Athletics & Cross Country Report 2016-2017

Athletics Track and Field 

The South Connacht athletics were held at the Athlone Institute of Technology on Tuesday 5th May.  Forty five girls represented the Bower in the various track and field events.

Ten Bower athletes excelled, qualifying for the Connacht Schools Championships 2016.

Minor 2000m                       Anna O’Donnovan

Minor 1500m                       Rebecca Lowe

Minor 1500m                       Aoife McDermott

Junior javelin                        Brigid Flynn

Inter 800m                            Aoife Greene

Inter 1500m                         Íde Crehan

Inter 1500m                         Eva McKiernan

Senior 1500m                      Ciara Greene

Senior javelin                       Ciara Lawless

Senior javelin                       Orla Keaveny

On Thursday 19th May the Connacht Schools Championships were also held at the Athlone Institute of Technology.  Three girls from the Bower excelled on the day.

Once again Rebecca Lowe showed the great athlete she is by winning the Minor girls 1500m in impressive style in a time of 5:10.  Ciara Greene is the Connacht record holder for the minor 1500m with a time of 5:02.  Ciara Lawless did very well in the senior girls’ javelin achieving 3rd place.  Well done Ciara!

Finally, Ciara Greene finished off her schools athletics career with second place in the senior girls 1500m.  Ciara will not be participating in the All Ireland track and field in Tullamore on Saturday 4th June due to her Leaving Cert.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ciara for all her help with athletics in the school for the last six years.  I wish her the very best in her chosen career.

Westmeath Schools Cross Country 2016 

The Westmeath Schools Cross Country took place on Wednesday 28th September in a beautiful setting which is Belvedere House.  We were blessed with a lovely dry day.  Twenty six girls travelled from Our Lady’s Bower for the day.

When we arrived we walked the course and did some stretches at the starting line.  The first race of the day was 1st year girls whose distance was 1000m.  Best for the Bower were Roisín Ní Dhuibhir 16th, Eva Fitzpatrick 18th and Molly Horan 22nd.

The next race was 2nd year girls 1500m.  Despite recovering from a bad fall from her horse Rebecca Lowe was very impressive, finishing in gold medal position.  Aoife McDermott ran an excellent race to finish in 5th place.  Éabha Crehan was very happy with her 7th place finish.  Next up was 3rd and Ty girls 2000m.  The top four athletes for the Bower were Roisín Mulvihill 8th, Ella McGlynn 10th, Ella Dillon 14th and Sorcha McGlynn 16th.  The final race of the day was 5th and 6th years 2000m. Three Bower girls finished in the top 10.  Eva McKiernan was 6th, Íde Crehan was 7th and Aoife Greene 8th.  Overall the Bower had a very good day.

A special thanks to Rebecca’s mam, Deirdre Lowe, who was of great help on the day including taking some lovely photos of the girls.  Thanks also to our 5th year girls who were of great help – Aoife Greene, Íde Crehan and Eva McKiernan.

Cross Country Championships 2017

On Thursday 26th January twenty eight students from Our Lady’s Bower braved the elements to participate in the South Connacht Cross Country Championships at Southpark, Claddagh, Galway.  The first race of the day was minor girls 1500m.  We entered two teams to represent the school.  Team ‘A’ consisted of Roisín Ní Dhuibhir, Eva Fitzpatrick, Molly Horan, Cara Fitzpatrick, Aisling Nally and Siofra Mahon.  Team ‘B’ consisted of Niamh Henehan, Niamh Leonard, Ciara Fallon, Eliza Heaslip, Bethany Carroll Nugent and Niamh Murray.  All girls ran well against a very strong breeze.

Next up was junior girls 1500m.  Our ‘A’ team excelled securing second place.  Rebecca Lowe put in a very strong performance finishing in silver medal position, despite struggling with a knee injury.  Aoife McDermott and Eabha Crehan also excelled, finishing 5th and 14th respectively.  Jasmine Akwenuke, Olivia Riordan, Hannah Finneran and Jessica Scanlon also ran well.  In the gruelling 2500m Intermediate girls race we had four athletes.  All four completed the race and were happy with their performances.  They were Mercedes Aceituno, Emannuelle Besler, Lucia Pineda and Marta Bretón.  The final race of the day was senior girls.  Our senior team consisted of Íde Crehan, Ciara McCarthy, Tierna Maguire and Katie Higgins.  Eva McKiernan is also a member of the team but was unable to participate due to illness.  The girls were delighted to hear they finished in third place.

Cross Country Connacht Finals 2017

The Cross Country Connacht Finals took place on Tuesday 7th February at Calery GAA Park, Sligo.  We were blessed with lovely winter sunshine!  The races commenced at 12 noon sharp.  First up was minor girls 1500m.  Our three first years who qualified as individuals from the South Connacht’s ran very well – Roisín Ní Dhuibhir, Eva Fitzpatrick and Cara Fitzpatrick.  The next race was junior girls 2000m.  Unfortunately Rebecca Lowe could not travel as she was recovering from a knee injury.  However, at the end of February Rebecca was delighted she achieved the Youth Olympic consideration times in swimming in Bangor.  Her team members – Aoife McDermott, Eabha Crehan, and Jasmine Akwenuke were happy with their performances.  Aoife McDermott put in an outstanding performance finishing in 14th place and therefore qualifying for the All Ireland’s at Mallusk, Belfast on Saturday 11th March. The final girl’s race of the day was senior girls 2000m.

Our Lady’s Bower team consisted of Aoife Green, Íde Crehan, Tierna Maguire , Ciara McCarthy, Eva McKiernan and Katie Higgins.  All girls were happy to successfully complete the course.  Best for the bower was Aoife Green who also qualified for the All Ireland’s on the 11th March in Belfast.

Thanks to past pupil Ciara Greene, for all her help on the day.  Ciara headed to Australia on Saturday 11th February where she began studying science at a college in Melbourne. Ciara, who is a member of the Irish Triathlon team, looks forward to joining their athletics team. We wish Ciara all the best for the future.


O’Regan Cup for Outstanding Athletes:

  • 2017 Sophie Lowe
  • 2016 Ciara Greene
  • 2015 Michelle Burke, Veronica Burke, Annie Daly Karen Pillion and Maedhb Hurst
  • 2014 Mary Walsh, Kate Burke, Caoimhe Curran & Marion Gildea
  • 2013 Dearbhail Ní Catháin
  • 2012 Clare Burke & Sive Brassil
  • 2011 Maeve Brassil, Aislinn Hurley & Mary Catherine Walsh