Best medal haul ever at Ulster Cross Country
Main achievements at yesterday's big event...
Silver Medal for JacK O'Farrell in the Senior Boys Race.
Silver medal for Miceal McCaul in the Intermediate boys race.
Jack O'Farrell, Tom Magee, Miceal McCaul and Brian Grant selected for NI team for the London Mini Marathon.
Minor Boys, Junior Boys Inter Boys and Senior Boys teams all qualify for the All Ireland schools Cross country Championships in Waterford.
In the history of cross country running at St Colman's College , this was our most successful day ever at these championships, with two individual medalists and 4 teams qualifying for the prestigious All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships, it was certainly a day to remember at Mallusk.
The Minor team got the ball rolling with a brilliant 5th place by Brian Grant , which got him selected on the NI team for the London Mini Marathon , he was followed home by Miceal Rice in 14th , Patrick Ruddy in 21st and Cormac O'Reilly to secure the team victory.
In the Junior boys a very solid 7th and 8th placing by Leo Magee and Callum McDonagh set the foundations for the team silver placing by the St Colman's squad, good runs by Tomas O'Ceallaigh and Dara Rodgers ( despite losing a spike) and Myles Boyd cemented our team position.
Despite feeling unwell for the past few days Miceal McCaul had a great run to finish second in the this highly competitive race, this performance gained him selection for the NI team to the London Mini Marathon he was well backed up by Cathal Farrelly in 18th Ruairi O'Hagan, Coilean Connell, and Aidan O'Hare, which resulted in the College winning the team bronze medals.
Jack O'Farrell finished in a brilliant silver medal position in the race, he was the only athlete who was brave enough to go with the overwhelming favorite Patrick McNiff who really put the foot down in the second lap, and got a good gap on the rest of the field . Jack was now fodder for the rest of the field as Patrick now moved away on his own . He was caught fairly quickly by a very classy field including Conall McClean the All Ireland U17 Cross Country Champion. One thing about Jack is , he has guts and despite being caught he settled into the chasing group in third place. This group then split and Jack was left chasing Conal McClean who managed to get 20 meters of a lead on him going into the last 500M.
However Jack was coming off a relatively short but successful indoor 1500M season and he used his track speed to very quickly haul in Conall over the final 400M to claim the silver medal. On the basis of this , he was selected for the NI team for the London Mini Marathon. Behind him Tom Magee was having the race of his life , finishing in 6th place a performance good enough to get him selected on the team to London, Peter Murray and David Corkey closed off the scoring places which gained the team the silver medals. It was also great to see past Irish Schools team Champions Peter Fegan and Stephen Grant finish off their Schools cross country careers with Ulster Medals and a chance to compete in their final All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships.
And so now all roads now lead to Waterford IT for the All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships on the 10th of March, where hopefully the success story of the College's Cross Country teams and individuals will continue.