It was a very successful day for Douglas Community School at the recent
South Munster Schools Cross-Country championships with the school taking
home 3 team titles, 2 individual titles and the best overall school cup.
It was a true cross-country test with rain and mucky conditions the order of
the day. First into action were the senior boys racing over 5,000m. Brian
Murray and Adam Kelleher led the field from the start setting a strong pace.
Brian battled well throughout and eventually finished 2nd with Adam Kelleher
a fine 3rd. They were backed up well with superb runs from Alan O’ Brien
4th, Richard Quirke 5th and David O’ Keeffe 7th. Douglas CS easily won their
5th consecutive senior boys team title with 14 points.
Next into action were the minor boys racing in their first ever South
Munster championships. They ran very well and Douglas CS finished 3rd team
led by the inspirational Brendan Couch in 6th place and Captain Alan Ring in
9th place. Other great runs came from Shane Kelly, Daniel Mason, Paul Lehane
and Eoghan O’ Brien.
The Junior boys team raced over 2,500m and again the team from Douglas CS
easily won their 5th consecutive team title led by Eoin Bourke 2nd, Billy
Murphy 3rd, Michael McLaughlin 7th and John Durcan 8th.
Finally the inter boys team towed the line racing over 4,500m. This team
really is a special bunch of athletes. They started on their quest for
All-Ireland glory with a convincing 4th consecutive intermediate team title
for Douglas CS having 8 athletes in the top 15. The team was led by an
inspirational run from Patrick Coleman who had a real battle with team-mate
Peter Hanrahan for the title. This was a superb run from Patrick after his
fantastic 6th place finish at last week’s international cross-country event
in Belgium. Peter was a great 2nd and other super runs came from Captain
Cullen Lynch 4th, Mark Seacy 6th, Conor Foley 7th and Emmet Bracken 9th.