There were two fine performances by St. Pat’s athletes, Eoin Smyth (6th Year) and Marcus clarke (1stYear) in the All-Ireland Finals in Mallusk, Co. Antrim on the 11th of March. In exceptionally muddy conditions both students performed very admirably in their age groups.
Marcus Clake was first in action in the Junior U-15, 3,600 metre race. Despite being a 1st Year in a race dominated by 2nd years, Marcus started brightly running in the 100 strong field to be placed in the 30’s over the opening stages. However, he couldn’t retain the same pace and slowly slightly in the closing stages coming in 50th, an impressive position in his first schools All-Ireland.
On the other side of the spectrum Eoin Smyth was competing in his second and final All-Ireland’s after he managed to qualify last season while still in 5th Year. In perhaps the toughest race of the day with the course truly cut up at this stage Eoin ran an exceptional race over the Senior 6,500 metre distance to finish 19th of the 90 starters. It was an excellent result, coming into just two places behind the highly fancied Leinster champion Sean O’Leary. What is more it is also the more remarkable as Eoin was able to balance his football commitments with his running, and represented Meath at U-21 level this year.
We’d like to wish Eoin all the best this year as he completes his Leaving Cert, for all his efforts with the Cross-Country team since he began running with us in 1st Year.