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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Big leap for McMullen as Treacy breaks record

Sara Treacy, middle (SPORTSFILE)
Sara Treacy, middle (SPORTSFILE)

Performance of the week in track and field came from Adam McMullen of Crusaders, who set a personal best of 7.84m in the long jump at a meet in Clermont, Florida.

At the same meet, Amy Foster ran 11.42secs  for the 100m, plus a wind-assisted time of 11.40, which equalled her own Irish record. In the men's 100m, Paralympian Jason Smyth ran 10.39 secs.

There was another exceptional performance from Rio-bound Sara Treacy of Dunboyne at the BMC Grand Prix meet in Manchester Sport City, where she set an Irish record of six mins 27.38 secs when winning the 2000m steeplechase. Clocking a time of 2:03.45 for fifth in the A 800m was Rose Anne Galligan of Newbridge.

In Munich, Paul Byrne of St Abban's, who has already qualified for July's European Championships, finished second in the 400m hurdles in 50.87 secs.

Villanova pair Harry Purcell and Siofra Cleirigh Buttner were in winning form for their college at the Big East Conference meet in Geneva, Ohio.

Purcell, from Trim AC, won the 400m with a time of 48.11secs, while Cleirigh Buttner of DSD won the women's 800m in 2:06.82. Third in the 5000m was Sarah Collins of Providence in 16:26.41. Also third was Claire Mooney from Naas AC in the 400m. She ran 54.38 secs in the preliminaries.

At the Tón Le Gaoithe meet in Waterford, Sharlene Mawdsley of Newport beat Bandon's Phil Healy in the 200m, running 23.62 secs into a headwind.

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