Leinster Schools regional qualifiers East and North (updated)

The qualifiers foe February 10th`s Leinster Schools cross country commenced yesterday in Avondale with the East Leinsters. There were a few Clonliffe athletes in action: Ian McElweaney successfully qualified with a 7th place finish in the junior boys race. Tess Loftus running a year out of age was unlucky not to progress finishing 17th in the inter race with only 15 going through. Also running was Ella Brown in a strong 5th place.

The North Leinsters with a big Clonliffe took place today in ALSAA. Ciara McDonnell reports: The North Leinsters were held in Alsaa today in absolutely beautiful conditions.  Blue skies, glorious warm sunshine, little wind and a nice soft (but not swampy!) Anyway back to the athletes – they were obviously pleased that it was such a good day but they all had to job to do so their attention was primarily on their warm-ups and performances and, yet again, the Clonliffe Warriers did their schools and Club proud.   During the course of the Championships today, no one was in a hurry to leave and it was fantastic to see to many spectators staying on – and supporting the athletes – until the very last race.

With places in the Leinster cross country at stake in two and a half weeks time in Santry Demesne the Clonliffe athletes were particularly keen on grabbing the precious starting places: top 3 schools or a top 15 place being the requirements.

Notable performances from the club`s athletes included superb wins by Aaron Cullen in the junior boys race and Sean O`Leary in the inter boys, a 2nd and 3rd by Brian Flanagan and Adam O`Brien in the seniors and an excellent 3rd place by Amy Hodson in the junior girls race.

Clonliffe results:

Minor Girls: Holly Roche  8th, Aoife Hession   10th, Ella Bergin  13th, Vicky McDonnell  15th, Kristin McGrady Hogan   18th

Minor Boys: Darragh Carter  10th, Dermot Buckley 18th

Junior Girls:  Amy Hodson     3rd, Aimee Warren    9th

Junior Boys: Aaron Cullen  1st

Intermediate Girls: Cliona Cooley  23rd

Intermediate Boys: Sean O’Leary  1st, Craig Giles  9th, Jordan Byrne  11th, Stephen Cashin 16th, Daniel Lacey 17th, Cian Bolger  18th, Jack Horan 22nd, Fintan McManus 23rd,Sam Baker-Gorman   35th

Senior Girls: Alannah Cooley  7th

Senior Boys: Brian Flanagan  2nd, Adam O’Brien  3rd, Sean Carrigg   4th, Joseph Hession  9th, Alex Gibbons  11th, Thomas Ward  12th, Eoin Keating  14th, Greg Hosseney  17th, Kevin McKenna   24th