On Saturday March 11th C.B.S Naas travelled to Mallusk in Co. Antrim to compete in the All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships. Naas had one team competing in the U 15 section which included Matthew Whelan who had also qualified as an individual from the Leinster finals, so too had Shane Coffey in the U 17 age group.
The U 15 race was 3600 metres and the 8 runners on the Naas team ran a superb race to finish the second placed schools team in Ireland. WInners were St Malachy’s Belfast while Rice College Westport were third.Matthew Whelan got off to a great start and ran a controlled race to finish in third place overall in a time of 14 minutes 29 seconds qualifying for the Irish Schools team. Matthew’s brother Harry had a high team placing with a time of 15 mins 06 secs , along with Liam Phibbs, Alan Tobin, Matthew Mc Carrick, Conor Wickham, David Cronin and Eoin Freeman.
The most anticipated race of the day was the U17 5200 metres. This had a very strong field of many international runners and the top 8 places were guaranteed an International cap . Shane Coffey finished in fifth place in a time 20mins 58 secs to book his spot on the Irish schools team.
Best of luck to Matthew and Shane who compete in Wales on Saturday 25th of March.