A total of 30 juvenile athletes from Dunboyne AC took part in the second day of the Meath Cross Country championships held at Baconstown on 9th October and a total
of 3 individual and 4 team medals were won making the trip very worthwhile.
First off were the girls U9 and Doireann Ni Flahartha won in style, leading from start to finish. Great running from Abigal Knox, Anna Griffin and Graine
Alyward ensured the girls were 2nd team home. Next up were the boys U9, and as Dunboyne had 8 athletes running, we had two teams. Conor Leane fell at the start
and gave at least 100m away to the rest of the field but finished strongly to finish one of the scorers on the Dunboyne A team which along with Marc Leane, Aidan
Hand and Dylan Smyth won the team event. Dunboyne B, comprising of Marco Blackwell, Luke O'Toole, Martin Campbell and Alex Brady also ran extremely well, and took
the silver team medals.
Sarah Wall won the girls U11 race by some distance with Victoria Knox, Aoibhinn Ni Flahartha and Ellen Smyth also running well. Sarah and Victoria will now compete on the
Meath team for the Leinster championships.
The boys U11 team of James Gavin, Adam Conlon, Josh Costigan and Daniel Kinnane also ran very well, with James, Adam and Josh making the Meath team.
The girls U13 team had a tough 2500m race where Grace Dunne finished 7th and Ailbhe Clancy 14th should make the Meath team and Emma Conlon and Jessica Knox also running well.
In the girls U15 race, Amy Coyne ran very well to claim the bronze individual medal.
5 boys U17 tackled a very demanding 5k course and were rewarded with the silver team medals and all should make the Meath team for the Leinster championships. The team were
Niall Cornyn, John Atling, Conor Noone, Darragh Flynn and Cormac Ahearne.
Juvenile Results - Day 1 Meath Cross Country
At the first day of the Meath Cross Country Championships at Ballinacree, there was a great turnout of Dunboyne juvenile athletes. In the first event of the day, the under 10 girls over 1,000m, Victoria Knox was placed first with Doireann Ni Fhlatharta in 3rd place. With Victoria and Doireann followed closely home by Aoibheann Ni Fhlatharta, Ellen Smyth, Nadine Ralph, and Jessica Clarke, Dunboyne won the team event.
The under 10 boys also won the team competition, with very good runs from Adam Conlon, Conor Leane, Mark Leane, Daniel Kinnane, Ciaran Lonergan, Patrick Burke and Dylan Smyth.
In the under 12 boys event, Dunboyne was represented by Sean Ryan and Michael Murphy. Sean and Michael both finished in the top 10 with Sean in 8th and Michael in 9th position and we can look forward to both running in the Leinster Cross Country Championships later in the month. In the under 12 girls, Janet Dan and Emma Conlon put in fine runs over a very testing 2,000m course.
The under 14 event was over 3000m. The team of Grace Dunne, Ailbhe Clancy and Emily Thornton had great runs,with all three finishing in the top 12. This gave Dunboyne the team prize and the D O'Brien perpetual cup.
In the under 16 event over a demanding 4,000m, Niall Cornyn and Michael Heavey both finished in the top ten with Niall 7th and Michael 9th. This performance put Dunboyne in third place in the team event.
Meath Novice and Masters Cross Country Championships
There was great success for Dunboyne in the Novice Cross Country Championships, with Dunboyne winning the team prize and Luke Forde claiming first place. This win was a great reward for the hard work Luke has put in over the last year and he can look forward to challenging for the Leinster title later in the month.Luke was followed home by Neville Reilly in second place. Neville who only recently returned from injury is sure to improve even more as the season progresses. Rory Kavanagh had a very good run and was third home for the club in his debut this season. Rory is sure to progress after this race. Following Rory home, and completing the scoring for the winning team was our track specialist Michael Cornyn, who showed that the mud and hills pose no problem to him.
The Masters team of Tom Fallon, Tony O'Neill and Ray MitchellI all had good runs.
In the women's novice event, Emilia Dan finished just outside the medals in 4th position and Deirdre Fitzsiomons also had a good run.
Athlone 3/4 Marathon
Paul Gannon put in a fine perfromance and finished in a time of 2.18.