County Junior + Juvenile Cork CC Championships 2016
2 COUNTY TITLES IN SPACE OF 10 MINS FOR STEPHANIE COTTER
Posted: 11/10/2016 -
It was a fantastic day for West Muskerry Athletic club on Sunday last the 9th of October when they had the honour of hosting the County Junior and Senior and Juvenile Uneven Ages Cross Country Championships 2016. A huge thank you goes to Mr. Gus Murphy who allowed us use his land to host the event. A special thank you goes to all the club members and friends of West Muskerry A.C. who helped in setting up the course, the smooth running of the event, the parking, the taking down of the course, the baking and all the other jobs that had to be done and made the day such a success.
In the Junior & U 19 4000m Stephanie Cotter had a stomer of a race. In the first lap the pace was hot but she settled in with the leader. On the second lap she started to open up a 14-meter gap which the other athlete closed again going down the hill. Stephanie then took off again and opened up a 30-meter gap and there was no one going to catch her. She sprinted home and was not only crowned County Junior Champion, she was also crowned County U 19 Champion. Her teammate Stephanie O` Sullivan also competed in the Junior race and had a great race.
In the Girls U 9 750m Eabha Ní Conaola was running in her first County Cross Country and what a performance she had. She battled her way home in a very tight competition and finished in 3rd place and was awarded the bronze medal. Her team mates also ran super races and they were Rebecca O` Neill and Olivia Moynihan.
In the Boys U 13 2500m all the West Muskerry Boys ran superb. Again it was a lightning fast race and our boys were with them all the way. Colm Gellispie who was running up an age was delighted with his 4th place medal and his team mates followed very closely behind and were rewarded for their efforts when they got the 3rd team prize. The team were Colm Gellispie, Breandan O` Sullivan, Darren Moynihan, Macdara O`Conoala, Paul Downey, Dylan Defaoite and Rowan Mullane.
In the Girls U 17 4000m Caitlin Hurley also ran a fantastic race. After being disappointed with her previous race she came back to fight for a medal and she did just that. She settled into her running stride and on the second lap she started to make ground on the lead group. She battled hard going up the final hill into the finish and was well deserving of her individual 5th place medal.
In the boy's U 15 race again the blue and orange colour of West Muskerry A.C. could be seen with the lead group. Tadhg Manning battled hard all the way with the lead group. Coming into the finishing straight the athletes who were in 4th, 5th & 6th place were neck and neck and Tadhg was awarded the 6th place medal. His team just missed out on the team medals but all ran great races. They were Connor O` Neill, Eoin Moynihan and Conor Lucey
All the other athletes ran fantastic races and all finished strongly and will be back to fight another day. They were Darra Mangan, Patrick Downey, Conor Nash, Killian O` Mahony, Sean Lucey, Ordhan Creed, Ruadhan McKenna, Jack Mangan, James Lucey, Fionn O` Shea, Oscar Cussen Walsh, Evan Cunningham, Sean Kierse, Jamie Hourihan, James Downey, John Downey, Grace Kelleher, Fern Mullane, Kate Downey, Saorlaith Murphy, Eimear O` Sullivan, Eve Murphy, Emily Cronin, Lucia Duarte, Roisin O` Carroll, Rachel Kelleher, Danielle O` Neill, Brigin Kelleher, Aoife Downey, Lisa Kingston and Seamus Gallagher