Friday 23 March 2018

Big Boyne contingent compete well at DkIT

ROUND two of the Louth Cross-Country Championships were held at DkIT on Sunday and more than 25 Boyne AC athletes competed superbly over the excellent course in near-perfect weather.

The U-17 girls and Intermediate women were first to run, and Nicola Welsh produced a fantastic run to finish second in the Inter event and Iveta Kaugare ran well over the 4,000m also, as did Rebecca Matthews who finished sixth in the U-17 4,000m.

The U-9 girls began the day's juvenile competition, with Eimear Doyle finishing in an impressive sixth place in a field of 22 athletes. The U-9 boys also had a very successful race, with Neil Culhane taking the bronze medal, Adam Byrne seventh, Karlos Kaugars eighth and Max Kingston and Liam O'Grady close behind.

In the Boys U-11 race Calum Sheedy sped home in first place after a strong run over 1500m, while teammate Eoghan Brennan also displayed some solid distance running to finish in third place, with Euan Canniffe and Killian McLoughlin eighth and ninth respectively. These results earned the four boys the gold team medal, while Jack Carolan was close behind McLoughlin in 10th.

Jessica Welsh ran out of age in the Girls U-13 2,500m and finished well in 12th position. In the Boys U-13 race Dylan Ludlow came in ninth, with Tom Cummins in 10th and Harry Carolan and Conor Brennan close behind, earning the boys the bronze team medal, with Eoghan Ryan also running well in this tough race.

Eva Cummins, running out of age, ran a fantastic race to finish third in her 3,500m event, with clubmate Eleanor Garvey running well also. Rurcan O'Gibne ran a solid race to finish second in the Boys U-15 3,500m.

Finishing the day's events on a high note for Boyne were the U-17 boys, where Oisin O'Gibne, also running out of age, finished in a strong second place. Ewan McArdle was fourth, Jamie Shiels fifth and Andrew Matthews sixth, earning the boys the gold team medal, with Cormac O'Gibne also running well over this long 5,000m course.

Drogheda Independent