By Mark Jones
DUBLIN — National champion Seamus Power produced the finest performance of his career when he defeated Mark Carroll at the Ras na hEireann International cross-country meet in Dunleer, Co. Louth, last weekend. Power surged away from Carroll and the Kenyan Cyrus Kataron to win by 6 seconds in 23 minutes and 33 seconds.
The dry conditions over 8-kilomer course looked as if they would suit Carroll’s greater speed. However, the Corkman’s second place didn’t leave him disappointed.
"My priority this winter in the World Indoor championships, but that was a good race for me and I know I’ll benefit from it," Carroll said.
Carroll was still undecided whether he would be available to compete in the world cross-country championships, which are scheduled for Dublin in March.
There was no Irish double when Ann Keenan-Buckley’s effort was not enough to deprive Colleen de Reuck in women’s race. De Reuck, who is South African born despite recently declaring for America, won comfortably by 26 seconds.
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