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Athletics Achievements in Tralee

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Douglas Community School athletes continued their outstanding cross-country season with some great individual and team performances at the Munster u11-u19 Cross-Country Championships held at Tralee Racecourse. The muddy course was testing for the athletes, but was mainly flat. The u13 team was first up, racing 1200m. These students took up the sport only eight weeks ago and have already made a big impact.  Jack O’ Mahony led them home with a superb fifth place finish, ably assisted by Liam Harris 17th, Rory Casey 41st and Luke Varian 46th. The team finished a great second, with the Cork team first. In the u15 2000m Eoin Bourke showed his class by powering his way to a second place finish. This was a superb run from him as he came so close to winning.  Billy Murphy continued his good form finishing 19th, although he admitted afterwards to not feeling the best in the race.  Behind him the team packed really well, with John Durcan 21st, Alan Ring 22nd, Michael McLaughlin 27th and Gary McCarthy 28th. The team finished second, beaten by six points for the gold medals.  Others to run well were Cillian Crowley, Jamie O’ Connell and Brendan Couch. Patrick Coleman, the winner last year, came fourth in the u17 4000m.  Patrick was feeling a bit unwell throughout and will no doubt bounce back in the coming weeks.  Behind them the team was packing superbly, with Mark Seacy having a storming run for eighth, and Emmet Bracken continuing his outstanding season coming tenth racing out of his age.  Cullen Lynch was 15th and other great runs came from Jamie Sullivan 24th, Ian Tobin 25th and Andrew O’ Keeffe 28th.  The ‘A’ team easily won the team title with the ‘B’ team finishing fourth. The boy’s u19 5000m race turned into a three-man battle between Peter Hanrahan, Ennis’s Liam Markham and Limerick’s Cathal O’ Connor.  Liam and Cathal are two of Irelands finest young distance runners. Peter ran along side them throughout and finished strong to take second place, narrowly behind winner Cathal O’ Connor. Brian Murray was a great tenth, and with Alan O’ Brien eleventh and Adam Kelleher 15th, the team easily won the team title.

Munster u11-u-19 Cross-Country Championships in Tralee, November 2009
Munster u11-u-19 Cross-Country Championships in Tralee, November 2009

Steven Macklin