Boyne AC had an amazing end to the 2017 Cross Country season at the All Ireland uneven age championships on Sunday last in Waterford, where the top 12 were presented with medals.
A gutsy finish from Eimear Cooney in the girls u11 race saw her overtake at least 2 competitors in the home straight to finish in 11th overall – a well-deserved national medal and a provincial gold medal to boot!!
Kate Culhane (out of age) ran strongly to finish in 41st. Sholah Lawrence ran well out of age in her first outing on the national cross country scene.
In the boys u11, Shea O’Donnell was a hot favourite to medal, having finished 10th out of age just 2 weeks ago, and he certainly did not disappoint! A tactical race saw him conserve his energy for the difficult hill, where he moved from 15th to the top 10, and a flying sprint saw him fight his way to a 6th place finish overall!
But the excitement didn’t end there – a fantastic 40th place finish from Lorcan Forde Dunne, with Alex Robertson in 51st (both out of age) and Emmet McEvoy in 68th saw these young men take home the 3rd place team medal- a first for Boyne at national level, with Daragh Peters and Sean Cummins adding to the overall team.
O’Donnell also earned himself a gold medal as part of the Leinster winning team. The u13 boys had a tough 2,500m to race over, and by now the ground was becoming more and more slippy underfoot – Neil Culhane got out early to stay within the leading pack for the duration and although tired after a fierce battle, was delighted with his 12th place finish. Danny Nugent and Paddy Price both ran well, despite a lost shoe by Price on the way round! Last, but by no means least, Eva Cummins raced strongly in the girls u19 event, a great end to a great day for the club!