WEST Muskerry A.C. was thrilled with the achievements of their athletes when they competed in the All Ireland Even Age Cross Country championships on Sunday, November 25, in Rathoath, Co. Meath.
The underfoot conditions were very tough but this did not stop our club bringing home a total of 11 gold, eight silver and one bronze medals.
The Girls U12 were first in action. They had 2,000m to run and they battled all the way. All the girls finished very close to each other and they were deserving of the Gold medals for the team competition. This team put in a lot of hard work over the last month and it definitely paid off. The team received 84 points and the nearest team to them receive 177points.
The team were Sophie Harrington, Jennifer Cotter, Caitlin Hurley, Sarah Kelleher, Katie Dineen, Aoife Twomey and Meabh O'Riordan. Sophie Harrington, Jennifer Cotter and Caitlin Hurley all scored on the Munster team and received the silver medals and they also scored on the Cork team along with teammate Sarah Kelleher and also received the silver medals. What a fantastic achievement for all seven girls.
In the girls U14 3,000m Caoimhe Harrington had an outstanding race. She settled into her stride in the first lap and had opened up a gap of 50 meters going out to the second lap. She cruised home in fine style to be crowned All-Ireland U14 champion. Caoimhe also captained the Munster team to the Gold Medals and also the Cork team to the gold medals. Caoimhe is definitely an athlete to watch out for in the future. Her teammate Stephanie Cotter also ran well and was well deserving of the gold medal as part of the Cork team.
In the boys U16 4,000m Billy Cronin battled his way around the course. He ran strongly and was just unlucky to be out of the medals for the Cork team. Billy will take the positives from this race and put them to good use when he competes on Sunday the 9th of December in Wexford in the U17 All Ireland final.
In the Girls U18 4,000m Rachael O`Shea ran very strongly in the mucky conditions. She battled her way continuously and never gave in and was well deserving of the individual ninth place medal. Rachael also scored on the Munster team who won the silver medal. Another great achievement for Rachael.
The club will be competing in the Munster 'B' in Newmarket-on-Fergus on Sunday next, December 1, and we wish them all well.