Cross Country athletes win in style at Down Schools
Magnificent Display of Cross Country Running By St Colman’s College Athletes
The College qualifies all 5 teams to the Ulster Cross Country Finals.
What a superb day for the athletes of Violet Hill at yesterday’s Down Schools Cross Country Championships held for the first time in the magnificent grounds of Campbell College. For the first time in their history the College has qualified all five teams through to the Ulster finals to be held at Mallusk on February 21st.
From the opening race the College colours were to the fore in all the races as we not only had great team performances, but some outstanding individual runs by Ethan Sousa, Brian Grant, Callum McDonagh , Miceal McCaul, and Jack O’Farrell,
In the Mini boys race, Ethan Sousa was always to the fore, finished a very close third in an exciting race, the College was just pipped by a very good Sullivan Upper team by just 3 points,
In the Minor boys race Briant Grant and Miceal Rice were always in the leading group, as the College again finished this time to a useful Bangor Grammar squad, however a number of the College athletes had flu symptoms, and this result could easily be reversed in Mallusk.
Next up were the Junior boys , and here the whole field were playing second fiddle to Nathan McBride from Grosvenor Grammar, last year’s All Ireland Schools cross country champion. However Callum McDonagh was determined to have his best ever performance at these Championships, and went out hard at the start, and for a long time held second place and was just pipped for the silver medal on the line. Leo Magee also had an excellent run in 6th place as the College took its third silver medal team placing in a row. Were we destined ever to take a gold team award ?
In the Intermediate race we did indeed take gold, but in the shape of a brilliant individual run by overwhelming favourite Miceal McCaul. He led from gun to tape and was a clear victor by over 25 seconds, easily the most dominant winner of the day , as he led his team to the bronze medals.
Our final race of the day was the senior Boys race, here the team was strengthened by the return of Irish Schools internationals Peter Fegan and Peter Murray and Northern Ireland International Stephen Grant. With Jack O’Farrel fresh from his two wins in the indoor season in great form and Tom Magee having a brilliant season also, hopes were high that we would break our duck in the team gold stakes on the day. We were not to be disappointed as the old guard duly delivered , Jack O’Farrell in second Tom Magee in 5th laid the foundations for a great win and they were well backed up by Peter Murray , Stephen Grant, Peter Fegan and John Farrelly,
Roll on now to Mallusk on February 21st.Back