Following inspiring runs in Invitational, Conference and Regional cross-country events our two American based athletes travelled to Terre Haute, Indiana, for today’s national finals. We knew they had excelled in the earlier rounds and our expectations were high for more of the same. We were not to be disappointed as both athletes surpassed our expectations. Aoibhe Richardson, running the ladies 6K with San Francisco, set off a good pace and by the 2K mark she was in 39th place of the 254 runners who had lined up at the start. Pushing on over the next 2K she dropped another 20 runners and was then in 19th place. Running steadily she held that place to the finish.
Peter Lynch, by now a valued member of the Tulsa Hurricanes, had what has to be described as his finest race to date. His approach to his 10Km race resembled that of Aoibhe in the earlier women’s race. Early endeavour saw him the 64th of 249 athletes at the 3K marker and averaging three minutes per kilometer a pace he maintained right through. By the 5K mark he dropped a further 18 athletes. Three kilometers further on he had left another 19 in his wake. Now in 27th place he picked off another 14 athletes over the last two Kms leaving him in an unbelievable 13th position as he crossed the line. With his team mate, Patrick Dever, in 11th place the Tulsa college team ended the day in 5th place overall – their highest ranking achievement ever.
This was surely a red letter day for KCH. Full marks also to Alan, Aisling and Luke who made the trip providing moral and vocal support together with the national flag and club banner. Well done all.