THE SECOND DAY of this year's Leinster Cross Country took the athletes to a new venue Dunboyne in Co. Meath last Sunday.
The day was very pleasant and the soft undulating course made it a stern test of stamina and speed for the large band of athletes who travelled from Carlow, mainly from the St. Laurence O'Toole club.
The day could not have started better for the club with Corrine Kenny a very impressive winner of the opening U-11 girls race.
Rhian Kidd was behind in fifth place with the rest of the team a bit too far back for the team to medal settling for fourth place which qualifies them for the All-Ireland.
Fiachra Fitzpatrick finished in 11th position in the boys U-11 and qualified for the Leinster team in the AllIreland.
The girls U-13 despite a good run from Anna Doyle packed a little too far back and failed to progress to the All-Ireland.
There was a much better show from the boys in this age group with Hugh Dooley having his best run ever in fifth place and with Cathal Dooley and Ben Dorgan inside the top 20 and Jack Mitchell just behind they picked up the bronze medals behind Mullingar and Tullamore. Finbarr Kavanagh was well up but faded towards the end of the race.
Bronze was also the team medals picked up by the U-15 girls despite the classiest run of the day by Siobhra O'Flaherty, dominating the race in first place and a very brave run by Laura Ward finishing third. The other scoring girls were Jessica Ankers and Clodagh Long.
The U-15 boys also medalled, this time silver, with the team led home in ninth place by Eamon Murphy with the other scores coming from Oran O'Flaherty Cian Heffernan and Conor Crowley.
With Jamie Wall from Tinryland an excellent fifth and John Byrne inside the top 20 the six boys took second place in the county competition and in the boys U-17 James Kelly Myshall AC kept the flag flying for his club with a good run.
The boys U-19 team completed a very successful day taking silver medals behind Mullingar who dominated the team in all ages.
Danny Lawler was again in sparkling form finishing second again behind Shane Fitzsimmons.
The gap was much closer this time and Danny now has his eye on the Junior Race in Fairyhouse in two weeks time where he will be aiming for a top five finish. Graham Power had his best race for some time in eleventh place with Conor Cleary Aaron Timmons and Francesco Vistentin completing the team.
Muireann O'Sullivan (U-19) and Sarah Dermody (U-17) for Tinryland AC ran well with Sarah finishing in 8th position.