A squad of 23 athletes travelled to sunny CIT on Friday last to compete in the first day of the South Munster Cross Country Championships. There were fine performances from all competitors on the day and the following medals were won. Darragh McElhinney won his heat for the minor boys 800m in a time of 2:17.30 and won the final in fine style in a time of 2:18.36.
Niamh Cotter had a tough battle when she ran in the senior girls 3000m, with 60metres to go she had enough power in her legs to out run her two opponents and sprint across the line to clench the gold medal.
Liam Cotter qualified from his heat to compete in the Junior Boys 800m, he found the going tough in this final but he was victorious in the 80m hurdles as he captured the silver medal in this event. Liam has just returned from a recent wrist injury and made a very strong comeback on the day.
Eoghan McElhinney finished a very credible fourth in the Intermediate boys 3000m; he found the going tough in this race.
Lauren Murray ran a great race in the Intermediate Girls 3000m and finish fourth; she completed the Bay Run recently so well done Lauren. Stephen Holland a Leaving Cert student ran in the Senior Boys 800m, he finished in third place to take the bronze medal. We wish Stephen the best of luck in athletics in the future and commend him on his sterling contribution to school athletics in the past five years.
James Crowley ran very well in the minor boys 800m, and Sophie O’ Sullivan jumped well in the Minor girls long jump.
Well done to all athletes! Thanks also to the following Transition year students who acted as officials on the day, Liam Cronin, Aaron Barry and Ciaran O’Sullivan.