National Senior & Juvenile C.C. Championships
The muddy marvels of D.S.D Athletic Club ploughed their way through the ankle deep morass, that was the National Cross Country Championships in Abbotstown, on Sunday. They came away festooned with medals, winning one individual title, one team title, and three of our teams finished second. Eimear Maher was the hero of the hour, as she seemed to dance over the soggy ground for a comprehensive win in the U.18 Girls race. This was made all the more impressive as she is only 16 years of age, and also finished 6th in the Junior Women (U.20) race, which makes her one for the future. Fiona Clinton ran a great race to finish 7th in the Senior Women’s race. Our Senior Men’s team was led home by Hiko Tonasa, who had never experienced such underfoot conditions before, here or in his native Ethiopia, and was slipping and sliding throughout the race, but still managed to finish in 12th position, helping the team to 2nd place behind Clonliffe Harriers. Emmet Jennings 24th; Matthew Bergin 25th; Killian Mooney 27th. Our Junior Men only missed the gold medals by three points, with Oisin Kelly 10th; Aaron Donnelly 18th; Harry Kearns 32nd and James Maguire 33rd. Silver also went to our Junior Girls, led home by Eimear Maher in 6th and followed by Roisin Treacy 33rd; Faye Dervan 35th and Roisin McElligott 106. Winning team in the U.18 Girls race, Eimear in 1st place, was followed home by Roisin Treacy 21st; Faye Dervan 23rd; Anna Cali 60th; Sadbh O’Loan 68th and Sophie Burns 75th. D.S.D U.16 girls finished 4th with Isabella Tompin Beddy 25th; Saoirse O’Brien 32nd, Ella O’Donohoe 52nd and Amelia Hauer 71st. Mark Molloy finished 9th in the U.23 Men’s race. Alex Van Buttingha 43rd U.18 boys; Killian O’Brien 29th U.14 Boys. U.16 Boys: Jamie Byrne 31st; Javae St. Lewis 49th; Oscar Lubiner 66th. Well done to all!
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