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Friday 13 December 2019

Healy's UCD debut as TCD rule

COLLEGE DEBUT: Sarah Healy. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
COLLEGE DEBUT: Sarah Healy. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Irish junior international athletes Sarah Healy and Darragh McElhinney turned out for UCD at the Irish Universities Road Relays at NUI Maynooth - although neither was on a winning team.

After completing her Leaving Cert exams last June, Healy took silver in the 1500m at the European U20 Championships in Boras, Sweden. She's now studying law at UCD. Also at the European U20 Championships in Boras, McElhinney took bronze in the 5000m.

First up on Saturday were the women with teams of three running a mile leg, two two mile legs, and a final mile leg.

Winners of a closely-fought race were Trinity College with a total time of 34 mins 10 secs. Making up the team were Caron Ryan, Sorcha McAlister, Cliona Murphy and Eavan McLoughlin. The team moved steadily through the field catching early leaders DCU on the third leg.

DCU's quartet of Aoibheann McGoldrick, Jodie McCann, Lauren Tinkler and Nadia Power finished second in 34:22.

UCD, with Sarah Healy running the second two-mile leg, finished third in 35:12.

In the men's race, similar in format to the women's but with the addition of a three mile leg, DCU overtook early leaders Queen's took the lead on the second leg and went on to win in 43 mins 14 secs.

Making up the team were Conor Duncan, Cathal Doyle, Cormac Dalton, Brian Fay and Colin Smith.

UCD, with McElhinney running the 3-mile leg, finished second in 43:43; also running were Fionn Buttner, Paul O'Donnell, Luke McCann and Christian McKenna. Third in 44:48 was NUI Galway.

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