St. Joseph’s students from 1st Year to 4th Year took part in the Clare Secondary Schools’ Cross Country Championships last Thursday November 17th. The event was held in the Lee’s Road Complex in Ennis on a bitterly cold and wet winter’s day.
Our minor girls were first to run – Abi O’Sullivan (10th), Eimear Murphy (11th), Maeve Egan (18th), Kate Fitzgerald (19th), Beatrice Vaughan, Emma O’ Brien, Karen O’Sullivan, Chloe Reidy and Alannah Mulready put in fine performances despite the tough conditions. This girls team came in 5th pace overall in a strong field of competitors.
Next to compete were our minor boys – with a very successful third place victory, winning bronze medals for the team. These boys were led home by Darragh Keogh in a very impressive in 6th position, closely followed by Fionn Hickey (8th ), Michael Ryan (14th) and Enda O’Halloran (20th). Also running were David Cunnighan, Diarmuid Molloy, Sean Withycombe, Neil Callaghan, Gearoid Vaughan, Eric Bergquist, Tony Leyden, Niall Borrmann, Cian O’Connell and Eoin O’Connor.
In the junior girls race Cliodhna Ryan and Evi Bartelink put in fine performances.....
Our junior boys running were Fiachra Hale, Adam O’Neill, David McInerney, Dean Murphy, Ben Ryan, Oisin Clune, Jimmy O’Gorman, Adam Hogan, Aaron Shanahan, Liam McInerney, AJ Reynolds and Ronan McGrath. Great performances from these boys gained 4th place in the team event.
In the intermediate boys event Padraig Cahill (15th) and Fintan Caulfield (17th) put in solid performances in a race with 52 competitors. They were closely followed by Ben Purcell, Stephen Donnellan, Cormac Murphy, Billy McNamara, Joe O’Sullivan, Shane Nolan, Luke Meade, Alex Cronin, Fionn Langan and Darragh Noonan. These boys came 4th in the team event.
Fantastic individual performances from our senior girls led to them winning the gold medal in the team event – Aoife Vaughan (3rd), Eilis Whitney (4th) and Ciara Halpin (6th) also winning individual medals for their top 6 finishes. Alannah Ryan and Aisling Dooley were also running.
The last event of the day was the senior boys race - David Meehan (2nd), Cian Keogh (4th), Feargal Kearney (6th) and John Duggan (7th) all finishing within the top eight positions. They were closely followed by Cathal Browne, Sean Cahill, Conor Tuohy and James McGrath. These outstanding performances from the boys delivered Tulla’s second gold team medal.
We are so proud of all of our athletes as their great performances on that cold, wet November day led to St. Joseph’s taking first place in the Best Overall School for the “Tully Cup” 2016. Well done to all our runners!
We are now looking forward to the North Munster Schools’ Competition to be held in Pallaskenry in January.