Carrick AC’s Joanna Duignan was the top Leitrim finisher in last Sunday’s Western Region Even Ages Cross-country Championships in St. Mary’s College Galway as Ballinamore U-15 Boys finished an excellent second to All-Ireland champions Craughwell.
There also also top 12 performances from North Leitrim’s Mary Broughton and Carrick’s Elise Bruen.
Ballinamore’s Under 15 Boys team were the only medal winners as Jack Gilheaney in 13th place led the team home behind an extremely strong Craughwelld. Riordan O’Rourke was 15th with Nathan O’Rourke (20) and Ciaran Kenny (21) completing the team while Carrick’s Narada Patrasco finished 17th.
Joanna Duignan, in her first ever race, finished an excellent fifth in the U-17 Girls race while the U-15 Girls saw Mary Broughton finish 7th with Elise Bruen in 10th, both qualifying for the Connacht team with Carrick’s Sinead Reynolds 21st.
North Leitrim’s Ella McDaid took 12th position and qualified for the Connacht team in the Under 11 Girls race as North Leitrim’s team finished 9th. The other Leitrim placings were Ellie O’Rourke (Ballinamore) 20th, Carrie McDaid (NL) 36, Kate Gilheany (Ballinamore) 43, Sara Brady (NL) 58, Lara Mulvanny (NL) 88 and Caoimhe Hughes (NL) 90th. The Leitrim County team finished fifth on 257 points.
In the Under 11 Boys race, Patrick Montgomery was top finisher in 13th and the Leitrim placings were, James Clinton (NL) 36, James Honeyman (Ballinamore) 40, Fergal McLoughlin (Ballinamore) 41, Senan Harte (Ballinamore) 42, Evan Broughton (NL)n 46, Daniel McLoughlin (Ballinamore) 55,Eoghan Kearns (NL) 67, Mark McCaffrey (Ballinamore) 71 and Ruairi Power (NL) 72.
North Leitrim were seventh in the team on 160 points with Ballinamore eighth on 174 points. The Inter County event was won by Galway (48) from Mayo (64), Sligo (121) and Leitrim (218).
In the Under 13 Girls, Carrick’s Kasey Bruen finished 23rd while Oisin McLoughlin of Ballinamore in 13th position just missed out in the Boys race.Peter O Neill of Mohill finished 33rd.
In the U-17 Boys, David Bruen was also one spot outside qualifying in 13th with Ballinamore’s Ryan O’Rourke 14th and Carrick’s Shane Comer 15th.
The All Ireland will be held in Adamstown, Co Wexford, on Sunday December 8, with the Even Ages All Ireland in Ratoath, Co Meath, on Sunday week.
North Leitrim AC
Well done to all the North Leitrim AC athletes who competed at the Connacht Uneven Ages Cross Country championships at St. Mary’s College in Galway on Sunday. In another glorious day of action, North Leitrim AC’s young athletes put in a series of fine performances.
The biggest race of the day was the 1,500m U-11 Girls race which had 92 runners. North Leitrim had a full team in this race and ended up finishing in 9th place. The U-11 girls put in a spirited performance with Ella McDaid leading the team home in a fantastic 12th place, while her sister Carrie had a fine run to finish in 36th place. Sarah Brady was next in 58th, followed by Lara Mulvaney 88th and Caoimhe Hughes 90th.
This race was followed by a good performance by our boys in the 1,500m U-11 race. The boys were led home by Patrick Montgomery who ran a marvelous race to finish 13th. Patrick is very recent member of the club and has been putting in some great performances. James Clinton ran a good strong race to finishing 36th. Evan Broughton was 46th, Eoghan Kearns 67th and Ruairi Power 72nd. The U-11 boys team finished up in a very respectable 7th place, out of a total of 11 teams. Well done to Mary Broughton who moved up an age group to compete in the 3,500m U-15 Girls race andy ran another fantastic race to finish an outstanding 7th place.
We must also mention our two other club athletes who ran in the Even Ages in Ballina. Eloise Clancy ran a great race in the U-12 Girls race, while Chloe Rooney ran well in the U-14 race.
Well done to Joanna Duignan and Elise Bruen who both qualified for the Connacht team for the All-Ireland cross-country championships. Joanna, making her first appearance in a Carrick vest, finished an outstanding 5th place in the U-17 Girls, a great achievement considering it was also her first ever Cross-country race. Elise finished a strong 10th in the U-15 Girls while another debutant, Sinead Reynolds also ran very strongly in the same race. David Bruen was just outside the top 12 in the U-17 Boys, finishing 13th with Shane Comer, another first timer for both Club and at cross-country, finishing a very strong 15th in a great debut race. Kasey Bruen was 24th in the U-13 Girls race. For Liam Rynn and Cian Murray, the U-17 race wasn’t a great experience as both dropped out with chest pains. Narada Patrasco also found the going tough in the U-15 Boys but all three boys will learn from the experience. Thanks to Mary O’Donnell, Siobhan Whelan, Callum Whelan and Cathal McElgunn for travelling over and supporting the gang in action in Galway. Well done to all the other Leitrim athletes on their performances.
Well done also to Graham Allen who won the Newcastle 5K race in Athenry last weekend in a time of 17.42, defending his title and running 33 seconds faster in the process – all the training with the new adult group in Carrick AC must be paying off!
Training continues as normal on Tuesday from 6 to 7 pm for the 7, 8 & 9 year olds and from 7 to 8 pm for 10, 11 & 12 year old Primary School children. The Post Primary group meet at the Complex on Tuesday at 7 pm with an indoor circuits session on Wednesday at 7 pm.
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