Tallaght Athletes Take top points in Leagues


A number of Tallaght athletes scored top points at the first outing of the Dublin Juvenile Cross Country league series in Ardgillan Park last Sunday.
Garret Hayes was in fine form in the U10 division where he led the field from start to finish in the 600m contest to take maximum points while Marcus Mitchell in his first outing finished a fair 22nd in the field of 36 runners and in the U11 boy’s division Khalad Kourrini was another prolific winner over 800m with Thomas Keating staking his claim with a good finish to clinch 8th place in the field of 41 runners.

At U13 degree, Jack Kelly was another who came home a clear winner in his 1000m contest where Oscar Mc Dermott and Oran Kane both had a good outing to finish 25th overall and 28th respectively in their first ever cross country event and Christopher Duffy rounded the day off with another good win for the club in the U18 3000m event.

Brian Adeleke finished a good 8th place in his first outing in the U9 400m while Leah Thomas secured points after she finished 13th in the U10 girls 600m and she was followed home by Brooke Patterson (16th), Jodie Brennan (33rd) and Amy Casey (34th).
At U11 degree, Amaya Mitchell was the first girl home for the club in the 800m contest with Ellie Carruth and Hannah Kavanagh next to finish.  In the U12 1000m contests Leon Patterson had a good run in the boy’s division where he finished 13th overall and in the girls division Eva Casey finished a creditable 21st over the same distance.

Abbie Brennan finished 16th in her U14 1200m contest as did Juan Kane in the boy’s division whilst at U15 degree Andre Uchime will be staking her claim for league honours after she finished a very good 4th over a distance of 1500m with Tara Swift finishing 8th overall. In the boy’s division Cadan Clifford unfortunately missed the start of his U15 race but ran well to finish 9th in the U16 boy’s 2000m contest where Philip Omisore took 8th place overall.

In the U16 girls division, Sophia Kourrini finished 3rd in the 2000m contest with Aisling Mc Guinness not too far off in 5th followed across the line by  Niamh Gibson in 6th , Eireann Hayes in 7th and Lauryn Mc Dermott in 8th.

The young athletes will be aiming to add additional points in their hunt for the top six league honours in their age group when they contest the 2nd league contests which will be run over longer distances in the Phoenix Park on Sunday 1st October.