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Munster Uneven Ages Cross Country

WEST MUSKERRY ATHLETES QUALIFY FOR ALL IRELAND

Posted: 9/11/2014 - The West Muskerry A.C. were in action on Sunday last the 9th of November in the Munster Uneven age Cross Country Championships in New Market on Fergus, Co. Clare. Medals were awarded to the first 12 individuals, the first three club teams and the first three Counties.

In the Girls U 17 Stephanie Cotter had a fantastic run. Stephanie who was competing up an age proved she has a natural talent as an athlete. Due to school commitments and illness her training has been interrupted but she still took to the line and fought extremely hard all the way to the finish line and was well deserving of the 4th place medal. She also helped Cork secure the gold medal in the County Team competition. She now has her focus fixed on the National Championships on the 7th of December next and a good spell of training.

In the Boys U 13 Connor O`Neill also had a great run. Although the nerves drained him of a lot of energy he composed himself as best he could and never gave in. His aim was to qualify for the All Ireland on the 7th of December and he was well deserving of the 6th place medal. He helped Cork secure the gold medals and also captained his team to 4th place which was enough to secure their qualification into the All Ireland Final also. All his team gave 100% and are now looking forward to the National Championships. They were Connor O`Neill, Brian McNabola, Tadgh Manning, Tom Downey, Eoin Moynihan, Conor Lucey and Connor O`Leary.

In the Girls U 15 Caitlin Hurley was back on form and she stormed home and earned her place on the Munster team for the All Ireland on the 7th of December. She was running up an age as were her team mates Sarah Kelleher and Jennifer Cotter. Caitlin sprinted up the hill and all the way across the finish line and was well deserving of the 10th place medal. She also helped Cork secure the silver medals as did her team mate Sarah Kelleher who also won the silver medal as part of the Cork team. Jennifer Cotter unfortunately got a stitch earlier on in the race but she finished showing great strength and determination. This was a great achievement for all three girls.

In the Boys U 11 James O`Neill who was also running up an age had an amazing race. He battled his way across the finish line and was well deserving of his 11th place medal and a place on the Munster team for the All Ireland. James also helped Cork secure the gold medal in the County team competition. James team mates who also rang extremely well were MacDara O`Conaola, Darren Moynihan, James McCarthy and Dylan De Foite.

In the girls U 13 Shannon Cotter also up an age had an excellent race. Shannon too dug deep going up the last hill and kept sprinting all the way across the finish line and was well deserving of her 11th place medal. Shannon also helped secure the gold medals for the Cork team. Her team mates only just missed out in the team competition but can be very proud of themselves. They were Annie Maher, Katelyn Kelleher, Sarah O`Neill and Grainne Twomey.

Billy Cronin also running up an age ran extremely well over the very touch course. Billy kept fighting and was just out of the individual medals on this occasion but he did help Cork win the gold medals and was well deserving of the gold medal for his efforts.

The Boys U 15, girls U 11 and the boys U 9 all ran extremely well with over 150 athletes in their races. The three teams fought well through the crowd and will definitely learn from this occasion. They were John Downey, James Downey, Chris Maher, David Lucey, Aoife Lucey, Niamh McNabola, Danielle O`Neill, Beibhinn Moynihan, Jamie Hourihan, James Lucey, Michael Downey, Oscar Cussen Walsh and Graham Lynch.

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