U23 Gold Medallists (front row from left) John Coughlan, Brendan O'Neill, David McCarthy, David Rooney (back row from left) Michael Mulhare and Ciaran O'Lionard
UL student, Michael Mulhare (3rd year wood science & technology) and his team-mates on the U23 Cross Country Team recently took the gold medal in the 17th Spar European Cross Country Championships in Albufeira, Portugal. The team of six ran their hearts out to win team gold in the U23 race. The impressive team performance was the first gold medal in international cross country since Catherina McKiernan's individual gold medal winning performance back in the inaugural European Cross Country in 1994 in Durham.
1st Ireland, 60 pts : Overall individual finishing positions: 11th David McCarthy, 24:46; 13th Brendan O'Neill, 24:47; 16th Michael Mulhare, 24:53; 20th David Rooney, 24:57; 34th John Coughlan, 25:14; 75th Ciaran O'Lionaird, 26:12
2nd France, 78 pts,
3rd Spain, 79 pts.