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Saturday 21 October 2017

Athletics All Ireland C-C: Hope fades but Aidan's are best of boys' teams

Kevin Mulcaire, St Flannan's, Ennis, after winning the Senior Boy's event at the GloHealth All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championship
Kevin Mulcaire, St Flannan's, Ennis, after winning the Senior Boy's event at the GloHealth All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championship

Kevin Mulcaire of St Flannan's Ennis and Rhona Pierce from St Angela's Cork took the senior titles at the Glo Health All Ireland Schools Cross-Country Championships held in blustery conditions at Clongowes Wood College in Co Kildare.

Mulcaire was taking a third consecutive title - he was the intermediate winner in 2014 and 2013 - and so comprehensive was his lead that he had time to flip head over heels on his way to the finish line.

The battle for team gold couldn't have been closer and there were huge cheers when it was confirmed that St Aidan's CBS had taken the title by a single point from St Flannan's. It was a sixth title for the Whitehall-based Dublin school.

Ex-Skerries athlete Rhona Pierce, running for St Angela's in Cork, won the senior girls' race when she sprinted home ahead of pre-race favourite Hope Saunders from Mount Temple. Loreto Kilkenny won the team title.

James Edgar of Friend's Lisburn, a new name to athletics, took the boys' inter title leaving it to Cormac Dalton of St Joseph's Rochfortbridge to win a ferocious scramble for second place. St Flannan's took the team trophy, beating Colaiste Mhuire Mullingar.

Last year's junior champion Caoimhe Harrington of CB Bheanntrai proved best of the inter girls, beating Niamh Ní Chiardha of Coláiste íosagáin and Rathdown's Jodie McCann.Dominican Wicklow proved best of the teams.

Leinster athletes dominated the girls' junior race where Sarah Healy of Holy Child Killiney was pushed hard by Amy Rose Farrell of Mount Anville. Darragh McElhinney of CP Bheanntrai won the junior boys' race whilst minor winners were Jane Duffy of Ballybay CS and Louis O'Loughlin from Moyle Park.

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