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DCS are All-Ireland Cross Country Champions

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It was an unbelievable day for Douglas Community School at the All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships on Saturday with DCS winning the senior boys team title and the junior boys winning team silver.

The National Aquatic Centre in Abbotstown Dublin was the perfect venue for the AVIVA All Ireland Schools and Irish Universities Cross Country Championships. The flat course provided great underfoot conditions and as a result fast running was the order of the day. It proved to be a day that will long live in the memory of the schools athletes with every athlete producing their best ever performances.

The minor boys were first up over 2500m and produced great results, coming seventh team in their first ever All Ireland Championships. James Gorton led them home in 23rd position and other great runs came from Evan Byrne, David Smith and Alan Morgan.

The junior boys produced the biggest performance of the day winning the silver team medals, having finished third at the Munster championships. It was an absolute storming peformance by these guys with Liam Harris running a proverbial blinder coming 12th, missing out on a place on the Irish team by three seconds. Behind him Jamie O’Connell had his finest ever run to come 26th and with Declan O’Herlihy and Fionn Bracken running well the team took the silver medals.

Douglas Community School came a good sixth in the intermediate team contest with great runs by Billy Murphy and Eoin Bourke.

The senior boys 6500m race was full of drama from start to finish. The team were without the services of number one runner Peter Hanrahan, but still managed to win the team title after a very close team battle with St Malachys College, Belfast. DCS took it by a mere point, but the manner in which the team came together on the day and the guts they portrayed throughout the race was amazing to witness. The team captain, Cullen Lynch, led by example with a superb 17th place finish. Behind him Patrick Coleman, Ian Tobin and Emmet Bracken were running mighty races and kept the St Malachys team at bay. Congratulations to Cullen, Patrick, Ian, Emmet, Cillian, Mark, Dave, Rob and Jamie on a great win and one that will not be forgotten in a hurry.

Finally in the University race the school had past pupils Alan O Brien CIT, Craig Harrington CIT, Adam Kelleher CIT all running very well. Well done to all the athletes on a truely magnificant day for the school.

Steven Macklin