St Angela’s Ursuline All-Ireland Senior Schools Cross Country team winners. Back row: L to R: Hannah Burke, Anna Duffin and Aisling Lowe. Front row: Emma Caulfield, Tara Ramasawmy and Anna Fanning.
Clongowes Wood College Grounds was the venue on Saturday last for the Irish Life Health All Ireland Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships and a number of athletes from Waterford Schools did extremely well as they won one individual title, one silver individual medal and a team title and a third team placing also and there were huge fields in each event. It was in the junior race that the individual victory came in a sprint finish by the Munster Schools Champion and an athlete very much in form Tadhg Connolly from Abbey Community College who does his club running with St Senan’s Kilmacow.
In a top class field in the senior girls Lucy Holmes Árd Scoil na n Déise Dungarvan another ultra consistent athlete ran a blinder to take the silver medal leaving many fancied athletes in her wake and making it a great senior event for Waterford, Ruth Heery Waterpark was 5th and Tara Ramasawmy Ursuline 8th. Ursuline Convent won the team title and Árd Scoil na n Déise were third. The winning Ursuline team was Tara Ramasawmy, Emma Caulfield, Anna Duffin, Anna Fanning, Aisling Lowe and Hannah Burke. Well done to all the girls and to their teachers Sean Foley and Pauline Lamb. It was the second year in succession that the senior girls team title came to Waterford, last year Waterpark won it. Others to secure high placings at individual level were Cian O’Riordan CBS Dungarvan 15th in senior race, Tommy Fennell St Augustine’s 16th in junior with his twin brother Rory18th, Aoife Allen Mercy 17th in senior race with Emma Caulfield Ursuline 19th in the same race.
A number of athletes from clubs in the County competed at the All Ireland Master’s Indoor Championships in Athlone last Saturday and there were gold, silver and bronze medals won. For Waterford AC Tom O’Brien had a double in the over 50 section in the long jump with a record 5.24 metres and also in the high jump, Liz Colcough won the 60 metres hurdles o40and was second in the high jump, Aisling Ferguson was also second in the 800 metres o 40 as was Anna De Courcey in the over 45 high jump and Paschal Halley was third in the long jump O45. For West Waterford Joe Gough had an effortless win in the 800 metres o 65 and John White won the o45 3000 metres walk and for Tramore Shirley Fennelly was third in the 60metres O50.
Joe Gough of West Waterford A.C. on his way to winning the 800m during the Irish Life Health Masters Indoors Championships at AIT in Athlone. Photo: Sportsfile.