Up and Running: Sweet six in row for Cléirigh-Buttner
Síofra Cléirigh-Buttner of Coláiste Íosagáin created a little bit of history on Saturday as she sped to her sixth consecutive Aviva All-Ireland Schools' Cross-Country title on a challenging course at Cork IT.
The Dublin athlete came home a clear winner in the senior girls' event over 2,500m – finishing in 10.34.
She had already won two junior, two intermediate and one senior cross-country individual schools' championships prior to Saturday's victory, which put the final icing on the cake to celebrate a wonderful career to date. Her class-mate, Sarah Ní Mhaolmhuire (Miles), finished second in 10.43 and Deirdre Healy (Dublin Institute) was third in 10.52. Ursuline College Thurles won the team title.
The senior boys' race delivered an intriguing contest up front between St Mary's College Drogheda students Andrew Coscoran and Aaron Hanlon, who ran together for much of the 6,500m event, before Coscoran broke clear for victory. In third place, David Harper led Race College in Westport to a historic team victory – the first time a college from Connacht has won this title.
Paddy Maher (Dunshaughlin CC) was another athlete to impress as he coasted to victory in the junior boys' event over 3,500 metres, finishing in 12.24. Sarah Healy (Holy Child, Killiney) won the minor girls' race and Sean Corry (Omagh Christian Brothers) won the minor boys' event. Caoimhe Harrington (Coláiste Poball, Bheanntraí) won the junior girls' race and Rhona Pierce (Skerries CC) came home a winner in the intermediate girls' race, with Kevin Mulcaire (St Flannan's, Ennis) delivering another top-drawer performance to win the intermediate boys' event.
John Coghlan (DCU) and Maria O'Sullivan (Trinity College) won the respective men's and women's titles in the Irish University Cross-Country Championships held in conjunction with the schools' championships. They each led their respective team to victory.