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Monday 18 February 2019

High time to stay indoors

Crusaders’ Matthew Behan beat North Down’s Ben Reynolds in the 60m hurdles at the opening round of the National Indoor League
Crusaders’ Matthew Behan beat North Down’s Ben Reynolds in the 60m hurdles at the opening round of the National Indoor League

Indoor athletics stepped up a gear last week with just a month to go until the National Indoor Championships on February 16 and 17.

Just a fortnight later, on the weekend of March 1, the European Indoors take place in Glasgow, with a large Irish team expected to travel.

At the ANI Indoor Sprints and Hurdles, held in UU Jordanstown last Saturday, Lauren Roy and Dean Adams produced the fastest times

Roy, from City of Lisburn AC, ran a blistering personal best time of 7.45 secs. Last year, she had run 7.57 secs for 60m in Athlone before joining the Irish junior 4x100m squad and taking team silver at the European U20 Championships.

Venue

In the men's 60m, Adams, from the Ballymena and Antrim club, ran a time of 6.87 secs - a record for the venue and not far off his personal best of 6.84secs.

At the opening round of the National Indoor League in Abbotstown, Matthew Behan of Crusaders clocked a solid time of 8.11 to win the 60m hurdles. Behan beat Ben Reynolds of North Down to win his first national title last year in 7.84 secs.

Molly Scott of St LOT AC, running as a guest, clocked a personal best time of 8.41 secs in the women's 60m hurdles. Fastest in the women's 60m were Patience Jumbo Gula of St Gerard's AC and Joan Healy, running for Leevale AC, who ran identical times of 7.48 secs in separate races.

Fastest men's time came from Joseph Ojuwumi of Tallaght AC with 6.87 secs in his second of two races - his fastest time in five years and a lifetime best. Both David McDonald of Menapians AC and Israel Olatunde of Dun Dealgan AC were given times of 6.94 secs.

In the 400m, McDonald ran a time of 49.77 secs, with Jamie Pender of St Abban's on his heels in 49.79 secs.

Over 800m, Raheny's Cillian Kirwan proved the fastest of the men in 1:56.16 with Kevin Woods of Crusaders a close second in 1:56.76. Louise Shannon of Leevale AC was fastest woman in 2:16.30.

Eamon Fahey picked up maximum points for Clonliffe with a 6.87m leap in the long jump, while many-time Irish triple jump champion Saragh Buggy of St Abban's won the women's event with 5.91m.

In the pole vault, Yuri Kanash of West Waterford AC beat Irish champion Michael Bowler of Enniscorthy AC on countback with both men going over 4.50m.

Current Irish indoor and outdoor combined events champion Shane Aston of Trim AC was third with 4.30m - a solid performance with the Irish Indoors Combined Events Championships scheduled for next Saturday in Athlone.

Produced

Junior athlete James Dunne of Tullamore Harriers produced the Irish performance of the day at the Scottish Indoor Open in Glasgow last Saturday. His time of 1:55.56 for 800m proved the fastest of the day.

Highlight of the NIA Live Indoor meet held at Adamstown on January 8 was a time of 1:51.27 in the men's 800m for Cian McPhillips of Longford AC. Shane Fitzsimons of Mullingar Harriers was second in 1:52.01. The NIA Live series continues next Tuesday with runners of all standards welcome.

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