DCS Athletics Report

The National Senior & Junior
Cross-Country championships took place in Belfast recently, with
Craig Murphy
from Douglas CS competing. The course proved to be
a testing one with mucky patches and a few short climbs. The junior
mens race was held over 8,000m, four 2km laps. From the start it was
the young Donore athlete John Travers who set the pace. Craig settled
back in the main group sheltering from the wind. As the race progressed
the main group was down to six athletes with Michael Mulhare North Laois
AC and Craig pushing the pace on. Eventually Craig and Michael broke
away from the rest of the field and a great battled ensued. Michael
opened a small gap over Craig at around the 5km point and although Craig
tried his best he could not catch the Laois man. Craig put in a massive
last 1km and got to within 10m of Michael at the finish, coming a superb
2nd place and gaining selection for the World Cross-Country
championships in Edinburgh on March 30th. Congratulations
to Craig on a fantastic result and all at the school wish him the best
of luck at the World championships.

Douglas CS 1st &
2nd year athletes took to the Mardyke track on Thursday for
the latest leg of their mile challenge series. All those not competing
in the All-Ireland Schools Cross-Country championships took part and
all but five athletes recorded personal best times. Twenty-seven athletes
towed the line with 2nd year Conor Foley winning in a time
of 5.28. He was followed home by Mark O’ Sullivan 5.33 and Mark Seacy
5.43. The performances of the day came from 1st year student
Gary McCarthy 8th 6.01, Eoin Bourke 9th 6.02,
Jamie Sullivan 10th 6.02, Daniel Leahy 17th 6.30,
Paul O’ Keeffe 22nd 7.05, Paul Creagh 14th 6.16
and Cillian Crowley 20th 6.48. Jamie Sullivan ran his first
ever mile challenge back in November 2006 recording 8.10 and now he
is down to 6.02, a remarkable improvement. Daniel Leahy knocked 40 secs
off his previous best with his 6.30 run and Cillian Crowley knocked
a huge 57 secs off his previous best with his 6.48 run.

by Steven Macklin

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