Douglas Community School athletes had a very successful day at the opening cross-country fixture of the season, the Cork Even Age XC Championships. They were held on a very nice flat and firm course in Castlelyons in perfect weather conditions.
First into action were the u14 boys over 3000m and here Andrew Turner had a superb individual win and led the team to bronze medals. Others that impressed were Daniel Hurley, James McCarthy, Conor Horgan, Aaron Ahern and Luke Horgan. (The team is pictured with their bronze medals.)
The u16 boys race was held over 4000m and here Liam Harris led the team home with a superb 2nd place run. The team came 2nd with great runs by Stephen Cotter, Evan Byrne and Alan Morgan.
Finally the u18 boys raced over 6000m and had a great team win with Jamie O Connell having a storming run for 2nd place followed by a huge race from John Durcan in 6th and great runs by Liam Hennessy, Eoin Bourke, Fionn Bracken and Dan Begley. Well done to all on some superb performances.
Congratulations also to past pupil Craig Murphy who is on scholarship at Iona College in New York. Five student-athletes from the Iona College men’s track and field program were named to the 2012 USTFCCCA Division I All-Academic team. In addition, the team recognized as one of 85 institutions on the USTFCCA All-Academic Team list. Craig was recognized for both his academic and athletic performances during the 2011-12 indoor and outdoor track seasons.