Grace pow­ers away for gold

The Argus - - SPORT -

A cold and breezy Sun­day morn­ing in Darver was the place to be for more than more than twenty of Black­rock AC’s ath­letes who were com­pet­ing on day one of the Louth Ju­ve­nile Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships.

Grace McEvoy kicked things off in fine style for the club when she pro­duced a typ­i­cal dom­i­nant per­for­mance to sprint away from the field and win gold in the Girls U8 300m.

Hot on her heels were Ni­amh Row­land, Lainey Jey­too, Ella Con­way, Aoife Cur­ran and Ivana O’Neill who all pro­duced top class per­for­mances on their de­but at a Louth Cham­pi­onship event.

A huge en­try in the U10 800m was al­ways go­ing to make it tough go­ing for all the ath­letes given that time and space was at a pre­mium es­pe­cially over a fran­tic first one hun­dred me­tres. De­spite this, the club’s lone rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Ais­ling Fine­gan, ran su­perbly, main­tain­ing her form all the way round to place well in­side the top twenty.

A team bronze was the re­ward for the ef­forts of James Scan­lon, Sam Jey­too, Em­met Kearney, Daniel De­lassa and Oisín Cur­ran who made up the Boys U10 team. Each mem­ber gave their all and to a man can be proud of their per­for­mance over a very chal­leng­ing 800m. It was James who led the charge com­ing home in­side the top ten fol­lowed closely by Em­met with Sam, Oisín and Daniel pack­ing well and cross­ing the line not too far be­hind.

One of the clubs most ded­i­cated ath­letes, Emmy Jey­too, demon­strated the re­wards of hard train­ing and per­se­ver­ance by pro­duc­ing an ex­cel­lent per­for­mance to fin­ish in the top five of the Girls U12 2000m, a great ef­fort in a very com­pet­i­tive race. Emmy was chased hard all the way round by team mates, Erin Bran­iff, Sarah Bran­iff and Erin Fine­gan who all should be jus­ti­fi­ably proud of their per­for­mances. Un­for­tu­nately the girls were just pipped for a medal in the team race.

Os­car Con­way was the clubs only rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the Boys U12 2000m, run­ning out of age to get some valu­able race time be­fore day two of the cham­pi­onship where he will com­pete against ath­letes in his own age group. De­spite not chal­leng­ing for a medal Os­car wasn’t too far off the pace pro­duc­ing a solid per­for­mance that will stand to him go­ing for­ward.

Sean Reilly, fresh from a top class win at the re­cent Star of the Sea cross coun­try meet­ing main­tained his ex­cel­lent form and pro­duced his typ­i­cal sprint fin­ish to fin­ish fourth in the Boys U14 3000m which was a su­perb re­sult con­sid­er­ing he was run­ning out of age. This run should set him up nicely for day two when he will com­pete in age over the shorter dis­tance of 2500m.

With no en­tries in the U14 or U16 age groups it was left to U17 ath­lete Don­nacha Hughes to close things out for the club by com­pet­ing in the gru­elling Boys U18 6000m. It was a typ­i­cally dogged per­for­mance from Don­nacha who main­tained a de­cent pace over the 4 laps of the course and came home in a com­mend­able sixth place over­all. With all of day one’s com­peti­tors per­form­ing ad­mirably, some even run­ning out of age, things are look­ing good for day two of the cham­pi­onships which will take place on Sun­day 14th Oc­to­ber at DKIT.

In prepa­ra­tion for the Louth Cham­pi­onships, a small and de­ter­mined group of Black­rock Ath­letes trav­elled to the re­cent run­ning of the an­nual Star of the Sea cross coun­try meet­ing which is held over a very test­ing course at Greenanstown close to Sta­mullen in Co Meath.

In the first race of the day U8 ath­lete, Grace McEvoy, took her cus­tom­ary place on the podium with an ex­cel­lent run in the Girls U9 500m com­ing home 5th out of a huge num­ber of par­tic­i­pants. Em­met Kearney was next to tackle the hilly course in the Boys U9 500m and he ran ex­cep­tion­ally well to fin­ish in­side the top twenty. Grace McEvoy and Erin Bran­iff rep­re­sented the club in fine style in their U10 500m race and both girls pro­duced typ­i­cally gutsy per­for­mances to come home well placed in a very com­pet­i­tive and high class race. The same could be said of Emmy Jey­too and Sarah Bran­iff who did the club proud in their Girls U12 1500m with both ath­letes pro­duc­ing the goods against some very tough com­pe­ti­tion, gain­ing vi­tal ex­pe­ri­ence in how to run a cross coun­try race over much longer dis­tances than they would be used to.

Sean Reilly pro­duced a dom­i­nant dis­play of front run­ning to claim a well-de­served gold medal in the Boys U13 1500m, never be­ing headed af­ter tak­ing the lead early on. Demon­strat­ing strength and en­durance through­out, Sean ran the per­fect race, re­tain­ing enough in his legs to kick away from his clos­est com­peti­tor in the last 100m and cross the line in fine style.

Don­nacha Hughes, Pe­ter McGui­ness and Eoin Smyth lined up in the Boys U17 4500m with sea­soned cam­paigner Don­nacha fin­ish­ing fifth over­all and lead­ing the team to a fine sil­ver medal.

Em­met Kearney in ac­tion for Black­rock in the U-10 race.

Black­rock’s Emmy Jey­too lead­ing the U-12 girls race.

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