Fantastic results for our athletes in the National Even Age Cross Country Championships in Abbotstown. For athletes in age this is the high point of their Cross Country season – just to make it this far is a big achievement. All our competing athletes had either qualified individually based on a top 12 finish at the Leinster Championships, through their club team based on a top 3 team finish in the Leinster championships or have made the county team based on their performances throughout the year. Since other competing athletes have qualified through the same procedure from their respective provinces, this event is a gathering of the very best athletes in the country. It’s testament to the hard work our athletes put in during the year that Boyne was represented by no less than 12 athletes on the day.
Undoubtedly the performance of the day came from Shea O’Donnell with a superb 10th place finish running out of age in the u12 2000m in a field of over 160 athletes. This run will surely help Shea in his upcoming u11 All Irelands in Waterford on Dec 17th. Caelan Quinn in his first season of racing finished a very credible 71st in the same race. In the Girls u12 2000m Eimear Cooney again showed her propensity towards Cross Country running with and excellent 35th out of 177. Also running out of age, Eimear was 2nd home for the Louth team which finished 6th county overall, greatly helped by the highly talented Erinn Leavy of Dunleer A.C. who took gold for the second year in a row – well done Erinn.
In the girls u14 3000m, the club team of Anna Faulkner, Saran Meite, Lily Cummins, Eabha Cosgrove and Meadbh Nolan had qualified through a 4th place club finish in the Leinster Championships. In a very large field on a tough course all girls put in a great effort to take 35th, 60th, 91st, 95th and 145th respectively. Meadbh and Eabha were both competing out of age.
With both competing out of age, Danny Nugent and Neil Culhane put in very strong performances to finish 25th and 45th respectively in the boys u14 3000m. Both had qualified individually through 8th (Neil) and 11th (Danny) placed finishes in the Leinster Championships. Danny and Neil’s season will culminate in the u13 All Ireland CC in Waterford in 3 weeks where both have also qualified individually from the Leinster Championships.
Our final competitor on the day was Sally Clarke in the Senior Ladies 8000m where Sally finished a very credible 73rd.
Well done to all and the very best of luck to all competing in the National Championship sin Waterford on Dec 17th.