Dunleer AC’s Erinn Leavy on her way to victory in Abbottstown on Sunday

ATHLETICS | Dunleer AC star leaves field in her wake to be crowned U12 champion

Dunleer AC’s Erinn Leavy was crowned National U12 Cross Country champion in fine style at Abbotstown on Sunday.

After a great run over the 2km course, Erinn held off her rivals all the way to the finish line to collect her second consecutive national title having won the U11 event last year in Dundalk.

Erinn is also the current Louth and Leinster champion and her coaches Fintan Reilly and Kevin Matthews are very proud of the young star who trains hard, focusses on her event and gives everything to her sport.

A true champion for 2017 — and a great role model for girls in the sporting world — Erinn has great team mates in the shape of Lucy Sheridan, Vanessa and Danielle Brennan and Aibhe Reilly who also competed in this high level competition.

Dunleer AC’s Erinn Leavy, James Russell, Matthew McEntee and Ciarán Russell

The hero for the Dunleer AC boys was James Russell who powered through the field in his 3km race to finish in 11th place, securing a top 12 individual medal place. James was ably supported by Patrick Farrell and Matthew McEntee.

James’ brother Ciarán had a great run in the U12 boys race while in the boys U18 race, Danny O’Brien again showed great poise and strength to finish as the first U18 Louth man home in a tough 6km race. Diarmuid McKeown was the first U20 Louth male athlete home.

Aoife Fay, the 2017 Louth senior champion, also had a good run in the U20 Junior Championship 5km race. Just lacking a bit of pace in the middle section, Aoife still had a great run in this top level event nonetheless.

Finally, Garry Campbell, the reigning Louth senior champion, can be very proud of his run in the U23 section of the 10km race where he recorded a top six finish.

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