On Tuesday 27th January, Dr O’Kane, Miss Stewart and five strong teams from Victoria College went to Ormeau Park for the Schools’ District Cross Country Championships. As we left spirits were high and there was a buzz of excitement on the bus. On arrival, Rachel Scott’s mother (a coach at Lagan Valley Athletics Club, for whom most of the Year 8 girls run) took the Year 8 girls to do drills/stretches and ensure that they were warmed up for their 12 o’clock start. A big thank you to Mrs Scott.
Dr O’Kane and Miss Stewart distributed numbers, inspected course maps and familiarised the other girls with the route. Team positions were important to secure a place at the Ulsters. Every place would count – pressure was on!
Nerves were building up as the Mini girls (Year 8) approached the start line. The whistle went and within a couple of hundred metres the VCB girls were leading the field. Those positions remained until the finish line – a clean sweep for Victoria College – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th. Individual gold, silver and bronze medals for Anna Hill, Annabel Magnussen and Rachel Scott. The Year 8 girls got a well deserved team gold – well done Anna, Annabel, Rachel, Emma, Naoise and Ruby. Year 8 girls, you were amazing – stars of the future!
Next up was the Minor girls (Year 9). It was another great race and the VCB girls were led home by Susie Loane (4th), followed closely by Aisling Gray (5th) and the rest of the team placed well and secured team gold. Congratulations Susie, Aisling, Keeva, Abby, Sofia and Beth.
Pressure was on now for the Junior girls (Year 10). They didn’t fail to impress. Rebecca Warnock ran a very strong race and got individual bronze. She was supported by Darcy Smyth (5th) and Georgia Ross (6th) to ensure yet another team gold. It was a super team effort for Rebecca, Darcey, Georgia, Cate, Sarah and Rachael – well done girls!
Was another team gold possible? It was now time for the Intermediate girls (Years 11/12) to run. This was an exciting race and Caitlyn Harvey had a superb finish to claim individual Silver. She was followed by Amy Edwards and Sarah Webb who worked hard together to claim 5th and 6th positions. Team gold for Caitlyn, Amy, Sarah, Robyn, Eve and Tara – a fabulous run girls!
The final race of the day was the Senior girls (Years 13/14). Unfortunately a few of our regular runners were injured but Hannah Beattie (Year 11) stepped up to ensure that we had a full team. Jane Matthews (4th) ran a very strong race, narrowly missing an individual bronze. She was followed closely by Georgia Dick and the rest of the girls ran well. A team silver for Jane, Georgia, Esmée, Rebecca and Hannah – superb running girls.
It was an amazing day out. Every girl got a medal and gained entry to the Ulster Championships – what an achievement! Support from parents and club coaches was superb and we all had fun!
We wish the girls good luck for the Ulster Championships at Mallusk on Wednesday 11th February.