Barefooted Carmody all the way winner

MICHAEL CARMODY (Castletroy College, Limerick) led all the way to win the senior boys title at the Munster Schools Cross-Country Championships at Tramore Racecourse yesterday, when the lack of teacher cover due to the cutbacks was reflected in much smaller entries.

In perfect conditions, Carmody provided a courageous display of front running. Liam Markham (St Flannan’s) beat him for the 3,000m title at the Munster junior indoor championships recently but he was caught flat-footed by Carmody’s early attack.

Running barefoot, the Limerick Emeralds athlete came up the hill for the first time with a commanding lead and increased it by halfway when Markham, Conor Rochford (Abbey CC, Waterford), Cathal O’Connor (St Caimin’s, Shannon) and Declan Power (CBS Dungarvan) got a chasing group organised.

Carmody cruised home a convincing winner.

Shane Quinn (DLS, Waterford) was equally convincing in the intermediate boys’ race. He moved to the front of the field and escaped down the hill into the dip on the first lap. From there on it was evident he was going to cruise home.

Christy O’Brien (Thurles CBS) edged out Peter Hanrahan (Douglas CS) in the battle for second and third. The junior boys’ title went to Sean Tobin (High School, Clonmel) who won from Ian Ó hAirthneid (Coláiste Daibhéid, Cork) and two runners from Coláiste Trocaire, Rathkeale, Darren Jones and Eoin O’Donnell.

Niamh Ryan (Abbey, Waterford) led all the way to win the senior girls’ title after breaking away in the first 400m.

The Walsh twins, Beth and Kitty, from Ursuline, Waterford, who were third and fourth behind junior international, Lorraine McCarthy, last year, moved up to second and third, respectively, this time with Fiona O’Shea (Crescent College, Limerick), fourth. In the intermediate girls’ race Aisling Darcy (St Flannan’s) got clear up the hill to take the title.

Mary Fitzgerald (Coláiste na Sceilge), took second in a battle royale with Amy O’Donoghue (Villiers School, Limerick), a niece of former double world indoor 3,000m champion, Frank O’Mara.

Niamh de Hora (Pobal Scoil, Chorca Dhuibhne) won the junior girls’ title from Blaithín Lynch (St Mary’s, Midleton) and Niamh Markham (St Flannan’s, Ennis).

It was another big day for Douglas Community School who won the senior boys’ and intermediate boys’ team titles from Thurles CBS in both cases. Thurles CBS won the junior boys’ team title from Clonmel High School while the minor boys’ title went to St Augustine’s, Dungarvan ahead of Coláiste na Sceilige, Caherciveen.

Ursuline Waterford won the senior girls’ team title by three points from Ursuline, Thurles, with Ard Scoil na nDéise, Dungarvan, winning the intermediate girls’ title by one point from Intermediate School, Killorglin, with Ursuline, Waterford, a further two points behind in third place.

Stella Maris, Tramore won the Junior girls’ title from Presentation, Thurles, and St Joseph’s, Kilkee, while Ursuline, Thurles, again beat Ursuline, Waterford, by two points for the minor girl’s title.

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