MORE DONEGAL MEDALS IN KILLYBEGS THREE COUNTY CHAMPIONS AND THREE TEAM GOLDS
The second stage of the Donegal cross country championships took place in Fintra on Sunday last and LAC juveniles added more success to their previous outing in Castlefin last week. This time the un-even age groups took centre stage and with the Ulster’s also being held in Killybegs (11th Nov) a good return of individual medals “ three gold, two silver, two bronze adding to three team gold and two team silver” will give good confidence for Ulster championships.
U9 GIRLS – It was good to see a new name surface for the club with Michaela Galvin taking the honours in the opening race, surely a star for the future.
U9 BOYS- Shay Doherty also showed good form taking third place in a very competitive race. Lenny Frain (17) PJ Gallagher (33) indicated good days ahead for these boys.
U11 GIRLS- the championships began with this race and a large field (46) saw the first individual medal. Megan Ryan taking Donegal silver medal, this young Milford girl should prove quite an acquisition for the club in the years ahead. Leah Mc Cormick (15) Eva Brennan (20) Keeley Harris (28) Caoimhe Kelly (38) and Ciara O`Donnell (39) all gained great experience from this outing.
U11 BOYS- another debutante for the club, Oisin Farren (12) learned all about the hurly burly of cross country running heading off in a field of (50) over 1500m, 12th was quite a good showing at this level. David Smith (23) Shay Brennan (17) bravely battled to the finish.
U13 GIRLS- following on her U14 gold success last week Laura Crossan added the U13 title to her C.V also leading this team to gold. Karen Gallagher U12 champion last week took silver, out off her age group. Also looks a great prospect, Jessica Gallagher (6) and Zara Galvin (11) provided great backup to earn team honours. Rachel Tinney (15) Eimear Devenney (17) Claire Doherty (22) Maria Afxentiou (26) also battled bravely through the large field.
U13 BOYS- A team silver medal here for Ben Carr taking bronze individual in another competitive field (36). Conor Farrell (9) Ronan Frain (13) Sean Martin (24) took the team honours with Neil Martin (33) Shane Diver (34) providing good backup.
U15 GIRLS- Another team gold and a solid performance by these girls who should focus on Ulster honours. Christine Russell (2nd), Altan Murphy (3rd) taking individual medals with Ciara Finnegan (5th) and Orla Fogarty (7) finding great team spirit for club honours. Edel Smith (10th), Rebecca Ryan (15th) and Shauna mc Fadden (16th) again gave great back up.
U15 BOYS- Gold again for quite a talented bunch of lads. Newcomer Donal Farren also took his first county title and being eligible for next season for this age groups shows what great prospect the club have uncovered, Good to see Oisin Toal back at this level and a county silver medal was no more than he deserved (2nd). Michael Gallagher (6th), Matthew Sweeney (9th) earned the team gold with Matthew Johnston (10th), Michael McGrory (11th) waiting in the wings for their day of glory. Ulster medals should be on the cards here also.
U17 BOYS- Last week’s U16 county champion Peter Gibbons (1st) did it again with another impressive outing. The double champion now heads to the Ulsters in great form. Sean Boyle (6th), Conor Morrison (8th), Patrick Mc McConigley (10th) earned the team silver medal and Enda Mc Bride (15th) was always challenging. Now all roads lead to Rostrevor Co. Down for the Ulster championship Saturday 27th October. With all age groups being confirmed to six team members, athletes will be notified at training re: team selection. Ulster lead to National Final Ratoath Co.Meath, Sunday 25th November for even age groups and Adamstown Co. Wexford, Sunday 9th December for un-even age groups so attendance at training is obviously desired if National medals are to be achieved. Let’s go for it!!!