The Irish Universities indoor track and field championships were staged in the Nenagh indoor stadium today and produced some high class athletics throughout the day.
The two 60m sprint finals brought together some of the leading sprinters in the country with plenty of fast times. Amy Foster (UU) was making her second visit to the venue in recent weeks, having earlier competed at the Woodie’s DIY Indoor Games. Once again she put in a polished performance to win comfortably. Her winning time of 7.44 equalled her previous best time. Claire Bergin (IC4) chased her home in a time of 7.57, with Stephanie Creanor (DCU) third in 7.60.
The men’s race was a little closer but David Hynes (WIT) continued his recent good form to win in a time of 6.84. Dean Adams (UU) was second in 6.96, Steven Colvert (DCU) third in 7.01 and Eamon Fahey (TCD) fourth in 7.04.
Barry Pender (DCU) was more than happy with his performance in the high jump, winning with a new PB of 2.16m, adding 1cm to his previous best. Kourosh Fouroghi (DCU) was second with a height of 2.10m. Interestingly, both athletes passed on 2.13m.
Foroughi did have a new PB in the 60m hurdles where he finished second with a time of 8.88 behind Edmond O’Halloran (UCC) who won in a time of 8.62.
Catherine McManus (DCU) was a good winner of the women’s 60m hurdles in a time of 8.94.
Laura Crowe (UCC) set the pace from the gun in the women’s 800m and probably deserved more for her efforts. However, she faded a little in the home stretch to allow Ciara Everard (UCD) take over the lead to win in 2:05.76, with Crowe second in 2:06.80.
Brian Kelly (DCU) won the men’s race in 1:54.69 from Dan King (UCD) in 1:56.10.
Thomas Barr (UL) had over a second to spare when winning the men’s 400m in 49.31, with Craig Lynch (DCU) second in 50.70.
Claire Fitzgerald (UCC) won the shot with a throw of 13.41m, and made it a double with a win in the weight throw.
Denis Finnegan (UL) won the triple jump with a best of 14.81m from Alan Kennedy (UU) with 14.55m.
The men’s long jump was won by Adam McMullen (UU) with 7.32m.
Darren McBrearty (DCU) was never threatened as he coasted to victory in the 1,500m.