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Sunday 26 June 2016

Local boys make mark in Europe

Published 11/12/2013 | 05:28

IT may have been just an average Sunday for most people, but for local athletes Andrew Coscoran and Aaron Hanlon it was the biggest day of their athletics lives as they competed in the European Cross-Country Championships.

IT may have been just an average Sunday for most people, but for local athletes Andrew Coscoran and Aaron Hanlon it was the biggest day of their athletics lives as they competed in the European Cross-Country Championships.

Coscoran, from Star of the Sea AC, was part of the six-man Irish team for the Junior Men's race, and having finished 'only' fourth in the Dublin qualifying race he gave his all in the Serbian capital Belgrade to finish second Irishman across the line.

Coscoran, who still has two more years at this age group, settled into the race well, keeping in the middle of the field until half-way. Then, with 3km left he steadily made his way through the field to finish in 40th position.

Fellow schoolmate of Coscoran in St Mary's DS, Aaron Hanlon (now with Clonliffe AC but formerly a member of Dunleer AC), finished just behind him in 47th and the Irish Junior Men's team finished ninth overall.

In the Ladies Senior race Moynalvey's Sara Treacy improved from last year's 42nd place to finish 31st and was the second Irish girl home as the team came sixth overall.

Meath Athletics Board have congratulated Coscoran and Treacy on their brilliant performances, and Dunleer AC have also paid tribute to Coscoran and their former member Hanlon.

Dunleer will have 22 juveniles in action at this coming weekend's National Cross-Country Championships in Waterford and the youngsters - all aged nine to 17 - are wished good luck and congratulations on qualifying for the biggest cross-country competition in Ireland.

Drogheda Independent

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