Ciara Mageean cruises to victory in Waterford event

Ciara Mageean with her silver medal won at last year's European Junior Championships

Ciara Mageean made a winning return to action as she triumphed at the Irish Universities Cross Country Championships in Waterford.

Mageean, running for UCD, won by around 250 metres from DCU's Deirdre Doyle with another UCD runner Ciara Everard in third.

Portaferry runner Mageean helped UCD win the team title.

Mageean had opted not to run competitively over the winter and spring prior to Saturday's race.

The World Junior silver medallist will be aiming to achieve the Olympic Games 1500m standard in the coming months.

Meanwhile, impressive runs from the Monaghan brothers Patrick and Andrew helped St Colman's College Newry win the senior boys team title at the Irish Schools Cross Country Championship.

Patrick took fifth with Andrew sixth as the county Down school pipped St Malachy's College Belfast to land the senior team title.

The Monaghan brothers previously helped St Colman's claim under-15 and under-17 titles at the Irish championships.

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