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Munster Even Ages CC Championships 2016

MUNSTER DELIGHT FOR STEPHANIE COTTER

Posted: 23/10/2016 - West Muskerry A.C. were in action in the Munster Cross Country Championships on Sunday last the 23rd of October in Carrignavar. Medals were awarded to the first 12 and the first three County Teams and first three club teams. What a great day it was for the club with 44 athletes coming home with 27 Munster medals and some fantastic performances from all the athletes.

Stephanie Cotter competed in the Girls u 18 4000m. The course was lightning fast but Stephanie battled her way around the course having to close the gap on the leader twice during the race. On the final lap, she was well into her stride and took the lead and opened up a gap of 30 meters in the space of 5 seconds and there was no catching her after that. She stormed home and was well deserving of the gold medal and crowned U18 Champion 2016.

In the Girls U 10 Katie O` Neill competed in the 1000m and again a fantastic run by someone so young. Katie's race was almost a sprint from start to finish but she never gave in and kept the fight going in a very close finish by all the girls. Katie was well deserving of the 7th place medal. Katie also scored on the cork team winning the silver medal. Her team mates also ran extremely well and finished in 5th place in the team competition. They were Saorlaith Murphy, Emily Cronin, Grace Kelleher, Eve Murphy, Fern Mullane, Aisling O` Sullivan, Kate Downey, Rebecca O` Neill and Roisin Carroll.

The boy's U 12 2000m was also a cracker of race and Colm Gellispie and Breandan O` Sullivan were right up with the lead group battling away. Colm sprinted up the home straight and was well deserving of the 4th place medal and Breandan finished shortly after in 9th place. Both boys have now qualified for the All Ireland Championships as part of the Munster team. The icing on the cake came when their team mates battled in behind them and were only just piped for the gold medals by 1 point but were all well deserving of their silver medal and all have qualified for the All Ireland on the 27th of November next. They were James O` Neill, Evan Cunningham, Jamie Hourihan, James Lucey and Rowan Mullane. Colm and Breandan also helped Cork win the silver medals in the County team event.

In the Girls U 14 3000m Shannon Cotter made a very hard race for herself but proved she has got what it takes in the end. She was back in the 30's after the first lap but kept her composure and gradually made her way up to the lead group and sprinted home to be awarded the 8th place medal and a place on the Munster team for the All Ireland. Shannon also helped Cork secure the gold medals. Her teammates also ran well but were out of the medals on this occasion. They were Sarah O` Neill, Aoife Downey and Brigin Kelleher.

The boy's u 16 was another super fast and exciting race. All 4 boys from West Muskerry A.C ran superbly. Sean O` Sullivan and James Downey were in excellent form and battled hard from start to finish and even had time to encourage each other on during the tough parts of the race. Sean sprinted home and finished and was followed closely by his team mate James Downey and both boys helped Cork secure the Silver medals. Again, in a very tight battle in the team events the boys secured the bronze medals. The team did an outstanding job and were Sean O` Sullivan, James Downey, Connor O` Neill and Tadgh Manning. They are all looking forward to the All-Ireland in November.

In the girl's U 16 4000m Caitlin Hurley and Jennifer Cotter did not have their best performance but even though they were not at their best they still fought hard throughout the race. Caitlin helped Cork secure the bronze medals and Both Caitlin and Jennifer have qualified for the All Ireland on the Cork team. They are looking to improve and get back to their best in the All Ireland.

Rachael O Shea ran superb in the Novice & U 23 race and is enjoying competing again. She won the bronze medal and is looking forward to her indoor season in January. Her team mate Stephanie O`Sullivan also ran well and she is looking forward to competing in the Munster Junior in a few weeks.

All the other athletes ran superb and gained valuable experience from the competition. They were Conor Nash, Fionn O` Shea, Sean Lucey, Killian O` Mahony, Lucia Duarte, Rachel Kelleher, Danielle O` Neill, Eimear O Sullivan, Paul Downey, Conor Lucey, Darren Moynihan, Seamus Gallagher, Henry Browne and Jeremy Kelleher. Well done to all.

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