The Woodie’s DIY AAI Games takes places in Morton Stadium, Sanrty on Sunday the 15th of May. It promises to deliver some exciting and competitive races with many of Ireland’s most promising athletes seeking qualification standards for European Youth Olympic Festivals, World Youths and European Junior and U23 Championships.
In the Men’s 100m there are 27 entries, but the big show down will be between Ireland’s number 3 and 4 ranked men, Stephen Colvert (Crusaders AC) and Dean Adams (Ballymena and Antrim AC). Both athletes will also compete in the 200m. In women’s 200m, the talented Ciara Giles Doran (Ferrybank AC) will be seeking the EYOF qualification standard of 24.60, having narrowly missing out on the standard when competing as a guest at the Irish University Championships. Steffi Creaner (Celtic AC) will be the likely winner of the event.
The Men’s 400m Hurdles is likely to be the race of the Games with Irish record holder Patrick Maher (Leevale AC), Irish Youth Record holder Ben Kiely (Ferrybank AC), and Irish University Champion Thomas Barr (Ferrybank AC) as well as National Bronze medalist John Fagan (Clonliffe Harriers) all competing. In the women’s 400m hurdles Megan Kiely (Ferrybank AC) and European Youth Olympic medalist Christine McMahon (Ballymena and Antrim AC) will battle it out. The Women’s Sprint Hurdles will also be highly competitive with all of Ireland’s top hurdlers apart from Derval O’Rourke lining up, including Catherine McManus (Celtic AC), Sandra Lawlor (Celbridge AC), Mairead Murphy (Ferrybank AC), and Sarah Lavin (Emerald AC).
In the Women’s 400m the young guns Katie Kirk (Lagan Valley) and Claire Mooney (Nass AC) will go head to head against Claire Bergin (DSD AC), while in the Men’s, seasoned campaigner David McCarty (Le Cheile AC) will have to contend with Kieran Kelly (Raheny AC) and Nick Hogan (DSD AC.)
In Men’s 3000m, John Travers (Donore Harriers AC), Dan Mulhare (North Laois AC) and steeplechase specialist Emmet Jennings (DSD AC) will battle it out for top positions. Mulhare will also line up the Men’s 1500m against his brother Michael and John Coglan (MSB AC), both of whom were part of the winning European U23 Cross Country Team.
Some of Ireland’s top Juniors will in action in the throws, Marco Pons (D.M.P AC) will compete in the Discus, Matthew Martin (North Down AC) in the Javelin and Cara Kennedy (Ferrybank AC) in the Hammer.
In the jumps, Claire Wilkinson (Ballymena & Antrim A.C.) is likely to have it all her own way in the pole vault, while Stuart Greene (Raheny AC) will be looking to take Men’s title. In the Women’s Long Jump Senior athletes, Antoinette Stafford (DMP Wexford) and Mary McLoone (City of Derry) will have to contend with Junior Athletes Joanne Mills (Ballymena and Antrim AC) and Sally Maughen (Castlebar A.C.).
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