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Cross Country – 2015/2016

This year two county events preceded the Leinster competitions. The first was the cross country relays held on the grounds of Avondale on 21/9/15. The Dominican athletes had great success at this event. The first year team with Naoise O’Reilly, Salma Laassri and Ellen Griffen finished in bronze medal position. Silver medals were secured by second year athletes Leah Kavanagh, Abbie O’Loughlin, Emily Clarke and Sarah Evans. Fellow second years Mia Ryan, Jessica Ryan and Zara Hitchen took the bronze medals. The third year team had the best result of the day finishing in first place. Rebecca Bateman, kellie Phelan and Emily Carey proudly received the gold medals.

The second county event was the 2.5 mile challenge held in the woods at Deputy’s Pass in Glenealy. All girls ran together regardless of age. Senior athletes Amy O’Brien, Ailbhe Flynn and Nicole Devitt led the run from start to finish. They were followed closely by first year athletes Emma Kristiansen ( 5th), Eva Phelan (6th) and Naoise O’Reilly (8th). A fantastic achievement for the first year’s considering they were competing against senior athletes from schools across the county. The remaining Dominican athletes completing the challenge were Amy Mates, Chloe O’Donovan, Emily Bateman, Zara Hitchen, Georgia Brennan, Hollie Goulding, Ellen Griffen and Leah Byrne.

On Jan 20th a select group of athletes travelled once again to Avondale to represent their school in the East Leinster Cross Country Championships. First year student Eva Phelan ran a fantastic race and qualified as an individual runner for the Leinster Championships. The Intermediate team with Amy O’Brien, Morgan Dusaux, Nicole Devitt, Saoirse O’Reilly, Aine Cahill and Mia Ryan put in a very strong performance and were clear victors. Senior athlete Ailbhe Flynn was studying abroad at the time but based on previous performances was given the opportunity to compete in the Leinster Finals.

The Leinster competition took place on Feb 10th in Santry Demense. Despite a strong run Eva finished outside the qualifying position. The Intermediate team put in amazing performances once again securing the gold medals. The team were led by Amy, followed very closely by Morgan with Nicole completing the scoring trio. Ailbhe too ran a great race and qualified as an individual runner for the All Ireland Championships.

The All Ireland Finals saw the Dominican athletes travel to Sligo on March 5th. The question on everybody’s mind - could the Intermediate team repeat the historic victory of the previous year? Indeed Amy, Morgan, Nicole, Saoirse and Aine all battled tough conditions to take the coveted title of “All Ireland Champions”. An outstanding achievement and all at Dominican College are so proud of them. Ailbhe too did the school and province proud finishing in 13th position in the senior race, thus justifying her selection by the Leinster committee. Congratulations to all athletes on their very successful season.