Silver medal for O'Brien at cross-country finals
THE Munster Juvenile Even Age, U23 and Novice Cross Country Championships were held at Limerick Racecourse last Sunday in very wet and windy conditions.
Kerry's best individual medal of the day was won by Shona O'Brien (Spa Muckross) who came 2nd in the U14 girls. Laura Dwyer (Iveragh) ran well to finish in 23th place and Maedhbh O'Sullivan (Star of the Laune) came 28th.
Sean Horan (An Riocht) at 13th was the highest Kerry finisher in the U14 boys. Michael Devlin (Spa Muckross) was 25th and Aaron Dewy (An Riocht) 40th. The An Riocht team finished in 7th place.
In U10 girls Deirdre Kelly from Iveragh was the first Kerry athlete across the line in 26th place, followed by Clionadh Daly (Kenmare AC) 35th and Shauna McCarthy (Farranfore Maine Valley) 36th.
Cian Lynch (Spa Muckross) was 8th in the U10 boys, with teammate Luke Crowley in 14th place. Robert Stack from Lios Tuathail did well to finish in 28th place, having fallen earlier while in medal contention. The Spa Muckross team finished 9th overall. Kate Murphy (Kenmare) was the highest place U12 girl, finishing in 18th place.
Clodagh Enright (An Riocht) was 43rd and Rhona Randles (Kenmare AC) 47th. The An Riocht girls team finished in 11th place.
Patrick Galvin (Star of the Laune) was the first U12 boy over the line in 24th place. Ciaran O'Sullivan (Kenmare AC) finished not far behind him in 29th place and the 3rd Kerry U12 athlete to cross the line was Niall Carey (Star of the Laune) in 58th position.
Aoife Mahony (Lios Tuathail) came 18th in the U16 girls ahead of Eimear O'Donovan (Iveragh) in 23rd place and Mikaela Mulcahy (Kenmare AC) in 26th place. For the U16 boys Niall O'Shea from Iveragh ran a good race to finish in 9th position with teammates Cathal O'Donovan 22nd and Ciaran Clifford 42nd.
Laura Hallissey from Kenmare AC was the only Kerry athlete competing in the U18 girls race and she finished in a very creditable 7th place. In the U18 boys Darragh Browne (Lios Tuathail) also finished 7th, with Liam O'Connell (Iveragh) in 11th place and David O'Keeffe (Gneeveguilla) 18th.
Several Kerry women placed highly in the Novice race with Grace Lynch (Iveragh) in 4th place, Catriona Barry (Farranfore Maine Valley) in 11th placce and Siobhan Daly (An Riocht) in 12th.
Rachel Hawker (Kenmare AC) finished in 23rd place but it was An Riocht athlete Barbara Podraza's 31st place that was enough to give the Kerry ladies team 4th place overall. Niamh Clifford (Star of the Laune) took 3rd place in the U23 event.
Crossing the line in 6th place Darren Burke (An Riocht) was the 1st Kerry Novice man to finish. Robert Purcell Snr (Gneeveguilla) came 14th and George McCarthy (Farranfore Maine Valley) 16th. The An Riocht Men's team finished in 6th place.
Next Sunday, November 3, sees the final competition of the Kerry Cross-country Championships, the senior, junior and juvenile relays, take place in Cahersiveen. First race at 11am.
The action then moves to Castlelyons, Co Cork on Sunday November 10 for the Munster Juvenile Uneven Age and Intermediate Cross-country.