Athletics: Darragh McElhinney follows in Maher's footsteps as his junior win proves to be Irish highlight
A victory for Darragh McElhinney from Coláiste Pobail Bantry in the junior boys race proved the highlight of the SIAB Schools Cross-Country International hosted by Ireland in Santry.
McElhinney’s time of 12 mins 52 secs put him comfortably clear of England’s Joshua Cowperthwaite. It was a second win for Ireland at this level – Dunshaughlin’s Paddy Maher won last year.
With Jack Moran of Colaiste Mhuire Mullingar 9th, Fathi Aden from Synge Street CBS 10th, Oisín Lyons of Calasanctius Oranmore 12th and Alex Boyd of Regent House 13th, the Irish team took silver behind England.
Ireland also took team silver in the inter boys’ race, led by James Edgar of Seaton Burn Newcastle in sixth place. The Irish packed well, with Eoin McCann of Rathmore GS 9th, Cormac Dalton from Rochfortbridge 12th, last year’s junior champion Paddy Maher of Dunshaughlin CC 13th, and Alan Monahan of St Pat’s Navan 14th.
Sarah Healy of Holy Child Killiney just missed out on a medal in the junior girls’ race where she was a close fourth.
Olivia Nelson from Strathearn Belfast finished 10th, while Abbie Taylor of St Gerard’s Bray was 14th and just ahead of Amy Rose Farrell, from Mount Anville, in 16th. The team finished third.
In the inter race, Caoimhe Harrington from Bantry finished 11th in a race with five English in the top six. Winning the race was Sabrina Sinha in 13mins 44secs; Harrington crossed the line in 14mins 35secs.
In a tough race, Niamh Ní Chiadhra of Coláiste íosagáin finished nine seconds behind Harrington in 13th place.
Rathdown’s Jodie McCann finished 18th, Siobhra O’Flaherty of St Leo’s Carlow 21st, Aisling Kelly of St Joseph’s Spanish Point 22nd and Sophie Murphy of Mount Anville 24th with the team third.