Conor Gillen Leads the Way in Connacht Schools Cross Country

Conor Gillen Leads the Way in Connacht Schools Cross Country

The sun smiled kindly on the grounds of St Mary's College last Thursday for the finals of the Connacht Seconday Schools Cross Country. Full credit to the staff at St Mary's for a very well laid out course which wound around the fine playing fields in the heart of the city – a super venue for cross country and hopefully one that will be repeated in future years.


The top performance from Craughwell AC athletes came from Conor Gillen (Athenry VS) who won the silver medal in a huge battle to the line in the Junior Boys 3000m. Conor had been dropped by the leading bunch very early in the race but slowly closed the gap on the group to pick off runner after runner and move towards the front. The eventual winner of the race, Con Doherty from Westport, however had opened a substantial gap on the leading group before Conor made it up to that group and had built up a lead which was too difficult to retrieve. Conor battled it out with Ciaran Treacy from Ballina, with Conor taking the lead with 100m remaining, Treacy overtaking him as they raced down the final stretch towards the line, Conor fighting back with 30m to go and overtaking about 10m from the line and holding that to claim the silver medal. A super race and fantastic experience for Conor. Matthew Freaney (Pres Athenry) also ran superbly in the same race to claim a top-twenty spot.

In the Minor Boys 1500m, Keelan Ryan (Pres Athenry) took 8th place while in the Intermediate Boys 4500m, Finn Stoneman (St Enda’s) claimed 5th place. Peadar Harvey (Coláiste an Eachreidh) went one better in 4th place in a high-quality Senior Boys 6000m.

In the Minor Girls 1000m, Gabrielle Tobin was part of a strong Pres Athenry team who took 3rd place. Derbhla Maloney (St Raphael's) also had a good run in the minor girls race. Sinead Gaffney and Sarah Molloy helped the Pres Athenry to further success when taking the silver medals in the team event in the Junior Girls 2000m, where Laura Porter also ran strongly but finished outside the medals. Linda Porter (Loughrea VS) took 5th place in the Intermediate Girls 3000m, with Muireann Maloney (St Raphael’s) 8th in the same race. In the Senior Girls 2000m, Rachel Finnegan (Loughrea VS) took 7th place, with Shannen Freaney (Pres Athenry) in 12th.

Overall it was a very good performance from the club's athletes in tough races. Results of the races were as follows:-

Connaught Schools Cross Country 2010
St Marys College Galway

Minor Girls:

1 Alana Lally Presentation Athenry
2 Sarah McGeough Sligo Grammar
3 Maeve Brannigan Colaiste Iognaid 

Teams                               Finishers                             Total
1 Bower Athlone              (6,5,8)                                   19
2 Colaiste Iognaid           (3,9,14)                                26
3 Presentation Athenry   (1,18,21)                             40

 Minor Boys:

1 Cian McBride Summerhill Sligo
2 N. McIntyre Portumna C.S
3 Jonathan Belle St. Colmans Claremorris 

Teams                              Finishers                             Total
1 St. Marys Glaway         (7,11,16,18)                        52
2 Sligo Grammar            (4,5,15,39)                          63
3 St Colmans                  (3,24,33,54)                        114

 Junior Girls:

1 Rosie Hynes St. Attracta’s Tubercurry
2 S. Fallon Ursuline Sligo
3 Katie Carter Taylor’s Hill 

Teams                              Finishers                             Total
1 Ursuline Sligo               (2,4,6)                                 12
2 Presentation Athenry   (5,12,13)                             30
3 Taylor’s Hill                   (3,9,19)                                31

Rosie Hynes St. Attractas Tubbercurry
A. Redmond Moate CS
J. O’Malley SH Westport
S. Ni Chonlain An Spideal
Mana O’Brian Loughrea VS
C. Conlon Coola VS
Maria Cooney Loughrea VS
C. Curren Bower Athlone

 Junior Boys:

1 Con Doherty Rice College Westport
2 Conor Gillen Athenry Vocational School
3 Ciaran Treacy St. Muredachs Ballina 

Teams                              Finishers                             Total
1 St. Marys Galway         (8,12,15,16)                        51
2 Rice College Westport (1,13,18,35)                        67
3 St. Josephs Galway      (6,22,34,39)                        101

C. Mulrooney J&M Enniscrone
C. McBelgunn Carrick CS
J. Bracken Rosscommon CS 

Inter Girls:

1 Ellen Moran Sacred Heart Westport
2 Sive Brassil Bower Athlone
3 Laura O’Dowd Ballinamore  

Teams                              Finishers                             Total
1 Bower Athlone             (2,6,12)                                 29
2 St. Josephs Foxford      (9,10,11)                            30
3 Sacred Heart Westport (1,13,20)                            34

Michelle Maher Salerno
Linda Porter Loughrea VS
Muireann Maloney St. Raphaels 

Inter Boys:

1 Daire Farrell Carrick CS
2 James McKeough Sligo Grammar
3 D. Rogers Gort CS 

Teams                              Finishers                             Total
1 St. Josephs Galway      (5,8,13,15)                         41
2 St. Mary’s Galway       (7,9,10,24)                            50
3 Summerhill Sligo          (12,18,28,34)                     92

David Harper Rice College Westport
Finn Stoneman St. Endas
S. Gallagher St. Colmans Claremorris
D. Bell St. Geralds Castlebar 

Senior Girls:

1 Anna Reddin Sligo Grammar
2 Maeve Brassil Bower Athlone
3 N. Mullins Bower Athlone 

Teams                              Finishers                             Total
1 Bower Athlone             (2,3,5)                                  10
2 Sligo Grammar             (1,4,8)                                 13
3 HRC Mountbellew       (15,17,22)                           54

Rachael Finnegan Loughrea VS
Rachel Yorke SM Longford
Fionnula Mulroy St. Joesephs Foxford 

Senior Boys:

1 Barry Healy St. Colmans Claremorris
2 Tommy Casey Sligo Grammar
3 Daniel Murray St. Josephs Foxford 

Teams                              Finishers                             Total
1 St. Marys Galway         (8,10,11,18)                        47
2 Rice College Westport (9,19,23,24)                      75

Peadar O’hAirmhi Colaiste an Eachreidh
P. Lopez Marist College Athlone
J. Ward Garbolly
L. Keane St. Endas Galway
P. Loughlin St. Clares Manorhamilton

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