Thomas Barr broke his own 400m university indoor record with time of 46.87 secs at the Irish University Indoor Championships in Athlone IT today.
Running for the University of Limerick, Barr’s time is also a qualifying time for the European Indoor Championships. Barr also finished second in the 200m and anchored UL to victory in the 4x200m.
UCC’s Phil Healy won the women’s 200m in an indoor personal best of 23.55 seconds – a World Student Games qualifying time. In second place was Sarah McCarthy of DCU in 7.58; McCarthy also won the long jump with 5.87m. Winning the women’s 400m in 56.98 secs was Sophie Becker of DCU.
On a brilliant day for student athletics with packed fields in every events (six heats for the men’s 200 for a start), there were also records for Saragh Buggy with 13.05m in the triple jump, Thomas Houlihan of CIT 4.71m for the pole vault, UCC’s Luke Mangan 9.68m in the 16kg for distance, and John Kelly of Letterkenny IT 16.97m in the shot.
Race of the day was the men’s 60m, which ended in a blanket finish. Chris Sibanda of Limerick IT won by a thread from Leo Morgan of MU (Maynooth University), with both men timed at 6.61 secs; a sliver behind them were Jonathan Browning of Queen’s and Eoin Doherty of DCU both timed at 6.92 secs. Winning the women’s 60m in 7.54 secs was Sara Murray of DCU; in a DCU clean sweep, Cliodhna Manning was second in 7.58 secs and Kate Burney third in 7.71 secs.
In the combined events competition, Amy McTeggart of AIT was the class of the women;s field with 3274 points, while Shane Asrhton of DCU was equally dominant in the men’s competition, winning with 3638 points. Full results www.resultsindoors.iuaa.org