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Eight Cork Athletes Selected for European Cross-Country Championships 2017

Cork Has Largest Representation on Irish Team for European Cross-Country Championships

Samorin, Slovakia

Sunday December 10th 2017

On Monday November 27th, Athletics Ireland announced the twenty eight person squad for next month's European Cross-Country Championships, in Samorin, Slovakia.


Category Athlete Club Coach County
U20 Women Laura Nicholson Bandon A.C Steve Macklin Cork
U20 Women Stephanie Cotter West Muskerry A.C.   Cork
U20 Women Jodie McCann Dundrum South Dublin A.C. Clark McCann Dublin
U20 Women Fian Sweeney Dublin City Harriers A.C.   Dublin
U20 Women Sophie Murphy Dundrum South Dublin A.C. Ricardo Santos Dublin
U20 Women Fiona Everard Bandon A.C Ronan Duggan Cork
Category Athlete Club Coach County
U20 Men Craig McMeechan North Down A.C. David McMeechan Down
U20 Men Brian Fay Raheny Shamrock A.C. Feidhlim Kelly Dublin
U20 Men Charlie O'Donovan Leevale A.C. Ken Nason Cork
U20 Men Fearghal Curtin Youghal A.C. Noel Curtain Cork
U20 Men James Edgar City of Lisburn A.C. Heather Ardis Down
U20 Men Darragh McElhinney Bantry A.C. Steve Macklin Cork
Category Athlete Club Coach County
U23 Women Bethanie Murray Dundrum South Dublin A.C. Kyle Bennett Dublin
Category Athlete Club Coach County
U23 Men Tom O'Keeffe Kilkenny City Harriers Emmet Dunleavy Kilkenny
U23 Men Eoin Strutt Raheny Shamrock A.C. Feidhlim Kelly Dublin
Category Athlete Club Coach County
Senior Women Shona Heaslip An Riocht A.C. Niamh O'Sullivan Kerry
Senior Women Kerry O'Flaherty Newcastle & District A.C. Richard Rodgers Down
Senior Women Michelle Finn Leevale A.C. Donie Walsh Cork
Senior Women Lizzie Lee Leevale A.C. Donie Walsh Cork
Senior Women Fionnuala Ross Armagh A.C Dermot Kerr Armagh
Senior Women Fionnuala McCormack Kilcoole A.C. Alan McCormack Wicklow
Category Athlete Club Coach County
Senior Men Paul Pollock Annadale Striders A.C. Andy Hobdell Down
Senior Men Kevin Dooney Raheny Shamrock A.C Jerry Kiernan Dublin
Senior Men Hugh Armstrong Ballina A.C. Ray Treacy Mayo
Senior Men John Travers Donore Harriers A.C. Jerry Kiernan Dublin
Senior Men Sean Tobin Clonmel A.C. Ryan Vanhoy Tipperary
Senior Men Kevin Maunsell Clonmel A.C. James Sullivan Tipperary

Cork has the largest representation of any county, with eight athletes on the panel, followed by Dublin on seven.  On the Under 20 Women's team, Laura Nicholson (Bandon AC) and Stephanie Cotter (West Muskerry AC) both qualified automatically, when finishing in first and second place respectively, in last Sunday's Athletics Ireland combined Under-18/Junior Women's National Cross-Country Championship, at the National Sports Campus, in Abbottstown, Dublin.  The girls are joined on the team, by Laura's clubmate Fiona Everard.


laura nicholson national junior xc 2017 stephanie cotter national junior xc 2017 fiona everard national junior xc 2017
Laura Nicholson (Bandon AC) Stephanie Cotter (West Muskerry AC) Fiona Everard (Bandon AC)


There are also three Cork men on the Junior Men's Team: Charlie O'Donovan (Leevale AC), who pipped Fearghal Curtin (Youghal AC) for the Bronze medal, last Sunday, right on the line.  The third man is Bantry AC's Darragh McElhinney. As in all of last Sunday's Junior & Senior races, there were two automatric selection places up for grabs, so competition in this event was fierce, with all three of the Cork athletes in contention for the automatic places, well into the final lap.

charlie o donovan national junior xc 2017 fearghal curtin national junior xc 2017 darragh mcelhinney national junior xc 2017
Charlie O'Donovan (Leevale AC) Fearghal Curtin (Youghal AC) Darragh McElhinney (Bantry AC)


The two Cork Athletes on the Senior Women's Team are Michelle Finn and Lizzie Lee, both Leevale AC, who finished third and fourth respectively, on Sunday.

michelle finn national senior xc 2017 lizzie lee national senior xc 2017
Michelle Finn (Leevale AC) Lizzie Lee (Leevale AC)

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