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DUHAC maintain a clean sweep of Cross-Country Colours Titles

Published: February 24th, 2020

DUHAC’s distance athletes dominated the colours Cross Country on Saturday (22nd Feb) against UCD on a windy, exposed course in Phoenix Park. Trinity athletes finished first, second and third in both the men’s and women’s races. The women and men retained two separate trophies, DUHAC athletes now have Track, Road and Cross-country colours titles in both men’s and women’s.

Cliona Murphy continued an extraordinary progression this year by beating off her team-mate Sorcha McAllister into second place. Sorcha, who was aiming for her fourth title in a row in the cross country, had to relinquish her unbeaten record in this race to her training partner. UCD put up a spirited fight and at one stage they were only three points behind the Trinity College Dublin athletes.
Trinity’s Claire Rafter paced her race perfectly and got ahead of two UCD rivals with a superb last lap and a great turn of speed in the last 300m. Trinity Sport scholarship student and Modern Pentathlon athlete, Grace Culhane made a notable TCD cross country debut finishing in fifth place.
DUHAC Ladies Captain, Cliona Murphy commented on the win, “Despite the very windy conditions, our athletes showed the depth of strength we've been building up in the past few weeks and months of training. The excellent performances from both men and women bode well for the National Intervarsity Cross Country Championships taking place in Cork on Saturday, 7th March.”

Trinity College Dublin men’s team made a breakthrough last year winning this event for the first time in years and the team turned out in force again this year. Oisin McKinley ran a strong tempo race from the gun, there was no catching the second-year medical student who has had the biggest improvement in the squad since last year. Gavin Eccles came through in a battle with Ciarán Quinn to finish third and fourth ahead of the first UCD athlete, Rory Burke, in fifth. 800m specialist Conor Mathews had a strong showing in sixth overall.

The Intervarsity Cross-Country Competition is taking place on Saturday, 7th March in Cork. DUHAC’s ladies’ team will be fighting for the top medal position while the men’s team have a chance of making a podium position for the first time at the Intervarsity Cross-Country Competition since 2005.

2020 Colours Cross Country TCD vs UCD

The Phoenix Park 22nd February
Women 4k

Place Name

College

Time

1st Cliona Murphy TCD 14min 52secs
2nd Sorcha McAllister TCD 15min 54secs
3rd Claire Rafter TCD 15min 55s
4th Eimear O’Connor UCD 16min 03s
5th Niamh Stanton UCD 16min 10s
6th Ruth Comerford UCD 16min 23s
7th Deirdre NicAnna TCD 16min 45s
8th Michelle McDonald UCD 16min 57s
9th Grace Culhane TCD 17min 03s
10th Aideen McKavanagh UCD 17min 47s
11th Niamh Brogan TCD 17min 48s
12th Meabh O’Connor UCD 17min 52s
13th Rachel Hosey TCD 18min 05s
14th Alisha Mullen UCD 18min 10s
15th Sadbh Byrne UCD 18min 41s
16th Eimear Perkins UCD 19min 14s
17th Nicole Kenny TCD 19min 15s
18th Alice Fontanelli TCD 19min 54s

TEAM result:
TCD: 1, 2, 3, 7 = 11
UCD: 4, 5, 6, 8 = 23

2020 Colours Cross Country TCD vs UCD

The Phoenix Park 22nd February
Men 6.4k

Place Name

College

Time

1st Oisin McKinley TCD 21min 36s
2nd Alan McGinley TCD 22min 01s
3rd Gavin Eccles TCD 22min 16s
4th Ciaran Quinn TCD 22min 41s
5th Rory Burke UCD 23min 32s
6th Conor Matthews TCD 23min 43s
7th Joseph Fitzpatrick TCD 24min 15s
8th Robert Clampett TCD 24min 37s
9th Eoin Gormley TCD 25min 03s
10th Maxime Gadiot UCD 35min 30s
11th Fields Chung TCD 25min 43s
12th Adam Watt TCD 26min 01s
13th Ruaidhri Elliott TCD 26min 21s
14th Eoin Gormley UCD 27min 12s
15th Mathis Grosso TCD 27min 25s
16th Dace Reilly TCD 27min 35s
17th Aaron Gorman TCD 29min 30s

Team Scores (3 to score)
TCD: 1, 2, 3 = 6
UCD: 5, 10, 14 = 29