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Posted: 12/10/2014 - West Muskerry A.C. were in action on Sunday 12th of October in the Uneven Age County Cross County Championship in Conna. Medals were awarded to the first 6 in every race and the first three teams.

The Boys U 9 were the first to start for the club in the 750m race. It was the first time for all 4 boys to compete in a County Championships and they ran fantastically and all finished with smiles. The team were Owen McCarthy, James Lucey, Flynn O` Mahony and Michael Downey.

In the Girls U 11 1500m Aoife Lucy, Niamh McNabola and Beibhinn Moynihan also had a fantastic race. There were just under 90 competitors in this race and all three girls ran superb races with all finishing very high up in the field.

The Boys under 11 were just out of the medals in the team competition in their 1500m race but all ran extremely well. Some of the boys were running up an age but never gave in. This young team will be one to watch out for in the future. They were James O` Neill, Colm Gillespie, MacDara O` Conaola, Darren Moynihan and James McCarthy.

In the Girls U 13 2500m Shannon Cotter ran an amazing race and she battled all the way home and claimed the individual 4th place medal. Her team mates Annie Maher, Katelyn Kelleher and Sarah O` Neill also ran superb races and in the team competition both first and second had 55 points but on count back the girls were awarded the silver medals. This was a fantastic achievement for the girls as most of the team were running up an age.

The boys u 13 2500m was an extremely exciting race Connor O`Neill ticked every box on the day and went with a breakaway group 4 athletes. With 500m to go Connor went with the leader and a small gap had opened up. At the top of the hill two other athletes had joined the group again and passed Connor but with 100m to go again Connor lifted his game and sprinted all the way to the finish line and was well deserving of the individual silver medal. His teammate Brian McNabola also has a superb race and he was well deserving of the 6th place medal. Again in the team competition the boys were awarded the silver medals. The team were Connor O`Neill, Brian McNabola, Tadhg Manning, Eoin Moynihan and Conor Lucey.

The Girls U 15 3500m Jennifer Cotter, Caitlin Hurley and Sarah Kelleher all running up an age ran superbly. It was a very fast race and Jennifer Cotter even though she suffered a stitch on the last lap held it together and was well deserving of the 5th place medal. Caitlin Hurley battled in the home straight with another athlete and was just piped on the line and finished in 7th place. Sarah Kelleher sprinted home and she finished in 10th place. This was a fantastic achievement for all three girls and they are looking forward to their own Munster on the 26th of October.

In the Girls U 17 4000m Stephanie Cotter had a fantastic race. Stephanie was in 4th place for most of the race but on the final 200m closed the gap and sprinted home and was well deserving of the 2nd place medal.

In the U 19 men's race Billy Cronin is showing great promise and he came from 6th place up to the lead group with one lap to go. In the last lap he finished very strong and was well deserving of the 4th place medal. Billy is one to watch out for in the future. This team mate Seamus Gallagher was able to overcome the nerves and had the race of his life. He battled throughout the race and was well deserving of the 6th place medal. Both young men were running up an age.

In the Masters competition Jerry O`Mahony and Michael McSweeney both ran really well. Both would be well use of racing on the roads but wanted to give the Cross Country a go. They both did extremely well in their categories.

On Sunday the 19th of October a small group of our youngest athletes competed in the Juvenile County B Championships in Castlelyons and all ran superbly.

In the Boys U 9 James Lucey had a fantastic race and was well deserving of the bronze medal. He also captained his team to the bronze medals again another great achievement for the boys. The team were James Lucey, Jamie Hourihan, Michael Downey and Graham Lynch.

In the Boys U 11 Macdara O`Canaola also has a stomer of a race and he sprinted home and won the 6th place medal. Another great achievement for Macdarra. Unfortunately his team were out of the medals on this occasion but did extremely well. The team were James McCarthy, Rowan Mullane and Dylan De Faoite.

Tom Downey also had a good run in the boys U 13. Tom has been out injured for last couple of weeks but is coming back and was delighted to have finished the race knowing his injury is nearly better.. He is looking forward to getting stronger over the next couple of weeks and fighting fit back with his team again.

Well done also to Michael McSweeney and Jerry O`Riordan who competed in the Novice 6000m. Both men ran well and are looking forward to the Munster Novice in Tipperary next weekend.

Well done to Rachael O`Shea who competed in the Jerry Farnham Cross Country on Sunday. While she was disappointed with her performance she will have gained valuable experience from the race and is now looking forward to running in the Munster Novice on Sunday next.

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