Wednesday, December 05, 2018

THE Leinster cross-country championships for uneven age groups took place in Adamstown, Co Wexford with wind and rain making conditions tough for all competitors.

The St Laurence O’Toole boys U11 team of Charlie Clarke, Michael Duke, Micky Byrne, Cathal Purcell, coach Michael Garrigan, Aron Meredith, Edward O’Byrne and Jack Mahon

Carlow was represented by athletes from Ardattin, Ballon Rathoe and St Laurence O’Toole’s.
In the boys U15 race Tadgh Hutton and Mackenzie McIvor handled the ground well to finish in 21st and 12th respectively. It was a great run from both with Mackenzie taking bronze for his top 12 finish.
The girls U11 race saw Ruby Gallaher O’Reilly and Summer Doorley run well in their first Leinster test.
Micky Byrne in the boys U11 ran strongly in his first Leinster cross-country to take 15th place and he was backed up by Edward O’Byrne, Aaron Meredith, Michael Duke, Cathal Purcell, Jack Mahon and Charlie Clarke.

Boys U13 competitors Sean Breen and Lorcan O’Connor

In the boys U13 race, Sean Breen and Lorcan O’Connor had to contend with a big field on the day and found under-foot conditions tough going.
The girls U13 race over a distance of 2500m saw Caoimhe Byrne, Clodagh O’Byrne and Lily Jones from Ardattin AC compete alongside Emma Byrne from O’Toole’s. All ran well with Choimhe leading the girls home in 35th place.
Lyndsey Ward, fresh from her Three County schools victory finished in 17th place with Corrine Kenny on her first run after injury coming home in 32nd place.

Boys U15 Mackenzie McIvor and Tadgh Hutton after a tough race

Carlow ladies novice champion Catherine Doyle lined up in the U19 girls race and finished in 11th place.
James McAssey was another star on the day showing his form by finishing eighth in the 10k Leinster senior cross-country with team mates Mick Kelly in 15th and Brian Kirwan in 22nd.

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