Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 12th December 2016

Superb Run sees Lucy Holmes win under 15 All Ireland Cross Country Title

It was another great day for cross country running at the IT in Dundalk last Sunday with large field competing at the Irish Health Life All Ireland Cross Country championships. A large contingent from West Waterford had qualified to compete and they once again showed they can hold their own with the best cross country runners in the country. Our athletes won individual, provincial team, county team, and club team medals but the stand out performance of the day was the run by Lucy Holmes that saw her capture her first individual All Ireland cross country title and become the 5th West Waterford athlete to win a coveted All Ireland title the others being Sinead Flynn, Kate Veale, Mark Shalloe and David McCarthy.

Running over 3500m Lucy got out well at the start and was always in the leading pack. After 1000m Lucy began to impose herself on the race and began to move into the lead despite the efforts of SaoirseO’Brien (Westport), Aimee Hayden (Newport) and Roisin Treacy (Ashford) to stay with her. As they disappeared into the dip and out of our sight we had to depend on the commentator for news and he assured us that Lucy was pulling away with every stride. When she came back into view with 400m to go she was well clear of the chasing bunch and to loud cheers from the strong West Waterford group present on the day she crossed the finish to claim her first individual All Ireland title. Lucy also led a strong Munster team that took the gold medals in the inter provincial race. Well done Lucy from all in West Waterford A.C.

Fifth Place Finish for Micheal Power

Best placed of the boys on the day was MichealPower who took an individual medal when finishing 5th in the under 19 boy’s race. Running strongly from the start of the 6000m Micheal was in the leading group of ten athletes as they set off at a fast pace. As they disappeared from view on the second lap the commentator was listing out all those in contention but there was no mention of West Waterford so we were happy to see when the athletes came back into view that Micheal was still up there in a small group chasing the leader. In the battle to the line Michealsecured 5th place. Also running well in the same race was Niall Blackwell who was trying to keep up the tradition of improving in every All Ireland and looked set for a top 30 place but a recurrence of a thigh injury saw him struggle in the last lap and he finished in 37th the same place as last year.

Another Great Run by Tommy Fennell

Competing in his own age group this week Tommy Fennell put in another great performance to finish 8thin the under 13 boys race. In a very fast start Tommy got out well and set himself upto compete for an individual medal. He ran strongly over the 2500m and showed good form in the sprint to the finish to take 8th place. Tommy won a second medal, gold this time as a scoring member of the Munster team that won the inter provincial race.

Team Gold for West Waterford A.C. under 15 Girls

It was gold all the way for the girls under 15 team with Lucy Holmes leading the rest of the field the girls put in a mighty effort to capture the team title. AineO’Neill had her best race ever putting in a storming run to finish 15th. Aine has improved with every race this year and finished 14th in Munster so she really upped her game to take 15th place last Sunday and beat Munster silver medallist Sarah Morrison. Megan Keogh made it into the top fifty which was a huge fifty six places better than last year. Mary Kate Prendergast had another fine run to finish 57th and the combined score of these four was enough to win the gold medals ahead of Lagan Valley and Mullingar A.C. Also running on the team was Kate Killigrew who finishedin 88th place and Grace Power competing in her first All Ireland finished 118th. The girls were also part of the Waterford team that finished 4th in the inter county competition.

Gold for Munster Team and Cian O’Riordan

Running out of his age Cian o’Riordan had another good run in the boys under 17 race finishing just outside the individual medals in 13th place. He had a great battle with Waterford athlete Evan Keane with Cian just getting ahead in the sprint to the finish. Cianwas a scoring member of the Munster team that won gold in the inter provincial championships. Cian was the third scoring member of the team an improvement from his 5th place in the Munster Championships. We also had three girls running in the under 17 race and they were led home by Kate Hickey who made up a lot of ground on the second lap and finished 45th. Danni Cunningham improved on her run of two weks ago to finish 76th and not far behind was Sinead O’Brien in 87th place.

Silver for Waterford in the under 19 Girls Race

The under 19 girls claimed silver medals as they helped Waterford to second place in the inter county contest. They all finished close together with DairinaNí Sheanlaoich first home in 33rd place. Hot on her heels was Caoimhe Prendergast in 34th and she had to fight off a fast finishing Hannah Power who was just behind in 35th place and the fourth member of the team was Rachel Wyley in 41st place. Caoimhe Dwyer was a scoring member of the Munster team that finished second in the inter provincial race and the club team finished in 4th place behind their old rivals InbhearDee, Mullingar and DSD.

Bronze for Munster Team and Oisin O’Riordan

Oisin O’Riordan was another West Waterford athlete who improved on their Munster performance last Sunday under 15 race. His ninth place finish in Munster meant he was selected to run on the Munster team for last Sundays All Ireland but on the day he finished in 25th place and was the 4th scoring of the Munster team that finished 3rd in the inter provincial race. Cormac Mahony is another athlete that has improved this year with every outing and did so again last Sunday finishing 35th and he was the tenth Munster athlete home well up on his fifteenth place in Munster. Ciaran Frisby finished 122nd place up fifteen places from last year while mark Blackwell stuck to the task in hand and finished in 137th place.

4th Place for under 13 Girls

West Waterford had eight athletes competing on the county team with six also on the club team. Ali Cunningham who won an individual medal in the under 12 event led the team home in 28th place well up on last year’s 40th position. Next came her sister Liawho had her best run ever finishing in 33rd place which was twenty places better than last year and well up on her 34th place in Munster. Caoimhe Prendergast is still not back to full form after her recent illness but finished 41st five places up on last year. Emma Hickey was next home in 63rd in her first All Ireland which was a very good performance considering her training over the last month was limited because of the spike injury she sustained in the Munster championships. Eve Power made a very strong start but found the pace very fast and finished 72nd. Next came Kate Keogh in 94th place with Angelina Chizhikova 128th and Cathy Ní Sheanlaoich 137th. The club team finished in 4thplace and the county team finished 5th.

First All Ireland for under 11 Boys

Our under 11 boys were in action in their first ever All Ireland. With up to one hundred and eighty athletes competing on a course that was very narrow in parts the race was run at a very fast pace. Ian Holmes had his best run of the season and was the first Waterford athlete home in 62nd place. David Nyhan put in a very strong performance to finish 72nd. David Gaffney was going well in the early part of the race put was spiked in the ankle and came home in 120th. Darragh O’Reganhad been sick during the week but still made the journey to compete and finished 130th and Thomas Broderick was next home in 161st place. This experience will stand to these boys and they will come back even stronger next year.

Well done to all the athletes, coaches and parents who travelled to Dundalk and remember you were competing against the best in the country as only the top twelve individuals and top three teams in each province made it through to the final. We look forward to seeing you all in action again next year.