Rice College were again very competitive and successful in the Irish Schools Athletics. 20 students took part in the regionals which was held in Sligo IT. The lads who qualified then went on to take part in the Connacht finals.
We had great performances from everyone but in particular special mention must go to Sean O’ Hanlan who came third in minor 1500m, James Corcoran who qualified in the Junior 200m and Shot Putt, Robbie Harper was excellent in the 800m coming first and Con Doherty, Aaron Doherty and Eoin Mc Laughlin all qualified in 5km and 1500m respectfully. The last race of the day saw David Harper win his last Connacht schools title for Rice College in the 1500m in spectacular fashion by making up 200 meters in the last lap to win the title.
On Saturday the 31st of May the All Irelands were held in Tullamore, Co. Offaly. We were unfortunate as we had a few injuries due to illness etc. but the three lads who competed were excellent. James Corcoran and Robbie Harper all broke PBs in their respective events and again David Harper delivered a brilliant performance in a very cagy 1500m to win Silver in the senior boys 1500.
Congratulations to all the students who took part this year in Cross Country and Athletics. We have had a very successful year by winning the All Ireland Senior Cross Country and making history as the first Connacht Senior boy’s school to win the All Ireland. Also the Junior boys won silver in the All Irelands and the Minor boys won Connacht. Thanks to all the teachers and our sponsors who helped out during the year.
Rice College All Ireland Cross Country Champions 2014 pictured with staff and sponsors.
Back row L to R: Brian McManamon, Padraig Hughes (Teachers), Eoin Long, David Harper, Michael McLoughlin (Cathaoirleach), Aichlinn O Reilly, Michael Rabbette (Principal), Ed Rose (Allergan Pharmaceuticals), Fergal Macken (Teacher).
Front row L to R: Jack Cashman, Joe Hastings, Diarmuid Mc Grael, Con Doherty and Fionnula McLaughlin (Alter Ego Salon). Missing from photo Sean Flynn and Eoin Hughes (Portwest).
Eoin Hughes of Port west and Jennifer Mc Nally presenting winners fleeces to the Rice College athletes who are the All Ireland Champions in Senior Cross country. A big thank you to Eoin Hughes and Portwest for all their help over the year.
Backrow L to R: Eoin long, Joe Hastings, Aichlinn O Reilly, Jack Cashman, David Harper, Fergal Macken (Teacher)
Front row L to R: Padraig Hughes (Teacher), Con Doherty, Eoin Hughes and Jennifer Mc Nally (Portwest), Diarmuid Mc Grael and Brian Mc Manamon (Teacher)