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Síofra makes it perfect six

Síofra Cléirigh Buttner of Coláiste íosagáin won the senior girls' race and made it a record six not-out at the Aviva All-Ireland Schools Cross-Country in Cork Institute of Technology last weekend.

In her last ever outing in this competition, Buttner could have been excused for feeling a touch nostalgic.

Not a bit of it. On a 2.5km loop that included rough paths, water-soaked fields, a steep hill and a wet tussocky field, she moved to the front early on and then stretched away.

"I knew Sarah Ní Mhaolmhuire from my school was running well, but I was confident I would win although I almost fell – twice! – on the muddy hill," she said after picking up her medal.

This is a girl who has remained unbeaten since she started training with the Coláiste íosagáin running team at the age of 12.

"There was no minor race at national level back then, so I ran in the junior race.

"I won that twice, then two inter races and now my second senior race. I'm over the moon!"


Making it a Leinster senior double was Andrew Coscoran of St Mary's Drogheda, who beat his more fancied school-mate Aaron Hanlon. Coscoran had lost to Hanlon at the Leinster Championships but this time he ran the perfect race.

"My plan was to sit on Aaron's shoulder and then make a break for it if I could and that's what I did," a delighted Coscoran said after the biggest win of his career.

Even better, he'll be back to defend his title next year.

Leinster champion Rhona Pierce of Skerries Community College had to fight hard for victory in the girl's inter 3,500m race, breaking away from Clodagh O'Reilly of Loreto Cavan only in the final stages. With Isabel Carron eighth, Skerries won the team competition for a second year.

In the boy's inter race, Kevin Mulcaire of St Flannan's in Ennis proved the class of the field, finishing well clear of second-placed Shane Hughes from Coláiste Mhuire Mullingar. Best of the teams was St Flannan's, with St Aidan's CBS just three points behind.

Paddy Maher of Dunshaughlin was a clear winner of the boy's junior race, while Caoimhe Harrington of Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí just edged out Leinster champion Jodie McCann of Rathdown for the girls' title.

Leinster schools dominated the minor girl's race with Sarah Healy of Holy Child Killiney coming home first and Mount Anville best of the teams.

Aviva All-Ireland Schools Cross-Country Championships, CIT

Girls – Minor 2,000m: 1 S Healy (HC Killiney) 7:48, 2 O Nelson (Streathearn College Belfast) 8:09, 3 T Muldowny (St Mary's Midleton) 8.12. Teams – 1 Mount Anville 57, 2 Strathearn Belfast 67, 3 Ursuline Thurles 69. Junior 2,500m: 1 C Harrington (Col Pobail Bheanntraí) 10.44, 2 J McCann (Rathdown) 10.47, 3 N Duffy (St Peter's Dunboyne) 10.55. Teams - 1 Loreto Coleraine 45, 2 Bandon GS 102, 3 Sacred Heart Omagh 103. Inter 3,500m: 1 R Pierce (Skerries CC) 14.04, 2 C O'Reilly (Loreto Cavan) 14.14, 3 F Everard (Maria Immaculata Dunmanway) 14.20. Teams - 1 Skerries CC 40, 2 Dominican Wicklow 60, 3 Rathmore GS Belfast 100. Senior 2,500m: 1 S Cléirigh Buttner (Col íosagáin) 10.34, 2 S Ní Mhaolmhuire (Col íosagáin) 10.43, 3 D Healy (Inst of Ed) 10.52. Teams – 1 Ursuline Thurles 49, 2 Coláiste íosagáin 53, 3 Loreto Kilkenny 69, 4 Loreto Clonmel 78.

Boys – Minor 2,500m: 1 S Corry (Omagh CBS) 9.39, 2 D McElhinney (Col Pobail Bheanntraí) 9.52, 3 O Lyons (Calasanctius Oranmore) 10.03. Teams – 1 St Colman's Newry 57, 2 St Kieran's Kilkenny 80, 3 Willow Park 118.