A number of runners from four Leitrim schools qualified for the Aviva Connacht Schools Cross Country Finals when the Northern Regional was held in reasonably good conditions at Sligo Racecourse on Thursday last.
Well over seven hundred runners from four counties took part in the eight races with the top six teams and individuals who finished in the first 30 qualifying for the Finals at the same venue on Wednesday February 20.
The Minor Girls race produced a Leitrim victory with Carrick-on-Shannon Community School with 27 points finishing well ahead of St Joseph’s, Foxford (39) and Ballyhaunis Community School on 43 points. Sara Crowe of Carrick Community School finished in 8th position and team mate Kasey Bruen ninth while Ballinamore’s Breege McGovern also qualified as an individual in 24th position.
The Minor Boys race drew a huge field and here also Carrick Community School qualified a team in sixth position (142) behind winners Rice College Westport, on 29 points. Ballinamore athletes Oisin McLoughlin (13th) and Riordan O’Rourke (17th) also qualified. Carrick’s Shaun Chandler was their first runner home in 12th position.
In the Junior Girls race, Mohill Community College (60) finished fourth behind Ursuline College, Sligo on 13 points with Dearbhaile Beirne leading the team home in second position in a race won by Caelainn McGonagle of Ursuline College. Carrick CS runners Eloise Bruen and Dara Morahan finisdhed 6th and 10th respectively and the Drumshanbo VS runners Aine Redican and Caoimhe Doherty also qualified for the Finals.
Ballinamore’s Junior Boys Jack Gilheany (12) and Sean Keegan (28) qualified for the Finals as did the Ballinamore PPS team of Eilish O’Dowd (6), Grainne Griffin (20) and Carla Leguen (28) with a total of 54 points in the Intermediate Girls. Here Joanna Duignan of Carrick Community School finished third behind winner Aoife Mulroy of St Joseph’s, Foxford and Mohill’s Aisling McNabola also qualified.
Keith Beirne of Mohill Community College finished sixth in the Intermediate Boys event where David Bruen (10) of Carrick CS and Ryan O’Rourke(24) of Ballinamore PPs also qualified. Michelle Beirne (11) of Mohill CC qualified in the Senior Girls race while the Drumshanbo VS runners Aidan McTigue and Mark Reynolds were among the qualifiers in the Senior Boys event.
Road League in Manorhamilton
The inclement weather on Sunday affected the turn-out for the first leg of the Letirim Road Race League with host club North Leitrim winning four races on the day. The following are the results to hand:
U10: 1 Emma Honeyman (Ballinamore), 2. Claire McWeeney (Ballinamore); U12: 1 Ella McDaid (North Leitrim), 2 Carrie McDaid (North Leitrim), 3 Ellie O’Rourke (Ballinamore), Team: North Leitrim; U17: 1 Mary Broughton (North Leitrim); Senior: Marie Walsh (Carrick)
U10: 1 Patrick Montgomery (North Leitrim), 2 Cian Mollaghan (Carrick), 3 Tom Hughes (North Leitrim); U-12: 1 James Honeyman (Ballinamore), 2 Oliver Charles (Carrick), 3 Barry McWeeney (Ballinamore). Team: 1 Ballinamore 15 pts, 2 North Leitrim 34 pts; U14: 1 Vincent Sweeney (North Leitrim), 2 Jack Flynn (Carrick), 3 Martin Earley (Carrick); Under 17 Boys: 1 Ryan O’Rourke, 2 Jack Gilheany, 3 Riordan O’Rourke (all Ballinamore), Team Ballinamore; Men: 1 Liam Feeley (North Leitrim), 2 Graham Allen (Carrick). 3 Paul McDermott (North Leitrim); Teams: 1 North Leitrim A 9 pts, 2 Carrick 13 pts, 3 North Leitrim B 23 pts.
A busy week and a half for the club with a lot of good performances on road, cross-country and indoors. In Sunday week’s Leitrim Indoors hosted by the club, we had a string of medal winning performances. Special thanks to all the parents who helped out on the day and ensured a smooth running of the first event of the year. In the relays, we had first and second in the U-12 Girls and Boys race, first in the U-14 Girls and first and second in the U-14 Boys races while the following were our individual medal winners:
U9: Catherine Cullen 3rd 1 lap, 1st Shot, Mae Harman 2nd Long Jump; U-10: Olwyn Moore 1st 1 lap & Long Jump, 2nd 4 lap; Maria McGrenaghan 1st 4 lap, 2nd 1 lap, shot & long jump; Hannah Stenson 3rd 1 lap; U-11: Emma O’Connell 2nd 1 lap & 3 lap; Johanna Dietz 1st Shot & 3rd 1 lap & 3 lap; Rachel McGarry 3rd Shot; Aine McGwynne 3rd Long Jump; U-12: Caitlin Surlis 1st Shot, 2nd 4 lap & Long Jump, 3rd 1 lap; Isobelle McKeon 2nd Shot; U-13: Roisin McGrenaghan 1st 1 lap, 5 lap, Shot & 3rd Long Jump; Emer Burke 2nd 1 lap, 5 lap & Long Jump; Orla McDermott 3rd 1 lap; Ellis Conway 2nd Shot, Ciara McCabe 1st Long Jump.
U9: Gerard Murtagh 1st 1 lap, 2nd Shot, 3rd 3 lap; Niall Holohan 3rd 1 lap, 2nd 3 lap, 1st Shot, Daniel Brady 2nd Long jump; U-10: Patrick Charles 1st 1 lap, 3 lap & Long Jump, 3rd Shot; Shane Finn 1st Shot, 2nd Long Jump; Paddy Keane 3rd 1 lap & 3 lap; U11: Oliver Charles 1st lap, 4 lap, Shot & 2nd Long Jump; Sean Brennan 3rd 4 lap; Kyle McCrann 2nd Shot; Jack Keeneghan 3rd Long Jump; U-12: Conor Hackett 1st Shot, 2nd Long Jump & 1 lap, 3rd 4 lap; Shane Wrynn 2nd 4 lap, 3rd 1 lap; Oisin Kearney 2nd Shot; U-13: Donal Casey 1st 1 lap, 5 lap, 2nd Shot; Jack Flynn 2nd 1 lap, 3rd Shot; Paul Keaney 3rd 1 lap; Kevin Brady 1st Long Jump; David O’Connell 2nd Long Jump; Adam Reynolds 2nd 5 lap; U-14: Niall Morahan 1st 1 lap, 6 lap, Long Jump & 3rd Shot; Shane Surlis 1st Shot, 2nd 1 lap, Martin Earley 3rd 6 lap, Mark Diffley 3rd Long Jump.
On Thursday last, our secondary school athletes were in action in the North Connacht Schools Cross-country. Joanna Duignan, despite a dislike for the event, does a great impression of a cross-country runner in finishing third in the Inter Girls, a great performance and a gusty run. In fact, the girls led the way last Thursday with Sara Crowe (8th) and Kasey Bruen (9th) in the Minor Girls and Elise Bruen (6th) and Dara Morahan (9th) in the Junior Girls all qualifying for the Connacht Finals.
Shane Comer, running for Boyle, finished a solid 9th in the Senior Boys while David Bruen, battling injury, finished 10th in the Inter Boys despite being well below his best. Shaun Chandler also qualified as an indvidual with a strong 12th in the Minor Boys while Brian Finn finished in 30th with their team also qualifying. Others in action included Megan Butler, Caillin Smith and Keelan McGinn. Thanks to the parents who came down to support the athletes on a bitterly cold day.
On Sunday, we had members in action in Manorhamilton and Athlone, both in very different conditions. Cian Mollaghan (2nd U10), Oliver Charles (U12), Jack Flynn (U-14)and Graham Allen (Senior) all took second place in their races with Martin Earley third in the U14 Boys race. Graham also finished 13th a week before in the Tuam 8Km in an impressive time of 28.54 and everyone wishes him the best of luck when he competes in the National Masters Cross-country in Gransha Park, Derry next Sunday.
Also last Sunday, Eanna Madden became the first club member to sample the magnificent new Athlone IT indoor arena when he competed in the AAI Indoor Games over 200m. He runs next Friday in the Inter Varsities with Gerard O’Donnell also down to make his come-back in the relay after almost a year out of action with injury. Best of luck to both lads.