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Saturday 1 October 2016

Morland proves she is a marvel!

Elizabeth Morland with her medal after making Irish athletics history
Elizabeth Morland with her medal after making Irish athletics history

Elizabeth Morland of Cushinstown AC made a small piece of Irish athletics history last weekend when she set senior, U23 and junior records for the women's heptathlon at the Glo Health National Combined Events in Santry.

In perfect conditions for the two-day event, Morland's score of 5,545 points smashed Kelly Proper's 2013 record of 5,442 points set in Florence. It also qualified her for the World Juniors.

She picked up her biggest total of 990 points in the 100m hurdles, with a time of 13.92 secs. In the high jump, her 1.70m effort was worth 855 points, while her 10.53m shot brought a further 564 points.

Running the 200m in 24.95 secs was worth 891 points;  her 5.75m long jump gave her 774 points and her 39.84m javelin effort 664 points. Finally came the 800m, where she crossed the line in 2:21.22 for 807 points.

In all but the long jump and 200m, Morland scored higher points than Proper, who is currently injured. It gave her the national junior (U20) title.

Naomi Morgan of City of Derry Spartans won the senior women's title with a score of 4,409 points. Not too far behind were Karen Dunne of Bohermeen on 3,981 points and Snezana Bechtina of Clonliffe with 3,741 points.

Winning the men's senior title with a score of 6,398 points was Shane Aston of Trim AC. Rolus Olusa on Donore was second with a personal best score of 5,622 points and Mark Rodgers of St Peter's third with 5,291.

First junior on 5,499 points was Michael Surnam of City of Derry, while first youth was Jonathan McKenna of St LOT, who only took up the event seven months ago, and scored 5,683 points.

Best in the girls' youth category was Katherine O'Connor of Dundalk St Gerard's AC with 5,074 points. Liscarroll's Vickie Cusack was second with 4,443 points and Anne Corcoran of Ferrybank third with 4,403 points.

Biggest men's score of the day - 7,521 points - came from English visitor Liam Ramsey of the City of Sheffield and Dearne AC. Ramsey had missed out on a place at the annual Gotzis Multi-Events Festival in Austria and came to Dublin with three clubmates aiming to better the English standard of 7,400 points.

In the masters' pentathlon, Geraldine Finegan of North East Runners compiled a score of 3,023 points to finish best of the women and first W50. Highest men's score of 2,438 points came from Waterford's Paschal Healy who was first M40.

Adrian McGinley of Templemore won the M35 title with a score of 2,288 points; Peadar McGing of DSD was first M50  with 2,079 points.

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