DSDAC’s Ciaran Carthy, Abbie Taylor, Seamus Fenton and Molly Hourihan at the Tailteann Games

DUNDRUM South Dublin AC’s women’s track and field team made a big statement in the opening round of the national club league in Tallaght last weekend, beginning with a comprehensive win.
Having won this title for the last seven years in a row, the present team looks stronger than ever. There were many fine performances with wins in both relays, 4x100m (Rachel Dunne, Mollie O’Reilly, Niamh Gowing and Katie Magee) and 4x400m (Sarah Gaughran, Molly Hourihan, Katie Magee and Ruth Anne Shannon).
Gowing set the ball rolling with a great win in the 100m hurdles followed by a win for O’Reilly in the 200m and Meghan Ryan in the 1,500m. Second place finishes from Hourihan in the 400m hurdles, Fiona Clinton in the 3,000m and Emma Coffey in the javelin kept the points total rolling along to ensure victory in this first round.
On the men’s side, a very young DSD team finished in third place, with team captain, Joe Halwax leading by example with a double victory in the 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles.
He finished off an exhausting day with a great leg in the winning 4x400m relay team alongside Ciaran McCarthy, Aengus Meldon and James Holden.
On the winning 4×100 team were Mark Kavanagh, Ciaran Carthy; Killian Waldron and James Holden. There were also great second place finishes came from Mark Kavanagh in the 100m and 200m, Meldon in the 800m, Patrick MacGabhann in the 1500m and Robert Corbally over 5,000m.
At the Tailteann Games in Santry, a number of the clubs athletes were representing Leinster Schools.
Abbie Taylor won the 3,000m in 10.09; Aaron Donnelly won the inter boys steeplechase in 4.34.51 and Ciaran Carthy was second in the 400m hurdles in 56.52.
Seamus Fenton grabbed third in the 200m in 22.98 and Molly Hourihan was fifth in the long jump with a distance of 5.43m.