Rathcoole HFCS dominate Leinster Community Schools Cross
Rathcoole HFCS were a class apart at the Leinster Community Schools Cross Country Championships at the Papal Cross in the Phoenix Park on Wednesday.
A sea of white singlets with wine trimming was seen throughout the day with Mustafa Nasir their standout performer on the day.
The Holy Family Community School are an up and coming athletics powerhouse led by PE teacher James Shannon and they are looking to take on the likes of Belvedere College.
It is a burgeoning programme with 80 athletes competing on the day. They are already seeing great success with Mustafa Nasir winning the All Ireland Schools intermediate boys 800m title in the summer and Joseph Lyons making the Schools international 4 by 400m relay team. Nasir hails from Somalia and Jumping The Gun have taken a shine to the name “the Irish Mo.” The affable Nasir obviously has a long way to go to match Mo Farah’s feats but he’s enjoying his running and set a Tailteann Games record over 800m of 1:53.
Rathcoole will be a school to watch in the coming months. Conditions were inclement and the course was open to the elements but it still provided a great day of competition. Many of the athletes will be competing again on Sunday at the Dublin Juvenile Cross Country Championships as a prelude to the Autumn Cross Country Invitational.