Kevin Mulcaire romps to victory at Munster Schools Championships
Kevin Mulcaire laid down a marker ahead of next month’s GloHealth All Ireland Schools Cross Country by taking a facile win at the Munster Schools Championships in Cork today.
The St. Flannan’s student also led his school to victory in the senior boys’ team event, moving away from the field midway through the 6000m race and coming home a distant winner ahead of David Fox (CBS Cork) and Fearghal Curtin (Midleton CBS).
Mulcaire broke John Treacy’s 40-year-old national junior 5000m record when running 14:02.30 in Manchester last year, and the 18-year-old started 2016 in similar form, finishing second in the junior race at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country last month. He is now on course to clash with Jack O’Leary of Clongowes Wood at the national championships, which take place on March 5.
Elsewhere today, Fiona Everard (MICC Dunmanway) impressed when taking the senior girls’ title ahead of Rhona Pierce (St. Angela’s, Cork), with Aisling Kelly (Spanish Point) third. The intermediate boys’ 4500m race boiled down to a head-to-head between Charlie O’Donovan (Coláiste Chríost Rí) and Darragh McElhinney (Coláiste Pobail Bheanntrai), with O’Donovan proving the strongest. Donal Devane of St. Flannan’s was third.
Tamzin Muldowney (St. Mary’s Midleton) took victory in the intermediate girls’ 3500m race ahead of Claire Rafter (Ursuline Thurles) and Sasha Brent (Tarbert CBS). The junior girls’ title went to Lucy Holmes of Ard Scoil na nDeise ahead of Tara Ramasawmy (Presentation Waterford), while Chris O’Reilly of Douglas took a commanding win in the junior boys’ 3500m from Jake Bagge (Ardscoil na Mara) and Finn Looney (St. Anne’s, Killaloe).
An interested spectator in Tramore Valley Park today was former world champion race walker Rob Heffernan, whose daughter Meghan finished third in the minor girls’ race, which was won by Grainne Egan (St. Mary’s Mallow). The minor boys’ title went to Ted Collins of Glenstal Abbey.
Minor Girls 1500m
1. G Egan (St Mary’s Mallow), 2. E Lynch (Colaiste na Trocaire, Rathkeale), 3. M Carr (Loreto Fermoy)
1. Rice College Ennis, 2. Waterpark College, 3. Kilrush CS
Minor Boys 2,000m
1. T Collins (Glenstal Abbey School), 2. P Hartnett (Colaiste an Chraoibhin Fermoy), 3. M Hanrahan (St Flannan’s Ennis)
1. St Augustine’s Dungarvan, 2. Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai, 3. St Flannan’s Ennis
Junior Girls 2,000m
1. L Holmes (Ard Scoil na nDeise), 2. T Ramasawmy (Presentation Waterford) , 3. A O’Connor (Pobal Scoil Inbhearsceine Kenmare)
1. Ard Scoil na nDeise, 2. Pobal Scoil Inbhearsceine Kenmare, 3. Ursuline Waterford
Junior Boys 3,000m
1. C O’Reilly (Douglas Community School), 2. J Bagge (Ardscoil na Mara Tramore), 3. F Looney (St Anne’s CC, Killaloe)
1. St Augustine’s Dungarvan, 2. Dungarvan CBS, 3. Charleville CBS
Intermediate Girls 3,500m
1. T Muldowney (St Mary’s Midleton), 2. C Rafter (Ursuline Thurles), 3. S Brent (Tarbert CS)
1. Ursuline Thurles, 2. Ursuline Waterford, 3. Colaiste Muire Ennis
Intermediate Boys 4,500m
1. C O’Donovan (Colaiste Chriost Ri), 2. D McElhinney (Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai), 3. D Devane (St Flannan’s, Ennis)
1. St Flannan’s, Ennis, 2. Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai, 3. St Joseph’s SS Tulla
Senior Girls 2,500m
1. F Everard (MICC Dunmanway), 2. R Pierce (St Angela’s Cork), 3. A Kelly (Spanish Point)
1. Ursuline Thurles, 2. St Augustine’s, Dungarvan, 3. Ard Scoil na nDeise
Senior Boys 6,000m
1. K Mulcaire (St Flannan’s Ennis), 2. D Fox (CBC Cork), 3. F Curtin (Midleton CBS)
1. St Flannan’s, Ennis, 2. De La Salle, Waterford, 3. Colaiste Treasa Kanturk