Intermediate (U17) Cross-country team: (Back row) Mr. Niall McGee (Coach), Lughán Devenny, Brian Houghton, Christopher O'Brien, Mr. Paul Fiorentini (Principal); (Front row) Diarmait Keogh, Fionn Bowyer, Jack Leddy
Carndonagh Community School continued their long tradition of success at the Ulster District Cross-country Championships by taking team gold in the Inter-Boys (Under 17) race in Coleraine. In the process, they qualified for the Ulster Schools’ Cross-country Finals in Mallusk on 21st February. Transition Year student Fionn Bowyer led the team to the top of the podium with a fine individual performance in 8th. Lughán Devenny made a seamless switch from the track and indoor scene to the country by securing 10th. Lughán was followed six seconds later by the ever consistent Jack Leddy in 11th. Multi-sport competitor Christopher O’Brien raced well to earned 23rd place. The ever determined Brian Houghton completed the victorious team in 46th. These collective performances gave the C.C.S athletes a comfortable 16-point winning margin ahead of Lumen Christi in second. St. Joseph’s Creggan collected the bronze medals with 10 teams finishing.
Second year student Diarmait Keogh will accompany the Under-17 boys in the Ulster Finals following his strong performance in the Junior Boys (Under-15). The Ballyliffin native raced to a fine 9th place finish, thus qualifying as one of the top 6 individuals. Diarmait led his team to a creditable 6th place overall behind St. Mary’s College, Magherafelt who took the gold. Promising runs from Cian Burke, 32nd, Daniel McLaughlin, 37th, Sean Meehan, 46th, Finn Devenney, 59th, Adam McDaid, 62nd, and David Doherty, 68th, suggests that this team can challenge for a top-three finish in the years ahead.
First Year student Fionnuala McLaughlin made a very promising debut at Ulster Schools’ level by finishing 45th in the Minor (Under-14) girls' race. Michael Noone, 64th and Jason McLaughlin, 92nd will also have gained invaluable experience in their first outing at Provincial level in the Minor boys’ race. We wish Diarmait Keogh and the Under-17 boys’ team all the best in the Ulster Schools’ cross-country finals in Mallusk on the 21st February. The prize is a place in the All-Ireland finals on the 10th March.