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The Loreto College Senior Girls' Cross Country team - View Full Size Image
The Loreto College Senior Girls' Cross Country team
Loreto College Intermediate level Cross Country representative - View Full Size Image
Loreto College Intermediate level Cross Country representative
Loreto College Senior Boys Cross Country runners - View Full Size Image
Loreto College Senior Boys Cross Country runners

Loreto College was very creditably represented by an impressive contingent of athletes at the District Cross Country Championships, contested at the University of Ulster Coleraine campus on 5th February 2008.

A number of Year 8 runners performed very well over a difficult course.  Mark Gormley was first Loreto runner home, in 19th place.  Meanwhile Edward Lane was 28th,Ciaran Ferris 53rd Patrick Kerr 68th,R yan Duffy 74th and Conor Kneeland, who suffered an injury, limped in in 83rd place, with Aidan Brankin 86th out of a field of 113 . In the Minor Girls’ race, Rosanna McAleese was the first Loreto runner home in 33rd place.  She was followed by Ciara Morren in 44th place, Jessica Hickinson, 54th, Nicole O’Neill, who suffered a fall during the race but came 61st, while Cliodhna McIlvenny was 73rd and Katie Dysart 74th.

In the Junior boys’ race, Daniel McAleese (Y10) had a terrific run, finishing in 14th place: Daniel missed out on qualifying for the Ulster Finals by one place. John McLister (Y9) ran superbly, finishing in 17th place. Yr 9 & 10 compete together in the Junior age group, which means that John has another opportunity to run in this group next year. Orrin Devlin (Y9) was 55th with Liam Browne (Y9) and Peter Hodgkinson (Y9) 76th & 77th respectively, Liam McGoldrick (Y9) finished strongly in 130th place, just ahead of Conal Gormley (Y9), who was 132nd. This was one of the biggest fields of the day with 159 finishers.

The Loreto Junior girls also performed well. Anna Breslin (Y10) was just outside the qualifiers for the Ulster Finals with a fine 12th place. Maeve Lofthouse (Y9) also ran extremely well, taking14th place, while Clare Tracey (Y9) had a great run too, finishing in 24th place. Megan Kerr (Y9) also ran well, securing a creditable 55th position. This was another huge field, with 105 runners.

Loreto College was also represented in the Intermediate and Senior competitions.  At this level, students who ran extremely well were Stephen Dooley, Aaron Duffy, and Clodagh Patterson (all Year 12), who competed at Intermediate level.  At the same level, Ciara Cunning (Y12) qualified for the Ulster Finals, with an excellent 9th place.  Year 14 students James Shannon and Brian Lenehan put in creditable efforts in the Senior Boys’ competition.  However pride of place goes to the Senior Girls’ team of Maureen Heneghan, Maeve McLernon and Maeve McAllister, who ran superbly, securing 3rd team place in the event, and all qualifying for the Ulster Finals, which will be held at the City of Belfast Playing Fields at Mallusk on 20th February.

All the students who represented Loreto College at this event, along with their coaches Mr Paul Cunning and Mrs Sheila McBroom, were congratulated on their effort and participation by Mr Brian Lenehan, College Principal.