireland Silver

Tattersalls, Co. Meath played host to the All-Ireland Inter-County Cross Country Championships on Sunday, with the fixture being the highlight of the domestic cross country season. As well as many juvenile races, the main attraction was the Junior, U23 and Senior Championships as valuable Irish team places were up for grabs for the upcoming European Cross Country Championships. Automatic team places were guaranteed for the top two finishers in each of these races, with the selectors deciding on any further athletes meriting inclusion. Underfoot conditions were particularly bad with many parts of the course waterlogged.
For Laura Behan it proved a great day when she raced to an All-Ireland silver medal in the women’s U23 race. Having only recently taking the Munster Intermediate title, Laura was in superb shape as she took to the line of the race which was run in conjunction with the senior women’s race. With many top names competing, the 8000m race was competitive and attracted a large field. From the start, Laura settled into a strong pace, with the underfoot conditions providing a very testing challenge. At the half way mark, Laura was battling it out with the senior athletes, while the real challenge was unfolding between herself and Una Britton (sister to Fionnuala Britton), the nearest U23 athlete to her. Coming into the closing stages, Laura pushed on her pace to the line, coming home to take the silver medal in the U23 category with Una Britton taking the title. This was a well deserved medal for Laura, who has trained very hard for this fixture over the last few months. It now means Laura will compete in the European Championships in less than two weeks time.

Munster Cross Country Title for Laura Behan

The Munster Cross Country Championships went ahead in ideal conditions in Waterford as the sports campus of WIT in Carriganore, Waterford made the perfect venue. The weather held very pleasant for the entire event, with the course proving challenging and described as a ‘real’ cross country course. The KCK contingent performed extremely well, with top season performances turned in by many.

Laura Behan underlined her fine form with a very comprehensive victory in the intermediate women’s race. Laura went to the front from the gun and after the opening few hundred metres, she had already opened a gap. She made light work of the hills as she continued to push the pace over the final two laps. In the end Laura crossed the line to take a convincing Munster gold, over a minute ahead of her nearest rival. This was a very good display by Laura and her attention will now turn to Sunday week where she will race in the All-Ireland Cross Country Championships in Meath.

Munster Individual Medal for Ellen Boylan
Young Ellen Boylan lined up in the first race of the day in the girls U9. Having shown some great running in the county championships lately, Ellen produced another super display. Having got off to a very strong start, Ellen pushed hard throughout her 750m race. With 200m remaining, Ellen raced into a top ten position and held this all the way to the line. With the top 12 athletes receiving medals, her 10th place finish ensured she took home an excellent Munster individual medal. This was a great achievement for Ellen having recently just taken up the sport! Waterford finished 4th in the inter-county section here.
Our boys under 9 squad motored very well in their equivalent race. Paudie Barry and Mikey Flavin lead home the team finishing very strongly securing good finishing placings. Close behind, Colm Barry, Donnacha Dunphy and Josh McCormack all put in terrific performances and enjoyed their first taste of Munster championships running. This will have provided the boys with great experience for the Munster B Championships which will take place in the coming weeks.

Gillian Whelan and Helena Barry Scoop Munster Medals
The club’s U11 girls team all produced good performances. Gillian Whelan produced a major bust of speed over the closing 100m to cross the line in a very strong 29th place. She was followed closely by Helina Barry finishing in 34th position, an improvement of six places from last year’s Munster Championships event. KCK finished 8th in the club competition in this race, and Waterford placed 3rd in the county section, with Gillian and Helena scoring members of this team. The girls each took home a Munster bronze medal and in the process qualified for the All-Ireland Cross Country Championships to be held in Wexford in December.  Joining the girls on the KCK team were Tao Behan, Shíona Dunphy and Nadia Power. All three girls gave an excellent account of themselves in what was the largest field of athletes of the day. KCK took 8th place overall in the club event here.

Munster Silver for Pádraig Fitzgerald
In the boys U11 race, a team of three took to the line for KCK. Pádraig Fitzgerald was first to cross the line in an excellent 14th position. This was up from the 32nd place he posted last year in the equivalent race and reflects the vast improvements he has shown in the last year.  The Waterford county team was particularly strong in this age group, taking the silver medals in the inter-county competition, with Pádraig the 5th scoring member on the team of 6. With a Munster medal in his pocket Pádraig will now qualify for the All-Ireland Championships in Wexford. Seamas Fitzgerald also produced another solid display when he raced home in a top 40 position. Kyle Walsh was next home for the club in his first Munster Championship outing, as he put in a very good performance.
Girls U13 Motor Well
Our girls U13 lined up for their tough 2500m race, with five girls representing the club. Rena Behan gave a very good account of herself as she crossed the line in 14th place leading home the team. Rena got off to a good start and picked off athletes on the hilly parts of the course. In the end she was involved in a ding dong battle and came very close to grabbing a top 12 medal. Róisín competed in her first Munster championships and put in a very strong performance, as did Hannah Mei Behan who was hot on her heels. Laura Reynolds pushed herself all the way to the line as she put in another great run, with Eileen Fitzgerald also showing great improvements as she crossed the line, finishing strongly. The girls will certainly look to the Munster B Championships with a realistic aim of a team medal, with this race giving them great experience.

County Titles for Padraig Fitzgerald and Róisín Dunphy

The County B Cross Country Championships went ahead on Sunday in the grounds of St. Augustians College, Abbeyside. With races for U9, U11, U13 and U15 boys and girls, many athletes from the county’s clubs took part. KCK enjoyed some great success on the day taking two titles and many more medals. The top six athletes received medals with no team awards.
Medals for Paudie Barry and Mikey Flavin
First in action for the club were our boys under 9 representatives. Leading home the KCK group was young Paudie Barry, who enjoyed one of his strangest runs to date, finishing in 4th place and thus taking an individual medal. Close behind was Mikey Flavin in 6th place having put in a very strong performance. KCK was well represented in this race with Colm Barry next over the line in 8th, Donnacha Dunphy, Seánie Flavin, Josh McCormack and Shane Power, all enjoying very strong races and showing improved levels of stamina and strength.

Silver and Bronze for Helena Barry and Gillian Whelan
The girls U11 race also proved very fruitful for KCK athletes where they took three of the six medals on offer. Helena Barry ran a very well paced race, reaching halfway in 5th place, she motored very strongly over the closing stages crossing the line in 2nd place overall to take silver. Hot on her heels was Gillian Whelan making her season debut. Gillian again ran a very even race, showing great strength over the closing 100m to take third position. Tao Behan made it three medals for KCK when she ran a very brave race, leading the field out over the opening half of the race. She battled all the way to the line to secure 6th place and the valuable medal. Shíona Dunphy was next home for the club, showing continued improvements with every race she runs. Nadia Power and Aoife Barry pushed themselves all the way to the line to record fine performances.
Gold for Padraig Fitzgerald
Padraig Fitzgerald took his first county title for the club as he powered to victory in the boys U11 race. With a large field at the start, Padraig and his brother Seamas lead the way as they stretched out the other athletes from the off. In the end there was a battle between three athletes in particular with Padraig clear for gold and his twin Seamas having to push it all the way to the line to take third place and the bronze medal. Kyle Walsh was also running a very strong race, crossing the line in 7th place overall.

Róisín Dunphy Strikes Gold
Next up for the club was our girls U13 team, and once again KCK took three medals that were on offer. Having only taking up cross country as of late, Róisín Dunphy competing a year out of her age put in a tremendous display of front running, as she cruised home to take gold, her first county medal of any sorts for the club. Róisín will now look forward to this weekend in Waterford where KCK will field a strong team.

Hannah Mei Behan and Laura Reynolds Win Individual Medals
Two athletes who have showed great improvements over the last few weeks deservedly took their own county medals in the same race. With Róisín over the line, Hannah Mei Behan put in a great run to take 4th place overall and a county medal. Making a strong move over the closing stages Laura Reynolds ensured she was also taking a medal coming home in 6th place overall. Eileen Fitzgerald also put in a good display and will be out in action again this Sunday.

Overall it was a very good outing for the club and we hope these good performances continue this weekend in Waterford. Thanks to West Waterford for hosting the County Championships in the Friary this year.

County Title for Ellen Baldwin

Day two of the county championships went ahead in ideal conditions.KCK had a very good day with the club picking up many individual and team medals.
Star of the day for the club was undoubtedly young Ellen Baldwin. Competing in the girls U9 race, Ellen got off to a very strong start and at the half way mark held a good lead. She continued to power home and crossed the line in 1st place to take her county title. This was once again an excellent performance from the youngster who is showing improvements with every race.
The boys U9 team finished just shy of a team medal, as they were led home by young Paudie Barry who put in a great run. Close on his heels were Colm Barry, Mikey Flavin, Josh McCormack, Seanie Flavin and Shane Power.
Individual Silver for Rena Behan
Rena Behan showed she’s coming back into good form when she took the individual silver medal in the girls U13 race. Rena was amongst the leaders from the off and finished strongly, closing on the leader in the closing stages.
Team Silver for Girls U13
There were further medals for the under 13 age group, when the girls team finished in second place in the team competition. Led home by Rena, it was Emily Keane who was next to cross the line in a brilliant 5th spot. This was one of Emily’s strongest cross country outings to date. Newcomer Róisín Dunphy showed some good natural flare for the sport when she was next home for the club in 9th. Hannah Mei Behan made her first outing of the season a great one securing 4th place on the club team and hence a team medal. Margaret Ann Baldwin, Eileen Fitzgerald and Laura Kirwan all put in equally strong performances and have shown improvements over the last few weeks.
U11 Teams Motor Well
Our U11 girl’s team put in encouraging performances. With three out of the four athletes competing out of their age, it was always going to be competitive. However Helena Barry, fresh from her own fourth place finish last week led by example, powering through the longer distance to grab 7th spot. Tao Behan made a welcome return to competition with a very good race, been second finisher for the club in 11th place overall. Nadia Power and Aoife Barry looked very strong as they entered the final straight, and after a good race, managed to put in a very fast finish.
The boys equally enjoyed a good outing, with brothers Seamas and Padraig Fitzgerald once again leading the way. Both boys pushed on from the start, and competing a year out of their age, managed a very strong finish and placing, well done. Kyle Walsh and Jack Baldwin both showed good stamina as they powered through the course to record good finishes. The team placed fourth overall.
Michael Behan followed up his individual silver medal from the first day of the championships with a very strong 4th place in the boys U17 race. Having raced alongside the leaders in the opening half of the race, Michael battled all the way to the line to take the 4th spot.
Indeed, well done to all athletes who competed over the two days of competitions. Thanks to the host club West Waterford, and also to all the parents who turned up and helped out on the day. It was a very enjoyable day for competitors and spectators alike.

Round Two of County Championships this Sunday

Round two of the County Cross Country Championships go ahead this Sunday in St. Augustines College, Abbeyside. Races will begin for the U9 age group at 12 noon sharp. Races on the day will cater for U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17 girls and boys. All athletes should be in attendance by 11.30am to allow for a full warm up.

5 Mile PB for Laura Behan
Laura Behan tapped her toe back into racing when she took to the line of the Tallaght 5 mile last Sunday in Dublin. After setting off at a very strong pace, Laura held on strongly towards the end to take 3rd place in the senior women’s category, behind the winner Orla Drumm, well known for her exploits on track last summer. Laura will now look to the cross country circuit in the coming months.

County Championships Day One
KCK athletes competed very well at the opening day of the County Cross Country Championships. The girls U9 team took the silver team medals after all putting in superb races. Leading the way was new comer Ellen Boylan, who took a tremendous 4th place, even though competing a year out of her age. Helena Barry equally came close to an individual medal taking 5th place overall. Michael Behan took a very good silver medal in the boys U18 race after a strong performance. Well done to all the other athletes who competed on the day for the club

Cross Country Training in Full Swing

Training for the upcoming cross country season is back in full swing and the club is now looking for all club athletes to return to training. New members are very welcome this year for the cross country and those interested in taking part can come along to training in Lemybrien GAA field at 6pm on Tuesdays or Thursdays.

Cross country provides an ideal opportunity to introduce the sport of athletics to children, there will be both individual and team competitions coming up in the next few months. The club will be fielding teams for all ages from U9 right up, with a minimum of 4 needed to make up a team. So whether to just get fit and stay healthy, build up your stamina, take part in competitions or make new friends, now is a great time to start training with the club.

The first outing for the club will go ahead on September 23rd in Kilmacow, where the annual
St. Senan’s Cross Country Open goes ahead. The County championships will then go ahead, most likely starting in the first weekend of October.

Two Munster Medals for Kylie Heinen in Ennis

Sunday saw the final Munster Track and Field Juvenile event of the year take place in Ennis, Co. Clare. Kylie Heinen was the club’s sole competitor at the event and enjoyed one of her most successful days so far in her athletic career. Competing in the U11 age group, Kylie had three events on the day, the 60m, long jump and ball throw. First up was her 60m, where she began the day with a victory in her heat. She followed this up with an excellent 2nd place in her semi-final and a very close 5th place in her final. Next up was the long jump competition, where Kylie had three attempts. Having broke in her first jump and only achieving a poor result in her second jump, Kylie gave everything in her final jump. She launched out to 3.27 metres which secured Kylie the silver medal. This was Kylie’s first medal in the long jump competition and to achieve it at Munster level was extra special. The last event of the day for Kylie was her favoured ball throw competition.  Having taken this title last year and also the county title in May, Kylie knew all too well how to succeed at this event. Kylie did not disappoint as she launched out a huge 28.19m throw that saw he take the Munster title.  This was a personal best for Kylie and to take back to back Munster titles is a great achievement.  This rounded off an excellent season for Kylie, having shown brilliant potential at the Munster Combined events earlier in the summer.

Olympics Kick Off
This Friday sees the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games takes place in London. The track and field component of the games will commence on August 3rd. The global stars including Usain Bolt, Kenenisa  Bekele, Alyson Felix, Sally Pearson, Yohan Blake, Tyson Gay and others will all be fighting it out for the Olympic titles.  From an Irish perspective, our main hopes will lie with the likes of Robert Heffernan, Olive Loughnane, Derval O’Rourke and Deirdre Ryan. Competition will be at a premium and so even achieving a place in a final would be a very good achievement for the Irish athletes.

Further Success for KCK Athletes at County Championships                     20-5/2012

All roads led to the RSC last Sunday for DAY 2 of the County Championships. After the club’s great success at DAY 1 of the championships, once again all our athletes turned in super performances. All athletes who turned up committed themselves brilliantly and the club once again came away with numerous county titles.

Percy O’Callaghan was the star on the day for the club, taking home a huge 4 medals. His county title came in the boys U14 800m, where his fast finish gave him a deserved victory. Earlier in the day Percy opened his account in the 60m hurdles, where he grabbed a bronze medal. With a fine clearance of 1.25m in his high jump, he also earned another 3rd place finish. Finally in the shot putt competition, Percy had a fine series of throws taking the bronze medal to add to his impressive tally. Rena Behan took to the line in the girls U13 600m. With very little running so far this year, Rena put in a super performance to take second place.

Her brother John Behan had a very good outing in the senior men’s 200m taking the gold medal and county title. He followed that up with two more silver medals, in the senior shot putt and triple jump.  Jack Dee led home the boys U11 team in the ball throw competition with an excellent throw of 110 feet for 2nd place, ahead of Seamas Fitzgerald in 4th with a throw of 108 feet. His brother Padraig was a close 5th in 105 feet and Jordon Doran finishing a very strong competition for the club with some more great throws.

Shane Power and Paudie Barry, competed very strongly in the ball throw competition in the U9 age group. Shane finished a good 6th with a throw of over 52 feet. Not far behind was Paudie Barry with a throw of 49 feet for 9th place. Both boys also lined out in the 300m where this time Paudie finished to the fore of the duo with a good 6th, with Shane a few places behind. Brendan Doran had a fine throw in his ball throw competition at the U10 level, placing him 8th. Helena Barry led home the girls U10 squad in their 500m race. She put in a strong final burst of speed to scoop 6th place. Close behind was the fast finishing Nadia Power and Aoife Barry. All three girls also went well in their long jump competition, with some fine jumps. Maud O’Callaghan had a very busy day in the girls U12 age group, first taking to the line in her 60m hurdles, where she finished a strong 5th. Her javelin competition saw her move up another spot to finish in 4th place overall, with some fine throws. Maud also found her rhythm in her long jump competition. In the girls U13 competition, Eileen Fitzgerald ran a very strong semi final in her hurdles, taking 3rd place and thus qualifying for the final, where she finished in 6th place. Emily Keane also took to the line in the girls U13 hurdles and finished in 5th place in her semi final, just missing out on the final. In the javelin and long jump competitions, both girls along with Rena Behan all performed very strongly. Photo

Well done to all athletes who competed, with each of them showing improvements from last weekend.  The club was well represented on both days of the counties and we would once again like to thank all parents who travelled to the event and for their help on the day. All photos and results from the county championships can be found on the club website

Two Personal Bests for Laura Behan
Laura Behan set two personal bests in 4 days, as she ran her first 1500m of the season and was rewarded with a huge new PB at a graded meet in Irishtown, Dublin on Wednesday night. Laura ran a very strong race, battling all the way with Mary Ann O Sullivan, a fellow college training partner. With 100m to go, both girls pushed each other to the line, with Laura finishing in 4.37.11, a huge 9 seconds faster than she has ever gone before. Laura went onto compete at the AAI Games last Sunday, this time running the shorter 800m. Laura went out hard from the gun, and found herself in a breakaway group after 400m. Laura crossed the line in 4th place in a new personal best of 2.15, a five second improvement from last year. With her exams to finish over the next week, this will give Laura a huge boost as she continues into the summer.

Personal Best for Laura Behan

Laura Behan ran her first 1500m of the season and was rewarded with a huge new PB at a graded meet in Irishtown, Dublin on Wednesday night. Laura ran a very strong race, battling all the way with Mary Ann O Sullivan, a fellow college training partner. With 100m to go, both girls pushed each other to the line, with Laura finishing in 4.37.11, a huge 9 seconds faster than she has ever gone before. With her exams to finish over the next week, this will give Laura a huge boost as she continues into the summer. Laura will compete in the 800m this Sunday in Dublin, at the AAI Games.

Success for KCK Athletes at County Championships                        13-05-2012

The first round of the County Championships kicked off last Sunday in the RSC. Glorious sunshine greeted the six Waterford clubs who took part in what was a very enjoyable and competitive day of athletics. Turnout from clubs was high, especially in the younger age groups. KCK had a very good turn out and finished the day with many medals and some great performances. For all the pictures click

Girls Perform Brilliantly
The club was well represented on the girl’s side with many newcomers competing alongside the seasoned athletes. In the girls U10 age group Ciara Stratford, Nadia Power, Abby Ryan and Helina Berry all competed excellently for the club. Helina and Nadia finished best place in the 60m sprint. In the ball throw, all girls put in good throws, just finishing outside the top three places.
After her Achilles problem, Kylie Heinen was restricted to competing in just the ball throw competition this time round. However, this didn’t stop Kylie from taking further success. She stole the show in the girls U11 ball throw competition, with her first throw measured at 100 feet and three inches, a new PB for her.  Alongside Kylie in the U11 age group were Alannah Szajda and Zara Stratford. Both girls performed very well in their ball throw, with throws measured at 67 feet for Alannah and just over 63 feet for Zara, finishing 4th and 5th respectively. The two girls also put in fine performances in their sprint event. In her first competition for the club Johanna did very well in her 80m where she finished strongly grabbing 4th place in her heat. This age group will have a strong relay for this Sunday in the U10 age group. Eve Halley and Maud O’Callaghan had a busy day in the girls U12 age group. Both girls went onto compete well in their shot putt and 80m sprint. Our girls U13 team put in some great performances. In the shot putt competition, Laura Kirwan finished best for the club, as Eileen Fitzgerald, Emily Keane and Samantha Foley also competing very strongly. Samantha went onto qualify from her heats of her 80m, taking 3rd place, after a very strong run. In the final, Samantha did well, with 7th place overall. In the girls U14, Chloe Raher and Niamh Barry both competed well. Both girls just missed out on their places in their sprint final but nevertheless put in some good sprinting.
Busy Day for the Boys

In the boys U9 age group, Michael Casey and Shane Power competed for the club. In the final of the 60m, both boys performed strongly taking good top 8 finishes. Tommy Condon put in a good jump in the boys U10 long jump taking 7th, while Brandon Doran two places back in 9th.  In the boys U11 age group, KCK was well represented with Seamas Fitzgerald, Jack Kavanagh, Jordon Doran and Padraig Fitzgerald all in action. Jack finished best places in the sprints. While in the long jump competition, the boys finished very strongly also. In the boys U13 Johnny Deveine did very well as he finished 3rd in his 80m heats to qualify himself for the final. In the final itself, Johnny did well, taking 6th place overall. Percy O’Callaghan took to the line in the boys U14 age group. In his first ever discus competiion, he managed a well placed 5th overall, with a throw over 13m. He followed that up with good performances in the long jump and 80m sprint. John Behan took to the line in the senior men’s 100m. With a strong performance he grabbed the gold medal and the county title. In the senior men’s long jump John also got among the medals with some fine jumps, taking 2nd place out of the four competitors.

Relay Results
KCK athletes enjoyed their relays with teams turning in very strong performances:
Girls U11 – 7th (Zara Stratford, Alanah Szajda, Nadia Power and Heline Barry)
Boys U11 – 4th (Seamas Fitzgerald, Jack Kavanagh, Padraig Fitzgerald and Jordon Doran)
Girls U13 – 5th (Eileen Fitzgerald, Emily Keane, Laura Kirwan and Samantha Foley)

KCK enjoyed a super day overall, with many athletes competing for their first time for the club. All of them thoroughly enjoyed their first taste of track and field. The club would like to say a big thanks to all the parents on the day who helped out in the events and who organised athletes for their competitions.

Kylie Comes Close in Munster
It was a case of been so close for Kylie Heinen when she travelled to Castleisland last weekend to compete in the Munster Combined Events. The U11 combined events saw athletes take part in 4 events, the sprint, 600m, long jump and ball throw. The athletes received points based on their performance in each event. Kylie opened her account with an excellent display in her sprint heat, where she placed a third. In her long jump, Kylie pulled out a new PB of 3.74 to take second place. Her ball throw of over 33 metres was an outstanding throw and meant Kylie went clear into second place overall, just 12 points off the gold medal. However having a tight achilles going into the event, this proved to worsen as the events unfolded and stopped Kylie from starting her 600m. The 600m would have proved another strong event for Kylie and no doubt she would have featured strongly. However, she can take many positives from her weekend of action, knowing how highly she was placing in such a competitive event.

All-Ireland Silver for Laura Behan

The intervarsity track and field championships went ahead in Athlone IT over the weekend, with athletes from all over the country representing their colleges. KCK’s Laura Behan representing DCU, took part in the women’s 3000m. After a very slow opening half, the race eventually picked up, with Laura a part of the pull away group of four. With a lap to go, three girls remained in contention, with Laura 3rd at the bell. After a very strong closing 200m Laura managed to push herself into second place and challenged the eventual winner Eimear O’Brien strongly on the final straight, coming home in 10.17, less than one second behind the winner. Well done to Laura and indeed all at her university as they took the overall team title, well clear of UL in second and UCD in third. Well done also to Eanna Farrell taking part in the walk event for CIT. Eanna enjoyed a good outing, finishing strongly.
Kylie Continues her Good Form
Following her medal at the Kilmacow Open Sports, Kylie Heinen made the trip to Cork for the Leevale Open Sports. Having qualified from her heats Kylie took 4th in her sprint final (U11). She also placed well in the long jump. Kylie will now look to the Munster combined events taking place on the May bank holiday, where she will compete in 4 events.

Success for Kylie in Kilmacow

The St. Senans Open Sports went ahead last Monday in poor weather conditions. Nevertheless athletes from around surrounding counties swelled the venue for what was a very enjoyable day. Kylie Heinen began her outdoor season in style, taking 2nd place in her opening heat of the 80m sprint. In the final Kylie pushed hard to the line and crossed the line in 3rd place to claim her medal. Kylie then lined up in the girls U11 300m. After a very strong start Kylie approached the final straight in 2nd place, and after a big battle with two other athletes, was piped on the line for a medal, with Kylie taking a good 4th place. This was a great season opening for Kylie who will look to target the Munster Combined events next month.

Dublin Victory for Laura Behan

The annual UCD RÁS took place recently in ideal conditions, with the 5km course stretching over the college campus. Laura Behan took to the line accompanied by over 550 athletes. Competition was strong and after the half way mark Laura made a surge and took the lead in the women’s section. She was closely tracked by European Cross Country junior competitor Mary Ann O’Sullivan and recent All-Ireland intermediate cross country champion, Laura Shaughnessy. Laura managed to stretch out her lead and in the end came home in a new PB of 17.40, to take the women’s title.

Laura Behan on International Duty

Switching back to the cross country, Laura Behan was called up to the Irish senior women's squad for the annual RÁS Na hÉireann cross country event held at the weekend. The event attracted entrants from the USA as well as many European countries. Laura put in an excellent performance taking 10th place overall in the senior women's race. Notably she finished ahead of recently crowned All-Ireland Intermediate Cross Country champion, Laura Shaughnessy of Galway who also put in a very strong performance for the Irish team.

Gillian Whelan takes Colligan Victory
KCK's Gillian Whelan had a fantastic win at the recent Colligan Cup event. The result was based on an athletes' closest guess to the time they will run. With close to fifty competitors on the start line, every athlete was running against the clock to try and race the time they had predicted. Gillian was the winner and took home the shield for 2012, a big well done from all at the club.

All-Ireland Silver for Laura Behan

Laura Behan opened her 2012 indoor season with a very fine performance in Nenagh at the All-Ireland Intervarsity’s Championships. Representing her University, DCU, Laura lined up in the 3000m event. Having finished third in this event last year, she set off with the early pace and leaders. After the 15 laps, Laura crossed the line in 2nd place to claim her All-Ireland medal and also achieve a new personal best time of 10.08. DCU retained their award for the overall best college at these championships.

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