North Sligo AC goes cross-country

Published 23/11/2011 | 08:39

North Sligo A.C. girls who took the silver team medals in Ballinamore uneven age groups. From left Niamh Henry, Sinead Regan, Sadhbh Mccarthy and Deirbhile Mccloskey.

NORTH SLIGO AC had two very successful weekends at the Western Region Connaught Cross Country Championships.

The Even Ages were held at Sligo Racecourse, Cleveragh in glorious sunshine over the same course as the National Championships which will be held this weekend.

The U12 Girls were first off and we had good performances from Sadhbh Mccarthy and Sinead Regan who finished well in 17th and 19th place. The Boys U12 put in a great performance and collected the Bronze medals lead home by Michael Kerins in 13th place, Conal Stenson 19th, Owen Anderson 21st, Colm Mcbrien 25th, Joe Spelman 34th and Conor Herity 44th.

The U14 Girls qualified for the National Championships as 4th Team, Niamh Cronin 15th, Kate Anderson 16th, Niamh Henry 17th and Matea Leahy 20th. In the U14 Boys, James Devaney qualified in 9th place, in his bad age group. The U16 Girls were lead home by Kathy Devaney in 9th place, Tory Mcglynn 10th, Katie Mcglynn 14th , Sorcha Fallon 15th, Cliodhna Mcgowan 18th and Jade Murphy 21st.

The team combined well to claim the Bronze medals . Next up was the U16 Boys, the race was dominated by Cian Mcbride and William Crowe, who were competing out of their age group. The boys lead the team home with Cian finishing 1st, William 2nd, Daire Mccloskey 22nd, Ben Roberts 24th and Aaron Mcelroy 25th securing the Bronze medals. Elan Mccarthy qualified in the U18 Girls race in 8th place.

The Uneven Age groups were held in Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim and again the athletes from North Sligo AC gave a good account of themselves with many notable performances over this very tough testing course. The Girls U11s were first to the start area and Laoise Mcbrien ran a great race to finish in the top 30.

Our U11 Boys were lead home by Michael Kerins who led the race from the gun but unfortunately got caught by the chasing pack with only 150m to go, Michael finished a very good 4th place in his first Connaught Championships.

This young lad is already showing exceptional talent and has without doubt a bright future ahead in our sport. The other members of this team were Conor Mcgowan, Oisin Gilmartin, Seamus Keogh, John Kerins and Ryan Roberts.

Our Girls U13 Team showed great potential claiming the Silver team medals in a quality field, Niamh Henry 12th , Sadhbh Mccarthy 13th, Deirbhile Mccloskey 17th and Sinead Regan 20th.

In the Boys U13, James Devaney finished in 9th place and Colm Mcbrien finished in the top 30. Our U15 Girls, weakened by two girls absent due to illness, put in a great performance to lift the Bronze medals, Tory Mcglynn, Kathy Devaney, Matea Leahy and Jade Murphy.

The Boys U15 was next up, again our boys dominated with Cian Mcbride completing the double by collecting the Gold individual medal, William Crowe who was suffering from a bad cold put in a gritty performance taking 3rd individual, Daire Mccloskey 12th and Sean Power in 13th place and helping to secure the Gold Team medals for the Club. Ronan Anderson on his way back from injury will join this team and should give a good account of themselves in the National Championships which will be held in the Curragh, in December.

In the U17 Girls, both Elan Mccarthy and Sorcha Fallon qualified in the top 10.

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