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But their success did not stop here. Laura Crowe who finished in 3rd & Shona Heaslip due to their great race performance made the Irish teams for the European Cross Country Championships in Somokov, Bulgaria. Laura was part of the Irish senior women's team who claimed bronze in the team section. Shona was the 2nd Irish girl across the line in the U23 race.
|9 members of Kerry Ladies Team: |
Caitriona Barry, Karina Teahan, Niamh O'Sullivan,
Grace Lynch, Laura Crowe, Maria McCarthy
(Front) Annameria Costello, Shona Heaslip & Niamh Clifford
|Kerry Novice Women Team: |
Niamh Clifford, Caitriona Barry, Maria McCarthy,
Annameria Costello & Caitriona Barry
Some of the Kerry Ladies team were back in action representing the county in the AAI GloHealth National Novice Cross Country Championships held in Santry early December. With some great performances from all ladies they were again 2nd in the overall county team standings.
At Munster Level, The ladies dominated the Senior & Masters Cross Country Championships.
In the Munster Masters, held in December, Maria McCarthy won the race overall with Niamh O' Sullivan 2nd and Caitriona Barry 6th. Again the county claimed the gold team medal.
|Kerry Munster Senior Team: Shona Heaslip, |
Niamh Clifford, Niamh O'Sullivan & Maria McCarthy
Likewise at the Munster Senior 8000m race held in Waterford WIT in Jan 2015, the Kerry ladies took all three podium positions. Shona Heaslip 1st, Maria McCarthy 2nd & Niamh O'Sullivan 3rd. With the help of teammate Niamh Clifford they won team gold for the county also.
Grace Lynch and Shona Heaslip were part of the Irish U23 Ladies team that competed in the Celtic Cross-Country Championships which were held in Dunboyne, Co. Meath January 18th. Shona won the race and the team took silver.
They season is not finished yet. On Feb. 8th they are back in action when some of they are competing in the AAI GloHealth National Intermediate XC Championships to be held in Tuam, Co. Galway.
This is one of the most successful teams that has represented our county in the sport of athletics in a very long time. Athletics in Kerry is a minority sport and it is up to all of us to spread the word of their success. We wish you all the success in the future.