Incredible Performances in Primary Schools Cross-country

Incredible Performances in Primary Schools Cross-country

The Galway AAI primary schools cross-country was held today in mostly fine weather conditions in Renmore.

It was an incredible day for the club, winning 2 individual titles and all 4 team titles, with many other athletes making it into the medals as individuals.

The day belonged to Craughwell NS who won all four team titles with some fantastic team running. To my knowledge, its the first time the school won a team race at county level in this competition – having finished in 3rd place in both boys and girls races in 2003, 3rd place in boys race in 2004 and 2nd place in girls race in 2005. To win both the senior boys race and the senior girls race is unusual and perhaps a feat never achieved before. To also win the newly introduced 3rd/4th class boys race and 3rd/4th class girls race is absolutely remarkable. Read on for details of finishing positions.

Sharing in the limelight, Linda Porter (Ballymana NS) and Padraic Hannon (Carrabane NS) put in top-notch races to win the individual titles in the senior girls 1000m and 3rd/4th boys 800m races.

Well done to all!

The races kicked off with the 3/rd/4th Class Girls 800m around 12.15pm. The Craughwell NS team placed 4 runners in the top 16 with a very low score of 37 points to win team gold. Runners and finishing positions from the club and local schools were:-


 Sarah Molloy Craughwell NS


 Gabrielle Tobin Craughwell NS


 Sineád Treacy Carrabane NS


 Maeve O'Connor Craughwell NS


 Tara Keady Craughwell NS
 29 Tara McNally Kilnadeema NS


 Shauna Burke  Craughwell NS


 Karina Coppinger  Craughwell NS

This was followed by the 3rd/4th class boys race where the club had several runners from different schools. Craughwell NS again placed very strongly with 4 runners in the top 17 to give a team score of 41 points and take the gold medal. In the individual race, Padraic Hannonn (Carrabane NS) had a great battle for 1st place and finished very strongly to take the gold medal. Results from the club and local schools were:-


Padraic Hannon Carrabane NS


 Liam Sheehan Craughwell NS


 Brian Concannon Brackloon NS


 Matthew Freaney Craughwell NS


 Keelin Ryan Craughwell NS
 15 Aidan Conneely Oranmore Boys NS
 17 Davy Kerse Craughwell NS
 24 Jamie Spelman Oranmore Boys NS


 Michael Roache Craughwell NS


 Patrick Phillips Craughwell NS
 36Oisin McNally  Kilnadeema NS
 50 Niall O'Donnell Gort

Next race up was the 5th/6th class girls 1000m and yet again, Craughwell NS put in a very strong team performance to take the gold position with a total of 40 points. High-light of this race was Linda Porter's strong run to take the gold medal in the individual race. Results from the club and local schools were:-


 Linda Porter Ballymana NS


 Katie O'Donoghue  Craughwell NS


 Orla McDaid  Craughwell NS


 Laura Porter  Ballymana NS


 Debbie Kenny Craughwell NS


 Sinead Gaffney  Craughwell NS


 Maria McNamara Craughwell NS


 Muireann Maloney Carrabane NS


 Caoimhe Quill  Craughwell NS


 Ailbhe Greaney Craughwell NS


 Ella Bryan Carrabane NS


 Mairead McCan  Craughwell NS


 Rosie Moran Craughwell NS


 Dearbhla Maloney Carrabane NS


 Tara Garman Craughwell NS


 Josephine Farrell Craughwell NS


 Sarah Furey Ballymana NS


 Vivien Grazeidei Carrabane NS


 Hannah Cahill Ballymana NS


 Aine Kenny Ballymana NS


 Ellen Treacy Ballymana NS


 Triona Larkin Ballymana NS


Ursula Curley  Ardrahan NS


 Kate Dundon Craughwell NS


 Sarah Connolly Ballymana NS


 Nikki Cannon Ballymana NS


 Holly Whiriskey Ballymana NS


 Claire Meehan Ballymana NS

Final race of the day was the 5th/6th class boys 1000m where Craughwell NS completed a historic clean sweep of the team golds by winning with a score of 64 points. There was dissapointment for Craughwell NS duo Ross Haverty who had to pull out during the race due to sickness and Padraic Tobin who struggled through the race with an injury. Both will be back in better form in races to come this season. Results of club athletes and local schools in this race were as follows:


 David Concannon Brackloon NS


 Paul Joyce Craughwell NS


 Jack Raftery Craughwell NS


 Patrick Prendergast Craughwell NS


 Shane Caulfield Carrabane NS


 Conor Lally Craughwell NS


 Paul Fitzpatrick Craughwell NS


 Jason Kennedy Ballyglas NS 


 PJ Kelly Dooras NS


 Cathal Coppinger Craughwell NS


 Cormac Dillon Carrabane NS


 Peter Treacy Ballymana NS


 Padraic Tobin Craughwell NS


 Luke Uniake Carrabane NS


 Cathal Reidy Ballymana NS


 Brendan Forde Ballyglas NS


 Brian Dolan Ballymana NS


 Nigel Kennedy Ballyglas NS


 Christopher O'Connor Carrabane NS


 Niall Maher Carrabane NS


 Sven Hadley Ballymana NS


 John Moynihan Ballymana NS


 Conor Farrell Craughwell NS


 David Mangan Carrabane NS


 Liam Dundon Craughwell NS


 Paul Cannon Ballymana NS


 Micheál Costello Craughwell NS


 Ronan Brennan Ballymana NS


 Aaron Brerton Ballymana NS


 Cieran Howley Ballymana NS
 128 Sean Jackson Ballymana NS


 Francis Donoghue Craughwell NS
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