Trinity and DCU Win at Inter-Universities Cross-Country Championships

March 13, 2014  |  Cross Country, News  |  Share

TCD's Claire McCarthy, Maria O'Sullivan, Becky Wood and Sorcha Humphreys

The Intervarsities Cross-Country Championships held at Cork IT of 8th March proved to be an historic occasion for the TCD Women’s team. Maria O’Sullivan won the Intervarsities Cross-Country Championship. Thirty years had elapsed since a Trinity woman had won the Universities Cross-Country title – Mary Friel (1983). Maria was pushed all the way by her team-mate Becky Woods who took the individual Silver medal. Only on one other occasion since the Cross-Country Intervarsity for Women was first held in 1966 have two Trinity Women taken individual medals (2011, Bryony Teston, 2nd, and Becky Woods, 3rd). Ellie Harnett (UCD) claimed the Intervarsity Bronze medal. Claire McCarthy (8th) and Sorcha Humphreys (10th) gave Trinity its four scorers in the top ten (21 pts), to retain “The Cheetahs” Intervarsity Trophy. Only once before have Trinity retained their Women’s Intervarsity Cross Country title (1980 & 1981). DCU placed second (6,7,11,15 = 39pts) and University College Cork took team Bronze (4,5,17,23 = 49pts).

During the initial stages of the Men’s race, the leading pack had all the potential contenders for the individual title. It was also clear that the team title would be a close-run affair. The Men’s Intervarsities title went to John Coghlan (DCU). Ben Thistlewood (UCC) held off the challenge of John Travers (AIT) to take the Silver and Bronze medals, respectively. Andrew Connick (Waterford IT), National Intermediate Cross-Country Champion, placed 4th. The team title was an enthralling competition right down to the sprint for the finishing chute. DCU regained “The Green Fox” Intervarsity Trophy on 68pts (1,10,11,12,16,17) with UCD runners-up on 74pts (7,8,12,14,15,18). Athlone IT took the team Bronze team medals, being the only club to place three in the top ten – in addition to John Travers, Darragh Rennicks (5th) and Eoin Everard (6th), but lacked the depth to challenge for the title (122pts).
The overall title and “The Badger Trophy” went to DCU, with UCD 2nd, UCC 3rd and TCD 4th.

Follow this link to view full results: Cross Country Results.

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