With the Galway and Connacht Primary Schools cross-country coming up shortly again, following is a brief article from Craughwell NS involvement in the event. I don't have all the details for Ballymana NS and other schools, so apologies that the artcile is incomplete and only covers Craughwell NS.
No records of this but I think Sasha Haverty placed in the top 10 to receive an individual medal and I have a vague recollection that Craughwell NS placed 4th in the girls event.
We had a very strong 6th class this year and both the boys team and girls team placed 3rd in the team 1000m race in Renmore and qualified for the Connacht finals. Highlight was Ashley McDonnell’s 7th place finish despite only been in 4th class. Finishing positions were as follows, with scoring positions indicated by * below:
Onto the Connacht finals in Beleek, Ballina where Cathal Greaney placed highest of the boys in 13th place to earn an individual medal. The girls team made a remarkable improvement on their Galway place to claim the Connacht title by 4 points ahead of Ballina and Renmore. Scorers were as follows:-
The Galway 1000m race saw a fine performance from Ashley McDonnell to take the individual silver medal. The girls had quite a young team and didn’t feature in the team medals, finishing in 5th place:
In the boy’s event, the team took the bronze medal for the 2nd year running with places as follows:-
The Connacht finals didn’t yield any success, with Ashley placing highest in 13th position.
Confidence was high of medals again in the Galway races, but this time the boys were surprised by some very strong opposition and took 6th place in the team event:-
In the girls event, a very strong team took 2nd place with 66 points, with Ashley McDonnell taking the silver medal. Remarkably, the school had 9 girls in the top 50.
Onto the Connachts, where only the girls took part, minus Ashley as she had a conflicting event that weekend. So the team of 6 were completely out of their age in this event – all with next year to compete again. The team ran superbly, placing in 5th position with 144 points, only 4 points behind 3rd place.
This was a watershed year for the event in Galway, where a new race was introduced for 4th class and younger and where Craughwell NS had some incredible performances at both Galway and Connacht. In Galway, the school won no less than the 4 team titles on offer on the day. The girls 4th class race saw the team win by a big margin, scoring 37 points:-
The boys 4th class take weren’t going to let the girls steal the limelight and had an equally impressive performance with a score of 41 points to win the gold:-
The 6th class girls followed up with a team victory by 4 points with a score of 40 points:-
And the 6th class boys completed an amazing success story for the school with gold in their team event also, in a score of 63 points:-
And the Connacht finals proved pretty fruitful also with an amazing 2 titles for the girls teams. First the 4th class girls winning by the tiny margin of 1 point ahead of Cregmore NS:-
Followed by the girls 5th/6th team claiming gold with a score of 94 points:-
4th class boys took 7th place, but only 7 points behind bronze place:-
5th/6th class boys took 5th place with 127 points: