North Leinster Schools XC, ALSAA results (Provisional, any amendments please let me know):
Minor Girls 1500m:
Minor Girls were first off over the 1500m course which was relatively flat and fast with underfoot conditions as good as you can get at this time of the year. Ruby Pereira running for Loreto, Balbriggan had an impressive run coming home in 2nd place and booking her spot in the Leinster finals. She was followed home by Anna Prior (Skerries CC) in 7th place, also securing her place in the Leinsters. Unfortunately for Rapha Diamond Ebs (Gormanston College) she just missed out on qualification finishing in 16th place. Lottie Simons and Kerrie Costello, both Skerries CC and Ella May, Loreto, Balbriggan all finished in the top half of a field of over 100plus athletes!!
Minor Boys 2000m:
Stephen Byrne (Skerries CC) was our sole representative in the Minor Boys race again coming home in the top half of a jampacked field of athletes
Junior Girls 1500m:
There was joy for Mairead Ní Chleirigh (Loreto, Balbriggan) who finished in 15th place and snatched the last qualifying position. Anna Calvez (Skerries CC) finished in 20th position followed by Ellen Walsh (Loreto) and Roisin Owens (Skerries CC) both having strong runs over the 1500m course.
Junior Boys 2500m:
Not so much joy for Stephen O’Connor (St. Josephs, Rush) who unfortunately could not start the race due to illness.
Inter Girls 2500m:
Eibhlin McCarthy (Loreto, Balbriggan) produced a fine run in the Inter Girls race to claim the bronze medal, while Sive Duncan (Skerries CC) having only recently returned from injury, finished in 15th place, both girls securing Leinster final spots. Orla Thompson (Loreto) in her first year at Inter level also had a good run finishing in 30th position.
Inter Boys 4000m:
Conor Tuck (Skerries CC) had a gruelling 4k distance to contend with and finished midpack in 33rd place.
Senior Girls 2000m:
Our Senior Girls were the last of the Skerries athletes in action. Eryn Devine (Loreto, Balbriggan) had a strong finish to claim 4th place, followed by Orla Bollard (Loreto) in 6th, Laura Costello (Skerries CC) 7th, Aoimhe Downey (Skerries CC) 12th and Aine McCarthy (Loreto) 13th. All five girls booking their spots in the Leinster Schools XC in Santry in a few weeks time. The Loreto trio of Eryn, Orla and Aine also claimed silver medals in the team competition with only 2 points seperating them from the winners, St. Dominics, Cabra.
Well done to everyone on their great performances today.