Local Schools Shine at Primary Schools XC Finals

Local Schools Shine at Primary Schools XC Finals

Craughwell NS Squad at the Galway Primary Schools Cross Country Finals in Renmore

The Galway Primary Schools Cross Country finals took place last Tuesday in Renmore with some fantastic performances by athletes from the club and half of the medal winning teams featuring athletes from the club with Oranmore taking 2 Galway team titles, Ballymana 1 team title, Craughwell 1 team silver and 1 team bronze and Carrabane 1 team silver.

Oranmore Boys School led the way with super team victories in both the 3/4th class boys race and the 5/6th class boys race, continuing a fine tradition for the school who have been 1 of the top cross country primary schools in Galway over the last 20 years. In the 3/4th class race, Stephen Joyce put in a commanding performance to take the individual victory and lead his team to glory with David Casserly 3rd, Aaron Hanrahan 22nd, Ojay Emihian 29th, Patrick McGrath 59th and Sean Cleare 66th. Later their older schoolmates put in an equally convincing performance to take the senior boys title with Stephen Ruane leading the way with a fine 8th place followed by Stephen Caulfield 15th, Daniel Gilbert 28th, Sean Martyn 36th, Liam O’Donnell 62nd and Daithi McCearra 79th.

Ballymana NS won an historic Galway team title in the Senior Girls race with Keevagh Barry leading the team home in 7th place followed by Emma O’Donovan in 12th, Gillian Crowe 16th, Amelie Grogan 35th, Beth Crowe 71st and Keely Grogan 72nd – with the team overflowing with twins!

It was a super day also for Craughwell NS who took team silver in the Junior Girls 800m with Mia Hollingworth first home in 9th place followed by Gemma Cloonan 31st, Beth Glynn 35th, Jenna Brady 45th, Emilly Hewitt 80th and Aoileann O’Connor 85th. The school followed it up with a bronze medal winning performance in the Junior Boys race with Alan Hallinan leading the way in 8th place, Jack Cahill 23rd, Daniel Farrelly 33rd, Darragh O’Donnell 58th, Eoin Middleton 73rd and Sean Colleran 83rd.

Carrabane’s Louis Keary led his school to team silver in the Senior Boys with a 19th place finish followed by Cian Connaughton 20th, Alex O’Grady 27th, Thomas Gallagher 42nd, Phillip Walsh 56th and Jack Reidy 119th.

Katelyn Walsh led the Craughwell Senior Girls team to 6th place with an individual 14th place finish followed by Ciara O’Connor in 22nd, Lauren Morgan 56th, Claudia McGuinness 66th, Chloe Keane 83rd and Alanna Clancy 90th.

There were strong performances also from many more from the club notably Craughwell’s Keelan Moorhead 12th in the Senior Boys race, Ballymana’s Laura Flynn 12th in the Junior Girls, Clarinbridge’s Aeveen Kelly and Aisling Lavan 26th and 27th nm in the Junior Girls; Ballymana’s Oisin O’Donovan 28th in the Juniors Boys.

Full results of the finals are here and of the semi-finals a week earlier here. The top 3 teams and the top 15 individuals from the finals proceed to the Connacht finals which will be held at noon on Sunday 13th October on the grounds of Moyne Community School in Longford. Best of luck to all of the athletes from the club and local schools who are taking part!

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