Jordan runs his way onto Irish Schools’ Cross-Country team

Flying the flag for their respective schools at the weekend in the All-Ireland Schools’ Cross Country Championships were, from left: Aoife King (Presentation College Headford), Eanna Folan (Coláiste na Coiribe), Gary Martyn (Galway Community College), James Frizzell (Claremorris), Michael Healy (the Bish), Barry Murphy (St Enda’s), and Cillian Jordan (St Enda’s).
Flying the flag for their respective schools at the weekend in the All-Ireland Schools’ Cross Country Championships were, from left: Aoife King (Presentation College Headford), Eanna Folan (Coláiste na Coiribe), Gary Martyn (Galway Community College), James Frizzell (Claremorris), Michael Healy (the Bish), Barry Murphy (St Enda’s), and Cillian Jordan (St Enda’s).

The Irish Schools Cross country finals were held in Mallusk, Antrim, last Saturday, and many of Galway’s schools were represented on a tough and true cross country course.

Cillian Jordan of St Enda’s finished a fantastic 8th place in the Junior Boys race and as a result made the Irish Schools team for the International Schools event to be held in Wales end of March.

Also  among the top finishers in the Junior Boys were Barry Murphy of St Enda’s, who placed 17th, Eoghan Jennings 29th, Kyle Moorhead 38th – for Pres Athenry, Luke Burke (Pres Athenry) 68th, Michael Dempsey (St Enda’s) 72nd, Ruaidhri Collins (Pres Athenry) 75th, Oisin Davis (Pres Athenry) 81st, Sean Forrest (St Enda’s) 90th, Eli Sheedy (Pres Athenry) 93rd, James Furey (Pres Athenry) 96th, and Owen Okuro and Kaif Tahir (both St Enda’s) who were 97th and 98th.

In the Senior Boys race, Galway athletes had some good runs in a competitive field, with Eanna Folan of Colaiste Na Coiribe in 14th spot, Gary Martyn of Galway Community College 26th, and Michael Healy of the Bish in 51st.

In the Senior Girls races, Aine O’Farrell of Pres Athenry was 16th overall, closely followed by Aoife King of Presentation College Headford in 18th, and Pres Athenry girls Natasha Carrick in 49th, Aisling Kean 51st, Shannen Lee 55th Grainne McDaid 61st, Leona Rabbitte 63rd, Aoife Gavin 65th, and Ciara O’Boyle in 70th.

In the Intermediate Boys, Thomas McStay of Claregalway finished 46th, and Jack Maher of Clifden CS was 64th

In the Minor Boys race, Cillian Geraghty of Glenamaddy was 38th, while Liam Leen of Presentation Athenry finished in 45th position, followed home by teammates Conor Hoade in 84th and Cillian Rabbit in 99th.

At Junior girls’ level Ciara Sheppard (Calasanctius College) was 53rd, while Pres Athenry girls Sarah Woods 69th, Freya Bohan, 75th, Ciara McDonagh 82nd and Eadaoin Coffey 87th all ran strongly.

Sarah Gilhooley was 28th in the Inter Girls race for Pres Athenry, with teammates Ailbhe Miskella in 50th place, Caoilfhinn Hennessy 71st and Emma Boyle 77th, while Maebh Clancy of Claregalway was 56th, with her team mate McCarthy 74th

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.