St. Macartan’s Success at Schools District Cross Country
(The St. Macartan’s College athletics team with their coach Mr. Kildea who qualified for the Ulster Cross Country finals after their wins at the recent District D Championships in Mallusk)
After completing a clean sweep at all grades in the County Monaghan Schools Cross Country Championships, the St. Macartan’s College athletics team were quietly confident as they set off for the Ulster Schools District D Cross Country Championships which took place at the Mallusk Sports Grounds in County Antrim on February 5th last. Saint Macartan’s College got off to a flying start with Oisin Fagan, an athlete to watch out for, leading the minor boys race to victory without breaking his stride. Oisín was closely followed home by Jack Murphy in 8th place seeing both boys qualify for the Ulster Minor boys final. The Junior Boys were up next with another strong team. Andrew McKenna was St. Macartan’s lead athlete, returning home in 5th place. Andrew was followed by Killian Conlon who was placed 7th with Jamie McMahon in 8th and Lorcan O’Rourke in 9th. Oisin McElwain, Kyle McDonald and Gavin McKenna finished the team places to see the Sem boys placed first junior team and comfortably qualify for the Ulster finals.
The Intermediate boys faced a tough race. Ultan O’Rourke led the race up to the last hundred meters and finished in second place. Séan McElwain ran a steady race finishing in 8th place scoring valuable points for the team. Darragh Corrigan, running in intermediate for his first time came in at 19th with Shane McCabe, the teams only Second Year runner finishing well up the field. Another tough encounter beckons for this team in the Ulster Intermediate finals.
In the final race of the day Paul Peppard set a blistering pace and after a strong last two hundred was followed home by Evan Cudden to finish in 6th and 7th places respectively. Jonathon Mc Carron finished well followed by the recently returned from injury James Mc Kenna who ran a very consistent race. Ryan Drayne finished very strong to see the St. Macartan’s boys take 2nd place overall behind the highly fancied Royal School Armagh. St. Macartan’s College athletics coach Mr. Karl Kildea was high in his praise for his team who never gave up on the day. He was particularly delighted for the team members who have trained diligently with their clubs and the school during the winter months.