Kate O'Connor of St Gerard's AC in Dundalk who broke her own Irish senior women's indoor pentathlon record at the England Athletics Indoor Combined Events Championships in Sheffield last weekend is pencilled in for the Irish Indoor Combined Events Championships in Athlone on Saturday week.
O'Connor, who won the senior and U20 categories in Sheffield, has broken the record three occasions in the past 12 months. Her total of 4171 added 24 points to the record she set last February in Estonia.
She began with 9.14 secs in the 60m hurdles which put her third in the rankings, held her place with 1.74m in the high jump and then moved into the lead with a personal best of 13:27 in the shot putt.
Her 5.98m in the long jump was an indoor personal best and consolidated her lead going into the final 800m. In this, her time of 2:21.62 was enough to see her winning both the senior and U20 titles.
Currently studying for her Leaving Cert at St Vincent's school in Dundalk, O'Connor is considering scholarship offers from the USA and also from Irish colleges. She currently trains in Newry which clearly suits her.
These are exciting times for the combined events with three young Irish women scoring over 5,000 points for the heptathlon in the past two seasons. Lizzie Morland of Cushinstown AC tops the list with 5815, O'Connor is second with 5757, while third on 5619 is US-based Grace McKenzie, who is the oldest of the trio at 22.
Then there's Anna McCauley from City of Lisburn fourth U20 in Sheffield with 3685 points. The future looks bright.