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Siofra soars for Iosagain

ATHLETICS: Siofra Cleirigh Buttner of Colaiste Iosagain, a strong favourite to win Leinster and Irish titles over the next few weeks, was a clear winner of the senior girls' 2km at the East Leinster Schools Cross-Country Championships in Avondale House, Rathdrum.

Iosagain dominated the race, taking the first four places and with it the team title.

In the senior boys' race, Cillian O Maonaigh of Colaiste Eoin was a convincing winner, beating Wesley's Rick Nally. A closely fought inter girls race saw Ella Fennelly of Mount Anville make a welcome return to racing, beating her training partner Isabel Odlum of Rathdown.

Liam Mac Giolla Phadraig from Coláiste Eoin held off the challenge of Blackrock's Luke McCann to win the inter boys' race with Ed Tottenham of St Columba's College in third place.

Overall, standards were high, with Hannah Ni Dhea of Colaiste Iosagain and Jason Grouse from Ardscoil Ris both convincing winners of the junior 'A' races. Blackrock had a good day, winning senior, inter and minor team titles. With a record turn-out in all age groups, 'A' and 'B' races were held at both minor and junior level.


In the Phoenix Park, all-rounder Sarah Hawkshaw from Mount Sackville, an Irish junior hockey international and member of the Dublin junior football panel, won the senior girls' race, just holding off Emily Milner of Maynooth PP.

Race of the day saw Sarah Fitzpatrick of Our Lady's Templeogue taking it on from the start to burn off the challenge of Carla Sweeney and Nadia Power, both from St Mac Dara's. Sarah's younger sister, Eimear, won the junior race, while Mount Sackville won three of the team titles.

The boys' senior race saw a repeat of the DCU Invitational, with Mitchell Byrne of Templeogue College beating Eoin Taggart from Rathcoole CC. Belvedere were the winners in three of the races.

In the South Leinster Championships, Daniel Lawler of Pres Carlow beat David Mulhare of CBS Portlaoise for the senior boys' title. Knockbeg College were best team, also winning the junior team title.

Of the girls, Siofra O'Flaherty of St Leo's Carlow led home the junior girls, with Loreto Kilkenny first team.

At the North Leinster Schools in DC, Ciara Rooney of Loreto Navan finished second in the senior girls' race and not Ciara O'Brien as printed last week.


East Leinster Schools Cross-Country Championships, Avondale House, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow


Minor - A: 1 J McCann (Rathdown), 2 J McCambridge (Muckross), 3 H Blake (East Glendalough). Teams: 1 Holy Child Killiney, 2 Teresians, 3 Loreto Dalkey. B: 1 A Gallagher (Loreto Stephen's Green), 2 S Tobin (St Columba's), 3 T Mulvihil (Mt Anville). Teams: 1 Holy Child Killiney, 2 Col Iosagain, 3 St Gerard's.

Junior - A: 1 H Ni Dhea (Col íosagáin); 2 N Ni Chiardha (Col íosagáin); 3 E O'Brien (Dominican Wicklow). Teams: 1 Col Iosagain, 2 Loreto Dalkey, 3 Alexandra College. B: 1 A De Spain (Col Iosagain), 2 B Pereira (St Gerard's), 3 A De Bladhea (Col Iosagain). Teams: 1 Wesley College, 2 St Gerard's, 3 Col Iosagain.

Inter: 1 E Fennelly (Mount Anville), 2 Isabelle Odlum (Rathdown); 3 Deirdre Heaney. Teams: 1 Mount Anville, 2 Loreto Stephen's Green, 3 Rathdown.

Senior: 1 S Cleirigh Buttner (Col íosagáin), 2 C Nic Chartaigh (Col Iosagain), 3 S Nic Umfraidh (Col Iosagain). Teams: 1 Col Iosagain, 2 High School, 3 Alexandra College.


Minor - A: 1 J Maguire (St Benildus), 2 C Halpin (Willow Park), 3 L Turner (Willow Park). Teams: 1 Willow Park, 2 St Benildus, 3 Wesley College. B: 1 K Noble (Willow Pk), 2 D McCarthy (Willow Pk), 3 A Burke (St Benildus). Teams: 1 Willow Park, 2 Coláiste Eoin, Stillorgan, 3 Wesley College.

Junior: 1 J Grouse (Ardscoil Ris), 2 C O Dochartaighigh (Col Eoin); 3 S Bortolozzo (High Schools). Teams: 1 Col Eoin, 2 Wesley College, 3 Gonzaga College.

Inter: 1 L Mac Giolla Phadraig (Col Eoin), 2 L McCann (Blackrock), 3 E Tottenham (St Columba's). Teams: 1 Blackrock, 2 St Michael's College, 3 CUS.

Senior: 1 C O Maonaigh (Col Eoin), 2 R Nally (Wesley), 3 J Martin (CUS). Teams: 1 Blackrock, 2 St Benildus, 3 CUS.

West Leinster Schools Cross-Country, Phoenix Park, Dublin

Girls - Minor: N Duffy (St Peter's Dunboyne), 2 S Clark (Scoil Dara), 3 N O'Connor (St Wolstan's). Teams: 1 Castleknock CC 23, 2 St Colmcille's Knocklyon 46, 3 Scoil Dara 76.

Junior: 1 E Fitzpatrick (Our Lady's Templeogue), 2 C O'Connor (St Louis Rathmines), 3 R Dunne (St Colmcille's Knocklyon). Teams: 1 Mount Sackville 29, 2 Castleknock CC 47, 3 Scoil Dara 51.

Inter: 1 S Fitzpatrick (Our Lady's Templeogue), 2 C Sweeney (St Mac Dara's), 3 N Power (St Mac Dara's). Teams: 1 Mount Sackville 23, 2 St Wolstan's 32, 3 Castleknock CC 45.

Senior: 1 S Hawkshaw (Mt Sackville), 2 E Milner (Maynooth PP), 3 S Courtney (King's Hospital). Teams: 1 Mount Sackville 13, 2 King's Hospital 18, 3 Loreto Beaufort 32.


Minor: 1 F Carroll (Terenure College), 2 D Finn (St Declan's), 3 D Connolly (Salesian Celbridge). Teams: 1 Salesian Celbridge 48, 2 Terenure College 90, 3 Belvedere 93.

Junior: 1 A Hunter (King's Hospital), 2 D McCambridge (St Mary's Rathmines), 3 B Quinn (Belvedere). Teams: 1 Belvedere 30, 2 King's Hospital 70, 3 Castleknock CC 79. Inter: 1 P Murchan (St Declan's CBS), 2 D Keegan (Templeogue Coll), 3 J Mac Gabhann (St Mary's Rathmines). Teams: 1 Belvedere 57, 2 Holy Family Rathcoole 78, 3 Salesian Celbridge 86.

Senior: 1 M Byrne (Templeogue), 2 O Taggart (HF Rathcoole), 3 D Scanlon (Terenure College). Teams: 1 Belvedere 52, 2 Templeogue Coll 70, 3 Castleknock CC 79.

South Leinster Schools Cross-Country

Girls - Minor: 1 L Ward (Pres Carlow), 2 D Keely (Borris VS), 3 A O'Connor (Loreto Kilkenny). Teams: 1 Col íosagáin Portarlington, 2 Newbridge College, 3 St Mary's Naas.

Junior: 1 S O'Flaherty (St Leo's Carlow), 2 C Todd (Tullamore College), 3 L Keely (Borris VS). Teams: 1 Loreto Kilkenny, 2 St Mary's Naas, 3 St Mary's New Ross. Inter: 1 R O'Hara (Newbridge College), 2 L Stack (Mountrath CS), 3 E Grennan (Killina SS Tullamore). Teams: 1 Loreto Kilkenny, 2 St Mary's Naas, 3 St Mary's New Ross.

Senior: 1 S Rigney (SH Tullamore), 2 H Quinn (Newbridge College), 3 V O'Brien (Newbridge College). Teams: 1 Pres Kilkenny, 2 GC Ceatharlach, 3 Grennan College Thomastown.


Minor: J Conlon (Patrician Newbridge), 2 D Reilly (Clongowes), 3 J Fitzpatrick (Naas CBS). Teams: 1 Pres Carlow, 2 Knockbeg College, 3 St Kieran's Kilkenny.

Junior: 1 L Herke (St Fergal's Rathdowney, 2 I Meegan (Enniscorthy VS), 3 C Curtis (Col íosagáin Portarlington). Teams: 1 Knockbeg College, 2 St Kieran's Kilkenny, 3 Cistercian Roscrea.

Inter: 1 S Power (Callan CBS), 2 E Murphy (Carlow CBS), 3 J O'Leary (Clongowes). Teams: 1 St Kieran's Kilkenny, 2 Pres Carlow, 3 Knockbeg College.

Senior: 1 D Lawler (Pres Carlow), 2 D Mulhare (CBS Portlaoise), 3 G Power (Pres Carlow). Teams: 1 Knockbeg College, St Kieran's Kilkenny, 3 Cistercian Roscrea.