MacGabhann leads home dominant DSDAC victory

by Stephen Findlater

JACK MacGabhann was one of the standout performers for Dundrum South Dublin AC at the National Novice and Juvenile Uneven Age Cross Country Championships at Waterford IT as he returned home with gold from the Novice men’s 6,000m race.
He returned to Ireland from his studies in Holland to cross the line in first place and secure his first individual gold medal at senior level. His teammate, Paul O’Donnell, could easily have been the winner as he pushed MacGabhann close over the last 400m but eventually had to settle for second, with DSDAC’s Kevin Moore in third place.
The Novice men’s team also took gold as they finished first overall with Ruadhan O’Grada crossing in 35th place and Mark Molloy in 38th to ensure they had the best four finishers total.
DSD also enjoyed success on the girls front earlier in the day, with Niamh Carey winning Under-19 4000m gold. Carey was closely pressed by Kenmare AC’s Shauna Doellken but she managed to surge clear over the final 300m.
The Under-19 girls team took first place, ahead of second placed Waterford AC and Inbhear AC in third position. Grace Dervan ran well to finish in ninth while Roseanne McCullough was 19th, Aisling King 23rd and Lucy McCann 25th.
The Under-15 girls impressed to take team bronze by finishing behind Thomastown A.C. and Youghal A.C.
Meanwhile, Alex Flynn and Morgan Clarkson were part of the Dublin Under-15 boys team who won gold, while Jamie Byrne dug took 9th place in the biggest field of the day, the Under-13 boys.
Saoirse O’Brien was the first to cross for the club in the Under-15 girls event as she made the step up to an older age group to finish in ninth place. Eimear Maher defied a chest infection to take 12th, Éabha Nally was 47th, Amelia Hauer 71st, Aimee Kenna 81st, Sophie Burns 90th and Emily Bradshaw 97th.
South Dublin rivals Blackrock AC also secured gold after Sarah Healy crossed the line first to win the Under-17 girls 4,000m race.

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