St. Pat’s Cross-Country Teams almost complete a clean sweep at county
The Cross-Country Teams of St. Pat’s completed almost a clean sweep of
team gold at the annual Meath Cross-Country Championships that took
place at Navan Racecourse on Wednesday 27th.
The Junior (U15), Inter (U17) and Senior (U19) teams all took top spot
in their categories with the Minor (U14) claiming silver in a
fantastic all-round school performance.
In wet conditions athletes competing over 1,000; 1,500 and 3,000 metre
courses. First up were the Minors in the largest field of the day.
With the first four to score for the team, top cyclist and recent
winner of the school’s annual 1st Year Cross-Country race Adam
Gilsenan came in 6th with Cian Lenehan a place back in 7th. They were
then followed in by Daragh Horan (12th) and Matthew Corkery (15th),
guaranteeing them silver with Dunshaughlin ahead in first.
In the Junior category a strong performance by Eoghan Moore to claim
an individual bronze, narrowly holding off team-mate Adam Boylan in
4th with Marcus Clarke 6th and Adam Canning 10th meant that the
Juniors had a resounding victory in the team competition finishing
ahead of Trim in 2nd and Dunboyne in 3rd.
The Inter competition was a much tighter with only a point separating
St. Pats from second place Laytown/Bettystown. This meant that every
position that bronze medallist Ryan Sheridan, Conor Lenihan (6th),
Oscar Rogan (7th) and Sean Nolan (8th) ended in meant something.
Finally in the Senior, the team of Fergus Crilly-McEntee, David Hawes
as well Thomas Barrett and Fuad Adio, who both stepped up in age
category, also won gold. Undoubtedly the best performance of the day
went to 6th year student Fergus Crilly-McEntee who was crowned Senior
Schools Meath Cross-Country Champion 2017. Fergus who has ran with the
school since first-year has continued to improve year-on-year and
despite cruelly just missing out on the All-Ireland’s last year,
bounced back with a comfortable win in a competitive local field.