WELB Host Northern Ireland Cross Country Final
Caption: The top 3 individual girl winners are pictured at the Northern Ireland Cross final held in Irvinstown: (l-r) - Nicole West, Downshire PS, 3rs place; Amy Mongomery, Ballanacash PS, Lisburn, 2nd place and Jane McCutcheon, Tempo PS, 1st place.
The Western Education and Library Board (WELB) in partnership with the BELB, SEELB, the Southern Sports Partnership and Sport South East recently organized and held the 2010 Northern Ireland Cross Country Finals at Necarne, Irvinestown. Each area organised heats over the past number of months and 300 pupils from primary schools all over NI qualified to participate in the Final.
It was a victorious day for Jane McCutcheon from Tempo PS, who won the girls individual event. Jane ran brilliantly throughout the heats and the WELB Final and was crowned the Northern Ireland primary school champion.
In the girl’s team event St Patrick’s PS, Pennyburn were placed fourth, Tempo PS were fifth with Broadbridge PS finishing in sixth place. 16 teams competed in the girl’s team event, therefore it was a great achievement to have three teams from the WELB in the top six.
In the boy’s individual event Colm Logue from St Teresa’s Loughmacrory finished an excellent seventh place in a field of 160 boys. In the boy’s team event St Eithne’s PS finished in third place claiming medals with St Therese PS, Lenamore finishing in fifth place.
Ryan Cunningham, WELB Sports Development Officer and event organiser, praised the commitment and effort of all the pupils who took part in the WELB Cross Country events this year. He said: “Each pupil should be very proud of what they have achieved; to qualify for the Northern Ireland Final is an achievement in itself. The standard of running is improving every year as schools are training well in advance for the cross country challenge.” He added: “I would like to pay tribute to all the boys and girls who represented WELB at the Northern Ireland Final. The quality of running on the day highlighted the tremendous talent in our schools - a talent which must be carefully nurtured and developed.”
Caption: Colm Logue from St. Teresa's PS Loughmacrory came 7th place in the individual boys race at the Northern Ireland Cross Country Final.