Irish Schools’ Cross-Country Championships

September 1, 2008

After some recent excellent victories, hopes were high for the West Leinster Cross-country Championships.  

The Minor races were first up attracting approximately 200 athletes per race. Claire Brennan came in 3rd, while Siobhan Doyle came in an excellent 7th place. Both girls qualify for the Leinster Finals. The Minor Boys race was a tough event with Eoghan Farrell finishing in 8th place for Coolmine. Well-done Eoghan!  

Despite the Junior Boys great effort, they unfortunately failed to qualify for the Leinsters. Our Junior Girls team finished overall 2nd.  A strong result by all the girls qualifies them for the Leinster Finals.

Our Intermediate Boys team, one of the strongest over recent years did not disappoint. Liam Tremble won the race followed by Andrew Brennan in 12th, then Colm Carr, Conor Redin, Kevin Kelly and Niall McCabe. All the lads qualify as they finished in overall 1st place – an excellent achievement!

The Senior Boys race is always the toughest event,  geared towards athletes who specialise in Cross-country running. A pleasant surprise for Coolmine when the Senior Boys team took 1st overall place. Coolmines highest finishers were David Flynn who came 2nd, followed by James Kenny and Ciaran Marshall. In the Senior girls race Niamh Doyle won, racing in a higher age bracket then normal. Well-done Niamh!  

All in all a thoroughly successful day for Coolmine Cross-country. Coolmine are very proud of all students who competed. Every last runner completing a race can make a vast difference to the placement of the team.  

A big thanks to Mr. Ward, Mrs. Freeman and Mr. Phillips whose time and effort  helped the team do so well this year. Well done to all the athletes who trained hard and represented the school so excellently.