MEATH ATHLETICS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019
There were classic cross country conditions today in Navan Adventure Centre as children from 1st to 6th class attended the Leinster Athletics Meath Cross Country Championships – and when it comes to cross country classic conditions means rain, cold, mud and dirt! There were too many heroic performances today to count, from Niamh Murphy and Aoibhinn Shevlin storming home to take individual gold in their races against athletes from some of the biggest schools in the county to Caoimhe Morgan and Peter Sherlock changing teams at the very last minute to sub in for sick competitors. There was grit, determination and great fun as each race was run. Several children ran in an older age category to make up teams and several children recovered from falls, stumbles and elbows to fight through to the finish. Top ten finishers included Aoibhinn Shevlin (1st class), Emily Keogh (1st class), Orlagh Mooney (2nd class), Aisling McMahon (2nd Class) Tara Keogh (3rd class), Aisling Shevlin (4th class) and Christopher Conlan (5th class). In their final cross country performance for St. Andrew's National School our 6th class girls claimed individual 1st place (Niamh Murphy), 4th place (Lauren Fewer), 8th place (Grace Toole) and 9th place (Phoebe Horgan) for a team score of 22 points – which in cross country is like scoring a hatrick against Brazil !!! Ms. Ronan is thinking of accidentally losing their applications to secondary school and keeping them with us!!!! They were ably assisted by Rachel Moriarty and Aisling Smith both pulling out a top 50 finish. We will patiently await the team results on the Meath Athletics website soon. Congratulations to each and every athlete. You did us all proud! We hope you enjoy the photos below - many thanks to our faithful supporting parents for the cheering, the hot chocolate and the photos!!