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Munster uneven Ages CC 2016

ICING ON THE CAKE FOR STEPHANIE COTTER

Posted: 13/11/2016 - West Muskerry A.C. were in action in the Munster uneven age Cross Country Championships on Sunday last the 13th November in Limerick Race Course. Medals were awarded to the first 12 and the first three County Teams and first three club teams. It was another great day for the club as every athlete finished and gave their all in very tough wet and mucky conditions.

It was the icing on the cake for Stephanie Cotter who competed in the Girls u 19 and Junior Women's 4000m. Stephanie settled in on the 1st 2000m lap and got into her stride. When she was heading out onto the 2nd 2000m lap she upped the pace and only 3 girls were able to stay with her. With 800m to go she upped the pace again and no one could stay with her. She claimed the big hill at a steady pace and sprinted home and all the club were delighted that she was crowned Munster Junior and Munster U 19 Champion. She is now looking forward to her All Ireland final in Dublin on the 27th of November next.

In the Junior Boys 6000m Seamus Gallagher ran one of his best races ever. His aim was to qualify for the All Ireland on the Junior Cork team and he did just that in style by storming home and helping Cork secure the gold medals and also making the cork team. He is really looking forward to his All Ireland.

In the Girls U 9 Eabha Ni Conaola had a stormer of a race. She battled hard all the way around and never gave in. She stormed home in 5th place and also won the gold medal for Cork. Her team mates also ran superb and were out of the medals on this occasion. They were Rebecca O` Neill and Olivia Moynihan.

In the Girls U 15 3500m Shannon Cotter was on top form. Shannon was in a lead group of 8 athletes. In the last lap of the race Shannon worked hard and a group of 3 athletes broke away. With 200m to go Shannon sprinted for home and was well rewarded for her work finishing in 3rd place. Shannon also helped Cork secure the gold medals. Again, Shannon is looking forward to the All-Ireland.

In the boys, U 15 The West Muskerry boys had a very difficult course to run as it had been dug up from the previous races but it did not stop them. Tadhg Manning worked his way through the field of athletes and with 600m to go he was in 13th place. He battled hard up the hill and along the top of the course and sprinted with all he had down the home straight battling with the other athletes to win the 11th place medal. Tadhg also won gold with the Cork team. He too will take his place in the All Ireland. Connor O` Neill, Eoin Moynihan and Conor Lucey also ran well but on this occasion, were out of the medals.

In the girls, U 17 Jennifer Cotter and Caitlin Hurley ran much better races from previous competitions over a tough and muddy course. Both girls finished strong and both girls helped Cork to secure the silver medals. Both girls will be competing in the All Ireland and looking forward to it.

In the Boys U 17 Sean O` Sullivan ran very strong up an age and James Downey who was coming back from injury also ran well. Both boys will be competing in the All Ireland as part of the Cork team.

In the Boys U 13 Colm Gellispie ran a superb race. He was up an age and he gave it his all. His team mates also ran superb but were out of the medals on this occasion. Colm qualified for the All Ireland as part of the Cork team. His team mates were Darren Moynihan, Macdara O Conaola, Paul Downey and Dylan De Faoite,

The girl's U 13 had a great race. Most of the girls were new to the competition but they all finished strongly and are improving with every race. They were Rachel Kelleher, Danielle O` Neill, Lisa Kingston, Aoife Downey and Brigin Kelleher.

The Girls U 11 again ran superb and most were new to the competition. They were Eimear O`Sullivan, Lucia Duarte, Aisling O` Sullivan, Eve Murphy, Saorlaith Murphy, Emily Cronin.

The boys U 11 were also just unlucky in the team competition but all put in a fantastic effort. They were Jamie Hourihan, Evan Cunningham, James Lucey , Sean Lucey and Michael Downey.

In the boys, U 9 Patrick Downey also ran extremely well. While he found the mud tough he still had a smile on his face at the end of the race.

The very best of luck to all the West Muskerry athletes who are competing in Dublin in the All-Ireland Uneven Age Cross Country on Sunday the 27th of November next.

On Sunday last the 20th of November Michael Cotter and Jerry O` Mahony competed in the Munster Masters 7000m. Both ran extremely well. Michael was well deserving of the individual Silver medal in his age category. Michael also captained Cork to the Gold medals. Jerry O` Mahony was just outside the medals in his age category but is improving with every race he runs.

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