DSDAC’s seventh heaven

by Gazette Reporter

DUNDRUM South Dublin AC’s road from Santry to south Dublin was virtually paved with gold after the Dublin juvenile and senior cross country championships as they returned with an astonishing seven sets of team gold medals.
It was topped off by their senior ladies, led home by Fiona Clinton in fourth place, Maria McCambridge in fifth; Meghan Ryan in seventh with Harriet Robinson, Niamh Devlin and Sarah Fitzpatrick also shining.
The senior men’s team finished third with John Eves sixth as the club’s first finisher, receiving great team support from Patrick MacGabhann, Robert Corbally, Killian Mooney, Mark Conway and Gary Crossan.
The senior women’s success was emulated by DSDAC’s Under-13 girls. Saoirse O’Brien, running her first cross country race for DSD, was the star of their show with a great fourth place finish. Ciara Kelly ended seventh while Isabella Tomkin Beddy, moving up an age group, and Gracie Browne, also stepping up, both finished inside the top ten with Niamh Doyle, Ella O’Donohoe and Claudia Moran all scoring well.
Alex O’Floinn took off like a scalded cat in the Under-15 boys before settling down to be joined by Sean Donoghue, the national cross country champion, with DSD team mates Morgan Clarkson, Adam Harvey and Peter Duffy while Cian O’Sullivan and Luke Kearns kept in touch.
Clarkson, the Under-14 Dublin champion, and O’Floinn had a great head to head battle with Donoghue for the rest of the race and were edged out of first place in the final 200m, to finish second and third respectively. This was a great team performance for DSD, however, with Harvey fifth and Duffy sixth for the best team score of of 16 points.
Eimear Maher moved up from the Under-14 age group to finish third in the Under-15 girls race and, with Aimee Kenna, Lily May Craig, Caoimhe Nic Eachain and Emily Bradshaw, packing really well to finish first with a score of 25. Also, supporting the team were Eabha Nally and Faye Dervan.
James Maguire, in only his second appearance since his return from Germany, had a ding-dong battle with schools international champion Louis O’Loughlin, from Donore, and picked up silver.
Joining him on the podium was Aaron Donnelly who stormed home for third place, with Naoise Moynihan O’Bradaigh sixth followed by Brian Maguire, James Lenehan and William Kinsella, ensuring that DSD also took gold in Under-17s.
Paul O’Donnell took the Under-19 title in great style, leading his team home for first place with Conor Halpin followed by Ruadhan O’Grada, Luke MacGabhann, Roly Mossop, Ross O’Toole and Nathan Doyle finishing strong.
Eimear Fitzpatrick finished second in the Under-19 girls; Niamh Carey was third supported by Muireann Neville for another team win in this age group.

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