Its DOUBLE the impressive performances at the AAI Outdoor League Round 1
Mary Peters Track in Belfast played host to one half of the first round to this year's AAI Outdoor League.
In the 100m Hurdles Kate Doherty (DSD AC) crossed the premier women's finish line in an impressive 13.45, while rising star Lucy McGlynn (Tir Chonaill AC) took top spot in her division 1 competition with 14.52 on the clock, setting a new PB for the 18 year old.
McGlynn went on to secure another PB later in the day, 57.32 in the 400m and claiming gold for the division 1 race. After an impressive indoor season, her outdoor opener sets the tone that there is a lot more to come from the track athlete.
Ruth Monaghan (Sligo County) edged ahead of Ciara Wilson Bowen (DSD AC) to win the Premier 1500m Walk in 7:34.56, with just seconds splitting the difference between the two women.
As the favourite heading into the hammer, Adrienne Gallan (Tir Chonaill AC) took top spot with a throw of 49.79m, just shy of her season best 51.22m also set in Mary Peters Track just a month previously.
In the Men’s 1500m, Paul O’Donnell (DSD AC) ran an impressive 3:54.33 to secure his first-place finish. He followed up with another strong performance in the 5000m running 14:48.69. The distance runner secured season bests in both events and gold medals.
Eoin Sheridan (Clonliffe Harriers), who represented Ireland at the European Throwing Cup earlier this year, came out on top in the Men’s Discus with 51.31m, closing in on his season best 53.52m, set at the Dunboyne Winter throws earlier this year. The 24-year-old also won the Shot Put this weekend with a distance of 13.90m.
Fellow Clonliffe Harrier, Simon Gailligan won both the Hammer at 59.73m and the Weight for Distance at 4.82m.
Rolas Olusa (Clonliffe Harriers) reached 13.54m in the triple jump to add another field event gold medal to the Clonliffe Harrier tally.
Representing his home county of Kildare, Ciaran Connolly (Le Cheile AC) put in a robust performance in the High Jump, reaching 1.95m to edge Keith Mark off top spot and to end the Clonliffe Harriers Field events streak.
Link to all Mary Peters Track Results: http://live.athleticsireland.ie/Belfast/menu.html
In Templemore AC, the other half of this year's League Round 1 action kicked off.
After a fiery indoor season, rising Leevale AC star Lucy May Sleeman ran 14.53, enough to take top spot at the League opener.
Fellow Leevale rising star, Una Brice followed won the Pole Vault with 3.40m, closing in on her personal best and current national U18 girls record of 3.75m.
Representing the host county of Tipperary Genevieve Rowland secured top place finishes in both the women's weight for distance at 6.21m and in the women's hammer at 35.71m.
One of the favourites for the 100m top spot, Conor Morey (Leevale AC) crossed the line first with 10.96 on the clock. The 21-year-old was just .06 seconds slower than his season best set exactly a month ago.
Also representing Leevale AC on top of the Pole Vault podium was Conor Callinan, after his 4.40m performance.
In the discus Barry Healy (East Cork Division) threw 44.16m to edge John Dwyer (Templemore AC) and Diarmuid O’Connor (Bandon AC) away from top spot.
Taking to the Shot Put Diarmuid O’Connor (Bandon AC) thew 13.09m to secure a gold and silver medal at the end of the day. In the premier competition Sean Breathnach (Galway City Harriers) reached an impressive 15.30m in the shot put.
John Dwyer (Templemore AC) took the Hammer and secured a gold with his throw of 50.53m for the host club.
Link to all Templemore Results: http://live.athleticsireland.ie/Templemore/menu.html
The next round of the League takes place on the 31st of July, registration will open in due course.