Solid Performance by Irish Women’s 4×400m Team

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

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Ireland’s 4×400m women’s relay team competed in Bydgoszcz, Poland today. The team of Claire Bergin, Joanne Cuddihy Marian Heffernan and Michelle Carey recorded a time of 3:30.61, to finish second to Poland who won in 3:29.33. Although this was a solid performance the team had been targeting to break 3:30 to further cement their top 16 placing required to secure Olympic qualification. The team had a ranking of 12th following their performance at the World Track and Field Championships in Daegu last year when they ran 3:27.48 to set a new Irish Record. The team will now turn their focus to the European Track and Field Championships to further improve their time and ranking.

At the EAP meet in Geneva in Switzerland yesterday Steven Colvert set a personal best of 20.69 in the 200m while his training partner and Olympian Paul Hession set a seasonal best of 20.76. Both were inside the A standard for the European Track and Field Championships.

In the 400m hurdles Tom Barr and Justine Kinney were both inside the B standard for the European Track and Field Championships with 50.80 and 57.31 respectively. Full Results

Irish Record Holder Ailis McSweeney was back on the track after recovering from an Achilles injury and she ran 12.28 in the 100m while her club-mate and training partner Derval O’Rourke ran 11.93 and went on to run a season opener over 100m hurdles in Chaux De Fonds meet today recording a time of 13.47.

16:19 PB for Sarah McCormack

Mountain runner Sarah McCormack (Clonliffe and Moorfoot) improved her personal best by 20 seconds when winning the Scottish national championships 5000m in 16:19 on a windy day. McCormack bided her team until the last 200m before sprinting to a six seconds victory. A short race report from Scottish Athletics provides the context:

“Susan Partridge had been favourite for the women’s 5000m but she lost out to Sarah McCormack of Moorfoot runners.

Sarah, an American based in Scotland who qualifies to run for Ireland, clocked 16.19.83 with Rhona Auckland taking bronze in a sapping event as the wind buffeted athletes throughout the day.

In fact, McCormack produced a superb sprint finish to overhaul Partridge around 200m from the end while Auckland’s time (16.57.30) is the fourth best in Britain this year by an Under-20.”

Earlier in the year McCormack followed up a fourth place finish in the national inter-clubs cross-country with a bronze medal in the national 10 km road championships. A victory in the British Universities 10000m championships and a second place finish in May in a British championships mountain race continued her good season.

Next up is an international trail race on June 17th in the Lake District with Fiona Roche (Raheny) and Kate O’Neill (Metro St. Brigid’s) and then the European mountain running championships in Turkey in early July.

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