Tuesday 23 January 2018

Young Boyne AC athletes shine in cross country event

AT the ever popular Star of the Sea A.C. Annual cross country event, in glorious sunshine, there were over 20 Boyne A.C. athletes taking part in what was for many the first cross country race of the season.

U-9 girls were first off with Eimear Doyle coming in a fantastic 9th place and Ella McLoughlin running out of age in 15th place.

Eimear's sister Caoimhe also out of age and finished not far behind to secure the girls third place for their team.

U-9 boys saw Carlos Kaugars run a brilliant race to finish 9th, closely followed by Adam Byrne and Liam O'Grady. U-10 girls ran next with two athletes from Boyne taking part, Caer Ní Ghibne finishing in bronze medal position and Anna Faulkner close behind in 10th position.

U-11 girls ran a tough 1,000m course and Úna O Grady ran the bravest race of the day, having fallen on the last 100m and got up again to finish out the race!

U-11 boys was another tough race with Boyne athletes, Callum Sheedy and Killian McLoughlin finishing very well in 10th and 15th place respectively.

U-12 girls saw Jessica Welsh represent her club over a very difficult 1500m course, finishing well up the field in 9th position. And also in the boys U-12, Tom Cummins braved the course and finished in 12th place, while his sister, Eva, was 9th over the line in the U-14 race over 2,000m.

Next up were Ruarcan Ó Gibne who managed to hold off all of the competition in the boys U-14 event and finish in first place, with Lorcan Hughes running brilliantly to hold onto 10th place.

Eleanor Garvey put in a great run to finish 9th in the girls U-15 race and last up were the boys U-17 - Boyne had a field of 5 athletes running the tough 4,500m course. Oisín Ó Gibne, running out of age finished in a fantastic 3rd place, Jamie Shields, also out of age, crossed the line in 14th position followed immediately by Ewan McArdle, securing the 3rd place team medals for Boyne AC.

Cormac O Gibne ran very well also and finished in 19th position. Andrew Mathews put in a great effort over the first two laps but unfortunately had to pull out due to an injury.

Huge thanks to Star of Sea AC for a great day, and to Coach Keith Byrne for all his help on the day.

Drogheda Independent

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