The famous “Fox” trophy made its way back to NUIG for the second year in a row, this time helped on by FOUR Craughwell AC “Wolves” in the squad. In ideal conditions on an exemplary course, Seán Cotter had the absolute race of his life with an incredible 10th place finish overall as 3rd NUIG scorer. Seán finished ahead of no less than TWO European Cross country team members en-route.
Patrick Noonan came 24th. Patrick has been in good form and he went out hard and trusted his ability to grind it out. On this occasion, the pace got the best of him after 3 miles and he had to ease up for the final two miles to see it out – a superb run, and a great learning experience in terms of pacing.
Next Craughwell man home was Jack Miskella in 35th place. Luke Evans, representing Trinity continues to ease back from injury with a solid run in 99th. Well done to all the lads and Matt Lockett of NUIG who has built up a great squad over the last 5 years. Of course, the first time the “Fox” came to NUIG/UCG, Craughwell’s own John O’Connor was a valued scorer on the team so there is a long tradition of the village and the trophy!
The popular Sarah Kelly had a fantastic run to come home in 53rd place in the ladies race, representing Trinity College Dublin. Sarah’s TCD team also toke the win!! Well done to Luke and Sarah’s Trinity coach Iain Morrison who also has assembled a strong crew with a great training ethos.
Kyle Moorhead ran in the mixed relays, leading out the NUIG team. Kyle handed over with his team in a great position and they held on for a superb bronze medal.