There were a number of Clonliffe athletes in action for their schools at yesterday’s DCU Invitational held in St. Claire’s, Glasnevin. Joseph Hession was in outstanding form in the minor boys race with another battling performance as he took a prestigious win for St. Aidan’s. Joseph was well backed up by his Clonliffe team-mates Sean Carrig who ran very well to finish 9th and Keith Hodson in 31st as the St. Aidan’s Squad took the win.
In the Junior boys race Clonliffe athletes again performed exceptionally well. Cathal Doyle (Col. Choilm, Swords) looked extremely classy as he finished in 3rd place. Cathal was followed by the St. Aidan’s crowd of Adam O’Brien 5th, David O’Hanlon 8th, the ever improving Brian Flanagan 21st and in what was termed by St. Aidan’s coach Alan O’Neill to be ‘the performance of the day’ Alex Gibbon was 24th, another strong run in this race by Phil Keenan in 43rd. The St. Aidan’s lads finishing 2nd.
Liam Ashton again had a good run for St. Aidan’s finishing 5th in the intermediate race with Craig McCourt 20th as the St. Aidan’s squad finished 4th.
Top Clonliffe athlete in the senior race was Johnny Bradley-Ward in 7th place with a particularly strong run with Conor King 11th as these two leading the St. Aidan’s squad to a 1st place team finish.
In all a positive start to the 2012 schools cross county season, next up for these guys is the North Leinsters on Wednesday the 1st of February followed by the Leinster Cross Country which will be hosted by Clonliffe Harriers in Santry Demesne on Wednesday the 8th of February.