Kirwan's late kick seals DCU triumph
KILLIAN KIRWAN of St Fintan's won the race of the day at the annual DCU Invitational Cross-Country at St Clare's, Glasnevin, Dublin, sponsored by Bank of Ireland.
Only in the final 200m did Kirwan come through for a well-judged victory in the boys' inter race. After the initial skirmishes, Liam Ashton of St Aidan's took over in front but soon gave way to Michael Healion of Newbridge.
By the final lap, a group of five including Kirwan, Dylan Keegan of Templeogue and Robert Tully of Gormanston were working hard to pull Healion back.
They succeeded in their task and after Kirwan took over in front, Paddy Robb of St Malachy's Belfast also caught Healion.
In the girls' inter race, Gorey's Nadine Kenny got her reward for pushing the pace when she came home well clear of Sinead O'Connor from St Wolstan's. In a closely fought team race, Coláiste íosagáin, wearing their new black and yellow tops, beat St Wolstan's.
With the Leinster Championships on Wednesday, February 8, schools were using the DCU races as a tester and record numbers turned out. Most impressive was the junior boys' race, where Jack Kyle of King's Hospital led an entry of around 200 boys around the course.
Kyle, a grandson of rugby legend Jack, was clear winner, beating Jack O'Leary of Clongowes and Cathal Doyle of Coláiste Choilm Swords.
First winner of the day was Eimear Fitzpatrick of Our Lady's Templeogue, who beat Alexandra's Ruby Barlow and Hannah Byrne of Holy Faith Clontarf in the minor girls' race. With Hannah Ní Dhé fourth and Gráinne Ní Frighil fifth, Coláiste íosagáin took their first of two team victories.
Holy Faith Clontarf pair Alice Fennell and Chloe Doran finished first and second in the girls' senior race. Winning the boys' senior race was Andrew Monaghan of St Colman's Newry. St Aidan's packed well to take the team title -- their second of the day. In the minor boys' race, Joseph Hession led home the team with an individual victory.
DCU Schools Invitational Cross-Country: Girls - Minor: 1 E Fitzpatrick (Our Lady's Templeogue); 2 R Barlow (Alexandra); 3 H Byrne (HF Clontarf). Teams: 1 Col íosagáin 28; 2 St Mary's Naas 106; 3 Pres Carlow 124. Junior: 1 C Murphy (St Mary's Naas): 2 Aoife Corrie (St Dominic's Cabra); 3 A Cleary (St Mary's Naas). Teams: 1 St Dominic's Cabra 42; 2 St Mary's Naas 49; 3 Col íosagáin 76.
Inter: 1 N Kenny (Gorey CS); 2 S O'Connnor (St Wolstan's); 3 E Treacy (Malahide CC). Teams: 1 Col íosagáin 49; 2 St Wolstan's 53; 3 Newbridge College 75. Senior: 1 A Fennell (HF Clontarf); 2 C Doran (HF Clontarf); 3 C Murphy (St Dominic's); 4 E O'Hanlon (HF Clontarf). Teams: 1 Holy Faith Clontarf 21; 2 St Dominic's Cabra 30; 3 St Wolstan's 59.
Boys - Minor: 1 J Hession (St Aidan's); 2 O Gibne (Drogheda Grammar); 3 M Byrne (St Fintan's). Teams: 1 St Aidan's CBS 26; 2 Col Eoin 62; 3 St Pat's Navan 66.
Junior: 1 J Kyle (King's Hospital); 2 J O'Leary (Clongowes); 3 C Doyle (Col Choilm Swords). Teams: 1 St Malachy's Belfast 37; 2 St Aidan's CBS 49; 3 Blackrock 76.
Inter: 1 K Kirwan (St Fintan's); 2 P Robb (St Malachy's); 3 Michael Healion (Newbridge). Teams: 1 St Michael's Enniskillen 54; 2 Gormanston 67; 3 St Fintan's Sutton 79. Senior: 1 A Monaghan (St Colman's Newry); 2 B Branagh (St Malachy's); 3 K Gargan (St Malachy's). Teams: 1 St Aidan's CBS 78; 2 Pres Carlow 89; 3 St Michael's Enniskillen 90.