Report by Mr Watkins, Cross Country coach
Niamh D and Caitlin R have just completed tremendous seasons in Cross Country for both the College and County.
Earlier in the season Niamh and Caitlin finished 1st and 2nd respectively in the District Final of the ESAA Cross Country Cup. In the next round, at Regional level, competing against the rest of Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cumbria and Lancashire the girls were heading towards a repeat. Nobody knows in which order they would have finished, but after Niamh fell and had to drop out near the end, Caitlin went on to win.
In the MCSAA Saturday League, Caitlin won her competition and Niamh finished 3rd, although both were hindered by injury and illness.
Both girls had success in the MCSAA District Championships in February, Caitlin won her race and Niamh had a high finish and both qualified for selection for their respective Merseyside teams that competed at the ESAA Schools’ Championships in Norwich at the beginning of this month. Niamh was part of the ‘eight finishers’ team from Merseyside that won the team event and Caitlin finished 8th and qualified for England. In both races the girls competed ‘young’ in their respective age-groups and ran against the best in the country in fields of approximately 340!
The season ended on a high for Caitlin with her 3rd place finish in the SIAB Schools International for the four Home Countries in Port Talbot last weekend.
Finally, this brief report only covers a proportion of what they have achieved this season in the MCSAA and ESAA Competitions for the College and County and in Caitlin's case the Country! Both of them compete successfully in many other competitions for their club, Liverpool Harriers.
Caitlin and Niamh have had a tremendous impact on Cross Country at St Edward’s College and we are most grateful for their effort and commitment and we should all celebrate their successes.