Archives 2018 January to June
All Ireland Track and Field Championships Tullamore - 30th June 2018
News coming in from the National Championship in a very warm Tullamore, where Aine Burke has won a silver medal in the U20, 3k steeplechase. Aine will be eligible in the same event for another 2 years, making this achievement even more remarkable.
It’s more great news from Tullamore where Aoife O'Cuill has had another fantastic performance to win silver in the girls U20, 1500m. Congratulations Aoife.
St Coca's 5K Road Race - 30th June 2018
Well done to all competitors who competed in very humid conditions this evening at our annual 5K. Thank you all for your support, we really appreciate it. Congratulations all. Kevin Kelly was first man home for St. Coca's in 6th place.
National League at Templemore - 24th June 2018
Four St Cocas athletes represented Kildare Co. at the national league in Templemore today. The Kildare team was mostly a young team and the 4 Kilcock ladies contributed handsomely to the overall scores. Kirsten Monahan was first up in the high jump finishing 5th. Aoife O'Cuill then in the 1500m where she had a great run to finish 2nd for 7 points. Aine Burke had the honour of being Kildares first ever league steeplechaser and ran to a new PB in the race which was won by Irish Olympian Michelle Finn. Last up Maud O'Shea ran in the 400m relay who came 1st.
The women's team are leading the competition after today's events. Round 2 takes place in two weeks time.
Leinster at Tailteann Games Morton Stadium Santry - 23rd June 2018
On a very hot day in Morton stadium, Santry, Orla Reidy (3k) & Kirsten Monaghan (1,500 steeplechase) both had strong runs in the vests of Leinster schools in The Tailteann games. Both girls ran up an age and will be eligible again next year. Well done girls.
Leinster Outdoor Championships Tullamore - 9th, 16th & 17th June 2018
On another warm day in Tullamore today St Cocas athletes performed well to take four medals and a few close calls.
Feilim Dikcius showed that he could be competitive over the longer distance as well as the sprints and jumps. He won a bronze medal in the u12 600m and followed it with a bronze in the 60m. Aine Gabbett and Roisin Beggan also won a bronze in the u11 long jump pairs. Only 4cm from the gold medal.
Akin Akintayo and Hugh Dowling very unlucky in the u11 turbo javelin finishing 4th. Also finishing joint 4th in the u11 60m were Aine Gabbett and Lucy O'Rorke. This event had 9 heats, the largest entry of the day.
The two other pairs of Aoibin Beggan and Juliet Olivier u10 500m and Eirn Murray and Roisin Beggan u11 600m finished top 6 and Tayo Akintayo did well in the u13 high jump. Well done to everyone in such warm conditions.
Leinster silver medal for Maud O’Shea in the girls U17, 400m in a new PB of 62.9 seconds on day 1 in Tullamore . A strong showing from Kildare athletes taking 1,2&3. Congratulations Maud.
A good walk by Niamh Flynn finishing 4th in her Leinster u14, 2k walk, qualifying for the All Ireland.
Fine run by Orla Reidy to finish 3rd in the girls U16, 1500m Leinster final today in Tullamore.
More excellent performances today at the final day of Leinster track and field championships in Tullamore. Kirsten Monaghan winning her first Leinster gold medal after a great run in the u17 2000m s/c. The boys u12 long jump turned out to be an exciting competition with the lead changing 3 times in the last round. Feilim Dikcius bettered his pb on two occasions to lead the competition on 4.48 when out of nowhere the Mullingar athlete jumped 4.62 on his last jump. A terrific silver for Feilim.
Aine Burke was another athlete in who produced a top notch run to claim a silver medal in the u19 1500m. Thomas Richards u14 800m ran with great courage to lead the field with 150m to go but was passed on the run in to finish 4th. Orla Reidy also finished 4th in the u16 800m. Also running well was Oisin Farrell 800m, Eoin Richards 3000m and Conan Lennon 800m.
Above last, our 1500m contingency each holding their own in their respective races.
Cliona O’Toole, Aoife McNerney, Conan Lennon, Thomas Richards, Oisin Farrell, Orla Reidy (3rd place, U16) and Maud O’Shea who ran the 400, 800m double.
Well done everyone.
Leinster Club Team Event - Tullamore - 4th June 2018
Áine Burke wins 3000M Steeplechase at Leinster Junior Championships Tullamore - 3rd June 2018
News from the Leinster Juniors in Tullamore where Áine Burke has won the 3,000m steeplechase in a new PB of 12:03.
All Ireland Schools Track and Field - 2nd June 2018
Congratulations to Aoife O'Cuill 4th today in the All Ireland schools track and field in the senior 3k in new PB. Also to Orla Reidy 5th in the u16 mile and Kirsten Monaghan 9th in Intermediate 1500m s/c. Teriffic performances all round.
The All Ireland Schools has been the stepping stone for many top class Irish athletes over the years and great to have the girls there today mixing with the best in the country.
Congrats also to Sarah Clarke (Na Fianna A.C.) who was representing Scoil Dara in the senior 800m where she also posted a PB to finish 4th.
Larry Kelly's Golden Runner Award at Na Fianna AC Bob Heffernan 5K - 27th May 2018
Larry Kelly receiving the trophy from Emma McCluskey for his winning age group run in the Bob Heffernan 5k organised by Na Fianna AC.
For those eagle eyed, Larry is wearing his Drake University top, where his son Kevin is on a running scholarship.
Well done Larry.
Kildare 3K Intermediate and Masters Road Race Naas - 20th May 2018
St Coca’s ladies, ready for action in the Kildare 3k Inter/Masters road race, held in Naas.
Leinster Schools Championships - Morton Stadium Santry - 19th May 2018
Great news from the Leinster schools in Morton stadium where Aoife O'Cuill representing MPP has won her senior 3k race to become Leinster champion.
Well done also to Kirsten Monaghan who finished 4th in the Inter HJ, Orla Reidy who finished 5th in her Inter 3k, Maud O’Shea who finished 6th in her 800m & Eoin Richards who finished 7th in his Inter 3k.
Kildare Track & Field Championships - 29th April, 6th May, 13th May 2018
St Cocas athletes were out in force over the three days of competition for coveted Kildare championship medals.
Across the board the club performed strongly.
Big winners were Orla Reidy who won gold in the u16 200m, 800m and 1500m. Also winning multiple titles were Thomas Richards u15 800m and 1500m and Juliet Olivier u10 long Jump and turbo Javelin. Full results as follows:-
300m 3rd. Adam Byrne
Turbo Jav 2nd. Adam Byrne
Relay team 2nd. Luke McKeon, Ryan McCreevy, Adam Byrne and Cillian Cunningham
60m 3rd. Caoimhe Flood
Long Jump 1st. Juliet Olivier. 3rd. Aoibhin Beggan
Turbo Jav 1st. Juliet Olivier
Turbo Jav. 2nd. Akin Akintayo
Long Jump 1st. Aine Gabbett
600m 2nd. Erin Murray
Relay team 1st. Aine Gabbett, Lucy O’Rorke, Roisin Beggan and Erin Murray
80m 1st. Robert Lynch
600m 1st. Feilim Dikcius 3rd. Brian Caffrey
Long Jump 3rd. Finn Dowling
Turbo Jav 3rd. Daniel Geraghty
80m 3rd. Claire Kelly
High Jump 2nd. Aoife Carroll
Relay 2nd. Claire Kelly, Aoife Carroll, Georgia Nolan and Tayo Akintayo
1500m 1st. Conan Lennon
80m 3rd Ava Geoghegan
Long jump 2nd. Orla Flynn
1500m 1st. Aoife McNerney
800m and 1500m 1st. Thomas Richards
800m 2nd. Cliona O’Toole
Walk 3rd. Niamh Flynn
800m and 1500m 3rd. Oisin Farrell
200m, 800m and 1500m 1st Orla Reidy
800m 2nd Ben Doherty
High Jump 1st. Kirsten Monaghan
800m 2nd. Kirsten Monaghan 3rd. Maud O’Shea
400m 2nd Maud O’Shea
1500m 2nd. Kirsten Monaghan
200m 3rd. Maud O’Shea
Relay 1st. Orla Reidy, Lauren McHale, Maud O’Shea and Kirsten Monaghan
1500m 1st. Aine Burke
M45 100m 2nd Brian McHale
M45 Long Jump 1st Brian McHale
St Coca's wins Kildare Club League - 8th, 15th and 21st April 2018
Well we did it!! After promotion to Division 1 last year St Cocas have just gone on to top the league after 3 very strong performances by everyone. From the little u8's to the u16's everyone played their part. Congratulations to you all. Well done to the coaches too.
Next up is the county championships 🏆🥇🥈🥉
Donadea Castle Run 5K and 10K - 8th April 2018
Some of the excitement from the Donadea Castle Family Fun run on Saturday, thanks everyone for supporting the event.
John O'Boyle wins Roscommon Marathon - 31st March 2018
News coming in from the Roscommon marathon where John O’Boyle is first home in a time of 3:13:44. Congratulations John, great to see the Mayo men winning again!
All Ireland Juvenile Indoor Championships - Athlone - 18th and 25th March
Congratulations to Niamh Flynn who had a great race in the U14 1k walk this afternoon in AIT at the All Ireland indoor’s to finish 6th. Making fantastic progress in this her first year at the event.
Aoife O'Cuill having set a new pb in her 1500m semi final this morning finished a great 6th place in the final. Also making the final was Feilim Dickius in u12 60m. In a top class final Feilim finished 8th.
Congratulations to all three of our athletes today who performed so well.
On Day 2, Feilim Dikcius won a silver medal in the u12 long jump with a marvellous set of jumps. A best today of 4.35. Congrats Feilim.
Well done to Thomas Richards who came 6th in the u15 800m late this afternoon. He followed up his time of 2.17 in his heat with a 2.18 in the final. Great running.
Kevin Kelly places 2nd in Arkansas Spring International in Fayetteville NC - 25th March 2018
Kevin Kelly opened his outdoor season overnight with a 2nd place finish in the Arkansas Spring Invitational in Fayetteville in a time of 3.49.92.
Ireland takes Bronze with Orla Reidy in Home Nations International in Nottingham - 24th March 2018
A fantastic run by Orla Reidy in the Home nations International in Nottingham today saw Orla finish 2nd Irish girl home and the team winning bronze.
Congratulations Orla from everyone in the club.
St Coca's Juvenile Training at the National Indoor Arena - 16th March 2018
Bohermeen Half Marathon and 10K - 11th March 2018
St Cocas athletes made the short journey to Bohermeen for the annual half marathon and 10k. Ideal weather conditions for running and great performances all round. Fiona King, Anne Marie Furlong, Catherine Leonard and Leonie Foran all running well in the 10k. Aidan Kelly led the St Cocas runners home in the half. Shane Brilly was 2nd home and Bernard Phelan next. The women then Grainne Butler (PB), Niamh Dowling, Emma McCluskey, Gill Ryan (first timer), Michelle McDonald (first timer), Claire Lyons, Pauline McEnroe (PB), Carmel Kelly (PB), Brenda Kelly, Moira Carroll, Deirdre Phelan (first timer) and Sarah Griffin (PB). Great running all round.
Leinster Indoors Day 4 - Athlone - 11th March 2018
Feilim Dikcius followed his silver in the 60m two weeks ago with a gold medal in the u12 long Jump with a new PB.
Orla Reidy fresh after her cross country success on Saturday lined up in the u16 800m and came away with another silver medal. Kirsten Monaghan (u17) and Thomas Richards (u15) both 4th in the 800m finals qualified for the All Irelands.
Oisin Farrell (u16), Eoin Richards (u16) and Maud O’Shea (u17) made the 800m finals
Others running well were Daniel Geraghty and Robert Lynch (both u12) and Joseph Richards (u13) just missing out on the 600m final. Aoife Carroll and Tayo Akintayo also competed in hurdles and high jump.
All Ireland Masters - Athlone - 10th March 2018
Bobby King was the sole representative in Athlone for the National masters at the weekend, winning a bronze medal in the o70 800m and silver in the 1500m
All Ireland Schools XC - Waterford - 10th March 2018
Orla Reidy representing Maynooth PP had the race of her life to finish 5th in the Intermediate girls race in Waterford on Saturday. The conditions on the day were awful after the snow of the previous week. However Orla dug in deep to make up 7 places in the last lap to finish in the top 6 and guarantee her place on the Irish schools team in Nottingham in two weeks time. A first cap for Orla.
Aoife O’Cuill also running for Maynooth PP had a great run in the senior girls race to finish in the top 20 and Cliona O’Toole (St Peters Dunboyne) top 40 in the minor girls race.
Missouri Valley Conference - Cedar Falls, Iowa - 24th February 2018
Kevin Kelly made his conference debut for Drake college in Cedar Falls, Iowa this weekend. On Saturday night he ran the anchor leg of the DMR to silver medals and on Sunday a third place finish in the mile.
3. Kevin Kelly. Drake university
DMR medley relay
2. Drake University (Kelly)
Leinster Junior, Masters and Senior - Abbotstown 24th - 25th February 2018
It turned out to be a busy and very successful day all round for St Cocas athletes at the Leinster Junior, Senior and Masters indoors in Abbotstown on 24th February. Niall Byrne started the day with a photo finish in the M1 60m coming out with a silver. He made no mistake in the 200m winning in a new PB. Eva McPartlan also crossing the line first in the senior 60m hurdles and followed up with 2nd in the high jump. Bobby King continues to show that age is no barrier winning both the M7 1500m and 3000m. Aoife O'Cuill set a new PB in the junior 3k to win a silver medal. Niall added to his medal count in the 400m with another silver medal and then went on to anchor the senior men to bronze medals in the 400m relay. The team was Gavin Scanlon, Colin O'Neill, Ryan Phelan and Niall. And not forgetting Martin Baten and Gavin Scanlon who ran well in a well contested 3k. Great performances all round.
It was the turn of the juveniles on the 25th February in Abbotstown as the Leinster relays took place. The girls u13 had an early start and with 32 teams entered Claire Kelly, Georgia Nolan, Tayp Akintayo and Aoife Carroll won their heat with ease to qualify for the final. In a closely fought race they narrowly missed on bronze medals.
Two St Cocas boys u12 teams amoung a starting list of 26. Feilim Dikcius, Robert Lynch, Finn Dowling and Liam McDonald also winning their heat. The younger team of Akin Akintayo, Hugh Dowling, Mark McDonald and Daniel Geraghty had a super run in the heats being 8th team overall. Great running by everyone.
Earlier on Kirsten Monaghan came 2nd in u17 high jump.
Leinster junior/masters and senior, Abbotstown
Junior women 3k
3. Aoife O’Cuill
Senior 60m hurdles
Senior high jump
2. Eva McPartlan
Senior men 4x400m
3. Niall Byrne, Ryan Phelan, Colin O’Neill, Gavin Scanlon
Masters m35 200m
Masters m35 60m and 400m
2. Niall Byrne
Master m70 1500m and 3k
Masters m45 3k
Leinster relays and juveniles day 3, Abbotstown
2. Feilim Dikcius, Robert Lynch, Finn Dowling, Liam McDonald
8. Akin Akintayo, Mark McDonald, Daniel Geraghty, Hugh Dowling
4. Claire Kelly, Georgia Nolan, Tayo Akintayo, Aoife Carroll
Girls u17 high jump
2. Kirsten Monaghan
Leinster Schools Cross Country Championships - Santry - 21st February 2018
Congratulations to all athletes who represented their schools today in the Leinster Cross Country Championships in Santry. Special congratulations to Orla Reidy who won gold in the Intermediate girls race and is now Leinster Champion. Well done also Aoife O’Cuill who ran a great race to qualify for the All Ireland finals next month.
All Ireland 'B' XC - Clarinbridge, Galway - 11th February 2018
All Ireland 'B' Cross country, Clarinbridge, Co. Galway.
Hardy, wintery conditions met the athletes today for the All Ireland 'B' cross country. Erin Murray was our sole representative in the girls u11 and she had good run in the 1k event. A full club team took to the line in the boys u11. Daniel Geraghty had a fantastic finish to win an individual silver medal. Robert Lynch, Finn Dowling, Gearoid McCauley and Cormac Murray all running great the team just missed out on a medal by 3 points.
Aoishe Gormley, Georgia Nolan and Tayo Akintayo all ran well in the girls u13 1500m race but unfortunately only 3 runners so no full team. The same in boys u13 where Conan Lennon won an individual medal. Joseph Richards and Cillian McCauley both ran well. Orla Reidy after her silver Leinster indoor 1500m yesterday had another strong run to take individual silver in u15. The boys u15 were strong all round. Eoin Richards ran a stormer from gun to finish to take the title. Oisin Farrell running strongly behind him took 3rd. Silver club medals here for the lads with Tadgh McCauley and Emilis Galinaitis the two other runners. In the final race for us the girls u17 Kirsten Monaghan ran well to claim a silver medal and Maud O'Shea also claiming a top 12 medal.
Well done to all.
2. Daniel Geraghty
25. Robert Lynch
40. Finn Dowling
45. Gearoid McCauley
7. Conan Lennon
2. Orla Reidy
25. Tadgh McCauley
32. Emilis Gailinaitis
3. Kirsten Monaghan
11. Maud O’Shea
Kevin Kelly Debuts at De Moines, Iowa - 10th February 2018
Kevin Kelly made his debut for Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa over last weekend with a solid performance in the 3k running 8.32.65 for 8th place.
This weekend he competed in South Dakota where he anchored the distance medley relay to 1st place on Friday night. He followed it on Saturday with a 4th place finish in the mile in 4.12.64.
Leinster Indoors Championships - Athlone IT - 10th February 2018
At the start of a very busy day for St Cocas athletes, first event of the day in the Leinster indoors sees Niamh Flynn secure silver in the G U14 1000m race walk and continuing a very strong tradition set in the club.
More from Athlone where Orla Reidy has finished second in the girls U16 1500m
In the 60M sprints, Feilim Dikcius and Liam McDonald both gave consistent performances through the heats and semi finals with Feilim finally taking silver in the final in 8.73 seconds and Liam coming 4th in 8.78 seconds. Both giving their best times in the final.
Boys u12 60m
2. Feilim Dikcius
4. Liam McDonald
Girls u13 60m
2, Niamh Flynn
2. Orla Reidy
5. Aoife O’Cuill
National 50K at Donadea - 10th February 2018
While many club members are at the Leinster Indoor Championships today in Athlone, the National 50K is underway in Donadea Forest Park. Our team of three are competing for national glory. Martin Baten, Johnny Murray and Bernard Ó'Faoláin are currently flying around the laps with a very vocal support from the club members.
Carton House Training Session - 27th January 2018
St. Coca's morning training session at Carton House, Maynooth
Kildare Indoor Championships - Athlone IT - 21st January 2018
St Cocas athletes were all in great from at the Kildare indoors last Sunday in Athlone IT. The competition got underway at 10am sharp with the hurdles and finished at 6pm. Eight hours of great competition. Almost seventy athletes from St Cocas, our biggest representation at a Kildares for many a year show the strength of the club. It was tremendous competition all round and medals were hard earned. We ended the day with 30 medals from hurdles to high and long jump to sprints, walks and middle distance. Throw in the relays where we had 11 teams.
8 gold medals from Aine Gabbett u11 60m, Feilim Dickius u12 60m, Daniel Geraghty u12 600m, Boys 4x100m relay, Orla Reidy u16 800m, Kirsten Monaghan u17 800m and high jump and Emilis Galinaitis u17 high jump.
The performances from everyone were excellent all round and lots of support from the parents and other athletes. The day ended with the very exciting relays and almost everyone took part in the teams. Kildare Co Board are to be complimented on the running of the events with every club providing officials to ensure the smooth running of the event.
Mid programme an elite womens 800m took place with 3 UCD athletes running a world class race to the applause of the crowd.
Well done to all our athletes. You represented the club with pride on Sunday. Thanks to the parents who supported and. encouraged all the athletes. Huge thanks also to Dermot Kelly for the fantastic photos and videos.
1.Aine Gabbett. Co Kildare champion
4. Lucy O’Rorke
7. Roisin Beggan
Also Lauren Nolan, Erin Murray, Tara McEnroe
4. Roisin Beggan
Also Erin Murray
U11 Boys 60m:
2. Akin Akintayo
7. Hugh Dowling
Also Cormac Murray and Senan Loughrey.
2. Akin Akintayo
U12 girls 60m and Long jump:
Emily Byrne and Vanessa Bourke
U12 boys 60m:
1.Feilim Dikcuis. Co Kildare champion
2. Liam McDonald
Also Finn Dowling, Mark McDonald and Mike Feeney
2. Feilim Dickius
3. Robert Lynch
Also Finn Dowling
1.Daniel Geraghty. Co Kildare Champion
3. Robert Lynch
1.Feilim Dikcius, Finn Dowling, Robert Lynch and Liam McDonald
3. Akin Akintayo, Daniel Geraghty, Mark McDonald and Hugh Dowling
U13 Girls 60m:
4. Clare Kelly
5. Tayo Akintayo
Also Grace Maher
2. Aoife Carroll
2. Aoife Carroll
3. Tayo Akintayo
U13 boys 600m:
6. Joseph Richards
Also Jake Rimmer and Cillian McCauley.
2. Liam McDonald
U14 girls 60m:
2. Ava Geoghegan
4. Orla Flynn
Also Kate Carroll
4. Niamh McDonald
3. Ava Geoghegan
6. Ava Geoghegan, Georgia Nolan, Claire Kelly and Orla Flynn
U14 boys 800m:
3. Conan Lennon
Also Darragh Loughrey
U15 girls Walk:
3. Niamh Flynn
Also Rachel McEnroe
U15 boys 800m:
2. Thomas Richards
Also Tadgh McCauley and Conor Rattigan
U16 Girls 800m:
1.Orla Reidy. Co Kildare champion
Also Ciara Gormley
2. Orla Reidy
Lauren McHale and Lea Groome
U16 boys 800m:
3. Oisin Farrell
U17 girls 800m:
1.Kirsten Monaghan. Co Kildare champion
2. Maud O’Shea
3. Aoife Rattigan
1.Kirsten Monaghan. Co Kildare champion
U17 boys 800m:
1.Emilis Galinailis. Co Kildare champion
Senior women High Jump:
2. Eva McPartlan.
2. Eva McPartlan
First Aid Training for St Coca's Coaches - 13th January 2018
Excellent first aid course for St Coca's coaches this morning by Carraig safety.