DCU Schools XC Roundup! News: event

Posted On 18th Jan 2024
Posted By Athletics
Author Cillian Sheeran
Location St. Claire's Sports Grounds

There was an outstanding display of talent as well as participation at the 2024 DCU Schools Cross Country race yesterday with nearly 600 secondary school students taking part.

The first race of the event at 12 noon on the DCU Sports Grounds. A huge pack consisting of 93 Minor Girls set off on their one kilometre run. Cate Beddy from Loreto St. Stephen’s Green (1st), Aoife Murphy of Loreto Foxrock (2nd) and Jessica Ryan from St. Dominics College Cabra (3rd) took the podium spots for this race. Julia Butler and Pearl O’Brien rounded off the medals in 4th and 5th position. St. Dominic’s College Cabra won the Minor Girls Team Title with Loreto Foxrock and Loreto Dalkey finishing second and third.

The Minor Boys race was the biggest field on the day with 121 athletes competing. They followed in the footsteps of the girls race by running one small lap of the course (800m and a 200m straight to the finish line). It was an intense battle to the line for everyone in this race but Tim Daly from Willow Park, Eoin McGuirk competing for Lusk Community College and Euan Atteberry for Colaiste Eoin secured their spots on the podium. These lads were followed closely behind by Ben Fitzgerald and Mason Adabe for fourth and fifth. Congratulations to St. Kieran’s College Kilkenny, Colaiste Eoin and St. Aidan’s CBS on their team medals.

In the Junior Girls race we seen a commanding performance from Holy Child Killiney with their athletes Rachel Murdock and Siena Fleming taking the first and second spots on the podium. Grace Connell from Mount Sackville finished third. Holy Child Killiney resumed their silverware take over in the team results by finishing in first place with an outstanding score of 11 points. Our Lady’s College Drogheda and Loreto Foxrock rounded of the team results for the Junior Girls claiming silver and bronze.

Another massive field of 120 boys took to the course to run 2 kilometres in the Junior race. A huge well done to the medallists from this big and talented field. Charlie O’Neill representing Belvedere College placed first with Ronan Keaney from Patrician Secondary School Newry and Finn Kealy from Oatlands College placing second and third. With Patrician Secondary School Newbridge finishing first in the team results on 20 points it was literally neck and neck between St. Coleman’s College Newry and Oatlands College as they both finished on 28 points. St. Coleman’s College Newry just came out on top due to having overall better averaging finishing positions.

The outstanding talent Emily Boltan took to the front of the Intermediate Girls race from the gun and continued her blistering pace all the way to the line to claim the gold medal. Moments later Derbhla Allen and Goda Buivydte closed off the podium with bronze and silver. Lilly Clarke Hanrahan and Erin Byrne placed fourth and fifth securing themselves silverware. St. Dominic’s College Cabra took home yet another team title, this time in the Intermediate girl’s race thanks o a dominating 15 points. Our Lady’s College Drogheda claim another team medal, this time being bronze and Colaiste Iosagain placing second.

Conor McGuirk (Lusk Community College), Rhys Johnson(Pipers Hill College) and Jack Garvey (St. Mary’s Drogheda) place first second and third in the Boys Intermediate race. St. Michael’s Enniskillen(1st), St. Coleman’s College Newry (2nd) and Belvedere College (3rd) for the Intermediate Boys team results.

Rounding off a great day we had both the Senior Girls and the Senior Boys races. Maebh Caffrey from Mount Sackville and Lorcan Benjacar from Ard Scoil Ris took home the senior title so a massive well done to both of them as both fields were stacked with many great athletes. St. Dominic’s College Cabra made it a hattrick pf golds in the team results by winning the Senior Girls title and St. Aidan’s CBS took the Senior Boys title with four of their athletes being inside the top ten. Many thanks to the Helix and GOWA Sports Ireland for sponsoring the Senior Boy’s and Girl’s trophy on the day it was greatly appreciated by DCU as well as all the students

Finally once again well done to all of the athletes that took part in the event. DCU is very thankful for the amazing turn out by all the schools and students. We look forward to hopefully another very successful event next year.


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