It was a very busy week for Craughwell athletes, kicking off with the Primary Schools cross-country on Tuesday 26th Sept, followed by the All-Ireland Schools Combined Events on Saturday and the Galway juvenile cross-country on Sunday.
Cathriona Farrell put in an exceptional performance in the Combined Events to earn selection for the International Schools team which will compete with the best multi-event athletes from England, Scotland and Wales in December. Cathriona won the silver medal with a total of 2815 points, in the process setting new PBs in the high jump and 800m. Her scores in the individual events were long jump 4.81, hurdles 12.7, shot putt 6.72, high jump 1.68 and 800m 2.41.0. Also doing exceptionally well, Rachel Finnegan finished in 7th place with a score of 2378 points – high jump 1.38, hurdles 13.1, shot putt 5.01, long jump 4.60 and 800m 2.32.2.
The Primary Schools Cross Country comprised 4 races – 3rd/4th class boys and girls 800m and 5th/6th class boys and girls 1000m. Local athletes had an incredible performance in these races with 2 athletes taking individual titles – Linda Porter (Ballymana NS) in the 5th/6th class girls 1000m and Padraic Hannon (Carrabane NS) in the 3rd/4th class boys race. Craughwell NS swept the boards in the team medals by winning all four team events – a feat unlikely to be achieved ever again by any school. The school teams and scoring positions were as follows. 4th class boys: 5 Liam Sheehan, 8 Matthew Freaney, 11 Keelin Ryan, 17 Davy Kerse, Michael Roache, Patrick Phillips. 4th class girls: 5 Sarah Molloy, 6 Gabrielle Tobin, 10 Maeve O'Connor, 16 Tara Keady, Carina Coppinger, Shauna Burke. 5th/6th class boys: 10 Paul Joyce, 13 Jack Raftery, 14 Patrick Prendergast, 24 Conor Lally, Paul Fitzpatrick, Cathal Coppinger. 5th/6th class girls: 6 Katie O'Donoghue, 8 Orla McDaid, 10 Debbie Kenny, 16 Sinead Gaffney, Maria McNamara, Caoimhe Quill. Full details of all athletes finishing positions can be seen in separate report on this website.
And completing a busy week, the Galway juvenile cross country championships took place in Dangan on Sunday where the club won 1 team gold, 4 team silver and 1 team bronze; and 1 individual gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze. In particpation stakes, the club had over 50 athletes taking part – just over one-third of all competitors. Individual medals were won by David Concannon (gold in U13 1200m), Linda Porter (silver in U13 1000m), Rachel Finnegan (silver in U15 1500m) and Paul McGill (bronze in U13 1200m). The U11 boys and girls team both finished in 2nd place in their 800m race. The U13 girls team also finished 2nd in their race, while the U13 boys A and B teams took the gold and silver medals in their 1200m race. The final team medal of the day for the club was won by the U15 girls team in the 1500m race. Full details of the Craughwell runners are available at http://www.galwayathletics.com/dmdocuments/2006Day1GalwayXC.pdf. Well done to all the kids who took part – each and every one put in a super effort to finish the race. For most participants in a race, the achievement is in taking part and doing your best – medals are secondary to the achievement of finishing!
Next up for local athletes are the Connacht Primary schools finals on Saturday 7th October in Ballina and the even age groups and senior cross-country on Sunday 15th October in Tuam.