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Irish Schools Cross-Country Championship Mallusk 2017

Extracted Cork Results from Irish Schools Cross-Country Championships

Mallusk, Newtownabbey, Antrim

Saturday March 11th 2017

 

Darragh McElhinney National Schools Intermediate Boys XC Champion 2017s

"All alone in the mud; Darragh McElhinney has ripped the field to shreds, with a mid-race surge, in the Intermediate Boys' race.‬" - Athletics Ireland

 

A small number of athletes made the long trip to Antrim today, but made their mark nevertheless.  There were three podium places: Darragh McElhinney (Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai) took Gold in the Intermediate Boys, Laura Hayes (Loretto Fermoy) took Silver in the Intermediate Girls, while Stephanie Cotter (Coachford College) took Bronze in the Senior Girls.

Along with the three medalists, there were many fine top ten placings: Most notably Charlie O'Donovan who finished fourth in the Senior Boys race, having been 'in the mix' for the medals up to the very late stages.

National Senior Boys Mallusk 2017s
Starting Final Lap: Charlie O'Donovan (Colaiste Chriost Ri) chasing down theh leading duo, whist being stalked himself

Paul Hartnett (Colaiste an Chraoibhin, Fermoy) placed 5th in the Junior Boys 3.6k, while Jake McCarthy, Tommy Connolly and Chris O'Reilly placed 6th, 8th and 9th in the Intermediate Boys 5.2k, won by Darragh McElhinney

National Senior Boys Top Six Mallusk 2017s

Top six, Senior Boys - Charlie O'Donovan third from left

 

National Intermediate Girls Top Six Mallusk 2017s

Top six, Intermediate Girls - Sthphanie Cotter, 3rd

 

National Intermediate Boys Top Six Mallusk 2017s

Leader of the pack: Darragh McElhinney (Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai) winner of Intermediate Boys race, with Jake McCarthy (Pobail Scoil na Trionoide, Youghal), on extreme left

 

National Schools Junior Boys Cross Country Mallusk 2017s

Top 6 in Junior Boys race; Paul Hartnett (Colaiste an Chraoibhin, Fermoy), 5th

 

Athletics Ireland Report - Feidhlim Kelly

 

Healy and McElhinney deliver on memorable day in Mallusk

Sarah Healy (Holy Child Killiney) and Darragh McElhinney (Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai) lived up to their favourites billing on a thrilling day of races at the Irish Life Health All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships in Mallusk today. Full results

Underfoot conditions were soft but still with plenty of good running on a mild day in Mallusk that provided a perfect backdrop and an excellent test of strength and skill.

There was plenty of drama, thrills and spills with Cara Laverty (Thornhill College, Derry) and Dylan McBride (Grosvenor GS, Belfast) getting the day off to a great start with ‘home’ victories for Ulster in their respective minor girls’ 2,000m and minor boys’ 2,550m races. Laverty had overcome Victoria Lightbody (Wallace HS) who did much of the running and was left on her hand and knees at the finish with her spirited exertion. McBride was never headed in a front-running display.

Aimee Hayde (St Mary’s Newport) bolted out of the traps in the junior girls’ 2,550m and hung on to take gold in a titanic battle with Amelia Kane (Strathearn, Belfast). Neasa Reilly (St Vincent’s Dundalk) ran strongly for bronze.

Then the drama ensued in the junior boys’ 3,600m where Sean Donohue (St Declan’s Cabra) recovered from an accidental collision with Seanie Dalton (Malahide CS) where he was left entangled in the course rope on the top end of the course. Donohue recovered quickly where both schoolboys were shocked but it was the St Declan’s man who had the strength of mind and body to add the junior crown to his minor title from last year in Sligo. Matthew Whelan (Naas CBS) made it a Leinster 1-2-3 where St Malachy’s Belfast triumphed in the team contest.

That cued the interval for the medal presentation of the first four races and left the crowd in anticipation of the appearance of Sarah Healy and Darragh McElhinney in the intermediate races. The intermediate girls’ 3,600m started off at a slow pace and the bunched runners saw another tumble with pre-race favourite Healy hitting the sod. She rose quickly with muddied legs and minus a spike but clicked into gear to gap the field. Off she ran with one spike on her right foot and her blue sock on the left getting muddier with every stride. Healy would not be headed as Laura Hayes (Loreto Fermoy) ran strongly for silver with Annie McEvoy (Loreto Kilkenny) coming up for bronze. Abbie Taylor who was prominent throughout faded in the latter stages to 12th but still had the consolation of leading her school Wesley College to the team title.

Darragh McElhinney was touted beforehand in the media for the intermediate boys’ 5,200m and he showed why with a turn of pace up the back hill on the second lap that left his rivals in his wake. The sheer pace of the move was a sight to behold as he built a 30m lead in less than ten seconds. From there the Bantry schoolboy extended his lead to win in 20:07 from Connacht’s Keelan Kilrehill (Colaiste Iascaigh) who was surely the comeback story of the day in second in 20:34. A year and a half ago Kilrehill had a broken back and here was his magnificent return for silver in Mallusk. Ulster champion Sean Corry (Omagh CBS) held on for bronze in 20:48 with St Malachy’s coming out on top once more in the team race.

Sophie Murphy (Mount Anville) dominated from the gun to win the senior girls 2,550m in 10:05 from her DSD club mate Jodie McCann (Institute of Education) in a repeat of the Irish Life Health Leinster Championships. Stephanie Cotter (Coachford College) sprinted for bronze ahead of Avril Deegan (Presentation Thurles). Loreto College Mullingar won the team title.

Fintan Stewart (Lumen Christi, Derry) had never finished in the top ten of an All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships but that didn’t deter the Derry schoolboy who triumphed in the senior boys’ 6,500m in 24:21. The race started slowly for the first half before bursting into life with Patrick McNiff (Banbridge Academy) getting the silver and Jamie Battle (Colaiste Mhuire Mullingar) getting up for bronze. Battle also had the pleasure of leading Colaiste Mhuire Mullingar to the team title.

It truly was a fantastic day of racing with absorbing team contests keeping the large crowd enthused right until the very end. 


Full Individual Results - (PDF file)

Full Team Results - (PDF file)

 

Extracted Cork Results

MINOR GIRLS (2,000M)     
Pos Athlete Cat School Province Time
1 CARA LAVERTY MG THORNHILL COLLEGE, DERRY ULSTER 00:08:10
2 VICTORIA LIGHTBODY MG WALLACE HS, LISBURN ULSTER 00:08:15
22 AVRIL CASHMAN MG PS NA TRIONOIDE YOUGHAL MUNSTER 00:00:00
38 ELLIE NI-MHUIRI MG GAELCHOLAISTE CARRAIG UI LEIG MUNSTER 00:00:00
MINOR BOYS (2,550M)     
Pos Athlete Cat School Province Time
1 DYLAN MCBRIDE MB GROSVENOR GS, BELFAST ULSTER 00:09:52
2 DYLAN CASEY MB ST FLANNAN'S COLLEGE ENNIS MUNSTER 00:09:59
3 JOE BYRNE MB GOREY CS LEINSTER 00:10:02
17 DIARMUID HEALY MB MIDLETON CBS MUNSTER 00:10:28
39 DONNACHA O'DEASUNAIGH MB GAELCHOLAISTE CARRAIG UI LEIG MUNSTER 00:00:00
47 KUBA HOFFT MB MIDLETON CBS MUNSTER 00:00:00
JUNIOR GIRLS (2,550M)     
Pos Athlete Cat School Province Time
1 AIMEE HAYDE JG ST MARYS NEWPORT MUNSTER 00:10:28
2 AMELIA KANE JG STRATHEARN, BELFAST ULSTER 00:10:37
3 NEASA REILLY JG ST VINCENT'S DUNDALK LEINSTER 00:10:54
19 LUCY O'KEEFFE JG ST MARYS MIDLETON MUNSTER 00:11:26
26 MEGHAN CARR JG LORETO FERMOY MUNSTER 00:00:00
86 REBECCA WALSH JG LORETO FERMOY MUNSTER 00:00:00
JUNIOR BOYS (3,600M)     
Pos Athlete Cat School Province Time
1 SEAN DONOGHUE JB ST DECLAN'S CBS LEINSTER 00:14:06
2 SEANIE DALTON JB MALAHIDE CS LEINSTER 00:14:20
3 MATTHEW WHELAN JB C.B.S. NAAS LEINSTER 00:14:29
5 PAUL HARTNETT JB COLAISTE AN CHRAOIBHIN FERMOY MUNSTER 00:14:29
28 FIONN HARRINGTON JB ST BROGANS BANDON MUNSTER 00:00:00
31 CIARAN MCNAMEE JB ST COLMANS CC MIDLETON MUNSTER 00:00:00
61 TIERNAN MORRISSEY JB COLAISTE CHRIOST RI CORK MUNSTER 00:00:00
INTERMEDIATE GIRLS (3,600M)     
Pos Athlete Cat School Province Time
1 SARAH HEALY IG HOLY CHILD KILLINEY LEINSTER 00:15:49
2 LAURA HAYES IG LORETO FERMOY MUNSTER 00:15:57
3 ANNIE MCEVOY IG LORETO KILKENNY LEINSTER 00:15:58
15 ALANNAH NEFF IG CARRIGALINE COMMUNITY SCHOOL MUNSTER 00:16:39
24 TAMZIN MULDOWNEY IG ST MARYS MIDLETON MUNSTER 00:00:00
25 JENNIFER COTTER IG COACHFORD COLLEGE MUNSTER 00:00:00
52 SARA BARRY IG LORETO FERMOY MUNSTER 00:00:00
57 CAOIMHE HAYES IG LORETO FERMOY MUNSTER 00:00:00
65 JENNIFER KEARNEY IG LORETO FERMOY MUNSTER 00:00:00
75 LAETITIA FITZGIBBON IG LORETO FERMOY MUNSTER 00:00:00
INTERMEDIATE BOYS (5,200M)     
Pos Athlete Cat School Province Time
1 DARRAGH MCELHINNEY IB COLAISTE POBAIL BHEANNTRAI MUNSTER 00:20:07
2 KEELAN KILREHILL IB COLAISTE IASCAIGH CONNACHT 00:20:34
3 SEAN CORRY IB OMAGH CHRISTIAN BROTHERS SCH ULSTER 00:20:48
6 JAKE MCCARTHY IB PS NA TRIONOIDE YOUGHAL MUNSTER 00:21:01
8 TOMMY CONNOLLY IB CHRISTIAN BROTHERS COLLEGE COR MUNSTER 00:21:05
9 CHRIS O'REILLY IB DOUGLAS COMMUNITY SCHOOL MUNSTER 00:21:10
15 NAOISE O'FLAITHEARTAIGH IB HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL BAN DON MUNSTER 00:21:29
40 JACK O'SHEA IB CHRISTIAN BROTHERS COLLEGE COR MUNSTER 00:00:00
83 DENIS BUCKLEY IB CHRISTIAN BROTHERS COLLEGE COR MUNSTER 00:00:00
SENIOR GIRLS (2,550M)     
Pos Athlete Cat School Province Time
1 SOPHIE MURPHY SG MOUNTT ANVILLE LEINSTER 00:10:05
2 JODIE MC CANN SG INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION LEINSTER 00:10:23
3 STEPHANIE COTTER SG COACHFORD COLLEGE MUNSTER 00:10:35
6 FIONA EVERARD SG MICC DUNMANWAY MUNSTER 00:10:42
9 SHAUNA DOLKEN SG SCOIL PHOBAIL BHEARA MUNSTER 00:10:53
41 CRISTIN NI-FHLOINN SG COLAISTE AN PHIARSAIGH GLANMIRE MUNSTER 00:00:00
SENIOR BOYS (6,500M)     
Pos Athlete Cat School Province Time
1 FINTAN STEWART SB LUMEN CHRISTI, DERRY ULSTER 00:24:21
2 PATRICK MCNIFF SB BANBRIDGE ACADEMY ULSTER 00:24:25
3 JAMIE BATTLE SB COLAISTE MHUIRE MULLINGAR LEINSTER 00:24:45
4 CHARLIE O'DONOVAN SB COLAISTE CHRIOST RI CORK MUNSTER 00:24:48
32 FEARGHAL CURTIN SB MIDLETON CBS MUNSTER 00:00:00
39 DAMIEN MADIGAN SB CHARLEVILLE CBS MUNSTER 00:00:00
46 JAMES MURRAY-GOOD SB ASHTON SCHOOL CORK MUNSTER 00:00:00
53 JAMES MINTERN SB COLAISTE CHRIOST RI CORK MUNSTER 00:00:00
72 ANDREW MAHER SB COLAISTE CHRIOST RI CORK MUNSTER 00:00:00
79 JACK O'CONNOR SB COLAISTE CHRIOST RI CORK MUNSTER 00:00:00
84 ROBERT DERMODY SB COLAISTE CHRIOST RI CORK MUNSTER 00:00:00
88 LUKE QUIGLEY SB COLAISTE CHRIOST RI CORK MUNSTER 00:00:00

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