Cross Country

DCU Schools Invitational Cross Country 2015

Compiled by Enda Fitzpatrick
DCU Sports Grounds, 14/1/15

On a crisp January afternoon, the DCU Schools Invitational kicked off the secondary school’s 2015 cross country season at the DCU sports grounds. Despite the cold frosty weather conditions – schools travelled from far and wide to compete; with St. Kieran’s College from Kilkenny dethroned the St. Aidan’s CBS boys to win the Best Overall boy’s school. In the Best Overall girls school competition, Mount Temple and Holy Child Killiney shared the honours with Colaiste Iosagain a close 3rd. Entries increased again this year from 1028 competing athletes to 1142, this annual event showcasing some of the Ireland’s best future talents in cross country running.

Both Minor races produced impressive individual winners with Ella May Cromie (Mount Temple) and Con Doherty (St. Colman’s College, Newry) both powering home to take the Minor titles. The Minor team titles were won convincingly by St Marys College from Naas and St. Kieran’s College from Kilkenny.

At Junior level, Sarah Healy (Holy Child Killiney) who won the minor girls race in 2014, stepped up to take this year’s Junior title, while Cian May (Salesian’s Celbridge) who came 4th last year in the Minor event, made the leap to win the Junior boy’s individual title. Scoil Mhuire from Trim (last year’s Minor girls’ team winners) won the girls’ junior team title from Holy Child Killiney. St. Kieran’s College Kilkenny also secured the boys junior team title from St. Malachy’s of Belfast.

Laura Ward (Presentation Carlow) was victorious in the Inter Girls race, just ahead of Aisling King (Loreto Dalkey) and Aoife Colleran (Loreto Foxrock). In the boy’s race, Rory Lodge (St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny) took the individual boys honours followed closely by Niall Harvey (Presentation Carlow) and Sean Carrig (St. Aidan’s CBS). Team honours went to Holy Faith Clontarf and St. Aidan’s CBS respectively.

The final two senior races saw impressive front running tactics from Hope Saunders (Mount Temple) and Cathal Doyle (St. Aidan’s CBS) – both recording impressive wins. Colaiste Iosagain won the senior girls team title with Blackrock College taking the boys team victory ahead of St. Aidan’s CBS.

This was the 11th running of the DCU Schools Invitational cross country – a well-established annual event with over 1100 athletes competing. It is difficult to believe that it is over 10 years since Des Rogers (Coolmine Invitational XC) handed over the reins to the DCU Athletics club – the Coolmine Perpetual Cup for Minor Boys (presented by Des Rogers) was won by St. Kieran’s College from Kilkenny.

Our thanks to Bank of Ireland for their continued generous support, to John Buckley Sports for supplying trophies and spot prizes, to the Brew Crew for the hot and cold refreshments, to Session Hire for the PA support, to St. John’s Ambulance for their medical support team, to Lindie Naughton from the Evening Herald for her photography and journalistic reports and to the invaluable work done by the DCU Academy and Athletics club athletes. Our thanks also to the Danagher boys from Laois, who provided us with great back drops for the keen photographers by supplying the 2 jumping obstacles of baled hay!

DCU Secondary Schools Invitational
Cross Country Results 2014

Minor Girls Individuals

1st Ella May Cromie Mount Temple 2nd Sinead Nic Sheoin Coolmine CS
3rd Sarah O Connor Templecarrig Sch 4th Caoimhe Nic Eachain Col Iosagain
5th Rhian Kidd Presentation Carlow 6th Hazel Mc Gloughlan St. Mary’s

Teams (The John Buckley Cup)

1st St. Mary’s Naas (6,7,9,26) = 48pts 2nd Templecarrig Sch (3,17,19,37) = 76pts
3rd Loreto Dalkey (11,21,23,42) = 97pts 4th Pres Carlow (5,12,15,70) = 102pts
5th Alexandra College (18,22,43,44) = 127pts 6th Muckross Park (24,28,33,44) = 129pts
7th St. Dominic’s Cabra (10,13,30,101) = 154pts 8th St. Wolstan’s CS (16,35,53,54) = 158pts
9th Colaiste Iosagain (4,52,66,69) = 191pts 10th L. Stephen’s Gn (20,34,60,80) = 194pts
11th Scoil Mhuire Trim (25,39,68,102) = 234pts 12th Holy Child K’iney(31,55,77,93) = 256pts
13th Coolmine CS (2,51,115,119) = 287pts 14th Ashbourne CS (36,40,85,129) = 290pts 15th St. Colmcille’s (27,63,97,149) = 336pts 16th Loreto Foxrock (50,86,99,112) = 347pts
17th Malahide CS (29,78,125,127) = 359pts 18th Mt Sackville (46,58,139,143) = 386pts
19th Wesley College (74,109,126,141) = 450pts

Junior Girls Individuals

1st Sarah Healy HC Killiney 2nd Abbie Taylor Gerard’s Bray
3rd Eva Cummins Our Lady’s Greenhills 4th Grace Dervan OL Terenure
5th Anna Daly HC Killiney 6th Petra Reilly Dunshaughlin CS

Teams (The Gordon Harold Shield)

1st Scoil Mhuire Trim (7,10,11,15) = 43pts 2nd HC Killiney (1,5,16,27) = 49pts
3rd St. Dominic’s Cabra (9,21,25,45) = 100pts 4th St. Gerard’s Bray (2,12,38,56) = 108pts
5th Col Iosagain (17,29,32,43) = 121pts 6th Alexandra Coll (22,24,39,40) = 125pts
7th Holy Faith Clontarf (13,26,48,50) = 137pts 8th St. Wolstans CS (33,51,53,55) = 192pts
9th Jesus & Mary College (31,42,47,82) = 202pts 10th Loreto Foxrock (23,52,54,85) = 214pts
11th Wesley College (37,58,60,73) = 228pts 12th Colaiste na hInse (83,91,92,97) = 363pts

Inter Girls Individuals

1st Laura Ward Presentation Carlow 2nd Aisling King Loreto Dalkey
3rd Aoife Colleran Loreto Foxrock 4th Alannah Cooley Dom Griffith Ave
5th Hannah Byrne Holy Faith Clontarf 6th Niamh Staunton Muckross Park

Teams The Athletics Academy Shield)

1st Holy Faith Clontarf (5,10,13,14) = 42pts 2nd Loreto Foxrock (3,18,19,25) = 57pts
3rd Lor. Stephen’s Gn (9,11,15,26) = 61pts 4th Dom. Griffith Ave (4,16,17,29) = 66pts
5th St. Wolstan’s CS (12,23,27,32) = 94pts 6th Col Iosagain (22,24,36,37) = 119pts

Senior Girls Individuals

1st Hope Saunders Mount Temple 2nd Niamh Corry Malahide CS
3rd Laura Tuite Mercy Beaumont 4th Alison Armstrong Coolimine CS
5th Niamh O Neill Castleknock CC 6th Eileen Ni Scanlain Col Iosagain

Teams (The Enda Fitzpatrick Cup)
1st Colaiste Iosagain (6,7,26,29) = 68pts 2nd Alexandra College (14,19,23,24) = 80pts
3rd Muckross Park (17,20,21,28) = 86pts 4th L. Stephen’s Gn (8,18,30,38) = 94pts
5th Coolmine CS (4,16,39,40) = 99pts

DCU Secondary Schools Invitational
Cross Country Results 2014
Minor Boys
1st Con Doherty St. Colman’s Newry 2nd Jack Corrigan St. Benildus College
3rd Jake Cullen Dunshaughlin CS 4th Ciaran Mullen St. Kieran’s Kilkenny
5th Ciaran Mc Manus St. Aidan’s CBS 6th Tiernan O Brennain Col Eoin

Teams (The Des Roger’s Coolmine Cup)
1st St.Kieran’s Kilkenny (4,10,19,22) = 55pts 2nd St. Mal’s B’fast (7,12,24,26) = 69pts
3rd St. Colman’s Newry (1,13,27,33) = 74pts 4th St. Pat’s Navan (11,25,31,32) = 99pts
5th Colaiste Eoin (5,18,40,41) = 1045pts 6th St. Aidan’s CBS (5,15,42,45) = 107pts
7th Belvedere College (14,16,37,47) = 114pts 8th St. Colmcille’s CS (8,9,17,89) = 123pts
9th Templeogue College (21,51,72,83) = 227pts 10th Dunshaughlin (3,23,102,104) = 232pts
11th Ard Scoil Ris (20,59,63,106) = 248pts 12th St. Benildus Coll (2,57,94,111) = 264pts
13th Pres Carlow (29,30,117,147) = 323pts 14th Malahide CS (70,80,82,118) = 350pts
15th Wilson’s Hosp (92,123,161,172) = 548pts 16th Drimnagh C (36,162,175,179) = 552pts
17th Coolmine CS (134,135,137,149) = 555pts 18th St. Kevin’s (125,139,165,176) = 605pts

Junior Boys Individuals
1st Cian May Salesian’s Celbridge 2nd Adam Fitzpatrick St. Kieran’s Kilkenny
3rd Naoise Moynihan Colaiste Eoin 4th Peter Murray St. Colman’s Newry
5th Cormac O Rourke St. Malachy’s Belfast 6th Michael Murphy Belvedere College

Teams (The Ian Chaney Shield)
1st St.Kieran’s Kilkenny (2,8,10,28) = 48pts 2nd St. Mal’s B’fast (5,14,19,29) = 62pts
3rd St. Colman’s Newry (4,18,20,23) = 65pts 4th St. Aidan’s CBS (11,15,29,35) = 90pts
5th Belvedere Coll (6,12,39,49) = 106pts 6th Colaiste Eoin (3,16,54,62) = 135pts
7th St. Pat’s Navan (21,38,44,48) = 151pts 8th Knockbeg Coll (22,30,57,73) = 182pts
9th St. Colmcille’s CS (9,36,80,82) = 207pts 10th Salesian’s Coll (1,47,84,85) = 217pts
11th Pres Carlow (7,32,63,118) = 220pts 12th St. Benildus C (45,46,72,112) = 275pts
13th Templeogue Coll (27,79,88,91) = 285pts 14th St. Kevin’s (55,65,107,139) = 361pts
15th St. David’s CBS (104,112,137,140) = 493pts 16th Drimnagh C (92,130,135,143) = 500pts

Inter Boys Individuals
1st Rory Lodge St. Kieran’s Kilkenny 2nd Niall Harvey Presentation Carlow
3rd Sean Carrig St. Aidan’s CBS 4th Joseph Hession St. Aidan’s CBS
5th Cian Kelly Knockbeg College 6th Jarlath Jordan Dunshaughlin CS

Teams (The Niall Moyna Shield)
1st St. Aidans CBS (3,4,7,8) = 22pts 2nd Knocbeg College (17,24,35,37) = 113pts
3rd St. Kieran’s Coll (1,26,35,59) = 121pts 4th Blackrock Coll (14,22,38,54) = 128pts
5th St.Colman’s Newry (12,13,36,67) = 128pts 6th Belvedere Coll (15,18,53,55) = 141pts
7th Salesian’s Coll (34,41,44,76) = 165pts 8th Templeogue College (19,42,68,72) = 201pts
9th St. Malachy’s B’fast (43,50,52,87) = 232pts 10th CBS Kilkenny (31,65,70,76) = 242pts
11th Wesley College (17,81,82,100) = 280pts 12th Drimnagh C (24,32,105,123) = 284pts
13th St. Kevin’s CBS (45,48,98,99)= 290pts 14th Col na hInce (57,62,101,112) = 332pt
15th Ashbourne CS (77,78,90,93) = 338pts 16th St. Pat’s Navan (51,64,102,126) = 343pts
17th Gonzaga Coll (66,79,94,109) = 348pts 18th St. Colmcille’s (36,91,121,127) = 375pts

Senior Boys Individuals
1st Cathal Doyle St. Aidan’s CBS 2nd James Moore Knockbeg College
3rd Luke Mc Cann Blackrock College 4th Tom O Keefe St. Kieran’s College
5th James Smyth St. Malachy’s Belfast 6th Ruadhan O Grada Colaiste Eoin

Teams (The Michael Whelan Cup)
1st Blackrock College (3,9,13,26) = 51pts 2nd St. Aidans CBS (1,17,20,21) = 59pts
3rd St. Kieran’s K’kenny (4,7,22,27) = 60pts 4th St. Malachy’s B’fast (5,11,24,31) = 71pts
5th Knocbeg College (2,23,33,47) = 105pts 5th Salesians Coll (15,16,36,42) = 109pts
7th CBS Kilkenny (29,30,41,45) = 145pts 8th Belvedere Coll (8,40,48,51) = 147pts

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