The North Leitrim team of Caoimhe Hughes, Lara Mulvaney-Kelly, Ella McDaid, Aisling Cullen & Sarah Brady who won the Connacht U15 Girls team cross-country title in Westport last Sunday.
There was gold on the double for North Leitrim as Ryan Owen claimed provisional victory in the Connacht Novice Cross-country League and the club’s U15 girls won the team race.
Ballinamore’s Ellie O’Rourke again underlined her good form with an excellent second in the U15 Girls race, leading the County team to bronze medals in the inter-county race while Fiona Langan from North Leitrim won silver in the Novice women’s league.
The Leitrim U11 boys team, led by Drumshanbo’s Darragh Lee, claimed a brilliant bronze in the inter-county race while Carrick AC’s Anna Corcoran and North Leitrim’s Niamh Carolan, Sarah Brady and Aisling Cullen all qualified for the Connacht teams.
Ellie O’Rourke was Leitrim’s only individual medalist on the day as she finished a good second behind Irish Schools champion Saoirse O’Brien of Westport in the U15 Girls race. Despite being a year out of her age group, Ellie was the only athlete to get near O’Brien who finished over 100 metres clear of the Ballinamore AC runner.
However, Ellie was a huge distance clear of the third place runner as she was followed home by North Leitrim’s Sarah Brady in eighth with Aisling Cullen ninth. Ella McDaid just missed out on the Connacht team in 13th with Lara Mulvaney Kelly finishing 24th to round out the scoring team with Caoimhe Hughes 30th.
North Leitrim claimed the victory in the team contest by the narrowest of margins, their total of 54 points just one ahead of Galway City Harriers and three ahead of Swinford to pick up their second Connacht gold in the space of a week.
Leitrim picked up bronze medals in the U11 Boys inter-county race as Drumshanbo’s Darragh Lee finished an excellent 13th with Ballinamore duo Mark Ahern & Matthew Lee close behind in 18th & 19th. North Leitrim’s Luke Fitzmaurice in 69th, Mohill’s Alan O’Beirne in 75th and Roan McCarthy of Ballinamore in 76th filled out the team with Ballinamore’s Conor Gallogly 78th.
Ryan Owen produced another strong run to cross the line of the Connacht adult league in second place, sealing victory in the Novice Men’s category while another strong run saw Fiona Langan claim silver.
Carrick AC’s Anna Corcoran was the next highest finisher as she took 9th in the U17 Girls race despite being a year out of her age group while clubmate Fiachra Henry finished 18th in the U17 Boys.
Niamh Carolan followed up her good run in the even ages with a strong 10th in the U13 girls with North Leitrim’s Sinead Barrett & Abbie Moffitt 30th & 37th and Mohill’s Sarah O’Beirne 40th.
Eve Barrett (North Leitrim) was 17th in the U11 Girls race with Ballinamore’s Lucy Murphy, Aisling Maguire & Sinead Martin 48th, 54th and 58th.
In the U15 boys, Evan Broughton (North Leitrim) was top Leitrim finisher in 21st with Darragh Mitchell (North Leitrim) 32nd, Iarlaith O’Brien (Carrick AC) 35th and Diarmuid Giblin (North Leitrim) 37th. The U13 Boys race saw Edward Mitchell (North Leitrim finished 44th, Cian Mollohan (Carrick) 45th, Sam Kerins (North Leitrim) 47th & Danny Kerins (North Leitrim) 49th.