Round-Up: Proper Wins16th Indoor title; Foster Makes Worlds Time

Kelly Proper

Kelly Proper

Highlights of the second day of the Woodie’s DIY National Indoors in Athlone includes a 16th indoor title for Kelly Proper of Ferrybank when she won the 200m in 23.56 – a new stadium record, improving on the  23.75 secs she had run a day earlier in the heats.
In the long jump, she marginally fouled a jump of 6.70m which would have been a personal best.  Her best legal leap of 6.35m was still a stadium record.
There was relief all round when Amy Foster of Lisburn finally found the 100th of a second she needed to make the Irish team for the World Indoors in Poland next month. Foster’s winning time in the 60m was initially stated to be 7.34 secs, but this was rounded down top 7.32 – the exact time she needed.
In the women’s 800m, the late withdrawal of Rose Anne Galligan of Newbridge meant that UCD’s Ciara Everard, who was chasing a fast time, was left pretty much on her own, although Fiona Kehoe did make a huge effort to narrow the gap  in the middle part of the race. Everard, whose time of 2:01.54 from last year is inside the Poland qualification standard,  needed to prove her fitness to the selectors. Her 2:06.22 may not be enough – but she does have two more races to come in the next few weeks.
Another athlete running solo was David McCarthy  of West Waterford who had clocked a superb 3 mins 39.14 secs for 1500m at the AI Indoors Games a few weeks ago – well inside the World Indoors mark of 3 mins 41 secs. He was ten seconds slower than that today, but clearly the class of the field.
Improving his national junior 200m record to 21.19 secs was Marcus Lawler of  St Laurence O’Toole’s; 17-year-old-Zac Irwin of Sligo finished an impressive second.
Sarah Lavin made her mark in 2013 when she won her first 60m hurdles title in Athlone. Now running for UCD, she successfully defended her title in  8.33 secs and is already looking forward to the summer, where with luck she will find herself lining up against Derval O’Rourke.
Race of the day was the men’s 400m, where Thomas Barr of Ferrybank, one of only two Irish men to have gone under 50 seconds for the 400m hurdles, hauled in early leader Richard Morrissey of Crusaders to win in 47.05 secs.

Sinead Denny of DSD, whose move from 800m to 400m over the past two years has been an unqualified  success,  comfortably beat  defending champion Shauna Cannon of Brothers  Pearse to win the 400m, while Claire Tarplee, also DSD, trailed her young clubmate Siofra Cleirigh Buttner in the early laps of the 1500m and then took over in front for an emphatic victory.
In the women’s shot put, Tralee woman Claire Fitzgerald came close to the 15m barrier with a 14.95m effort – a personal best, a stadium record and the third best ever Irish throw. The men’s pole vault saw Ian Rogers beat his Clonliffe team mate David Donegan who was going for a 10th national title, while in the women’s pole vault Zoe Brown of Raheny improved her best to 4.31m – 10 centimetres higher  than Tori Pena had vaulted a day earlier in Donetsk.

* At the Barcelona Half Marathon Michael Clohisey  of Raheny ran 65 mins 38 secs and Sean Hehir of Rathfarnham WSAF 66.52. They were both beaten by Esther Kiplagat who ran a new world women’s best of 65 min 12 secs.

* Michelle McGee of Brothers Pearse was a clear winner of the women’s race at the Ras na h Eireann in Drogheda. Polish visitor Krzysztof Zebrowski won the mens’ 5km. DSD was first of the woman’s teams.

Woodie’s DIY National Indoor Championships, Athlone

Women – 60m: 1 Amy Foster (City of Lisburn) 7.32, 2 Phil Healy (Bandon) 7.37, 3 Niamh Whelan (Ferrybank) 7.65. 200m: 1 Kelly Proper (Ferrybank) 23.56 (SR), 2 Niamh Whelan (Ferrybank) 24.50, 3 Joanna Mills (Ballymena & Antrim) 25.31. 400m: 1 Sinead Denny (DSD) 54.30, 2 Shauna Cannon (Bros Pearse) 55.56, 3 Ciara McCallion (Clonliffe Hrs) 55.67. 800m: 1 Ciara Everard (UCD) 2:06. 22, 2 Fiona Kehoe (Kilmore) 2:09.11, 3 Brona Furlong (Slaney Olympic) 2:10.65. 1500m: 1 Claire Tarplee (DSD) 4:30.59, 2 Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner (DSD) 4:32.84, 3 Claire McSweeney (Leevale) 4:34.06. 3000m: 1 Deirdre Doyle (S L O’Toole) 9:53.64, 2 Maria O’Sullivan (Raheny Shamrock) 9:53.97, 3 Sinead O’Connor (Leevale) 10:02.79. 60m Hurdles: 1 Sarah Lavin (UCD) 8.33, 2 Catherine McManus (Celtic DCH) 8.48, 3 Lilyanne O’Hora (Dooneen) 8.84. 3000m walk: 1 Lauren Whelan (Leevale) 14:22.96, 2 Sinead Burke (St Coca’s) 14:44.85, 3 Alicia Boylan (Oriel) 15:01.76

Long jump: 1 Kelly Proper (Ferrybank) 6.35, 2 Sarah McCarthy (Mid-Sutton) 5.90, 3 Anne Stafford (Menapians) 5.67. Triple jump: 1 Caoimhe King (Aughagower) 12.84, 2 Fiona Hill (Newbridge) 11.20, 3 Sinead O’Connor (Tralee Hrs) 11.02. High jump: 1 Grainne Moggan (DSD) 1.68, 2 Sorcha Murphy (Ferrybank) 1.65, 3 Shannen Dawkins (St Joseph’s) 1.60. Pole vault: 1 Zoe Brown (Raheny Shamrock) 4.31, 2 Claire Wilkinson (Ballymena and Antrim) 3.80. Shot: 1 Claire Fitzgerald (Tralee Hrs) 14.94, 2 Niamh Murphy (Blarney Iniscarra) 13.20, 3 Laura McSweeney (Bandon AC) 12.31.

Men – 60m: 1 David Hynes (Menapians) 6.85, 2 Marcus Lawler (St L O’Toole) 6.95, 3 Jamie Davis (Raheny Shamrock) 6.95. 200m: 1 Marcus Lawler (St L O’Toole) 21.19 (NJR), 2 Zac Irwin (Sligo) 21.71, 3 David Qulligan (Leevale) 21.94. 400m: 1 Thomas Barr (Ferrybank) 47.05, 2 Timmy Crowe (Dooneen) 47.51, 3 Richard Morrissey (Crusaders) 47.56. 800m: 1 Niall Tuohy (Ferrybank) 1:52.24, 2 Karl Griffin (UCD) 1:52.82, 3 Harry Purcell (Trim) 1:53.67. 1500m: 1 David McCarthy (W Waterford) 3:49.50, 2 Danny Mooney (Letterkenny) 3:52.41, 3 Darragh Greene (Dunleer) 3:54.85. 3000m: 1 Alex Bruce-Littlewood (Leevale) 8:02.13, 2 Eoin Everard (KCH) 8:10.57, 3 John Travers (Donore) 8:14.73. 60m Hurdles: 1 Ian McDonald ( Crusaders) 8.22, 2 Paul Byrne (St Abban’s) 8.29, 3 Tom Reynolds (Nth Down) 8.32.5000m walk: 1 Alex Wright (Calry) 19:25.48, 2 Luke Hickey (Leevale) 19:56.78, 3 Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny) 20:03.91.

Long jump: 1 Adam McMullen (Crusaders) 7.48, Benjamin Guillou (Leevale) 7.25, 3 David Quilligan (Leevale) 6.95. Triple jump: 1 Antony Daffurn (St Ronan’s) 14.99, 2 Eoin Kelly (St Abban’s) 14.34, 3 Conall Mahon (Tir Chonaill) 14.10. High jump: 1 Kourosh Foroughi (Star of the Sea) 2.15, 2 David Cussen (Old Abbey) 2.06, 3 Jaime Murtagh (St Andrew’s) 2.00. Pole vault: 1 Ian Rogers (Clonliffe Hrs) 4.60m, 2 David Donegan (Clonliffe Hrs) 4.50, =3 Stuart Greene (Raheny Shamrock)/Thomas Houlihan (W Waterford) 4.40. Shot: 1 Sean Breathnach (GCH) 16.15, 2 Paul Collins ( Nth Westmeath) 13.87, 3 Kieron Stoute (Celbridge) 13.82.

Ras na hEireann Cross-Country, Oldbridge, Co Louth.

Men’s 5km – 1 Zrzysztof Zebrowski 18.40, 2 Marek Skorupa 19.07, 3 Conor Duffy (Glaslough) 19.47, 4 David Scanlan (Rathfarnham WSAF) 20.35, 5 Paul Smith (Drogheda & Dist) 20.53, 6 Stephen Mulholland (NER)21.04. M40: Barry Hughes Drogheda TC). M45: 1 Mel Hilliard (DSD), 2 Stepehen Judge (DSD), 3 Declan Ryan (DSD). M50: Patrick O’Grady (D&D). M55: Martin McDonald (Abbeyleix). U20: Ewan McArdle (Boyne AC).

Women – Michelle McGee (Bros Pearse) 13.30, 2 Kate O’Neill (MSB), 3 Nicoal Welsh ( Boyne), 4 Emily Milner (St Coca’s), 5 Sonya Reilly (Bohermeen), 6 Karen Costello ( Dunleer). W50: Pauline Breslin ( Asrdee Dist) 21.03. W55: Nuala Reilly (D&D).U20: Eimear Fitzpatrick (DSD) 15.07.

Clonakilty Back-to-Back Marathons Day 2 (160 finishers; www.precisiontiming,net)

Men: 1 Andrzej Fiedork 3:07.02, 2 Killina Deasy 3:23.39, 3 Michael Clancy 3:35.05. Women: 1 Caroline kelly 3:37.17, 2 Col Conway 3:45.29, 3 Gillian Cordner 3:45.52.

26th Eagle AC Tommy Ryan Memorial Carrigaline 5

Men: 1 Colm Sheehan 9Leevale) 25.37, 2 James McCarthy (E Cork) 26.15, 3 Colin Merrit (Carraigh-na- bhFear, M40) 26.18. M50: Cathal O’Connell (St Finbarr’s) 27.06. Women: 1 Orla Drumm (Crusaders) 28.44, 2 Niasmh Walsh (Leevale) 32.16, 3 Nollaig O’Neill (Leevale, W40) 32.2.54

Gorgeous Gort 8km, Co Galway (174 finishers;

Men: 1 Matt Bidwell (GCH) 26.04, 2 Owen Byrne (GCH) 27.34, 3 Mairtin Grealish 27.41. Women: 1 Ann Lennon (Mayo, W40) 30.48, 2 Eimear O’Leary (MSB) 31.11, 3 Lisa McTigue 32.50.


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