LIMERICK ATHLETIC CLUB’S Rachel Hosey finished fifth at the Minor Girls GloHealth All-Ireland Schools’ Cross Country Championships held at Clongowes Wood College, Clane, Co Kildare on Saturday March 7, 2015 while representing Castletroy College.
Rachel lined out at the starting line among almost 100 of her peers who had qualified for this prestigious event from their efforts across local and provincial cross country races.
The young athletes were called to the start and were told that they would be running “One Big Lap” of approximately 2km in length. At 12 noon the race was off and drama ensued with position jostling and when that settled down the psychological battle commenced.
Rachel confidently avoided trouble at the start and had claimed a nice position from the outset and if held would ensure her a top twenty finish. With another tacit display of her strategic maturity and natural athletic ability, Rachel whittled through the athletes ahead.
As the race leaders headed for the finish line over the final quarter of the race, Rachel had kept some reserves in the tank and with the final push took the fifth position.
RACHEL’S ROAD TO THE SCHOOL’S NATIONAL FINALS
Back in October at Two Mile Borris, Rachel finished second in the Munster girls U-14 3k cross country, which claimed an elusive top three finish at this event for LAC.
In November, Rachel ran for LAC at the Glo Health Even Age Inter County Cross Country Championships held at Dundalk IT, where her performance cemented her position Limerick’s number one and one of Munster’s Top Ten U-14 cross country runners.
In January this year, Rachel claimed the gold medal at the North Munster School’s cross country.
And in February, Rachel finished seventh with a time of 6mins 55secs following a 2km course where just 18 seconds separated the first ten runners home at the Munster School’s.
On the indoor track this year Rachel also has a Munster U-15 800m silver medal for her cabinet and the rest of the year might see Rachel take home another one or two adornments for her achievements.
The LAC community along with her immensely proud coaches would like to congratulate Rachel on her cross country season be it for club or school. Well done Rachel.