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Monday, 12th February 2024

Ace AC in winning form at National B Cross Country Championships

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Rhys Clarke (left) and Christian Kelly.

Ace AC had several young athletes taking part in the National B Cross Country Championships in DKIT college Dundalk on Sunday last. Qualification was for anybody that finished outside of the medals in the A Championships, so it is seen as a great stepping stone for runners. 

There were some very impressive Ace performances with Caoimhe Carolan being one of the success stories of the day in the U11 girls race. In only her second race for the Club, Caoimhe finished outside of the normal medals, however was part of a gold medal winning Louth team. Sophie Black ran in the same race. 

In the boys u11 Ruairi Cooney and Rhys Phillips performed well with Hannah Black, Alfie Marron and Oisin Murphy all impressing in the girls & boys u13s. 

In the U15 race Tadhg Forde Dunne, Cillian Sheridan and Daniel Hanley were all outside of the individual medals however were high enough in the rankings, to receive a county bronze medal for Louth. 

However, the best Ace performance of the day was in the very last race being the boys u17s where Rhys Clarks finished a brilliant 4th. Clarke started strongly and was in 6th for much of the race but fought his way into 4th on his final lap. Christian Kelly ran well in the same race.  

Caoimhe Carolan 31 and Sophie Black 30.

Meanwhile, in the Athletics Ireland live event on Wednesday night in Abbotstown, Chloe Cooney continued her good form winning her u16 800m race in 2.18. New signing, Stevie Wong ran in the 60m men’s race securing a PB of 7.32 with Ana Drakoulaki securing a season's best of 7.98 in the ladies 60m. Adam Russell ran 55 seconds in the men’s 400m, also securing a new PB.

Neil Culhanne and Shea O'Donnell also ran in the 800M Men's Athletics Ireland Live on Wednesday last in times of 1.55 and 1.58 respectively.



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