The final day of the Irish Life Health National Track & Field Championships went out with a bang in a sun filled Tullamore Harriers Stadium. Championship record breaking performances quickly became a running theme throughout this year’s championships, with a number of records continuing to fall on the final day across track and field events.

Rising hurdle star Lucy Mc Glynn (Tir Chonaill AC) won her 400m Hurdle U19 Championship title with a standout performance of 1:02.34. Coming out strong from the start, McGlynn was a powerhouse over the hurdles in her pursuit of the gold medal.

Darragh Murphy (Limerick AC) secured the 200m U19 championship title, crossing the finish line in a time of 21.83. The Limerick native was just shy of breaking the Championship record held by Christopher O’Donnell since 2016, 21.59.

Lucan Harriers Kate O’Connell won the U19 girls 200m championship title after a strong 24.84 performance, following closely across the line were Megan Lynch (Lios Tuathaill AC) and Jennifer Sawyer (St L O’Toole AC).

The U17 girls 1500m was a battle not to miss as Nicole Dinan (Leevale AC), Annabel Morrison (Enniskillen RC) and Grace Byrne (Mullingar Harriers) took the track. In the final dash for home Dinan edged ahead to claim the title with 4:39. 04, as Morrison and Byrne crossed the line in quick succession.

In the field events, there was a flurry of championship records under threat coming into the final day of the championships.

Oisin Joyce (Lake District AC) produced an incredible U18 boys javelin performance reaching 68.41m to beat Conor Cusack’s (Lifford Strabane AC) championship record of 59.93m from 2019. Joyce was just shy of his personal best and the U18 national record 69.66m, which he set this week at the European U18 Championships in Jerusalem.

Anna Gavigan (LSA) secured her U19 discus title with a throw of 45.95m, a new championship record over taking Niamh Fogarty’s 45.17m in 2017.

In the U15 boys hammer William Thomas (Shercock AC) exceeded Robert Higgins 2016 championship record by over 10 metres to 70.21m as he claimed the championship title.

Nenagh Olympic AC’s James Rochford set a the U15 championship pole vault record to 3.60m as he secured a gold medal at the championships.

Athletics action continues in Tullamore Athletics Stadium next weekend with the Irish Life Health Juvenile B Championships and Relays (16th July 2022) taking place from 10am.

Link to Day 1 & 2 Reports: HERE

Link to Results: HERE

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