Fadina's first leads Larkin charge
ATHLETICS: Larkin Community College, Inchicore College and Kylemore College took home various School titles at the CDETB SCC Cross-Country Championships held at a cold and windy Phoenix Park last week.
For individual performances of the day, Larkin's Michelle Fadina, Kylemore's Aaron Byrne and Inchicore's Jade Corcoran and George Brady topped the list.
In the Minor 1000m girls' final, Michelle Fadina sat at the back of a breakaway group of four, led by Larkin's Saoirse McArdle, ahead of Kylemore's Katie Kelly and Chloe Finn.
Fadina made her move with 250 metres to go, overtaking McArdle who had dropped back to third.
Fadina then reeled in Kelly before passing Finn in the last 50 metres to claim the gold. Kylemore's Aaron Byrne and Larkin's Kamil Gorka and David Dykas battled it out in the boys' Minor 1000m race. Byrne had led the field throughout with Gorka and Dykas keeping close tabs on the Kylemore student.
With 50 metres to go Gorka came up on the shoulder of Byrne, who stood his ground before upping the pace to cross the line first.
Both senior races were dominated by Inchicore College students. Jade Corcoran and Rachel Duffy took gold and silver respectively in the girls' event prior to George Brady and Ryan Kiernan going head-to-head in the 3000m race, which Brady won after a sprint finish.
Larkin did the treble in the girls' Junior 1000m race – Lauren Fitzgerald (gold), Jennifer Corrigan (silver) and Roslyn O'Mahony (bronze). It was a double for the school when Fidel Traore won the boy's Junior final with his colleague Jonathan Anene finishing second. Larkin's Tiffany Heary and Sinéad Maguire finished joint first ahead of Ciara Govern of Coláiste Dhúlaigh in the Intermediate final. Cian Dunne then ran a controlled race for Larkin to win the boys' Intermediate title.