Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Leon Reid secured a double victory and a new Northern Ireland Indoor record at this weekend’s Irish Micro Meet in Dublin, sponsored by Irish Life Health.
The invite-only meet acted as a selection for the European Indoor Championships which will take place in Torun, Poland from 5th-7th March, and provided a much-celebrated competition opportunity for many athletes.
The Menapians AC athlete won his specialist event, the 200m in a PB of 20.96s, on Day 1 of the Meet, returning for Day 2 to seize victory in the 60m Sprints. Leon equalled his PB of 6.72s in race 1, with current Irish Indoor Champion, Dean Adams (Ballymena & Antrim AC) finishing in 3rd place in a time of 6.78s. In Race 2 Leon once again claimed the top spot, setting a new NI Indoor Record and a new PB time of 6.68s.
Former European Indoors 800m Silver medallist, Mark English (Finn Valley AC) recorded both a European qualification and an Irish Record time of 1.46.10. This takes almost three quarters of a second off his existing record.
Former World Junior High Jump Silver Medallist, Sommer Lecky (Finn Valley AC) won the High Jump event, clearing 1.75m.
Commonwealth Games Heptahlete, Kate O’Connor (Dundalk St Gerards AC), started her year in excellent form, with a huge PB in the Shot Put of 14.22m, while Inny Vale AC’s Casey Mulvey also recorded a PB throw of 14.69m. Kate had set a new PB in the 60m Hurdles earlier in the day, with a time of 8.59s in race 1 and 8.57s in race 2, both improving on her previous PB. Kate returned for Day 2 of the competition, taking part in the Long Jump, clearing 5.78m.
City of Derry Spartans’ Conor Bradley set a new PB time in the 3000m, finishing in 3rd place in 7:53.70, beating the European Indoor qualification time of 7:58.50, by some 5 seconds.
In the Men’s Shot Put, Finn Valley AC’s James Kelly also set a new PB with a throw of 16.72m in round 5 of the competition, improving on his previous PB of 15.47m.
Ulster University AC’s Katie Kirk faced a strong 800m field, with 4 of the 6 athletes finishing under the 2:05 mark. Katie ran a solid race finishing in 5th place in a time of 2:05.37s.
City of Lisburn AC’s Lauren Roy competed in the Women’s 60m sprints, finishing in 7.76 in race 1 and 7.70 in race 2. Bangor’s Andrew Mellon (Crusaders AC) was 2nd in the Men’s 400m event in a time of 47.79.
British Athletics Elite Indoor Meet
Across the water at the British Athletics Elite Indoor Meet in Manchester, Megan Marrs (Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow) competed in the 60m Hurdles event, finishing in 8.21s in Race 1 and 8.26 in Race 2 to win both.
Photos courtesy of Athletics Ireland.