St Mary's pair are a class act
ANDREW Coscoran of Star of the Sea AC and a student of St Mary's DS Drogheda won the All-Ireland Schools Senior Boys Cross-Country Championship in Cork Institute of Technology last Saturday.
The race, held over a distance of 6,500m on a very tough course, in the end saw a one two for the Drogheda school in that Andrew beat classmate Aaron Hanlon to take the title.
In the lead up to the race, Hanlon won the North Leinster Schools and also the Leinster Schools where on both occasions Coscoran had to be content with the silver medal.
Straight from the gun the main protagonists were to the fore of the field and they completed the first of the four-lap race with a slight gap on the rest of the field which was led by Rob Tully (Gormanston College).
Over the next lap the pace was set by Hanlon, closely followed by David Harper (Rice College) and Coscoran. Going through the second field on their third lap, which in truth was very rough ground for running, Coscoran and Hanlon made light work of the conditions and began to increase their lead.
The two St Mary's classmates were still shoulder to shoulder as they took the bell with one lap to go and well clear of the rest, but as they came to the bridge across the river Coscoran made the decisive move and opened up a gap which had grown to 50m with only 200m to race.
With such a commanding lead Coscoran was able to savour this, his first Senior All-Ireland Schools Cross-Country medal as he came up the finishing straight to the applause of the appreciative crowd. Hanlon was second, with Tully in 15th place.
Elsewhere, Star of the Sea high jumper Kourosh Foroughi, after three years of suffering with a niggling ankle injury, returned to top form when decisively winning the National Indoor senior men's high jump title with a clearance of 2.15m.
Rob Tully, competing in the International Indoor Meet staged at the AIT Arena in Athlone, once again showed that he is one of a talented group of young 800m athletes when he ran 1min 52.11sec when finishing fourth in the event.
And in the National Intermediate Cross-Country Championships held in Dunboyne Kieron Peters finished 27th over the 8k distance in his first National Intermediate race. A week later he went on to win the Meath Half Marathon Championship in a time of 1hr 14min 32sec.