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Posted: 5/10/2014 - West Muskerry A.C. were in action on Sunday last in the Even Age County Cross County Championship in Coolalta on the lands of Mr. Gus Murphy. The club were honoured to host the event and even though there were heavy showers a hugh crowd came and some very talented young athletes could be seen in every race. Medals were awarded to the first 6 in every race and the first three teams.
In the Girls U 12 2000m Shannon Cotter and her team mates Katelyn Kelleher, Sarah O` Neill, Grainne Twomey, Aoife Lucey Dearbhla Walsh and Beibhinn Moynihan were absolutely thrilled to be crowned 2014 County Champions. They all ran superb. Shannon Cotter was well deserving of the 3rd place individual medal after a great battle down the finishing straight. All the girls are now looking forward to the challenge of the Munster Championships on the 26th of October next in County Tipperary.
The Girls U 14 3000m again was a very exciting race. Jennifer Cotter and her teammates Caitlin Hurley, Sarah Kelleher and Annie Maher all ran their way into the gold medal team position. Again a fantastic performance from all four girls. Jennifer also won the individual 3rd place medal and Caitlin Hurley won the individual 4th place medal. The West Muskerry Boys U 14 were unstoppable and they also claimed the gold team medals. They competed in the 3000m. Connor O` Neill won the individual 4th place medal and his team mates were Brian McNabola, James Downey, Tadhg Manning, Eoin Moynihan and Eoin McNabola. Another great achievement for the boys as most were running up an age.
James O` Neill had a superb run in the Boys U 10 1000m. James also had to battle hard in a very competitive race and was well deserving of the individual 4th place medal. His team mates Colm Gillespie and Kevin Underhill also ran extremely well. The boys u 16 competed in the 4000m and again all five boys ran superb and were rewarded for their effort when they secured the silver team medals. The boys were Colm O` Mahony, Christopher Maher, John Downey, Padraig Moynihan and David Lucey. Sharon O` Sullivan competed in the girls U 18 4000m and again ran superb. She was just out of the medals on this occasion but is looking forward to her next race. In the Girls U 10 1000m All seven girls ran fantastic races. They just missed out on team Bonze by 4 points. The team were Niamh McNabola, Rachel Kelleher Caoimhe Murphy, Danielle O` Neill, Aisling O` Leary, Roisin Walsh and Grace O` Riordan. The Boys U 12 ran very well in their 2000m but were out of the medals on this occasion. The team were Conor Lucey, Darren Moynihan, Raphael Roche and Noah Roche In the U 18 mens 6000m race Garry O` Sullivan, Billy Cronin and Seamus Gallagher ran extremely well. They were just out of the individual medals but again are looking forward to the next race.
In the Novice 4000m Rachael O` Shea, Clodagh Galvin and Karena McCarthy competed as part to the West Cork team. The team positions were very close with only a few points separating them. West Cork finish in 5th position. All the girls competed extremely well. Clodagh also won the silver medal in the U 23 category. The Novice Men completed 6000m and again all ran well. They finished in 12 place in the team category. The team were John Cronin, Jeremy Kelleher, Jerry O` Mahony, Martyn Underhill and Jerry O`Riordan.
A hugh thank you to Mr. Gus Murphy for the use of the field over the last few weeks. Also to Pat O` Neill, Stephen Downey, Hugh Kelleher, Richard Downey, James Downey, Jerry O Mahony, James O` Neill, Paul Downey and Johnny O` Sullivan and the browns who did a hugh amount of work in getting the field ready, setting up the course and putting up the signs. To all those who helped on the day, Those who helped on the road, the collectors at the gate, those who helped with parking, the helpers with the athletes, those who did baking for all the helpers and County Board staff, the finish line helpers, the course stewards, Ava Kelleher for taking photos, Killian Lynch for the use of the horse box and Stephanie O` Sullivan and Seamus Gallagher for their work with the Novice athletes check list. Without this voluntary help, the day would not have been as successful as it was.

The club are now looking forward to competing in the County uneven age & Masters Cross County in Conna on Sunday the 12th of October next.

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