Well done to the 798 athletes who competed on Wednesday 28 January in the Schools North Connacht Cross Country Finals in Sligo Racecourse. Conditions were difficult to say the least but the bitterly cold North wind, hail and snow failed to deter the spirited young athletes.
An exciting Minor Girls Race was won by Saoirse O Brien from Westport with Karrie Chambers and Lucy Mc Nair from Sligo Grammar ,Eva Delahunt from Ursuline Sligo and Mercy College’s Caoimhe O Sullivan all running well in qualifying for the Finals.
A superb performance from Ballysadare’s Aoife Morris saw her eat up the ground to win the Junior Girls Race with Ursuline College leading the team event. In the Junior Boys race, Fiachra Staunton from Sligo Grammar qualified with Summerhill College second in the team standings.
In the Inter Girls team event, Sligo Grammar qualified in 6 th position with Mercy College’s Hana Gross qualifying also in her first ever cross country race. In the Inter Boys race Summerhill were 4th with Daniel Doherty from Sligo Grammar also running well.
In the Senior Girls, Ursuline Sligo led the way just ahead of Sligo Grammar A with Sligo Grammar B team also qualifying along with Ellen O Grady from Ballysadare. In the Senior Boys Race Sligo Grammar were the team winners with Owen Anderson from Summerhill also qualifying.
A big well done to Tommy Craddock and his helpers who did a superb job organising the day’s events.
All those listed above qualify for Connacht Finals to be held on TUESDAY 24TH FEBRUARY at Sligo Racecourse.