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Larkin trio prove tops in Park despite conditions

ATHLETES were pushed to the limit as lashing rain and strong cross winds greeted participants from 12 schools at Dublin's Phoenix Park to compete in last week's CDETB SCC Cross Country competition.

Top individual performances came from Tiffany Heary, Jonathan Anene and Jessica Ziu all of Larkin Community College, Kylemore College's Dylan Withero and Chloe Finn and Nahom Alem of Marino College who all claimed cross country titles.

Heary successfully retained the Intermediate Girls' 1000 metre title ahead of Kylemore's Alex Doyle and Larkin's Jennifer Corrigan. Anene ran an excellent race to win gold, having finished second last year, in the Junior Boys' 1000 metre final.

Anene's strong finish saw off the Minor Boys' 2013 title holder Aaron Byrne of Kylemore College with Marino College's Mark Ivanov taking bronze.

Ziu's impressive run in the Minor Girls' 1000 metre race saw the first year student see off Coláiste Eoin's Jasmine Thornton, who won silver, with Larkin's Biancia Lucaci winning bronze.

Kylemore's Dylan Withero excelled in the Minor Boys' 1000 metre final to finish ahead of Coláiste Dhúlaigh's Joe Collins and Larkin's Dylan Caffery. Chloe Finn added a second gold medal for Kylemore by winning the Junior Girls' 1000 metre final ahead of her colleague Katie Reilly and Coláiste Dhúlaigh's Nicole Cooney.

In the Boys' Intermediate 2000 metre final' Marino's Nahom Alem led from start to finish while Larkin's Cian Dunne claimed silver after getting the better of Coláiste Dhúlaigh's Ross Desmond.

Inchicore College dominated the Senior Boys' 3000 metre final with Killian Reilly crossing the line ahead of his colleagues Ryan Kiernan and Cian Griffin.

In the Senior Girls' contest, Crumlin College's Niamh O'Connor ran a controlled race to win gold ahead of Kylemore's Natasha Finn and Inchicore's Jennifer Eldamasi.