The annual Araglin Open Sports took place last Friday evening in glorious weather conditions. Aptly themed the “Gathering” sports, the event attracted athletes from many counties and a very competitive evening of athletics was had by all. KCK athletes were in super form, taking home a major haul of trophies as well as the best overall male athlete award.
Sprint Gold for Roseanne Power and Ellen Boylan
Young Roseanne Power from Kilmacthomas got the evening off to a flyer for the club as she stormed to an excellent win in the U9 60m. The youngster was fastest out at the start and came home a clear winner.
Moving up an age to the U10 category saw Ellen Boylan equally impressive as she took a commanding win in her 80m sprint, showing excellent speed.
Róisín Dunphy had a super night, which began with a 3rd place finish in her 100m final, showing great speed in the process.
Donnacha and Percy Sprint to Gold
The boys ensured they kept the trophies flowing when Donnacha Dunphy showed excellent speed taking gold in the U10 80m sprint final. This was a very impressive win in a large field of athletes.
At U16 level, Percy O’Callaghan showed he could mix it with the best when he sprinted to victory in the 100m. Percy went on to further success later in the night.
The medals came fast for the boys as Paudie Barry took 2nd place in the U9 80m final in what was his first trophy of four he won on the night. Mikey Flavin took a super 3rd place in the U10 80m after a great race. Young Eoin Flavin came very close in the boys U8 60m where he finished a strong 4th place. Likewise Kyle Walsh was ultra close to a trophy in his sprint final taking 4th at U11 level after a great race. Louie Power got his athletic career with KCK off to a good start when he showed very good speed in the boys U12 100m final.
KCK’s parents ensured they lead by example by toeing the line in the Mama’s and Papa’s 100m. All came through unscathed and with success as Killian Power showed great speed to take 2nd place in the men’s race.
KCK athletes kept their foot on the pedal during the distance events with young Roseanne Power a strong 3rd in the girls U9 300m. Paudie Barry showed excellent stamina in the boys U9 equivalent taking 2nd place. Hot on his heels was Colm Barry who came home an excellent 3rd place to claim his trophy and set up what should be a strong cross country season for the boys.
Róisín Dunphy followed up her sprinting medal with an excellent 2nd place in the girls U13 600m. Róisín who just returned from having a cast on her wrist showed great potential here and with further training will have a good cross country season. Likewise Rena Behan had a very strong run in the girls U16 600m, taking 2nd place overall. Aged only 13 Rena had to move up two age groups to race the distance so this was a very good result indeed. Percy O’Callaghan closed the distance success on the night with a convincing win in the U16 600m final after a good race.
Gold for Mikey Flavin and Margaret Ann
In the field events, Mikey Flavin got the club off to the ideal start taking gold in the U10 ball throw event. His 3 throws were excellent and he had to endure pressure from his fellow KCK athletes to take gold. Indeed Paudie Barry was close behind finishing in 2nd place overall after some fine throwing. To wrap off a super 1-2-3 for the club, Seanie Flavin produced a fine throw to capture third place and a trophy. Well done to the three boys.
Margaret Ann Boylan enjoyed a very busy night, going from running to the long puck. She displayed great skill when she took 1st place in both the long puck at U13 and U16 level. She also finished very strongly in the 100m sprint final.
Maud O’Callaghan took a great 2nd place in the U13 girls high jump, clearing a height of 1.15m showing not only is she able to clear heights on her horses but also from her own two feet, well done! Roisín Dunphy also had a very good 4th placing here in the same event. Ellen Boylan followed up her sprint victory with a great performance in her U10 ball trhow where she took 3rd place.
Four trophies from four relays
Four mixed relays took place on the night and KCK did excellently to take top three placings in all four. At U10 level, KCK fielded a very strong team of Mikey Flavin, Ellen Boylan, Donnacha Dunphy and Paudie Barry. The team got the relay baton around perfectly and crossed the line in 2nd place, very close to the winning team.
Our U12 mixed team of Kyle Walsh, Shíona Dunphy, Katie Condon and Helina Barry had to negotiate a toddler on the loose during their race and were rewarded with a joint third finish meaning they each took home a trophy!
The U14 team of Emily Keane, Rena Behan, Laura Reynolds and Róisín Dunphy all combined brilliantly to claim 3rd place overall, with each girl taking home a trophy. Likewise in the U18 race, the team of Emily Keane, Margaret Ann Boylan, Rena Behan and Laura Reynolds once again pitted themselves very well against the opposition to take third place.
Percy takes Overall Male Trophy
Well done to Percy O’Callaghan who was named best overall male athletes after his three individual trophies on the night.
Indeed well done to all competitors from the club. The club would also like to extend a big thank you to all the parents who made the trip back to Araglin and to coach Richie Browne for all his work in getting the athletes ready. It was a very successful and enjoyable outing for KCK.