Well done to everyone who competed in the North Leinster Schools Cross Country Championships on Thursday, 6th of February. The qualifiers will go on now to compete in the Aviva Leinster Cross Country Championships on the 12th of February in Santry Domain, results are attached below:
Sarah Lavin (UCD AC) ran a brilliant new personal best of 8.25 seconds in the 60m hurdles final at the British Athletics Indoor championships in Sheffield on Sunday, February 9th. Lavin finished in third place and the time moves her to second place on the Irish all time lists behind Derval O’Rourke (Leevale AC) 7.84. Next race for Lavin will be the Woodie’s DIY National Senior Indoor Championships in Athlone on the 15th and 16th of February.
Amy Foster (City of Lisburn) equalled her personal best when she finished fourth in the women’s 60m final in a time of 7.33. The time was only .01 outside the World Indoor Championships qualifying time of 7.32 which she will now target at the Irish indoor championships next weekend. In the men’s 60m Oliver Back (St Coca’s AC) placed fifth in his semi-final in a new personal best of 6.82.
Caoimhe King (Aughagower AC) was in tremendous form in the women’s triple jump by jumping a new Irish U23 record of 12.96m. King had a very consistent series of jumps with five of her efforts over the old record of 12.68m which she set in Athlone on the 26th of January. Kelly Proper (Ferrybank AC) finished third in the long jump in a season’s best of 6.38m while Zoe Brown (Raheny Shamrock) showed improved form to finish in third place in the pole vault competition with a clearance of 4.16m (SB)
Katie Kirk (Lagan Valley AC) timed her finish to perfection to snatch third place in the women’s 800m in a time of 2.06.76; there was no luck for Claire Tarplee (Dundrum South Dublin AC) as she failed to qualify for the final of the 800m after finishing in second place in her heat (2.08.39).
Roseanne Galligan (Newbrige AC) was the long-time leader of the women’s 1500m final before being overhauled in the last 400m. Galligan eventually finished in fourth place in a season’s best time of 4.21.80.
Marathon specialist Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders AC) traded the roads for the indoor boards and recorded a new personal best of 8.09.54 for 6th place. Rory Chesser (Ennis Track) and Conor Bradley (City of Derry AC) finished 11th (8.16.03) and 12th (8.16.49) respectively; both times were season best performances. In the women’s 3,000m Sarah Treacy (Moynalvey AC) finished in fourth place in a new personal best of 9.17.07.
Niamh Whelan (Ferrybank AC) finished fifth in the final of the 200m (24.79), having earlier run a season’s best of 24.56 to qualify for the final. Richard Morrissey (Crusaders AC) also ran a season’s best when he recorded a time of 47.79 in the heats of the 400m.
Phil Healy (UCC) was the standout performer at the 2014 Irish University Athletics Indoor Championships held in AIT International Arena, Athlone on Friday, 7th of February. Healy powered to victory in the women’s 60m event in a time of 7.36 seconds. The time was a new Irish U23 record breaking the old mark of 7.37 held by Ailis McSweeney. The impressive time also moves Healy to equal fifth place on the Irish senior all time lists over 60m. Catherine McManus (DCU) finished second in a new personal best of 7.50 with Louise Kiernan also of DCU third in a time of 7.59.
Marcus Lawler (Carlow IT) was another athlete in record breaking form as he set a new Irish junior record of 21.26 in the 200m. Lawler was a class apart as he romped to victory to shave three one hundredths of a second from his own junior record of 21.29 which he set last year in Athlone. Steven Colvert (DCU) won the 60m title with a time of 6.88; he had won his heat earlier in the day in a new personal best of 6.87 seconds.
400m hurdle specialist Thomas Barr (UL) broke new territory in the 400m flat with a front running performance. Barr drawn in lane six blasted from the blocks with only DCU’s Timmy Crowe for company. Barr maintained his lead to win the race in a new personal best of 46.97 with Crowe also setting a personal best in second in a time of 47.47. 2013 National senior indoor 400m champion Shauna Cannon (DCU) was a clear winner of the women’s 400m in a time of 55.75.
European junior silver medallist Sarah Lavin (UCD AC) won the 100m hurdles in a time of 8.36, the time was just outside her personal best of 8.33 which she set at the U23 national championships on the 26th of January. Catherine McManus (DCU) finished second in another new personal best of 8.58.
John Travers (AIT) brought the crowd to their feet on route to victory in the men’s 1500m in a time of 3.42.69. Travers tracked long-time leader David McCarthy (DCU) before upping the pace with a quarter mile remaining to take the victory. McCarthy had run the 800m only an hour earlier where he finished third behind Niall Tuohy (UL) who won in a time of 1.55.38.
Luke Hickey (UCC) won the men’s 2000m walk event in a time of 7.49.25 with James Treanor (DCU) second with a time of 7.56.93
There were two very impressive performances in the pole vault competitions with Claire Wilkinson (UU) winning the women’s title with a cleaence of 3.95m and Ian Rogers (DCU) won the men’s event with a height of 4.70m, both these marks were new Irish university records. There were three men over 2m in the high jump with Kourosh Foroughi (DCU) winning the event with a clearance of 2.05m. Catriona Farrell won the women’s high jump in a new university’s record of 1.81m.
Sarah McCarthy (DCU) set a new Irish university record in the long jump with a jump of 5.83m, Adam McMullen (UU) jumped 7.26m to win the men’s long jump
The men’s and women’s 4×200m relay provided a thrilling conclusion to the day’s action with the DCU men’s team setting a new Irish University record of 1.28.21.
Once the overall results were compiled Dublin City University won both the men’s (100 points) and women’s (121 points) competition.
Full results will be available on the Irish University website tomorrow: Results Link
In the open 800m race Ciara Everard (UCD AC) was in search of a fast time over 800m with 2013 national indoor champion Shauna Cannon acting as pace maker. Everard was on pace over the first 400m of the race however she struggled to hold the pace and crossed the line in a time of 2.06.06.
The British Athletics Indoor Championships takes place this weekend, the 8th & 9th of February in the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. A large contingent of Irish athletes will compete in Sheffield ahead of the Irish Indoor Championships in AIT International Arena in Athlone which takes place the following week on the 15th and 16th of February.
After opening her season with a 7.40 second win at the Open Indoor Games last weekend Amy Foster (City of Lisburn AC) will compete in the 60m event. Richard Morrissey (Crusaders AC) who has run 47.84 seconds for the 400m this season will go in the 400m while European junior silver medallist Sarah Lavin (UCD AC) will target a fast time in the 60m hurdles. Irish heptathlon record holder Kelly Proper (Ferrybank AC) contests the long jump while club mate Niamh Whelan is entered in the 200m.
Roseanne Galligan (Newbrige AC) tops the 2014 Irish indoor rankings over 800m (2.03.69) moves up in distance to tackle the 1500m in Sheffield. While Claire Tarplee (Dundrum South Dublin AC) who tops the 1500m 2014 lists (4.14.61) drops down in distance to the 800m.
World championship marathon representative Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders AC) swaps the roads for the indoor track as he is set to test his speed over 3,000m. The 3,000m line-up also includes Rory Chesser (Ennis Track AC) and Daniel Mooney (Letterkenny AC) competes in the men’s 1500m.
The event will be stream live via the British Athletics YouTube channel: Live stream link
Link to start lists: Startlists
The latest issue of Irish Runner - the February/March issue - goes on sale nationwide on Thursday February 6th , and carries a health warning for runners who may be training off-road on trails or in woodland areas.
In this issue of Irish Runner, Hannah Nolan reveals how she contracted Lyme Disease after a training run in Avondale Forest. Rory Hafford talks to Hannah about her long road back to recovery and what every runner should know about this devastating illness.
Also in this issue, read how RTE Operation Transformation presenter Kathryn Thomas likes to train on the streets of Dublin and how Comedy King Jason Byrne never goes running with his wife.
There are regular columns too from Catherina McKiernan, Gerry Duffy and Patricia Murphy, while Today FM presenter Ray D’Arcy talks throws down a big challenge to runners to sign up for the Half Million/Half Marathon in aid of the Laura Lynn Hospice.
Read too how Brian Ankers managed to run 84 marathons in 2013 and how Dave Brady, who is twice Brian’s age, completed 82 marathons in the same calendar year.
We also visit the Indoor Arena at Athlone IT where Cathal Dennehy reports on a training session with coach Chris Jones and his star athletes.
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Two former Irish Schools Cross country athletes, Mary Cullen and Michael Mulhare, were on hand to launch this year’s Aviva Irish Schools Cross Country Championships in Santry today.
The two international athletes were joined by schools athletes from Mount Sackville, Salesian College, Celbridge and Castleknock College to launch the Schools Cross Country season with the provincial finals scheduled for next week and the Finals taking place at the Cork Institute of Technology on the 8th March.
Former European Indoor bronze medalist Mary Cullen may be well known for her exploits on the track but the North Sligo AC star is very much at home in the mud of cross country and has competed several times for Ireland at the European Cross Country Championships.
Mary Cullen commented “It’s great to be here today at the launch of the 2014 Aviva Irish schools’ cross country season. The schools competitions are always so competitive and really bring out the best in young athletes, it’s an exciting few weeks coming up for the cross country runners and I wish them all the best of luck in the up-coming competitions.”
Michael Mulhare was part of the gold medal winning U-23 Irish Cross Country team in 2009 along with a silver medal at last year’s 5000m national championships. Today brought back memories for the Laois athlete who pinpointed the School’s Cross Country Championships as where it all began for him.
Michael Mulhare said “I have very fond memories of the Irish schools cross country competitions, it’s where it all really began for me, my sister (Mary) and brother (Dan) also competed and our youngest brother David will be competing in the Aviva Leinster Schools’ Cross Country Championships next Wednesday.”
The Aviva Irish Schools Cross Country Championships will see over 15,000 athletes compete across the country this year from regional heats through to provincial finals and the All-Ireland Finals in March. The leading athletes from the National Finals will then be selected to represent their country at the Schools International Cross Country Championships in Bolton, England on the 22nd March.
John Foley, Chief Executive of Athletics Ireland said “We are delighted that Aviva continue to support Irish Schools’ athletics. Their continued support allows us to deliver a quality competition programme for all schools athletes and to increase participation in the sport”
Mark Russell, Sponsorship Manager Ireland, Aviva; “The Aviva Irish Schools Cross Country Championships show us the stars of the future, which is one of the reasons it’s so exciting to be involved. Ireland’s proud tradition of endurance runners from John Treacy and Eamonn Coghlan to Sonia O’Sullivan and Fionnuala Britton show that we are extremely talented in this discipline and Aviva is delighted to be a part of bringing through Ireland’s future International running stars.”
The four provincial Aviva Irish Schools Cross Country Championships take place over the coming weeks. The Ulster Schools provincial final takes place on Tuesday 11th February in Mallusk, the Leinster Schools is on Wednesday 12th in Santry Demesne and the Munster Final is on Thursday the 13th February at Cork IT, the home of the Final in March. The Connacht Schools Final then takes place the following week on 25th February at Sligo Race Course.
For more information on the Aviva Irish Schools Cross Country Championships find us on Facebook: Link
The Juvenile All Star Awards will take place in the Tullamore Court Hotel this Saturday, 8th of February. Ireland’s best and most successful juvenile athletes from counties north and south, east and west will be recognised at the Tipperary Crystal Star Awards Banquet. If anyone would like to purchase tickets please email Evelyn O’Reilly on email@example.com for further details.
The popular annual awards, are once again kindly supported by Tipperary Crystal, the awards celebrates the cream of Ireland’s young aspiring athletic talent.
Each County Award winner will receive their specially commissioned piece by Tipperary Crystal. There will also be a number of special awards presented on the night, awarded to Juvenile athletes who achieved International success during the 2013 season. A full list of winners can be viewed below, the prestigious ‘Overall Award’ will be revealed at the event:
Athletics Ireland are a partner with RTE, Irish Sports Council and Dublin City Council for the Operation Transformation 5k Fun Run on February 22nd in the Phoenix Park. We have been asked to provide 30 volunteer (some experience preferable) course stewards for the start, finish and course areas for the above event. If interested can you please email John Holian at Finance@athleticsireland.ie giving name and contact number.
Stewards will be needed from 8am to midday.
Due to the inclement weather the East Leinster Schools’ Cross Country scheduled for Avondale Park, Rathdrum has been cancelled.
It will take place tomorrow (Thursday) 6th February at 11am in Avondale Park, Rathdrum.
The entry system for the Cumann na mBunscol Santry Sports are now open online at http://www.cnmb.ie/info—online-entry.asp. Please read through the steps before entering your teams. The entry system will close on Friday 14th February or once maximum numbers are entered.
Please note the dates changes for this year, bigger schools sections A, B, 1,2, will be on June 5th &6th and smaller schools sections D,E,F, 4,5,6 will be on May 27th etc.
If anyone is interested in joining our committee please come along to our meeting on Monday 24th February at 7:30pm in the Teacher’s Club.
More information on our website www.cnmb.ie
Mark English (UCD AC) put in a truly quality performance today setting a new Irish Men’s Senior 800m Indoor Record of 1:46.82 at the Woodie’s DIY AAI Open Games in AIT International Arena, Athlone. The previous record of 1:47.21 which was held by Daniel Caulfield has stood for 13 years. This time was also inside the qualification time of 1:47.00 for the World Indoor Track and Field Championships which takes place in Sopot, Poland in March.
English finished second in the International race to Thijem Kupers of Netherlands in 1:46.78 with Alex Rodriguez of Spain third in 1:48.82. The 20 year old Donegal man who is coached by Teresa McDaid also set a new U23 Irish Indoor record in the process.
Mark English “I had it in the back of my head that I wanted to run the World Indoor standard, I obviously got an Irish Record along with that, so that was a huge bonus to get that too. I’m coming away from here with a lot of learnings and I’m very happy with that performance.”
English uncharacteristically placed himself at the front of the race from the off: “It was tough - I’m not used to leading out races, it helped to have a pacemaker bringing - David McCarthy knows what he’s doing and brought us through 400 in 51 seconds. I was hanging on for dear life in the last 200m and thankfully I held on for qualification and the record”
In the Women’s 800m, Anna Rostkowska of Poland won in 2:04.01. Ciara Everard (UCD) who is targeting the World Indoor standard of 2:03 crossed the line in second in 2:04.69 with Ewa Acniak of Poland third in 2:05.68.
Ciara Everard “I was happy enough; with an opener you always feel a little rusty, I hadn’t raced an 800m since last July so it’s always a bit of a shock to the system. Aislinn (Crossey) did a really good job pacing, I just tucked in behind her and then held on; the Polish girl just came up on me at the end. Hopefully with some more speed work, we can hope for a little bit more over the next few weeks.”
In the 1500m David McCarthy improved on his indoor season opener this week of 3:42.33 at the Indoor Classic in Vienna setting a personal best of 3:39.14. It was also inside the qualification standard of 3:41.00 for the World Indoors. McCarthy plans to compete in the 800m in the Intervarsity’s Championships next weekend followed by the 3000m at the Senior Championships. The race was won by Jakub Ouolusa of Czech Republic in a new National record of 3:38.79 with John Coughlan third in 3:43.31.
Speaking after the race he said: “It was good. I ran in Vienna on Wednesday night and I ran 3:52 and it felt so tough and rough because the race was so crowded I was being pushed all over the place – all my energy was taking up trying to stay on my feet. The target for today was just to run fast and keep my energy for racing”
In the Men’s International 3000m Spain’s Adel Michaal won in 7:52.29 with Spanish Alberto Sanchez (Sligo AC’s) second in 7:57.63 and Corrales Victor of Spain third in 8:02.72. Eoin Everard Kilkenny City Harriers A.C. was fourth in 8:14.45.
In the 3km Walk, Alex Wright (Calry AC) who has recently declared for Ireland was the clear winner from Brendan Boyce (Letterkeny AC) with Luke Hickey (Leevale AC) in third. The trio will next compete in the 5k Walk at the Senior Indoor Track and Field Championships in two weeks’ time.
Amy Foster (City of Lisburn AC) ran her fastest season opener ever to win the Women’s A 60m in 7.40 seconds from Phil Healy in 7.43 equalling her PB with Catherine McManus (Celtic DCH ) third in 7.59. Foster who is targeting European and Commonwealth qualification this season was pleased with her run “It’s good to get in there and get the win and have my fastest season ever by a significant bit”
McManus went on to set a personal best when winning the Senior Women’s 60m Hurdles in 8.64. Gerard O’Donnell (Carrick-on-Shannon AC) also set a personal best of over two tenths running 8.23 to take the Men’s 60m Hurdles.
Craig Lynch (Shercock AC) was the unexpected winner of the Men’s 60m setting a personal best of 6.88 seconds improving significantly on his previous best of 7.01 set in 2007. Steven Colvert (Crusaders A.C) was second in 6.91 with David Hynes third in 6.92.
The Men’s 200m the fastest Irish 200m finisher on the day was Zac Irwin in 21.93, with Maximillian Kessler of Germany topping the overall ranking with 21.25. While Kelly Proper (Ferrybank AC) won the women’s 200m in 24.90. Earlier in the day the Waterford woman had won the Long Jump with a solid performance of three jumps over 6m with the best of 6.23m.
In the Men’s International 400m Mark Ujakapor of Spain won in 47.10, from Rory Evans of Great Britain in 47.30 with the Spaniard Samuel Garcia third in 47.81. Timmy Crowe (Dooneen AC) was the best of the Irish in 47.97 just one hundredth off his personal best.
The 400m Sinead Denny (DSD) won the women’s 400m in 54.52 improving on her personal best set earlier in the month of 54.83 and setting a new stadium record.
Liam Markham (Ennis Track) has been in inspired form so far this season and took another nine seconds off his best time when he finished fourth in the mile at the Indiana Relays. In only his second outing over the distance he clocked 4:02.37 and admitted afterwards that he felt just a little flat and not as relaxed as he would have liked. He races again in two weeks.
Twelve months ago Paul Robinson (St. Coca’s AC) ran his best time for 5,000m of 14:02.72 with an eight place finish in Hobart. Yesterday he was back racing in Hobart over the same distance and succeeded in lowering his best time to 13:54.34 when finishing fifth in a race won by Ben St. Lawrence in 13:31.56.
Mark Hanrahan (Leevale AC) was seventh in the same race in 14:05..82 to knock a second off his best time.
Laura Crowe (An Riocht AC) was third in the 1,500m in 4:13.84.
Indiana Relays Bloomington, Ind.
Men 1 Mile Run Invitational
1 Turner, De’sean Team Indiana Elite 3:58.50
2 Legese, Frezer Team Indiana Elite 4:00.01
3 Poore, Andrew Adidas 4:00.52
4 Markham, Liam Illinois 4:02.37
5 Curr, Tom Butler University 4:03.22
6 Nierman, Robby Indiana University 4:03.35
7 Crist, Jason Indiana University 4:04.09
Southern Miss Invitational - Birmingham, Al.
Women 1 Mile
1 Brooke Cassar C Ark 5:03.17
2 Niamh Kearney Ga State 5:05.14
3 Hannah Stefanoff Ga State 5:05.99
4 Joyce Chumo Miss Val 5:07.34
Briggs Athletics Classic - Hobart AUS
Men 5000 metre
1 Ben St Lawrence 81 NSWIS 13:31.56 CGB
2 Liam Adams 86 VICTORIA 13:45.35
3 Brenton Rowe 87 AUSTRIA 13:47.96
4 Malcolm Hicks 87 NEW ZEALAND 13:52.43
5 Paul Robinson 91 IRELAND 13:54.34
6 Olle Wallerang 85 SWEDEN 14:02.47
7 Mark Hanrahan 85 IRELAND 14:05.82
8 Harry Summers 90 NEW SOUTH WALES 14:09.44
Women 1500 metre
1 Melissa Duncan 90 VICTORIA 4:10.20 CGB
2 Zoe Buckman 88 VIS 4:10.49 CGB
3 Laura Crowe 87 IRELAND 4:13.84
4 Madeline Heiner 87 NEW SOUTH WALES 4:14.74
McNeese Indoor II Lake Charles, La.
1. Kerr, Stephen UNAT-McNeese State 4:21.83
2. Stephenson, Matthew UNAT-McNeese State 4:24.92
Metropolitan Championships New York, N.Y.
Women 500 Meter
1 Mooney, Claire SJU 1:12.38
2 Stuart, Kristen Fordham 1:15.02
Razorback Team Invitational Fayetteville, Ark.
Men 1 Mile Run
1 Dylan Blankenbaker SOOU 4:10.64
2 Anthoney Armstrong FROKST 4:10.74
3 Cameron Villarreal FRTXAM 4:11.84
4 Nick Thorp SROKST 4:13.48
5 Raymond Joseph SRARK4:1 4.11
6 Aaron Thornburg JRTULS 4:15.62
7 Tommy Casey JROKST 4:16.52
Men 3000 Meter Run College
1 Chris Galvin SRTEX 8:24.36
2 Jake McDonnell SOTULS 8:26.51
3 Eduardo Rodriguez JRTEX 8:28.55
There will be a Sports Psychology Workshop taking place at LIT Tipperary in Thurles on Thursday 6th Feb from 7-9pm. The workshop is entitled “Coaching Confidence in Young Athletes” and will be run by Canice Kennedy. The cost is €5 payable on the night at registration from 6.45-7pm and the workshop is open to all coaches/athletes aged 14+.
For further information please contact RDO Steven Macklin at 0876335565 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Woodie’s DIY Athletics Ireland Open Indoor Games takes place on Sunday, 2nd of February with an array of International and top Irish athletes set to clash in AIT International Arena in Athlone. The event will once again be streamed live, please check back on this page for the live stream link which will be posted here over the coming days.
Sprints & Hurdles
Max Kessler and Eric Franke both of Germany return to the indoor games after impressive victories in the 2013 event. Kessler who dominated the 60m (6.81) and 200m (21.30) at last year’s event will target a fast time over 200m while Franke is set to double up in the 60m and 200m. Both athletes will have to contend with Irish athletes David Hynes (Menapians AC) – 60m & 200m, Steven Colvert (Crusaders AC) – 60m, Jamie Davis (Raheny Shamrock AC) – 60m & 200m and Jason Harvey (Crusaders AC) – 200m. Hynes tops the 2014 Irish indoor rankings after his 6.81 season opener at the national indoor league on the 5th of January.
The women’s sprint fields are also loaded with talent; Irish international sprinter Amy Foster (City of Lisburn) makes her 2014 debut on the boards in the 60m where she will have to come up against the in form Phil Healy (Bandon AC). Healy has blazed a trail this indoor season with a 7.43 clocking in Cardiff on January 12th to move to seventh place on the Irish all time lists. Other athletes likely to feature are Catherine McManus (Celtic DCH), Joan Healy (Bandon AC) and European Junior silver medallist Sarah Lavin (UCD AC). Lavin will also go in her specialist 60m hurdles event where she will target an improvement on her new personal best (8.33) which she set at last weekend’s junior and U23 championships. Ian McDonald (Crusaders AC) lines up in the men’s 60m hurdles as he continues his comeback after some time out from the sport.
The International men’s 400m features four athletes with sub 47 second personal best times to their name. Leading the entries are Spanish duo Mark Ujakapor and Samuel Garcia, both were members of Spain’s 4×400m relay team that finished fifth at the 2012 world Indoor championships. Rory Evans (GB) and Onkabetse Nkobolo (Botswana) are the next quickest boasting personal bests of 46.47 and 46.80 seconds respectively. 2013 national 400m indoor silver medallist Timmy Crowe (Dooneen AC) leads the home challenge.
The women’s 400m is a largely domestic one with the 2013 silver and bronze medallist over 400m at the outdoor national championships Sinead Denny (Dundrum South Dublin AC) and Shauna Cannon (Brothers Pearse AC) set to battle it out.
Mark English (UCD AC), the second fastest Irish man ever outdoors over 800m (1.44.84) headlines the men’s international 800m field. English will target a fast time with the indoor championship standard of 1.47.00 as a goal. Alex Rodriguez of Spain has a personal best of 1.45.97 and Thijmen Kupers of Holland (1.46.46) will pose the biggest threat to English on Sunday.
Ciara Everard (UCD AC) is the star attraction in the women’s 800m field. Everard enjoyed a fantastic 2013 indoor campaign which culminated in a sixth place finish at the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden. Other International athletes lined up for the race include Polish athletes Anna Rostkowska and Ewa Jacniak along with Adriana Cagigas of Spain.
2012 world Indoor 800m silver medalist Jakub Houlusa ( CZE) starts as favourite in the men’s 1500m however he will need to be at his best to hold off the challenge of 2013 World University Games bronze medallist Andreas Vojta of Austria. European cross country representative Sarah Treacy (Moynalvey/Kilcloon A.C) goes in the women’s 1500m.
The men’s 3,000m includes three sub 8 minute athletes. Victor Corrales of Spain is a former European junior silver medallist over 1500m and has a personal best of 7.57. Adel Mechaal of Spain is also in the line-up; his personal bests include 3,000m 7.59?15, 800m 1.49?51, 1500m 3.36?78. John Travers (Donore Harriers AC) leads the Irish charge after an impressive season opener with a 4.01.47 mile victory in Athlone two weeks ago.
Recently declared Irish International Alex Wright (Calry A.C.) targets a fast time in the 3,000m Walk event. Wright has moved to Cork recently to train with Irish athletes Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC) and World champion Rob Heffernan (Togher AC).
Claire Wilkinson (Ballymena & Antrim AC) and Zoe Brown (Raheny Shamrock AC) are set to clash in the women’s pole vault event. Many of Ireland’s top domestic male pole vault athletes are entered including multiple national champion David Donegan (Clonliffe Harriers AC). Newly crowned Irish U23 champion’s Niamh Murphy (Blarney/Inniscara A.C) and Tony Stafford (Menapians AC) will compete in the respective shot putt and long jump events. Junior athlete Jamie Murtagh (St Andrews AC) equaled his personal best of 2.10m on route to victory at last weekend’s Irish championships goes in the high jump with 2014 National combined event champion Michael Bowler (Kilkenny City harriers AC) also in the field.
Claire Tarplee (Dundrum South Dublin AC) and David McCarthy (West Waterford AC) both recorded third place finishes at the Indoor Classic in Vienna. Tarplee was third in the women’s 1,500m in a time of 4:14.61, just outside the standard of 4:14.00 for the World indoor championships, and also just outside her best for the distance of 4:13.16.
McCarthy clocked 3:42.33 in the men’s 1,500m.
Indoor Classic Vienna AUT
1 Mismas Marusa 1994 SLO AD MASS Ljubljana 4:13,27
2 Claude-Boxberger Ophelie 1988 FRA France 4:14,43
3 Tarplee Claire 1988 IRL DSD AC 4:14,61
4 Courtney Melissa 1993 GBR Team Wales 4:15,71
1 Zaizan Ioan 1983 ROM CSM Bacau 3:40,30
2 Vojta Andreas 1989 AUT team2012.at 3:40,49
3 McCarthy David 1988 IRL West Waterford 3:42,33
4 Dimitrakis Andreas 1990 GRE Greece 3:42,63
5 Adam Guillaume 1990 FRA Athle Saint Julien 74 3:42,78
6 Abdikadar Sheik Ali Mohad 1993 ITA Aeronautica Militare 3:42,95
1 Oehler Patrick 1989 GER VfL Sindelfingen 1:50,58
2 Froskeland Roald 1994 NOR Steinkjer Friidrettsklubb 1:50,59
3 Bradshaw Paul 1988 GBR Team England 1:51,26
4 Warne Joe 1987 IRL Doheny AC / Ireland 1:51,30
5 Michaela Theofanis 1991 CYP Cyprus 1:51,32
Two ‘Assistant Coach’ courses will take place in Galway and Mayo in coming weeks. The ‘Assistant Coach’ course is an introductory level coach education course, covering long jump, shot put, sprints and endurance.
Background info on Assistant Coach Course is here - http://www.athleticsireland.ie/content/?page_id=6200
Assistant Coach Course
Date: Saturday 22nd February
Time: 10am – 5pm
Venue: St. Brigid’s VS, Loughrea, Co. Galway
Apply: Register online only at https://events.athleticsireland.ie/ps/event/listings?view=OTHER
Contact: Paul McNamara, 0872693675, email@example.com
Assistant Coach Course
Date: Sunday 9th March
Time: 10am – 5pm
Venue: Claremorris AC, Castlebar Rd., Claremorris, Co. Mayo
Apply: Register online only at https://events.athleticsireland.ie/ps/event/listings?view=OTHER
Contact: Paul McNamara, 0872693675, firstname.lastname@example.org
Day 4 of the 2013/14 Leinster Development and Performance Squads will be held on March 1st in Morton Stadium, Santry. Additional squad dates are also listed, any further queries please email: email@example.com
At a packed Crowne Plaza Hotel Santry on Saturday night, the Finn Valley Centre, which had been nominated by Donegal Co Co as the best community project initiative at the prestigious national awards ceremony organised by IPB Insurance, the Stranorlar Co Donegal facility emerged as winners, much to the delight of those present - Athletics Chair Patsy Mc Gonagle, Co Manager Seamus Neely , Co Mayor Ian Mc Garvey and Finn Valley s Neil Martin .
At a function attended by community representatives and Co Councillors from around the country they got the nod ahead of many notable nominations from around Ireland . Patsy Mc Gonagle’s reaction was to thank those who had supported and developed this added development at the Centre and underlined the positive working relationship between Donegal Co Co and Finn Valley AC which delivered the project . He added that the award provided a further boost for what is a great boost to the Finn Valley and wider Donegal community .
Kevin Cooper (Ferrybank AC) Took over five seconds off his 3,000m best time when he clocked 8:04.73 at the Terrier Invitational in Boston yesterday. His previous best was 8:09.73 achieved at the same meet last year.
At the same meet Jake Byrne (Mullingar Hariers) won his section of the 1 mile in a time of 4:05.87 to improve on his previous best of 4:07.55.
Patrick Monaghan (Lagan Valley AC) also set a new PB when he clocked 4:07.18 for the mile in Nashville, while Liam Markham’s (Ennis Track) first run over 3,000m in three years saw him reduce his best time to 8:13.89 from 8:35 at a meet in Kentucky.
Aoife Hickey (Kilkenny City Harriers) recorded a very respectable throw of 18.21m for the weight throw in Albuquerque.
BU John Thomas Terrier Invitational - Boston, MA
Women 1 Mile Run
1 Cain, Mary Nike Oregon Project 4:24.11
2 D’Agostino, Abbey Dartmouth 4:28.31
3 Hasay, Jordan Nike Oregon Project 4:28.37
4 Browning, Charlotte Ragged Mount 4:33.80
— Galligan, Rose-Anne Unat-Nike Or DNF
1. Mahoney, Travis New Jersey-New York Track Club 7:52.09
2. Gillespie, Matthew SR-4 Iona 7:52.24
3. Peters, Rich JR-3 Boston U. 7:52.61
4. Alex, George Zap Fitness 7:54.78
5. Lowry, Dan Very Nice TC/Running Inst 8:00.69
6. Clements, Kieran SO-2 Iona 8:02.20
7. Bean, Cameron Zap Fitness 8:03.18
8. Saad, Julian SR-4 Providence 8:03.34
9. Cooper, Kevin SR-4 Providence 8:04.29
10. Purnell, Tom SO-2 Harvard 8:05.58
1. Gorman, Tim SO-2 Dartmouth 8:11.50
2. Wallace, Alex New Balance Boston 8:12.00
3. Hagen, Ryan Gubbins Distance Project 8:12.74
11. Dooney, Kevin SO-2 Yale 8:21.94
Men 1 Mile Run
1 Byrne, Jake Iona 4:05.87
2 Biekert, Brian Central Connecticut 4:06.05
3 Butler, Drew Unat-Umass Lowell 4:07.52
Women 3000 M Run
1 Kelly, Morgan Harvard 9:45.98
2 Thek, Grace Providence 9:46.44
3 Mania, Brigitte Unattached 9:49.78
9 Jameson, Tara Iona 10:05.01
Vanderbilt Indoor Invitational - Nashville, TN
Men 1 Mile Run
1 Buhner, Niklas SR Auburn 4:02.60
2 Bulmer, Daniel JR Ole Miss 4:02.80
3 Greenwald, Jeremy JR Georgia Tech 4:03.58
4 McCormack, Ty JR Auburn 4:03.89
5 Grimster, Kane JR Auburn 4:05.95
6 Monaghan, Patrick SO Mississippi State 4:07.18
Men 3000 Meter Run
1 Domanic, Robert FR Ole Miss 8:12.04
2 Jaworski, Griffin JR Auburn 8:15.91
3 Lord, Brandon SR Georgia 8:18.21
4 Monaghan, Andrew SO Mississippi State 8:20.49
Rod McCravy Memorial - Lexington,KY
Men 3000 Meter Run
1 Hillenbrand, Matt SR Kentucky 7:59.55#
2 King, Kyle SO Virginia 8:06.64
3 Topfer, Jannis SR Illinois 8:08.85
4 Stinson, Parker JR Oregon 8:09.36
5 Rog, Connor FR Virginia 8:09.89
6 Kahleifeh, Adam SR Kentucky 8:10.57
7 Hesselbjerg, Ole JR Eastern Kentucky 8:13.72
8 Schneider, Tyler FR Missouri 8:13.73
9 Markham, Liam SO Illinois 8:13.89
Cherry & Silver Invitational Albuquerque, N.M.
Women Weight Throw
1 Briana Cherry-Bronson Florida Stat 20.98m
2 Jasmine Burrell San Diego St 20.35m
3 Chioma Amaechi California 20.05m
4 Asianna Covington Georgia 20.01m
5 Lakitta Johnson Florida Stat 19.44m
6 Aoife Hickey Utah 18.21m
17.60m 18.21m 18.09m FOUL 17.81m 17.67m
Jack Johnson Classic Minneapolis, Minn.
Men 600 Meter Run
1 JoVonte Suber SO St. Cloud State 1:20.91
2 Mitch Hechsel FR Minnesota 1:21.18
3 Moses Heppner SR North Dakota St. 1:21.95
6 Dean Cronin FR Iowa Central CC 1:24.92
Men’s 3000 Meters
1. Leer, Will Nike 8:08.69
2. Shrader, Brian JR-3 Northern Arizona 8:11.94
3. McElroy, Matt SR-4 Northern Arizona 8:17.11
4. Rooney, David NAEL 8:28.52
5. Arciniaga, Nick TRF 8:58.49