ATHLETICS | Doireann dashes to a silver for St Gerard’s AC in Stamullen

Enya and Grainne also pick up medals for local club

_St Gerard’s AC’s Abaigh Moonan and Enya Silkena (wearing red) on the podium after their second and third place finishes at the Star of the Sea cross country races_

The annual Star of the Sea cross country race got the winter season off to a start on Sunday last in fine conditions in Stamullen, Co Meath.

Representing Dundalk St Gerard’s AC were Cara and Leah Miele, Hazel Larkin, Isabel and Sarah Holmes, Tom Phillips, Adam Joynt, Ben and Adam Eccles, Doireann Conlon, Sophie McGinnity, Ellie McVeigh, Abaigh Moonan, Enya Silkena, Grainne and Emily Moran, Keeley and Leah Mooney and with clubs from all over the region in attendance, competition was of the usual high standard.

First into action on the challenging course were Sarah, Cara and Hazel who all did well on the day.

Next up were the boys U9 athletes, racing together for the first time. The highly promising Tom Phillips lead the way home — followed by Adam Joynt and Ben Eccles — and just missed out on a team prize in a bold showing.

The girls U10s performed excellently with the ever reliable Doireann Conlon running a clever race, finishing very fast to pick up the silver medal spot. She was followed by one to watch Sophie McGinnity, Ellie McVeigh and Keeley Mooney.

St Gerard’s AC’s Doireann Conlon pictured on the podium after her second place finish at the Star of the Sea cross country races

In the boys U10 race, the ever improving Adam Eccles finished well up the field, showing he is going the right way.

The highly successful girls U11 athletes continued the good work with Abaigh Moonan running a perfect tactical race, battling to the line just to be pipped at the post into second place.

She was followed by a fast finishing Enya Silkena in third with Grainne Moran following them home to ensure the girls picked up team gold.

Emily Moran ran her usual solid race as the club’s sole competitor in the girls U12 race while Leah Mooney ran another excellent race in the U14 girls 2000m.

With the distance a little shorter than Leah would like, she took a while to get into her running, keeping on well throughout the race to finish strongly into fourth place, followed home by Isabel Holmes and Leah Miele with the girls just missing out on a team prize.

This was a great start to the winter season for the club’s young athletes, many of whom were debuting at cross country.

With the Louth Cross Country Championships taking place over the next two weeks, the experience will greatly benefit them as they continue their progress.

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