Proper Does Double on Day one of 2014 GloHealth Senior Track and Field Championships
Kelly Proper (Ferrybank AC) completed the double on day one of the GloHealth Senior Track and Field Championships in Morton Stadium retaining her Long Jump and 200m title. Proper started the day by taking the Long Jump title with a leap of 6.27m making it her seventh national title in this event.
The Waterford woman followed this up by taking the 200m title in 23.23 into a -1.6 wind just off her personal best of 23.16 set in Germany last week. Sarah Lavin (UCD AC) who ran a personal best in the heats of the 200m of 23.65, equalling the B standard for the European Championship was second in 23.66. Steffi Creaner (Dublin City Harriers) made an impressive return from injury to clutch third in 24.10. Proper will line up in the 100m and Lavin will line up her specialist 100m Hurdles tomorrow.
There was a blanket finish in the Men’s 200m between David Hynes (Menapians AC) and Eanna Madden (Carrick-on-Shannon A.C.) both recording 21.42. Keith Doherty of Tallaght AC was third in 21.68. One of the race favourite’s Craig Lynch was disqualified for false starting.
Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) was a clear winner in the 5000m with 15:39.40 as she builds up towards the 10000m at the European Championships. There was first national track titles for Michael Clohisey in the 10000m in 29:58.3 and Sarah Treacy (Dunboyne AC) in the 3000m Steeplechase in a personal best of 9:59.75.
In the first event on the track school girl Sinead Burke (St.Coca’s AC) won the 5k walk in 25:17.86
In the women’s Pole Vault event Zoe Brown (Raheny Shamrock AC) took the title with a vault of 4.30m in the head to head with Tori Pena (Finn Valley AC) who cleared 4.20m. Sean Breathnach (Galway City Harriers) secured his sixth national title in the Shot Put with 16.27m. In the Men’s High Jump Liam Zamel-Paez (Clonliffe Harriers AC) won with 2.16m. There was a fifth national title for Dennis Finnegan (Leevale) retaining his national title in the triple jump with a leap of 15.34m while Cara Kennedy (Ferrybank AC) secured her fourth title in a row when winning the women’s hammer with a throw of 56.86 In the Javelin Anita Fitzgibbon won her fifth national title with a throw of 48.62
Qualifiers for Finals
In the Men’s 1500m heat all the key contenders qualified for the final with Paul Robinson (St.Coca’s AC), David McCarthy (West Waterford AC), Ciaran O’Lionaird (Leevale AC) and John Travers (Donore Harriers). The athlete who wins the National Championships and has achieved the performance standard within the qualification period will be automatically selected.
In the 800m men’s race Mark English (UCD AC) and Declan Murray (Clonliffe Harriers AC) were easy qualifiers as Roseanne Galligan (Newbridge AC) in the women’s heats. Laura Crowe (An Riocht) opting not to compete due to on-going niggle while Ciara Everard (UCD AC) lined up in the 400m heats.
In the Men’s 400m there will be a real battle with athletes wanting to show form in advance of final selection of the 4x400m team for the European Championships. The fastest qualifiers were Brian Gregan 47.25, Craig Lynch 47.42 Brian Murphy 47.43, Richard Morrissey 47.70 and Dara Kervick 47.78.
Day Two Round-up
Ciaran O’Lionaird was named as the Athlete of the Meet at the GloHealth Senior Track and Field Championships after winning the 1500m. With four qualifiers for the European Championships; Paul Robinson (St.Coca’s AC), David McCarthy (West Waterford AC), Ciaran O’Lionaird (Leevale AC) and John Travers (Donore Harriers) the winner was guaranteed a spot on the team for Europeans making for an intensely competitive race.
The leading pack was tightly packed with a lap to go when Robinson took the lead with O’Lionaird hot on his heels. Both athletes were shoulder to shoulder coming into the home straight with O’Lionaird just edging past Robinson with 50m to go to take the title in 3:43.8. Robinson crossed the line in 3:44.16 with Travis continuing his run of recent good form to place third in 3:45.00 and McCarthy was fourth in 3:45.64.
In the women’s 1500m former World Junior medallist Ciara Mageean (UCD AC) was back on the track after a long absence due to injury to win in 4:15.35. Mageean kicked away from the leading pack with 300m to go to outpace Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) 4:18.33 in second and Kerry O’Flaherty (Newcastle & District AC) in third with 4:18.77.
In the women’s 100m the photo-finish couldn’t split Amy Foster (City of Lisburn) and Phil Healy (Bandon AC) were both awarded with a time of 11.49, a personal best for Healy. Both athletes have also achieved the European qualification standard.
Kelly Proper secured her third medal of the championships with a time of 11.62. With reigning champion David Hynes disqualified for false starting the men’s title went to Jamie Davis 10.90.
Irish record holder Thomas Barr (Ferrybank AC) was a clear winner in the men’s 400m hurdles with 50.04 taking his fourth title in a row. Paul Byrne (St.Abban’s AC) was second in 51.63 and Gerard O’Donnell was third in 53.49. Jason Harvey had to withdraw due to injury. Christine McMahon (Ballymena & Antrim A.C.) who has hit the standard for the European Championships won the women’s race in 57.73 with Jessie Barr being a late withdrawal.
Following on from her 200m silver yesterday Sarah Lavin (UCD AC) secured the win in the 100m hurdles in 13.48 with Gerard O’Donnell taking his second medal of the day and his first senior national title in the 110m hurdles in 14.57.
Mark English (UCD AC) never looked under threat when claiming the 800m title in 1:49.91, in what was a slow tactical race from Declan Murray (Clonliffe Harriers A.C.) in 1:50.25. Both athletes have secured European qualification standards. There was a real battle down the home straight between Brian Kelly (St. Abbans A.C.) and James Ledingham (West Waterford A.C.) for third place with Kelly taking the bronze.
In the 800m Katie Kirk took her first national title winning in 2:09.01, after a battle down the home straight with Roseanne Galligan (Newbridge) who crossed the line in 2:09.14 with 17 year old Louise Shanahan (Leevale AC) was third in 2:11.05.
In the men’s 5000m Kevin Batt (St.Coca’s AC) made a late surge with just over 200m to move away from race leader Mark Christy to win in 14.08.23, Christy crossed the line in 14.16.43 with Conor Dooney (Raheny Shamrock AC) third in 14.18.88
In the steeplechase Rory Chesser (Ennis Track AC) and Tomas Cotter (Dunleer AC) were clear leaders until the final lap when Chesser made a decisive move to win convincingly in a personal best of 8:46.95 with Cotter second in 8:57.65.
In the Men’s 400m there was a real battle with athletes wanting to show form in advance of final selection of the 4x400m team for the European Championships. Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers A.C) was the clear winner in 46.56 won Craig Lynch (Shercock A.C.) set a personal best of 47.37 improving on his 47.42 set in the heats with last year’s champion Brian Murphy of Crusaders A.C. third in 47.39. The women’s title went to Mandy Gault (Lagan Valley AC) in 54.24.
With World Champion Robert Heffernan still in training camp in Spain the 10k Walk title went to Alex Wright (Leevale AC) in 42:09.79.
Clare Fitzgerald (Tralee Harriers A.C.) smashed her personal with a throw 16.20 improving on 14.89 set in 2013 to take her fourth title in a row.
18 year Sam Healy (Leevale AC) won his first senior national title in the men’s Long Jump with a personal best of 7.25m
There was a season’s best Conor McCullough (Crusaders AC) taking the hammer title with a throw of 72.81. Ian Rogers added the outdoor to his indoor Pole Vault title with a leap of 4.60m making it his first senior outdoor title. Caoimhe King (Aughagower A.C.) won the triple jump with 12.44m.
In an action packed day of the crowd were out in force to support in what was the biggest crowd recorded at national championships since 2008.