Wednesday 20 March 2019

Healy targets Morton 400m


After setting a new Irish 200m record of 21.99 in Cork last Monday, Bandon's Phil Healy can expect plenty of attention when she lines out in the 400m for the first time this summer at tomorrow's Morton Games in Santry.

Healy, who also holds the Irish 100m record, takes on French athlete Elea Diarra and Maggie Barrie of Sierra Leone, both with times of under 52 seconds for the distance. Last February Healy ran 52.08 indoors.

In the high jump , Ireland's World U-20 silver medal winner Sommer Lecky of Finn Valley AC can expect a rapturous reception after setting an Irish junior record of 1.90m in Finland last Sunday.

John Travers of Donore Harriers and Sean Tobin of Clonmel AC lead the home entry for the Morton Mile, with the field of 16 including 12 sub-four-minute milers.

In the Albie Thomas 5000m, Stephen Scullion of host club Clonliffe Harriers is aiming for a European Championships qualifying time of under 13 mins 35 secs. Scullion has already qualified in both the 10,000m and the marathon.

Leading the entry for the sprints is Marcus Lawler of St Laurence O'Toole, fresh from his 20.40 200m run at the Cork City Sports, the second-fastest Irish time ever.

In the women's 1500m, European U-18 1500m and 3000m champion Sarah Healy of Blackrock AC steps up to senior level.

UCD's Ciara Mageean lines out in the women's 800m after running 2:03.19 in breezy Belfast last May. Also running are Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner of DSD, with a season's best of 2:03.05, and Claire Mooney of UCD, currently topping the Irish rankings with a time of 2:02.61.

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