Meeting Records for Adams and Roy at University of Ulster Indoor Meet
15 January 2019
The indoor season started with a bang with a good turnout of all ages and excellent performances in both sprints and hurdles on Saturday 12th January 2019 at the Indoor Sprints & Hurdles Meet at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown.
Dean Adams (Ballymena & Antrim / Alan Kennedy) recorded his fastest ever season opener when winning the Senior Men’s 60m in 6.87, this was also the fastest time run at the Jordanstown track and bodes well for future competitions with faster surfaces. Dean followed up his win with a 6.88 run in round two and is currently 0.09 off the Athletics Ireland European Indoor 60m Performance Standard.
World Junior 4x100m team member Lauren Roy (City of Lisburn AC / Adam McMullen) was also in record breaking form winning the Senior Women’s 60m round 1 and 2 in a new PB of 7.49. The Youth Academy athlete took 0.08 off her 2018 PB which bodes well for the 2019 season and the build up to July’s European Junior Championships in Sweden.
There were also strong performances from current and former Youth Academy athletes with new PB’s for Connor Crowe (Adam McMullen, 7.11 60m), Caitlin Maguire (North Belfast / Alan Kennedy, 7.71 60m), Anna McCauley (City of Lisburn AC / Maureen McCauley, 9.06 60mH), Josh Armstrong (City of Lisburn / Michelle Rea, 8.60 60mH) and Peter Wright (Ballymena & Antrim / Paul Strange, 7.14 60m).
Ulster Schools Junior Boys 100m Champion Oliver Swinney (Dominican College/Mike Fountain) had a breakthrough performance winning the U17 60m in a blistering 7.12.
Elsewhere this weekend…
The sixth round of the ANI Cross Country League took place at The Mathieson Cup & Shield on Sunday 13th January 2019. The Mallusk Harriers organised event saw a number of outstanding performances despite the windy weather.
In the Men’s event it was a North Belfast Harriers podium, with Mark McKinstry retaining his title from last year’s event. He was joined by team mates John Black and Conal McCambridge.
Sinead Sweeney (Unattached) took the lead in the Women’s event, followed by Sarah Lavery (Beechmount Harriers) and Jodi Smith (North Down AC).
The Ladies Vet’s competition was won by Ballydrain Harriers’ Debbie Matchett, with Anne Paul (City of Derry Spartans AC) in 2nd place and Patricia Shields (Murlough AC) in 3rd. The Male Vet’s 60+ saw Norman Mawhinney (Scrabo Striders) in 1st place, closely followed by Eric Mongomery (Lagan Valley AC) in 2nd and Norman Campbell (Unattached) in 3rd.
Results can be found here.
Loughborough Students Open
British Indoor 60m Hurdles Champion Megan Marrs (City of Lisburn AC / Jerzy Maciukiewicz) began her 2019 season with performances of 8.51 and 8.41 respectively which is 0.03 faster than her best opener in 2018.