Leinster Final in Cross Country

Leinster Final in Cross Country

Leinster Final Cross Country


The St. Pat’s Cross-Country season came to an end for the majority of the squad at the ultra-competitive Leinster Finals at Santry Demense.


The day started brilliantly when Thomas Cully of 1st Year ran an exceptional race to qualify 15th of 115 athletes and go on to the All Ireland Finals in the U-14 Minor. Thomas had been part of a very strong minor team that through a mixture of illness and bad luck failed to qualify out of Leinster. Indeed Thomas had had to pick himself off the ground in the North Leinster finals when he was tripped and make his way through a field of more than 100 athletes to come in the top 15 to qualify. As the only qualifier, to back this up at the Leinster Finals is a phenomenal achievement especially from a student new to Cross-Country. Despite his newness to the sport Thomas ran an incredible race avoiding the adrenalin filled sprint at the start to move from 38th after 500 metres, to 26th after the first 1k lap; through to 18th with 500 to go to finally move into the final qualifying spot a few hundred metres from home.


In the Junior U-15 Final, St. Pat’s sole qualifier first-year student Cian Lenihan was unable to follow-up his exceptional North Leinster performance competing in a category where the majority of athletes are an academic year ahead. Again he was the only one to qualify from North Leinster when the Junior team were unable to follow-up their early year form and qualify. Cian’s Leinster race was not helped when, having made his way through the field to 30th with 1 kilometre to go of the 3k race, he was almost brought down by another athlete who fell in front of him causing him to hurdle and pick up knock in the process. Unable to regain momentum Cian fell back to finish 62nd of 112 athletes.


In the Inter U-17 category, St. Pat’s had their first team competing of the day. In what is probably the toughest race the students who came 3rd in the North Leinster ran well but were unable to qualify coming a very respectable 7th of the 11 teams competing. Best for the team was Marcus Clarke who came home 24th of 94 athletes who finished. What is positive for the team is of the first 5 finishers, 4 of them will still be in age next time around.


Finally, in the Senior, the elder statemen of the club were also unable to qualify in the 6k race. Overall the team who also came 3rd in the North Leinster finals, came a solid 6th of the 9 teams competing with the strongest performance from Ryan Sheridan in 25th with Matthew Kelly a little further back in 32nd. Again, from the first 5 finishers for the team, 4 will still be in age next year.


Though Thomas Cully will complete the season by competing at this weekend’s All Ireland, the team now turn their attention to the track and upcoming Meath Track & Field Championship where they hope to hold onto their Senior Boys title they won last year.