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Article Uploaded : 06/12/2022 13:01:33 by Midleton College

On Friday 2nd Dec 14 Midleton College athletes travelled to Riverstick to compete at the Cork School’s Cross Country. The college enjoyed a number of fine performances on the day as athletes tested themselves ahead of the South Munster Championships after Christmas. 

In a race containing 121 athletes from both 2nd and 3rd year, Oscar Murphy (form II) earned a medal for his 4th place finish. Building on his 10th place finish at the South Munsters last year Oscar continues to improve, demonstrating excellent finishing speed. Following Oscar home were Max Colombet and Aaron Hull who acquitted themselves extremely well over a tough 2000m course. 

Luke Burfield, Brendan O’Donnell and Jude Buckley tackled the most gruelling test of the day, 3000m for 4th, 5th and 6th years. Luke went off with the front pack and maintained his pace extremely well throughout to finish in the medal positions, with a 6th place finish. Brendan O’Donnell came home in an impressive 22nd and Jude Buckley, competing against many students two years older than him, finished 32nd. 

In the first year boys race there was a very strong team performance from Midleton College with all three athletes finishing inside the top 26 of a 139 strong field. Christian Mahony and Quin Buckley measured their effort perfectly throughout and finished side by side in 13th and 14th position, while Fionn Loughnane finished close behind in 26th. The strength in depth in this age group certainly bodes well for future outings. 

On the girls side there were more strong performances from form I, with Andrea Herbert finishing in 37th and Ryana Reid finishing 50th in a field of over 120 athletes. Emily McMahon on her first cross country outing completed the Midleton College lineup. While in the 2nd and 3rd year girls race Leah Jennings and Abby Conway finished 30th and 34th respectively.  (more pics in gallery)