Dublin City University topped the overall rankings running in the Irish Universities Athletics Association Cross Country Championships, securing their second title in as many years. The event was hosted by University College Cork, last weekend.
In tough conditions, Cathal Doyle, who placed fourth in last year’s championships, clinched first place, with Andrew Coscoran following shortly behind to take the second spot.
“The weather wasn’t great, it was very windy, but that does affect you in terms of the pace doesn’t [tend] to be that fast. It just kind of slows the race down a bit,” said Doyle
Poor weather, caused by the multiple storms that have taken place across the country in recent weeks, forced a late change of the venue, however, this didn’t deter those competing on the day. It did leave the course slightly soft, similar in fashion to previous games held in Galway and Dublin over the past two years.
Jack Boylan, another DCU competitor finished in fifth place to ensure three DCU competitors made up the top five in the male competition.
DCU’s cross-country runners were looking to retain the men’s and women’s titles, having won both at last year’s games in Galway, as well as sealing the overall win.
In the women’s section, Claire Fagan clinched the runners up spot behind Trinity College’s Cliona Murphy. Fagan’s teammate Lauren Tinkler finished in fifth place.
The women fell short on this occasion losing out to Trinity College but having two team members place in the top five, and their strong showings at the Cross Country Championships in the past, they are well placed for success in the upcoming events in the spring.
The men did manage to take home their seventh title in as many years, and overall it was a strong showing from DCU.
Doyle was delighted with his victory, having improved his time year on year since he first started competing for the university.
“I definitely wouldn’t have been happy unless I did win. I knew I was in really good shape, I broke 14 minutes in a 5K like a month ago,” and having finished fifth two years ago and fourth in last year’s championships, taking first place was important to keep seeing improvements, according to Doyle.
DCU Athletics were supposed to compete at the Outdoor Championships in April in Santry, but that has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus.
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