** Un-Even ages Juvenile Athletes at Greenanstown, Stamullen **

** Un-Even ages Juvenile Athletes at Greenanstown, Stamullen **

It was the Un-Even ages Juvenile Athletes who were in action this weekend as it was a return trip to Greenanstown, Stamullen in East Meath where most athletes recently competed in the Star of the Sea Cross Country Open. Unlike last week, this was a testing course, to say it was a bit hilly is an understatement.

Under 9 Girls
Isabelle Dolan
Katie Reilly
Holly Ryan
Saoirse McElroy
Grace Connell
Molly Carolan
Emilia Bandila

It is safe to say that the future of Dunboyne AC is safe on the competitive front if these youngster are anything to go by. In the opening race of the day this team were in magnificent form. From the gun our princesses took off in an assertive manner, Isabella leading the charge as she won the first individual prize of the day as she took bronze. Not far behind were Katie and Holly with top ten finishes and with debutante Emilia also up in the leading bunch the girls easily claimed Gold in the team competition.

Under 9 Boys
Thomas Gormley
George Comerford
John Hanlon
Harry Drake
Ulick McDonald

With the girls having impressed minutes earlier the boys were under the microscope in the next race and with two newcomers in their ranks they were up against it. George had a cracking race, leaving it late to make the final dash as he accelerated to silver. Again we had three in the top ten as Tom and John showed their talent and with our two newcomers also playing their part it was no surprise they made the podium as they came away with the silver.

Under 11 Girls
Amy Reilly
Ruth Reilly
Meabh Walsh
Katie Drake
Hannah Brown
Sadhb Pitt

Most of these girls were running over the 1200m mark for the first time and while we had no individual glory, the team led home by Hannah in fifth bunch at the top end of a huge field of athletes, with five athletes in the top twenty. This was a true team effort as the girls supported each other all the way around the testing course, a team silver the bounty for their endeavors.

Under 11 Boys
Dylan Ryan
Jack Mc Inerney

Club newcomer Jack was joined by the hardened Cross Country warrior Dylan. Dylan had a duel with his usual Meath arch rival, swapping the lead on several occasions and was unlucky to have to settle for silver. Jack showed promise and will no doubt be one to watch in the future.

Under 13 Girls
Elizabeth Comerford
Sinead Magee
Kate Gormley
Aideen Reilly
Aleah Kelly
Sophie Dolan

We had the pleasure of some of our sprint group joining in on the festivities on the Star of the Sea course over the weekend. Sophie was in fine form as on the All Ireland Champion finished ahead of her in what is a very talent age group in the Royal County. With Kate and Elizabeth stepping up to the task out of age the girls made sure that the 2017 achievement of ‘every team medalling stayed intact.

Under 13 Boys
John Brown

John was the only under thirteen in action on Sunday after a few no shows and injury woes and despite suffering early in the race, gritted his teeth and fought all the way to the finishing- shute, earning a place on the Meath team for the upcoming Leinster Cross Country Championship.

Under 15 Girls
Doireann Ni Fhlatarta
Katie Greene
Aoife McCormack
Kayla Ryan

Kayla was the bridesmaid for the second weekend running having to settle for silver as she put the head down and motored on in the second half of this race, the top step is not far away as she improves with every race. Aoife finished if fifth after an intelligent run as the youngsters led their elders home as they claimed silver in the team competition despite have all runners finish in the tiop ten.

Under 15 Boys
Marc Leane
Conor Leane

The boys athletic renaissance continued as they ran in their own age group this weekend. Conor is looking more like his auld self as her gets the racing miles into his leg, taking silver with ease as Marc was unlucky not to medal as he was squeezed out of a podium finish this time round.

Under 17 Girls

Bonnie McFeat

Bonnie was in her usually battling mode as she was the sole representative from the club as she ran up an age. As always Bonnie gave it her all and finished a respectable fourth overall in her four kilometre race.


Meath XC Masters & Juvenile Uneven Ages 2017

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