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Loreto College representatives at the Ulster Schools' Cross Country Finals, with teacher Mr P. Cunning - View Full Size Image
Loreto College representatives at the Ulster Schools' Cross Country Finals, with teacher Mr P. Cunning

Athletes from Loreto College Coleraine recorded great success at the Ulster Schools’ Cross Country Finals, held at the Belfast playing fields, Mallusk, on 22nd February. Six  Loreto College athletes had qualified for the event on an individual basis, as well as the Minor Boys’ team (Year 8 students) qualifying for the team event.

In the year 8 girls’ event, Abigail McBroom (Year 8) finished in fourth place, in a time of 7 mins 21 seconds over a 1700m course.  In a field of 123 runners, fellow Loreto College runner Mollie Brennan was placed 21st.  The Year 8 Boys’ team finished in sixth place out of 15 teams over a 1700m course, leaving opposition from schools such as Friends’ School Lisburn, Ballymena Academy, Coleraine Academial Institution and Killicomaine JHS in their wake.  In a field of 153 runners, Loreto team members Fearghal Close finished in 12th place in a time of 6.52, Oisin Brennan was 32nd in 7.27, Dominic Bradley was 47th, Eamon McLaughlin was 50th, Adam Kerr was 64th, Sean McKeever was 88th, Krzysztof Silakowski was 92nd and Glen O’Donovan was 102nd.   Meanwhile in the Minor Girls’ race, Aoife Carr (Year 9) had a great run, finishing 18th out of 127 starters, recording a time of 11.02 minutes over a 2000 metre course.  In the Year 9 Boys’ face, Daniel O’Kane finished 55th out of 158 starters over a 2300 metre course.  In the Senior Girls’ race, Natalie Costello (Year 14) had a great run, finishing in 23rd place in a field of 65, with a time of 12:05 over 2300 metres.  Finally, in the Senior Boys’ race, Darryl Wills (Year 14) had a really gutsy run, gaining 45th place out of a field of 83 runners over a 6200 metre course.

Mr Michael James, Principal of Loreto College, paid tribute to all the athletes who had represented the school with such distinction in this prestigious event, and congratulated cross country coach Mr Paul Cunning, who had assisted the team members with training and motivation throughout the months leading up to the fixture.