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Junior and Master County A and B CC 2015

SEAMUS CROWNED COUNTY JUNIOR CHAMPION

Posted: 2/11/2015 - West Muskerry A.C. had another fantastic day on Sunday last when they competed in the County Junior and Master Cross Country Championships and the Juvenile B County Championships in Conna, Co. Cork.

Seamus Gallagher competed in the junior men 6000m and he did not have it all his own way. Seamus led the whole way round but the athlete from Old Abbey stayed on his shoulder at every step. The Old Abbey athlete made a move with 150m to go and both boys were neck and neck sprinting for home. It was very tight on the finish line with only a hair separating them but Seamus dipped for the line and this is what earned him the Title. He was awarded the gold medal with the West Muskerry supports roaring with joy. He is now County Junior Cross Country Champion 2015.

In the Junior Women's 4000m race Twins Sharon O'Sullivan and Stephanie O'Sullivan again ran fantastic races. Both girls settled into their stride in the early part of the race and on the final lap they worked hard to close the gaps on the other athletes. Sharon made her move on the flat and she opened a gap and on the last 100m she was well clear and well deserving of the bronze medal. Her sister Stephanie also battled hard over the final lap and finished in 5th place. In the boys U 17 3000m Colm O'Mahony ran very well and finished in the silver medal position. Colm is used of running longer distances but was very happy with his performance as he has not done too much speed work yet.

In the Boys U 9 750m Killian O'Mahony had a fantastic race. He battled through the long grass and the race was lightening fast. He came storming home in 4th place and was well deserving of his 4th place medal. His teammates Sean Lucey and Eoin Hurley also ran superbly and all three boys were well deserving of the silver medals in the team competition.

In the Girls U 11 1000m Rachel Kelleher battled hard throughout the course and there were 7 girls fighting for 6 medals coming in the home straight. Rachel clinched her teeth hard and was well deserving at the finish line of the 5th place medal. Her team mates also battled hard and never gave up. In the team competition the girls just lost out on the bronze medals and finished in 4th place but are improving with every race they run and their day will come very soon. The team were Rachel Kelleher, Danielle O'Neill, Moira Leahy and Eimear O'Sullivan. In the Girls U 9 750m Niamh Underhill had a superb race. It was a very fast race and she kept up with the main group and finished in 8th position just out of the medals which were awarded to the first 6.

In the Boys U 11 1000m again all four boys were running up an age but they did not let that stop them. They never gave up and were out of the medals on this occasion but if they continue to work away at training they will keep improving. They were Jamie Hourihan, Michael Downey, Kevin Underhill and Eoin Moynihan.

In the Boys U 13 1500m Conor Lucey made his comeback after being injured for the previous weeks. Conor ran extremely well as he had been only back training 1 week prior to the race but wanted o give it a go. Conor will continue training over the next couple of weeks and you can be sure you will see his name in the results very shortly.

SUPERB PERFORMANCE FROM WEST MUSKERRY MASTERS

In the Master Men 7000m the West Muskerry men competed in a very experienced Master field but all four ran superbly. All four battled their way around the course and gained positions right up to the finish. They were out of the medals in the team competition but gained huge experience from the race. The team were Sean O'Lionaird, Jerry O'Mahony, Michael McSweeney and Martyn Underhill.

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