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Ard Scoil na nDéise Senior Cross Country Team Claims Bronze Team Prize

Well done to our cross country runners on their great day at the All Ireland Cross Country championships!!
Ard Scoil na nDéise Senior Cross Country Team Claims Bronze Team Prize

The Irish Life All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships were held on Saturday, March 9th at Clongowes Wood College in Kildare. It was an extremely flat course compared to what the girls were used to at the East Munsters and the Munsters. Ard Scoil na nDéise was well represented by three teams; Junior, Intermediate and Senior.

The Junior team got the day underway for the Ard Scoil. Caoimhe Prendergast led the team home in 36th place followed by Eve Dwyer 54th, Millie Lucey 59th, Aoibh Murphy 71st, and Mairead Hickey 75th out of 90 athletes. Qualifying for the All Irelands is a huge achievement for this team as they didn’t even qualify out of the East Munsters last year. Well done girls!!

The next team may be small in numbers but are no means scared of a challenge. Intermediate is a tough category and all three of these girls are eligible to compete in Intermediate again next year. Sarah Nyhan led the team home in 34th place followed by Anna Hickey in 49th and Emma Hickey in 56th. Well done girls, a great achievement!

Last but definitely by no means least, the Senior girls team were up. Double European Champion Sarah Healy led the race from the gun and won her 6th All Ireland Schools title. Lucy Holmes and the Munster Champion Laura Nicholson led the tracing pack. It was certainly a battle between Lucy and Laura for 2nd place. When they took the last bend they were neck and neck and Lucy stepped it up a gear and found that final bit of energy to sprint away and claim 2nd individual prize. What an achievement! Lucy’s fellow team mates; Mary- Kate Prendergast, Kate Hickey and Sinead O’Brien could hear over the loud speaker that Lucy had just claimed 2nd place and knew that a team prize was achievable for the Ard Scoil and all three girls found that last bit of fight in them. The Senior girls results were announced and Ard Scoil na nDéise claimed 3rd team prize only 3 points behind Ballmena Academy. Congratulations Lucy, Mary-Kate, Kate and Sinead on another successful Cross Country season. Well done too to their trainer Ms. Flavin who works so hard to support and encourage the girls throughout the year!

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