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Piotrowski navigates way to senior crown

LEINSTER Orienteering League champion Maciek Piotrowski from St Killian's in Bray made it a double when he won the senior boys' title at the Leinster Orienteering Championships at Hellfire Woods, Rathfarnham, Dublin.

In a close contest, Piotrowski raced around the tricky 4.2km course in 39 mins 5 secs to put him over a minute ahead of second- placed Chris Pollard from Rockbrook Park. Just six seconds adrift in third was David Kubik from Pleasant Street Youthreach, with Owen de Forge fourth.

St Killian's made it a double when Jeslyvette Lopez came home first on the senior girls' 3.24km course in 49 mins 16 secs. Second was her team mate Aisling Cooling-Nolan.

The younger age groups provided some excellent runs, with Ailbhe Healy from Castleknock Community School winning the 2nd/3rd year class by over two minutes. Lainey King and Orla Cooney, also Castleknock, finished second while for third place, there was a rare dead heat between two pairs – Aoife Gray and Ghetsel Waisee from Castleknock and Clodagh Quinn with Grace Tansey from Mount Anville.

Best of the 2nd/3rd year boys was Ruairi Long (below) of Rockbrook, who beat his schoolmate Gerard Whelan. First home of the TY boys was Sean Kearns from Dunshaughlin CC.

Winners of the 1st year titles were Eadaoin McCavana of Loreto Foxrock and Ilyes Medbou from Rockbrook.

Results - Girls – 1st Yr (1.8km, 85m): 1 E McCavana (Lor Foxrock) 7.26, 2 S English/J English (Castleknock CC) 13.52, 3 R Armstrong/ A Cheung (CastleknockCC) 14.35. 2nd/3rd Yr (2.3km, 105m): 1 A Healy (Castleknock CC) 19.13, 2 L King/O Cooney (Castleknock CC) 21.33, 3 A Gray/G Waisee (Castleknock CC) 23.33. 5th/6th Yr (2.4km, 155m): 1 J Lopez (St Killian's Bray) 49.16, 2 A Cooling-Nolan (St Killian's Bray) 54.01, 3 M O'Callaghan/K Venslavicuite (Castleknock CC) .

Boys – 1st Yr (2.4km, 105m): 1 I Medbou (Rockbrook) 17.356, 2 K Doyle (Rockbrook) 20.19, 3 M ó Suilleabhain (Rockbrook) 20.45. 2nd/3rd Yr (3.3km, 155m): 1 R Long (Rockbrook) 30.50, 2 G Whelan (Rockbrook) 31.25, 3 L Kearney (Castleknock CC) 34.44. TY (3.5km, 145m): 1 S Kearns (Dunshaughlin CC) 39.33, 2 M Gardas (Rockbrook) 45.06, 3 K McCabe (Rockbrook) 46.49. 5th/6th Yr (4.2km, 175m): 1 M Piotrowski (St Killian's Bray) 39.05, 2 C Pollard (Rockbrook) 40.53, 3 D Kubik (Pleasant St Youthreach) 41.03.