Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 3rd October 2016

Six County Titles for West Waterford Athletes

Sixty athletes from West Waterford competed at the County Cross Country Championships last Sunday. A fine bright day meant conditions at the Friary were ideal for cross country running and Bro Lennon had the course all set up and ready for one of the best attended and most competitive juvenile championships of the last few years. West Waterford athletes were dominant in the individual and team races winning six individual titles and six team titles on the day and are well on course to retain the BabsConnors Cup for the best overall club at the championships.

Good Start from Eoin Prendrgast

This year for the first time an under 8 championship was held and while we do not have athletes that young training Eoin Prendergast younger brother of Caoimhe and Mary Kate took part in the boys race. Running strongly throughout the 500m race he put in a great finish to win his first county title.

Team Title for under 10 Boys

We had a very strong representation in the boys under10 race and with two in the top three they easily took first team prize improving on last year’s performance where they finished second under 9. They were led home by David Nyhan in 2nd place with Niki Fitzpatrick 3rd. Adam Fitzpatrick and Sam Blake in 9th and 11thplace completed the scoring four. Donal Roe was next home in 12th with John
Power 20th and Darragh Condon 25th.

Most of our under 10 girls were running in their first cross country race and many of them will be in their own age group next week in the under 9 race so Sunday was a good practise run for them. This race had the biggest field of the day with over forty athletes taking part. West Waterford athletes were led home by AoifeLatimore in 16th place followed by Aoife O’Donovan 20th and close behind was Aisling Condon in 22nd.Eabha Hickey made it in to the top thirty and we alsohad Sarah O’Riordan 33rd, Rebecca Noonan 34th and Doireann Moloney 33rd. Well done to all for completing your first cross country race.

Ali Cunningham makes it four titles in a row

We had some great running from our under 12 girls and boys as both won their respective team titles. Ali Cunningham and Caoimhe Prendergast battled it out in the early stages of the girls under 12 race with Ali coming home strongest to take her fourth county title in a row andCaoimhe taking the runner up spot. Angelina Chizhikovaput in a strong run to finish 7th and newcomer Katie Kenneally was 9th. These four combined to take the first team prize. Our under eleven girls who were competing for the first time showed good form and made up the bulk of the second team that took the silver medals. They were led home by Grainne Moore 10th followed by AlannaWillans 11th , Fiona O’Riordan 13th, Maebh Kiely 15th. Also running for West Waterford were Aisling O’Donovan 16th,Cathy Ní Sheanlaoich 19th, Eimear O’Neill 20th, Doireann Hickey 21st and Aoibhín Keith 24th.

In the boys race Ronan Mansfield claimed an individual medal when he finished in 3rd place this was a big improvement on last year when he finished in 6th place. Eoin Lattimore who was running in his first county championships finished 5th just ahead of DarraghO’Regan 6th and Ian Holmes 7thand these four combined to take first team prize. Another newcomer Cal Tutty was next across the line in 8th with Mark Power 14th and Thomas Broderick 18th. These have the makings of a very good under 11 team for next week’s race.

Individual Titles for Megan Keogh and Oisin O’Riordan

Next in action were the under 14 boys and girls and the distance increased to 3000m.
Megan Keogh added the under 14 title to the under 13 one she won last year. She ran strongly in a group of four for much of the race but proved best over the last couple of hundred metres to take the individual title. Eve Power also finished strongly to take 5th place with Kate Killigrew one place further back in 6th and Grace Power 8th was the fourth scoring member of the winning team. We also had a second team running in this race and they took the third team prize. The scoring four were Lia Cunningham 9th, Aoibh Murphy 10th, Kate Keogh 11th and Roisin Prunty 12th.

Oisin O’Riordan had to push hard all the way over the 300m as he and Callum Hearne of Ferrybank A.C.matched each other stride for stride for most of the distance. Oisin pulled ahead in the last hundred metres to take the under 14 individual title and led his team to first place. He was well supported by Rory Fennell in 4thplace Con Willans 5th Eoin Kiely 10th and Mark Blackwell 13th.

Under 16 Title for Cian O’Riordan in tight Finish

The closest finish of the day was in the under 16 boysrace. Cian O’Riordan and Jake Bagg ran together for the 4000m and it came down to a sprint to the line with Ciantiming his run perfectly to take the title on the finish line. Newcomer Conor Mullaney put in a fine performance to finish 5th and with Luke Power in 6th and Ciaran Frisby11th they took the team title.

In the under 16 girls Kate Hickey showed good form to finish second and lead her team to the silver medals. Mary Kate Prendergast was next home in 8th place just ahead of a much improved Danni Cunningham. AoifeO’Brien was next to cross the line in 12th place with OrlaKeane 14th and Hannah Hallahan 15th.
Sinead O’Brien was our only representative under 18 and as this race was run in conjunction with the junior and senior race you can see that result on the senior notes.

County Championships und 9,11,13,15,17 next Sunday

The second session of the County championships will be held next Sunday at 11.00 in the Friary. We ask all West Waterford athletes to be in the Friary by 10.15 so we can be registered and warmed up before the races begin. We hope for another large turnout of athletes from West Waterford at this event with the even ages moving up a year to compete.

Fixtures

  • Sunday 9th Oct County Championships under 9,11,13,15,17,19, Novice St AugustinesCollege 11am start
  • Sunday 23rd Oct Munster under 10,12,14,16,18 Novice ,under 23 Carrig na bhFear Cork
  • Training continues on Wed and Friday @ 6pm in the Fruary
  • Training on Saturday in Colligan @10am from under 12and up
  • Training on Monday @ 6pm for our older athletes