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ALL IRELAND MEDALS FOR WEST MUSKERRY A.C.

Posted: 24/11/2014 - What a day the 17 fantastic athletes from West Muskerry Athletic Club had at the All Ireland Even Age Cross Country Championships in Dundalk on Sunday the 23rd of November. Medals were awarded to the first 12 athletes, the first three Provincial teams, the first three County teams and the first three Club teams. There were over 160 in every race and the standard of competition was extremely high. The 17 athletes brought home a total of 1 gold and 10 silver medals between them.

In the girls U 12 2000m Shannon Cotter was competing on the Cork team and what a great start to the day. Shannon fought through the pack and sprinted down the last hill and up the finishing straight just missed out on an individual medal but she helped Cork to secure the Gold All Ireland Medals in the County competition and was well deserving of the gold medal. In the Girls U 14 3000m Caitlin Hurly had a stormer of a race. Again Caitlin got out of the shoots well at the start and settled into her stride and worked her way up. She came stroming through the field, passing athletes all the way home. She just missed out on an individual medal but the experience she gained along with her determination will stand to her in future races. Her teammates Jennifer Cotter, Sarah Kelleher and Annie Maher also had a fantastic race and if they stick together they will definitely be a team to watch out for in the future. They finished in 7th place in the team competition and Jennifer and Sarah also helped Cork secure the silver medals. In the boys U 14 3000m Connor O`Neill had a fantastic race. He was running up an age but this did not stop his determination. He stayed with the front pack in the early stages of the race and ploughed his way through the muck and water. He came home and gave it everything he had just missed out on the individual medal but was well deserving of the silver medal on the Munster Team and the silver medal on the Cork team. His team mates also ran very well in their First All Ireland. They finished in 10th place in the team competition. The team were Connor O`Neill, Brian McNabola, Eoin Moynihan, James Downey, Tadgh Manning and Eoin McNabola.

In the Boys U 18 6000m we had three athletes competing. They were Garry O`Sullivan and Billy Cronin who were part of the Munster and Cork teams and Seamus Gallagher who was also part of the Cork team. Garry got a poor start but settled into the race and started to pick them off as he went and on the last lap he really upped his game and was rewarded with a silver medal for the Munster team and a silver medal for the Cork team. Billy Cronin did likewise and is improving with every race he runs. He too was rewarded for his efforts with a silver medal on the Munster team and a silver medal on the Cork team. Their teammate Seamus Gallagher battled bravely throughout the whole race and again had an excellent last lap. He too was rewarded for his efforts with a silver medal on the Cork team.

In the junior women 4000m we had three athletes, Rachael O`Shea, Sharon O`Sullivan and Stephanie O`Sullivan. All three ladies worked really hard throughout the whole race and battled their way through the mud. Rachael powered her way home and also helped secure the silver medals for the Cork team. Sharon & Stephanie also finished very strongly and have gained valuable experience as they will be Junior for another two years. Best of Luck to the athletes from the club competing in the Munster B Cross Country Championships on Sunday next the 30th of November.

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