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Prizewinners in the Mary McCabe trophy Cross Country event with Mr P Cunning - View Full Size Image
Prizewinners in the Mary McCabe trophy Cross Country event with Mr P Cunning

The  eleventh annual Mary McCabe Trophy race, involving all Year 8 students, took place at Loreto College Coleraine on  19th January 2007.  This event was held first in 1996, following the presentation of the trophy by  Dr. McCabe, in memory of his wife Mary. The McCabe family had three daughters, Geraldine, Jemma and Anne–Marie, who attended Loreto in the 1970s.  All three girls were  keen and successful athletes and the parents often came to races and were very supportive of the girls. The silver cup was for Minor Girls’ cross country and has been competed for each year. There is also a boys’ shield and each year, Year 8 boys and girls compete for these two trophies.

The event saw Year 8’s completing a taxing run just short of 2000m through the College campus, and this year’s winners were Maeve Lofthouse and John McLister.  Mr Paul Cunning, co-ordinator of Cross Country running at Loreto, joined College Principal Mr Brian Lenehan in offering congratulations to all those who took part, and commiserations to those who could not do so, or who dropped out due to injury.  Mr Cunning added a word of special thanks are due to Head of PE Mrs Maureen McCullough and PE teachers Mr Paul Byrne and Ms Julie Wilson, and to the senior students who acted as marshalls. 

Mr Cunning added that a number of previous winners of this event had gone on to sporting success in athletics, hurling, gaelic football and camogie at national and international level, and that many of the 2007 medallists could have a bright sporting future ahead.   Many of these promising young athletes will represent Loreto at the Cross Country District Championships at the University of Ulster on 30th January, along with some talented athletes from throughout the school.  The students were congratulated on their success to date and wished well for the challenges ahead by Mr Brian Lenehan, Principal of Loreto College.

Medals were presented to the top fifteen as follows:

1st John McLister
2nd Liam Browne
3rd William Lane
4th Peter Hodgkinson
5th Orrin Devlin
6th Jarlath Bradley
7th Dermott Carey
8th Niall McMahon
9th Liam McKeever
10th Sean Frizelle
11th Thomas McCann
12th Gregory McAfee
13th Conor McCloskey
14th Leon O’Kane
15th Sean McKendry

1st Maeve Lofthouse
2nd Clare Tracey
3rd Niamh Meehan
4th Jennifer Mustchin
5th Norene McBride
6th Lauryn McAleese
7th Nicole O’Connor
8th Christine O’Kane
9th Justyna Pajak
10th Ciara McMacken
11th Anna Morelli
12th Catherine McLaughlin
13th Clodagh Connolly
14th Danielle Ferris
15th Anna Moloney

The two individual winners, Maeve Lofthouse and John McLister, had their names added to the trophies to join an illustrious list of Loreto athletes:

1996 Sean O’Connell
1997 Eamonn Morgan
1998 Ryan Mullan
1999 Sean Paul Henry
2000 Sean Leo McGoldrick
2001 Stephen Friel
2002 David McCulloch
2003 Fergal McCloskey
2004 Steven Dooley
2005 Dermot Morrow
2006 Daniel McAleese

1996 Grainne McGoldrick
1997 Judith Kelly
1998 Gemma McCullough
1999 Elizabeth McWilliams
2000 Zakiyya Devaney
2001 Orlagh Daly
2002 Claire Doherty
2003 Louise Bogues
2004 Ciara Cunning
2005 Katy Lemon
2006 Anna Breslin