Athletics: Rooney, Collins prove top-10 hits
Published 19/11/2012 | 05:00
DUBLINER David Rooney (Clonliffe) and Cork-born Sara Collins (Finn Valley) both scored top-10 finishes at the prestigious NCAA Division 1 Cross Country championships, writes Cliona Foley.
From a field of almost 250 runners, Rooney continued his fine recent form for McNeese State University (coached by Sligo native Brendon Gilroy) when he finished seventh overall, in 29.21, in a 10km race won by Texas Tech's Kennedy Kithuka in 28.31.
Collins was 10th in the women's 6km race and also led Providence College (coached by Waterford's Ray Treacy) to a team silver medal, 69 points behind winners Oregon.
At home, Robert Heffernan took the Athlete of the Year award at Athletics Ireland's annual awards.
The Togher man also earned the top race-walking award for his awesome fourth place at the London Olympics.
Fionnuala Britton scored a double too, taking the endurance award for her European Cross-Country title, and the track award for her fourth place in the European 10,000m final.
Letterkenny's Mark English won the top underage award and his coach Teresa McDaid took Coach of the Year. Ballinamore's Padraig Griffin was recognised with this year's lifetime achievement award.