Mulcaire lays down marker with dominant performance
Kevin Mulcaire laid down a marker ahead of next month's GloHealth All-Ireland Schools Cross-Country Championships as he claimed gold in Munster yesterday.
The St Flannan's student also led his school to the senior boys' team event, moving away from the field midway through 6,000m ahead of David Fox (CBS Cork) and Fearghal Curtin (Midleton CBS).
Mulcaire broke John Treacy's 40-year-old national junior 5,000m record when running 14:02.30 last year, and the 18-year-old continued that form last month, finishing second in the junior race at the Great Edinburgh Cross-Country. He is now on course to clash with Jack O'Leary of Clongowes Wood at the nationals in Sligo on March 5.
Elsewhere yesterday, Fiona Everard (MICC Dunmanway) impressed in winning the senior girls' title ahead of Rhona Pierce (St Angela's, Cork).
The intermediate boys' 4,500m race boiled down to a head-to-head between Charlie O'Donovan (Coláiste Chríost Rí) and Darragh McElhinney (Coláiste Pobail Bheanntrai), with O'Donovan taking it, while Donal Devane of St Flannan's was third.
Tamzin Muldowney (St Mary's Midleton) won the intermediate girls' 3,500m race ahead of Claire Rafter (Ursuline Thurles) and Sasha Brent (Tarbert Comp).
The junior girls' title went to Lucy Holmes of Ard Scoil na nDéise ahead of Tara Ramasawmy (Pres Waterford), while Chris O'Reilly of Douglas took a commanding win in the junior boys' 3,500m from Jake Bagge (Ardscoil na Mara) and Finn Looney (St Anne's, Killaloe).
An interested spectator in Tramore Valley Park 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).