Boyne youngsters master Waterford course
BOYNE AC's gutsy athletes did their club proud when competing in the Woodie's DIY Novice and Uneven Age Cross-Country Championships at a soggy Waterford IT on Sunday.
The young athletes competing certainly had a challenge on their hands in the testing conditins and first to compete for Boyne AC, representing Louth, were the Under-11 boys. Over 1500m, the four boys certainly proved they were worthy of their place in this All- Ireland final, against strong competition in a field of 154 athletes.
Calum Sheedy led the way home to finish first for Louth in a strong 26th place overall, with Eoghan Brennan third for Louth in 74th place. Killian McLoughlin ran a great race to finish in an impressive 95th place, fifth for Louth, with Euan Canniffe close behind in 109th place.
Along with their county teammates from Dunleer AC, Louth placed an impressive 10th of the counties in Ireland overall.
Also representing Louth on the day were four Boyne athletes in the Boys Under-17 race. With a near treacherous course by the time the lads took to the field, it was sheer determination and strength that got them through.
Oisin O'Gibne, running out of age, finished in a strong 22nd position and was the second athlete home for Louth. Jamie Shiels finished in an impressive 86th, while Andrew Matthews, struggling with a knee injury, finished close behind and Cormac O'Gibne also ran a great race over a difficult 5,000m.
Also in action on the weekend was Niamh Kelly who competed in Glasgow in the International Schools Combined Events competition. Held indoors, the weather was not an issue for the strong Irish team competing and some impressive performances from all athletes on the team saw them finish in a superb third place overall.