2014 Co Cavan Even Age & Masters Cross Country

Annalee AC athletes enjoyed their first event of the 2014 cross country season with team wins in twelve of the sixteen races as well as winning eight individual championship titles.

Lilah Dolan was the first Annalee winner of the day. Lilah led from the start in the 3k race with a strong run ensuring that she retained her V3 Masters Championship title. Paul Connolly finished 3rd in the V3 Men’s 5k race and led home the gold medal winning team with Mark McNamara and Peadar McKiernan in 4th and 6th places respectively. The V3 Ladies also won with Fiona Connolly and Evelyn O’Reilly the two other scoring runners in 4th and 5th.  The V1 men packed well with Elvin O’Brien 2nd, Paddy Devine 3rd and Brendan Jennings 4th place finishes ensuring they also took team gold. The V1 Ladies was second in the team stakes and Fionnuala Gilmartin was the top finisher in 4th spot.

 

There was no stopping Conall Mooney and Luke Gilmartin as they finished in first and second places in the U10 Boys 600m race while Cormac Crotty and Senan Sheils were close behind in 4th and 5th place. Ella Kenny, Renee Crotty, Ellie Brady and Aoibheann Clarke finished close together in  2nd, 3rd , 4th and 5th in the U10 girls. Both U10 Girls and Boys won team golds.

Donncha McNamara and Odhran O’Reilly have been performing very strongly in the cross country races over the past few years and they ran very well again this year with Donnacha winning the U12 Boys 1200m Championship and Odhran coming second. Alex Prior and Callum Kelly were the next runners in for Annalee in 5th and 9th place and this was good enough to win the team competition. Lucy Hogan was impressive as she was a runaway winner of the U12 Girls County Championship title. Emily Sheridan, Kate Donohoe and Maeve Young finished 6th, 9th and 10th and the U12 Girls team finished in second spot. Mary Kate Gannon ran well to finish in 6th place in a tough U14 Girls 2k race. The other scoring U14 girls team runners were Blathnaid O’Reilly in 8th, Cliodhna Sheridan in 11th and Alana O’Brien in 12th and that was also good enough for second place in a tight competition.

The Annalee U14 Boys won their team category. Daire O’Reilly was 3rd with Conall Ruddy in 5th, Chavez Moore running very well in his first county race finished 6th and Adam Kelly was 11th to ensure a further team gold. Then there was a clean sweep of the medals for Annalee athletes in the U16 Boys category. Ciaran O’Reilly easily won the U16 Boys 3000m race. Cian Brady was second and Cormac Donohoe was 3rd while Enda Langty and Oisin McBreen were 4th and 5th respectively. Unfortunately, Annalee had no team in the U16 Girls with Abbie Sexton and Veronika Failer the only two club runners and this was the only age category in which no team medal was won by the club..

There were further clean sweeps of the top positions in the U18 and Junior Girls 4k and in the Junior Boys 5k. Clodagh O’Reilly, Caoimhe O’Reilly, Hannah McHugh and Jamie Gannon were the top 4 in the girl’s race while Louis Courtney, Aodhagan Watters, Eoghan McCormack and Wesley Moore took the top four spots in the Junior Boys. Annalee teams won all for U18 and Junior team competitions.

The overall cross country county title is awarded each year to the club with the most points from all 3 days of cross country competition. Annalee AC have taken a strong lead after the first day with a score of 122 points which is 68 points ahead of the second placed club.

 © Miriam Griffin 2012