THE Munster even age Juvenile championships and Men's and Women's Intermediate were held on a very testing Cross Country course in Waterford on Sunday last. Huge fields and high quality competition made all races very competitive with medals difficult to win.
Our best placed finisher was Niamh De Hora (Farranfore / Mainevalley) who was third in the Girls U-19. Michael Foley (Lios Tuathail) was fourth in the Boys U-15 followed closely by Cathal O'Donovan (Iveragh) in fifth, Niall O'Shea (Iveragh) eighth, Fiachra Clifford (Star of the Laune) ninth, Colin O'Keeffe (Gneeveguilla) 28th and Ciaran Clifford (Iveragh) 39th. These positions were good enough to secure the bronze medals for Kerry.
Cian Lynch (Spa-Muckross) was our leading finisher in the Boys U-9 in eighth place while in the Girls U-11 Natasha Myers (Farranfore / Mainevalley) was ninth and Abbey Lynch (Lios Tuathail) 21st. In the Girls U-13 Shona O'Brien (Spa-Muckross) had a fine run for fifth position with Sophie Lynch (Lios Tuathail) 25th.
Cillian O'Donovan (Iveragh) made a welcome return from injury to place 10th in the U-17 Boys his club mate Liam O'Connell was 17th just behind David O'Keeffe (Gneeveguilla) in 16th position. Others to run well included Ciaran O'Sullivan (Kenmare) and Niall Carey (Star of the Laune) in the Boys U-11. Tristan O'Donoghue (SpaMuckross) in the Boys U-13, his club mate Christine Cooper in the Girls U15, and Vanessa Dineen (Lios Tuathail) in the Girls U-17.
George McCarthy (Farranfore / Mainevalley) was our sole representative in the Intermediate Men and ran well for 15th position in the 70 strong field. Masters Cross Country. MARIA McCarthy (Farranfore / Mainevalley), Niamh O'Sullivan (An Ríocht) and Patrick O'Shea (Iveragh) were representing Ireland in the Masters Cross Country International in Belfast on Saturday last. Niamh was second in her M.4 category while Maria and Pat were scoring members of the Irish teams who claimed Silver medals in their women's M.1 and men's M.6 category respectively.