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Omagh Harriers confirm status as top Ulster club

Omagh Harriers had a very successful time at the Cross Country championships

Omagh Harriers had a very successful time at the Cross Country championships

The Ulster club uneven age group cross-country championships took place in Derry and it was a historic event for Omagh Harriers AC.

Seven strong teams from Omagh travelled to Gransha and on a remarkable day for the club they wio four Ulster titles and a bronze to confirm the Harriers as one of the top club in Ulster.

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The U17 boys, who were on a high after watching the club win three Ulster titles in-a-row, won yet another provincial gong in the Maiden city with a series of great finishes from their team. David Gormley proved that he is becoming one of the top athletes in Ulster when he finished in 9th position. Oisin Donnelly had his best ever Ulster race to finish 12th, new recruit Odhran Rafferty ran in his first ever race for the Harriers was 14th, closely followed by Jack O’Neill in 17th and Colm McNabb was 50th.

The Harriers U17  girls’ team also picked up an Ulster title – winning by 13 points – when Toni Moore showed her class to finish sixth against a very strong field. Eilish Flanagan continued her tradition of improving every race in 12th, with Edel Monaghan putting in a yet another very solid performance in 13th. Roisin Flanagan ran her best every race for the club in 14th. Aideen Casey gained valuable points for the team finishing 21st.

Having won the Donegal cross-country championships a few weeks before, the U15 girls and boys teams were confident of gaining  success.

Over the last 200m in the girls race there was an extremely fast sprint between eight athletes, both Niamh Heaney and Enya Haigney gave it everything they had to finish sixth and seventh only five seconds behind the winner. Morgan Owens held on to the lead pack to finished 12th with Coblaith McKenna in 20th, Aoibh Haginey 53rd and Elizabeth Gormley 58th. This was good enough for the team to be declared Ulster Champions, winning by 17 points.

In the boys’ race, Sean Corry was never more than ten seconds off the lead pack. He led the team home in ninth.  Jacob Corry finished 14th, Cathaoir Donnelly 15th, Michael Mullin 17th, Eoin Bradley 26th and Conor Gormley 44th. The results were enough for the team to win the Ulster title, only the second ever boys Ulster title in the clubs’ history.

The u13 boys won the first team medal of the day for the club led home by Jack Moore 7th and Dan Haigney 12th, as both athletes finished in the top twelve to qualify for the All-Irelands as part of the Ulster team. Matthew Neill 40th, Tom Quinn 58th, Darragh Ward 61st and Sean Diamond 77th completed the team line-up.

In the girls U13 race Ella Quinn once again showed her talent finishing 22nd against a very strong field and was closely followed by the rest of her team with Tirna-Kate Fox 37th, Caoimhe Grugan 49th, Mira Coreless 71st, Dervla Heaney 81st and Saoirse Donnelly 88th.

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The U11 girls Harriers were up against girls a year older than them however they didn’t let this put them off. Ebha Grugan put a solid performance finishing 45th and Ciara Diamond ran well in 53rd.

In the u-11 boys, Tomas Haigney finished in 31st closely followed by Fircha Donnelly in 39th and David Quinn 60th.

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