November '22 Round Up
Well done Ferghal Curtin on his performance to come 6th at the recent NCAA Cross Country Championships in Alabama. He has qualified for the Div 1 final in Oklahoma next Saturday 19th November.
Further afield at the NCAA DI Cross Country Championships in Oklahoma overnight - Ferghal Curtin came in 93rd in a field of the 252 of the strongest xc athletes in the US. Ferghal ran a time of 30:10. Enjoy the R&R after a busy few weeks
National Cross-Country Championships at Rosapena Golf Club, Co Donegal Sunday Nov/20th
List of Qualifiers
Girls U/14 - Aine Collins
Boys U/14 - Quin Buckley
Junior Women U/20 - Robyn Buckley, Avril Cashman, Avril Millerick, Emma Landers, Alex Cashman
Junior Men - Ciaran McNamee
Aine Collins and Quin Buckley acquitted themselves really well on their debuts at All-Ireland level finishing 75th and 101st respectively. The cauldron of noise, congestion and excitement will all have been new to them and undoubtedly, they will benefit greatly from the experience.
In the Junior Women’s race, expectations were high after a 2nd place team finish in 2021. The preparation was good, even though we had some untimely injury interruptions to Robyn and Avril Millerick. What transpired will live long in the memory as Youghal AC won the National Junior title with a 56 pts score, 100pts clear of the 2nd team with Avril Millerick 5th, Emma Landers 12th, Avril Cashman 18th, Alex Cashman 30th, Robyn Buckley 83rd. The performance was nothing short of phenomenal! Avril Millerick has given herself an excellent chance of being selected for the Euro Cross in Turin on December 11th having already had an unbelievable year winning 2 x National Titles on the track as well as the Autumn Open International in October. Emma, Avril Cashman and Alex also achieved National Honours on the track this year, all winning silver medals in national finals. The Girls and their families can now look forward to a sunny weekend in Spain for euro clubs in February.
Up Next was Ciaran McNamee who has been making steady progress all year. Ciaran finished a very credible 64th in an absolutely ‘stacked’ field. His time of 20.19 over the 6k hilly course was a great improvement for him. As a juvenile, Ciaran achieved many top 10 finishes at National level and he has now signed off on his Junior career. The future is bright now for him and he will continue to improve over the coming seasons because his commitment and dedication is unparalleled.
Next up for our underage athletes is the final domestic competition of 2022, when we make the short trip to Conna on December 4th for the all-Ireland uneven ages.
Well done to our terrific 3 today who battled wind and rain at the Clonakilty Waterfront 10km and 1/2 Marathon today (26th November).
Well done to our 8 runners who took part in the 14th Annual Cleanzone Technologies Turkey Trot, Sunday 27th November’22.