Euro Team announced following fantastic Irish Championships
27 June 2016
There were several NI athletes in action yesterday at the GloHealth Irish Senior Champioships in Dublin . A number of competitors were seeking to catch the attention of the Selectors who met on Sunday evening to select the Irish team for the European Championships in Amsterdam in 10 days.
Ireland's top high hurdler Ben Reynolds (Tom Reynolds) was a delighted athlete after he took yet another title with ease in a time of 13.89 (-0.5). More importantly this was a qualification time for the Euros. The North Down AC man who has had a frustrating season with few races commented;
"I decided to go back to my old technique . It appears to have really worked even though I was stretching a bit towards the end "
It was smiles all round for Northern athletes who took both 100 metre titles. Lisburn AC's Amy Foster (Davy Reid) was never troubled in taking her 5th title in 11.83 against a strong head wind. She was pleased to get another title and is looking forward to the challenges in the Europeans.
Multi Paralympic champion Jason Smyth (Clarence Callander / Derry Track Club) was not to be outdone and took the victory in 10.71 just ahead of Ballymena & Antrim's Jonathan Browning (Melanie Browning) who got a second successive silver with 10.75 into a headwind of -1.9.
As expected the Men's 400 metres proved to be the race of the day It was won by Clonliffe's Brian Greggan in 46.28. QUB's Andrew Mellon (Brendan McConville) was 5th in a huge PB of 46.80 . Thanks to this performance he will travel to Amsterdam for the 4x400m Relay. Training partner Adam McComb (North Down) ran a PB of 47.61 to make the final and was just short of this when finishing 7th.
The Women's 1,500 metres featured a 61 second final lap by UCD athlete Ciara Mageean (Jerry Kiernan) who won in 4 mins 24.36 with Lisburn team mate Kelly Neely (Ian Neely) taking bronze . In the men's event a fast finishing Michael Dyer (North Down AC / Francis Marsh) just missed out on the medals in an extremely competitive race.
There was another title for Crusaders AC Adam McMullen (Alan Kennedy) in the long jump who had a series of big jumps from behind the board finishing with a best of 7.52m.
In the Men's 400 metre hurdles Belfast's Jason Harvey (Crusaders AC / Nick Dakin) made a welcome return to form after an indifferent start to the season to take silver in a time of 51.30 behind top Irish hurdler Thomas Barr. Rio Olympics bound Kerry O'Flaherty (Newcastle AC / Richard Rogers) was 2nd in the Steeplechase behind Leevale's Michelle Finn breaking the 10 minute barrier.
Sommer Lecky (Finn Valley / Niall Wilkinson) added the senior title to her Inter Provincial title won the previous day with 1.71m in the rain while Anna McIlmoyle (City of Lisburn AC / Wendy Phillips) secured the bronze with an equal PB of 1.68m. North Down AC's Laura Saulters took bronze in the Triple Jump just 1cm shy of her PB set last weekend.
There were encouraging performances from Youth Academy Athletes with PB's for Ciaran Barnes (City of Lisburn AC / Bill Kelly) and Michael Gaffney (North Down AC / Laura Kerr) in the 400mH (54.86) and Javelin (54.49m) respectively. Hurdlers Naomi Morgan (City of Derry) and Garbhan McKenna (Shercock AC) finished 3rd and 4th respectively in 15.15 and 14.99.
Link to European Team Selection http://hp.athleticsireland.ie/index.php/11-news/62-european-championship-selection-team-list
Marrs breaks record again in Mannheim
Meanwhile Lisburn's Megan Marrs (Tom Reynolds) broke the NI Junior 100 record again in Germany with new figures of 11.68 (1.2) on Saturday before anchoring the GB&NI U20 4x100m relay team to second place behind France in a time of 44.56 ranking them 4th in the World U20 rankings.