Quinn romps to victory

SHANE QUINN (De La Salle, Waterford) was an impressive winner of the senior boys’ title at the AVIVA Munster Schools cross-country championships at the CIT Campus, Bishopstown, yesterday.

He led from the gun, stamping his superiority on the race with every stride, to win by over a minute from Danny Mullins (Bantry Community School) and Patrick Coleman (Douglas Community School) with Aaron Quigley (Coláiste na Sceilge, Caherciveen) fourth. “I am going to Providence College in September and everything is geared towards that.

“I am looking forward to it. The coach, Ray Treacy, is very good friends with my father and David McCarthy is out there at the moment.”

In the meantime he will be favourite to add the national inter clubs title to his inter-counties title at Santry tomorrow week followed by the AVIVA Irish schools championships in Dublin in mid-March.

His father, Brendan, is a Los Angeles Olympian and Irish steeplechase record holder and the winner of the senior girls’ title also has strong connections with the halcyon days of Irish middle distance running.

Amy O’Donoghue (Villiers School, Limerick), a niece of two time world indoor 3,000m champion, Frank O’Mara, could hardly have been more impressive, leading the race from start to finish.

She was a prominent member of the Irish junior team at the European cross-country championships.

This time she was followed home by Rachel Hawker (Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine, Kenmare) and Orla Farmer (St. Mary’s, Midleton).

The intermediate boys’ title went to Sean Tobin (High School, Clonmel) who won from Ian Ó Hairtneid (Coláiste Daibheid, Corcaigh) and Kyle Larkin (Ard Scoil Rís, Limerick) while Crescent Comprehensive, Limerick, had the first two in the intermediate girls’ race, Jessica Coyne winning from Brona Croke with Jean Clancy (St. Michael’s, Kilmihil) third.

Hugh Morgan (De La Salle, Waterford) outpaced Stiofan Ó Ruanigh (Gaelcholáiste an Chlair) to win the junior boys’ title while Lucas Ó Horgain (Coláiste Chríost Rí), a nephew of former Leevale sub-four minute miler, Ken Nason, had 10 seconds to spare over Rory Purcell (Thurles CBS) in the minor boys’ race.

Isobelle Sherlock (Bandon Grammar School) justified favouritism in the junior girls’ race but she had just a second to spare over Ciara Cummins (Ursuline, Thurles) in an exciting finish.

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