Douglas Community School athletes competed at the first leg of the Cork Cross-Country Championships held in Carraig Na Bhfear recently. It proved to be a fantastic day for the school, as DCS won all the team titles and had two individual winners.
Each of our new young athletes pulled their weight in the boys’ u14 1500m, producing some magnificent displays, with captain Alan Ring leading the team home in a superb third place. He was backed up with great runs from Liam Harris (7th), Kevin Horan (11th) and Jamie O’ Connell (12th). Others to run well were Fintan Cadogan, Alan Horgan, Johnny O’ Connell and Stephen Cotter. The ‘A’ team came first and the ‘B’ team came third in their first ever county championships. The future looks bright for this talented bunch of guys.
In the u16 3000m Ian Tobin produced an outstanding display of endurance battling with another athlete throughout the race, before losing out just metres from the finish line, taking an excellent second place nonetheless. Behind him the team was doing very well with Emmet Bracken finishing a great third, Andrew O’ Keeffe fifth, and Eoin Bourke sixth. Other good runs came from James Kelleher (7th), Brendan Couch (11th) and Eric O’ Neill (16th). The team easily won the team title with the ‘B’ team coming second.
Finally in the u18 5000m race, another head-to-head battle was served up with Peter Hanrahan and Patrick Coleman having a real ding-dong battle all the way to the finish line. Peter led most of the race with Patrick alongside. Both of them pulled away easily from the others in the race and competed all the way to the line with Patrick just edging it by a metre or so. Behind them Cullen Lynch came strongly through the field to finish a great fifth and Mark Seacy a super sixth. Other great runs came from Brian Murray (8th) and from Jamie Sullivan (9th). The team easily won the title with the ‘B’ team coming second here also.