Frazer on Fire at Schools XC Finals 2024

Frazer on Fire at Schools XC Finals 2024

There were some absolutely stunning performances from the Craughwell AC Athletes at the finals of the Secondary Schools Cross Country. The course in Tallaght was a fast one with plenty of turns but was dry overall.

First up was Sophie Meehan of Presentation College Athenry who had an absolutely fantastic run to come 34th in the Minor Girls race. Sophie had quite a busy weekend with a soccer match the day before so hadn’t really been thinking about the cross country much at all – this had the effect of completely relaxing her and she absolutely loved her run and day out with mum!

Sophie was followed by David Frazer in the Minor Boy’s Race, who had the one of the breakthrough performances of the year. The tough Calsanctius student went out hard and moved well through the field to finish in an exceptional 4th place.

Top-5 in the Schools Cross Country is an outstanding result, and a testament to the good training David has been doing all year.

Next up, we had the minor Boys where Alan Hallinan was once again to the fore. At the end of the race, Alan finished in an outstanding 16th place.

In the intermediate boys with Clarin College men Declan O’Connell getting 3rd and Luke O’Sullivan 6th. Luke did a lot of the leading during the race but got caught by the pack in the latter stages. Declan will represent Ireland in two weeks at the SIABs. Unfortunately Luke is too old to make his Irish debut. To have two athletes in the top 6 is outstanding. Next year both Declan and Luke will be Senior, and if you add in Declan’s brother Liam O’Connell, Clarin College have the makings of an historic team!

Steven Ruane had a fine run to come 40th and and Steven Joyce ran brilliantly also to finish 59th for Calsanctius – both lads felt the fast pace about 4km in, but will be in the same age group next year and will be bigger and fitter!.

In the final race of the day, Craughwell AC’s Mathys Bocquet made his last outing in the famous Green and Red of Calasanctius after a stellar Schools Cross country career, highlighted by International selections. Mathys has his head in the books this year but still showed great fitness to finish 24th in a very hot field. The Bocquets are notoriously Camera-shy and the only picture we got is the one below of Mathy’s back as he lined up beside regular rival and friend Sligo-man Darragh Mulrooney for the last time in a Schools Singlet!

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