Powerful cross-country display from Calasanctius Oranmore

Powerful cross-country display from Calasanctius Oranmore

Another great day of cross country running took place today at St Mary’s College in Galway with the holding of the South Connacht Schools cross country for second-level schools. Craughwell AC had a relatively small number of members representing their schools but with tremendous success.

In the minor girls’ race, Ciara Greene (Bower Athlone) had an incredible race to take first place from Sinead Treacy (St. Raphael’s) who also had a super race taking the silver by a distance. Emma Byrne (Loughrea VS) put in a storming race also to take 5th place with school-mates Tara McNally 9th and Katie Donohue 15th. In the junior girls’ event, Derbhla Maloney (St. Raphael’s) demonstrated her continued improvement over the longer distances when taking 5th place. While in the intermediate girls 2500m, another powerful finish saw Linda Porter (Loughrea VS) take silver, with fine performances from Muireann Maloney (St. Raphael’s) and Sinead Gaffney (Pres Athenry) in 5th and 6th place, and Laura Porter (Loughrea VS) in 12th.

In the minor boys’ race, Diarmuid Harvey (Colaiste an Eacreidh) had a strong race to place 6th overall with Shane Finn (Loughrea VS) finishing in 53rd. The junior boys’ 2500m saw an awesome display of power from our athletes in Calasanctius Oranmore with Nicholas Sheehan taking individual gold, Jamie Spelman taking bronze just pipping Matthew Moran on the line, Damien O’Boyle right behind also in 5th place and John Cormican in 14th to easily win the team event. Keelan Ryan (Pres Athenry) had a fantastic run in the same race to take 7th place.In the intermediate boys race, another show of strength from members of the club saw Finn Stoneman (St Enda’s) take the gold medal, with Conor Gillen (Athenry VS) in 2nd place and Paul Joyce (Athenry VS) in 7th place. While in the senior boys, Peadar Harvey (Colaiste an Eacreidh) had a great race to take the silver medal in a sprint finish with Thomas Fagan of Mullingar.

So a quick summary of the top ten placings:-

·         1,2,5, 9 in the minor girls
·         5 in the junior girls
·         2,5,6 in the intermediate girls
·         6 in the minor boys
·         1,3,4,5,7 in the junior boys
·         1,2,6 in the intermediate boys
·         2 in the senior boys

So three individual victories for members from the club and 4 individual silvers and 1 individual bronze – not bad out of 8 races at this level!

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