D.S.D athletes, representing their schools last Saturday, in Tullamore, at the All-Ireland Schools Championships, produced many fine performances. Laura Gallagher (Alexandra College) hurdled with style to win gold in the Junior Girls 75m hurdles in 11.74, and also finished 5th in the 200m, in 26.07. Abbie Taylor (Wesley College) also ran a very brave race in the 3,000m fighting all the way to the line, to take the Intermediate title in 10.15. Mollie O’Reilly (Loreto Dalkey) who is only returning from injury and only a few weeks ago didn’t expect to be participating in these championships, showed her determination and great mental strength. She finished 2nd in the Senior Girls 400m in 55.40, to Sharlene Mawdsley, who broke the Senior All-Ireland Schools record in the process, with a time of 53.99. Jodie McCann (Institute of Education), who has been breaking records galore of late, had to be happy with 2nd place (4.32), as she was outsprinted to the finish line, in a slow run race. Another to step up to the mark was Gavin Doran (CBS.Monkstown) who took silver in the Junior triple jump with PB of 11.47, and was 3rd in the 100m 12.02. Ciaran Carthy (St. Michael’s) impressed again in the Intermediate 400m hurdles with a bronze medal, in 56.72; 4th 400m 51.09, as he makes this age group again next year. Niamh Gowing (Mount Anville) ran a great race in the Senior 400m hurdles and was rewarded with a bronze medal and a time of 64.37. Niamh Carey (Colaiste Iosagain) ran an excellent race in the Senior Steeplechase to take 3rd place in 10.24. Seamus Fenton (Colaiste Eoin) was justed pipped for 3rd place in the Inter 200m finishing 4th in 22.76 (PB). Hannah Murray (Wesley) took 4th place in the Minor 75m hurdles in 12.03. Fifth in the Senior 1500m was James Maguire in 4.09. Very well done to all!