Thomas Barr opened his outdoor season with victory in the 400m hurdles at the Irish Universities Track and Field Championships in CIT, Cork.
Barr won the race in an untroubled 50.92 secs; a distant second was Joe Halwax of DKIT in 53.83 secs. Also opening his season in some style was Marcus Lawler of IT Carlow who won the 200m in 21.01 secs, beating Eanna Madden of UL who was second in 21.81 secs.
Lawler also helped his college to an historic first victory in the 4x100m. Backing him up on the team was scholarship athlete Callan Byrne who finished second in the 100m behind Irish junior and U23 champion Christian Robinson of QUB; Robinson won the race in 11.13 secs.
Sarah Murray of DCU won the 100m in 12.01 secs, beating her clubmate Catherine McManus, who was also second in the 200m, won by another DCU athlete Cliodhna Manning in 24.16 secs.
In the 800m, Aengus Meldon of NUIG won a close-fought race in 1:52.51. Over the longer distances, Karl Fitzmaurice won the 10,000m, while NUIG's Aisling Joyce won the women's 3000m.
Winning the women's 400m in 53.98 was Phil Healy of UCC. QUB's Ben Maze won the men's 400m in 47.61 secs, beating Brandon Array of DCU.
In the field, Saragh Buggy of DCU continued her lengthening winning streak in the triple jump, while Eoin Sheridan of DCU won the men's discus with a throw of 48.48m. Winning the hammer with an eye-catching 63.51m was Adam King of DCU.