Sarah and Pierre were also repeat winners, having won their respective races last year when they were competing over their age.
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In the u12 girl’s, the top 3 athletes finished in the same order as they did last year as u11s. Defending her title was Aimee Kenna of Tallaght, the Irish bronze medallist from last year and the Irish indoor and outdoor 600m champion. The other two athletes that matched their performances of last year were; Sadhbh Mohan of MSB and Katie Halpin of Lusk. Sadhbh was competing over her age. The Irish indoor u12 high jump champion and Irish outdoor long jump champion Jennifer Hanrahan was 5th. However, the highest u12 high jumper of 2014 was the athlete on top of the podium; Aimee jumped 1.37 to win the Dublin Outdoors. Sticking with the high jump theme, 4th placer Emma McDonnell finished 6th in the high jump at the Irish Indoors
The winner of the girl’s u14 race was Sarah Healy of Blackrock. Last year she won the u13 and u14 Dublin titles before going on to win both races at the All Irelands. During 2014, she claimed the Irish 1500m title. The Leinster Schools cross country bronze medallist, Lara Gillespie, made it a Blackrock 1-2 in winning silver, while Ella Mae Cromie of Celtic improved one place from last year to snatch the bronze. Ella Mae had a good race at the All Irelands last year, where she placed 9th. Interestingly, last year’s double Connacht cross country champion Laoise Geraghty of GCH competed here, coming home 10th. She won Irish u13 silver, behind Sarah Healy, last year.
DSD took the top 4 spots in the girl’s u16 race. Leading the way was Jodie McCann. After placing 2nd in both races at the Dublins last year, she went on to win silver and bronze at the All Irelands. Abigail Taylor improved from a 7th place finish last year to win silver. She and the next two DSD athletes, Roseanne McCullough and Aoife Colleran are both still u15.
A bronze medallist last year over her age, Hope Saunders of Clonliffe returned to win the u18 girl’s title. After winning Irish u18 3000m bronze on the track, she will hope to improve on her 10th place finish from last year’s u18 All Irelands. Next across the line was 800m specialist Carla Sweeney of Rathfarnham, competing over her age. In 2014 she became Irish u17 champion, Irish Schools champion and Tailteann Champion; all over 800m. Last year she finished 18th in the u18 All Ireland cross country. Munster’s Louise Shanahan, competing in her good age, was 4th in that race, before her outstanding outdoor season. The Dublin bronze medallist was Eimear Fitzpatrick of DSD, who finished 7th and 6th in the u16 and u17 All Irelands respectively in 2013. Last year’s Dublin u18 champion Isabelle Odlum finished 6th; she won double All Ireland cross country silver last year.
Like the girl’s u12 race, the top 3 from last year’s u11 race were back at the front of proceedings in the boy’s u12 competition, this time taking three of the top four places. The new addition was bronze medallist Richard White of Cabinteely, who won silver over 600m at the Dublin Outdoors. His teammate, Jordan Mynes, defended his title. After winning the u11 race last year he went on to win silver at the u11 All Irelands, he then added another silver at the Irish Outdoors in the 600m. In between the two Cabinteely athletes was Ciaran Adair of DSD, a 9th placer at last year’s All Irelands. Last year’s u11 bronze medallist Eanna Moynihan O'Bradaigh of Templeogue was 4th.
Donore’s Fathi Aden, not a name familiar to us, was the winner of the boy’s u14 race. Pearce Christie of Brothers Pearse won silver, as he did over 800m indoors. Ben Guiden is also a relatively new name, having only competed on the track in 2014 for Belvedere College, placing 6th in the Leinster Schools 800m. Last year’s champion Ciarán McManus of Fingallians finished in 7th. No Dublin athletes made it into the top 12 in the u13 All Ireland cross country last year, can one of these athletes make it this year?
DSD’s James Maguire, competing over his age, defended his title in the u16 boy’s race, which saw the top four u15s from last year return to the top 4 positions again. The one to miss out on a medal in 2013 was Sadiq Nasir of Tallaght, but after winning bronze over 800m outdoors (as well as javelin bronze), he moved up to the silver medal position this year. Last year’s silver and bronze medallists, Joseph Hession and Conor Halpin respectively, came in the same order this year, but this time it was for 3rd and 4th place. Hession was a standout performer at the Dublin outdoor championships, winning the 800m, 1500m and 3000m, but he has to be content with bronze on this occasion. James Maguire won All Ireland silver and bronze in 2013 and it looks like he is on form for more good results this year.
Pierre Murchan of Celtic took one step towards repeating his Dublin cross country double of 2013, in becoming a repeat winner of the boy’s u18 race and defending the title he won as an u17 last year. Cathal Doyle of Clonliffe won u17 silver last year, and he then went on to win silver in the All Irelands, finishing one place ahead of Pierre. Cathal was joined by his teammate Adam O’Brien on the podium. Adam, the Leinster Schools Inter 3000m silver medallist, was competing over his age. Pierre will be hoping to win his 6th Dublin title of the year in the u19 race, after winning the 800m and 1500m titles indoors and outdoors.
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