Flynner has a blinder in Vagas and more

Nov 8, 2010 [Noel Guiden] David Flynn ran the race of his life in Las Vegas on Saturday. This was the toughest division 2 conference in the United States ran at 6,600 feet altitude. In a storming run Flynner was fourth of the Western State College athletes recording a time of 24.25 and finishing a really superb 12th place. Flynner left some top class athletes in his wake, for example Luke Cragg (Adams State) a 13:54 minute 5000 metre runner, Ben Zywicki who finished 21st. With the top five scoring Flynner’s college Western State finished second behind long time adversaries and rivals Adams State, Adams State scoring 30 points to Western State Colleges 45. Commenting post race David Flynn, who incidentally celebrated his 21st birthday yesterday commented that he had ‘ran his best race to date. Better than any birthday present’. Next up for our man David Flynn is the collegiate regionals on the 20th of November. Hopefully the Irish selectors for the European Cross Country Championships have their eyes Stateside.

Meanwhile some of our other top athletes trying to catch the selectors eyes were also in action on the Continent. On Saturday Mark Kenneally was in Burgos in Northern Spain where he suffered a big set back in his first cross country race of the season when a back injury put paid to his race forcing him to struggle over the finish line. Hopefully Mark will get over this injury soon as he was just coming into good form after his Summer difficulties and had only two weeks ago ran a 10 mile PB. On Sunday Becky Woods was part of a large Irish team in the Lotto Cross in Mol, Belgium where she finished 14th in the senior womens 6,400m event. Jamie Rossister was on the junior team at that meet where he also had a good run finishing 15th in 21.37 in a race won by Ferrybank`s Shane Quinn (20.45).