Douglas Community School athletes recently competed at the Munster Schools Cross-Country Championships at Cork Institute of Technology and produced some outstanding displays. DCS had all four teams (Minor, Junior, Inter and Senior) qualify for the All-Ireland Championships and also retained the Best Overall School Cup for the seventh consecutive year.
The course at Cork IT was testing with some mucky patches and one small climb. First into action were the Minor Boys over 2500m and here the Douglas Community School team had a fine third place finish. James Gorton led the team home in ninth place and there were other great races from Barry Forde 25th, Aidan De Saulles 31st, David Smith 33rd, Daniel Burke 34th and Alan Morgan 35th. The Junior Boys team were without the services of four of their top athletes due to illness/injury but performed very well to finish in third place. Liam Harris led them home with a superb run for fourth place and with Declan O’Herlihy 18th, Jamie O’Connell 21st and Fionn Bracken 22nd the team came a great fourth. In the Inter 5000m Billy Murphy led the DCS team home in ninth place and Eoin Bourke had a super run for 13th. Here the team took third place also. Finally in the Senior Boys 6000m race, Shane Quinn of Waterford took the pace out hard from the start and Peter Hanrahan was the only one to go with him. Peter however suffered from the fast pace and ended up being caught by the athletes behind. Patrick Coleman was a super third, Emmet Bracken fifth, Cullen Lynch sixth, Ian Tobin 10th, Cillian Fleming 12th and Jamie Sullivan 16th. The team packed very well and won the team title easy with 24 points. The athletes now travel to the All-Ireland Schools Cross-Country championships in Dublin on 12 March in search of further glory.