Top Class Performances at the National Cross Country Championships
The National Cross Country Championships for Even Ages took place in Abbotstown in the National Sports Campus earlier today. Although the weather was dry for the event, rainfall earlier in the week left the course in muddy condition which made it difficult for the athletes to negotiate in places.
Oisin Maher was the first GCH athlete to the line in the U12 boys competition. Oisin ran a tremendous race keeping the leaders in sight at all times and he held on for 9th place which guaranteed him a medal as a top 12 finisher. Oisin also led the Connacht team to bronze medals with his fine run.
Caitlin Podmore and Clodagh Quirke were up next in the U14 Girls race over 3,000m. The girls were competing as part of the Galway team and did themselves proud. Caitlin finished 113th and Clodagh 123rd.
At U16 level William McDonnell ran a strong race to finish 38th overall and he was followed by Eoin Killeen in 101st and Brian OCulain in 112th place.
The U18 and U20 race was ran as one race with U18s allowed to score for the U20 team. Thomas McStay ran the race of his life to take the individual bronze medal in a hughly talented field, holding off the challenge of International athlete Jamie Battle. Places were up for grabs for the upcoming U20 European Cross Country in Lisbon and Thomas has certainly put himself in a strong position for selection. The GCH team finished in 4th place overall. Jack Maher finished a fine 36th, Rian De Bairead 47th, Barry Murphy 54th Sean Forrest 98th, Alvaro Gamiz 101st and Aidan Brock 135th. Unfortunatlely Aaron Brennan had to drop out during the race. Together with Craughwell athletes , William Fitzgerald and Patrick Noonan the Galway team clinched the bronze team prize.
Day 2 of the Nationals for the Uneven ages takes place on 15th December in Dunboyne,