The DCU Schools Invitational kicked off the secondary school’s 2013 cross country season at wet DCU sports grounds – with Colaiste Iosagain and St. Aidan’s CBS continuing their dominance in the overall team awards.
Both Minor races produced impressive individual winners with Laura Ward (Presentation Carlow) and James Maguire (St. Benildus College) proving stronger over the second half in their respective races. The Minor team titles were won convincingly by St. Dominic’s Cabra (33pts) and St. Colman’s Newry (32pts) – excellent team tallies considering the large numbers of finishers in both races!
At junior level, Hannah Byrne (Holy Faith, Clontarf) used front running tactics to be a convincing winner of the girl’s title while Kevin Mc Grath (St. Pat’s Navan) fought out a great tussle with his school mate Alan Monaghan and the St. Michael’s Enniskillen trio of Donal Lynam, Jack Scallon and Oisin Morris. Kevin proved strongest over the last 400m. Colaiste Iosagain, with 4 scorers in 5 (16pts) and St. Michael’s of Enniskillen, with 4 scorers in 14 (25pts) were the dominant schools at this level.
Isobel Odlum (Rathdown School) didn’t hang around in the Inter girl’s race and led from start to finish with St. Mary’s Naas (32pts) prevailing over St. Wolstan’s of Celbridge (52pts) in the team race. In the boy’s race, Cathal Doyle from St. Aidan’s CBS held off a fast finishing Brian Mc Grath from St. Pat’s Navan. In the team race, St. Kieran’s College from Kilkenny (43pts) defeated St. Aidan’s CBS (48pts) and St. Malachy’s Belfast (65pts).
The final two senior races saw impressive front running tactics from Louise Mc Phillips (Alexandra College) and Mitchell Byrne (Templeogue College) – both recording impressive wins. The real excitement was in the team competitions with Colaiste Iosagain (35pts) winning from Rathdown School (52pts) and Alexandra College (52pts) – Rathdown 2nd on countback (4th placing team athletes). The boys race could not have been closer with St. Aidan’s CBS edging the boys from St. Kieran’s Kilkenny on count-back (both 46 points – 4th placed finishers 16 v 19 deciding the outcome). Belvedere College finished 3rd with 83 points.
This was the 9th running of the DCU Schools Invitational – a great event with over 1000 athletes competing – the support from Bank of Ireland for the second time to the event was greatly appreciated. Our thanks to Ms. Glenda Wilson from the local BOI Glasnevin branch for her continued support and to Lindie Naughton from the Evening Herald for her photography and journalistic report on the event. The invaluable work from by the DCU Academy athletes ensured the smooth running of the event yet again.
We can now look forward to the 10th running of this event next year – where we will endeavour to make if even better.
Results can be found here.
Photos by Lindie Naughton can be found here.