IFAM International Track & Field Meeting 2017:
Northern Ireland international Adam Kirk-Smith smashed his 3,000m Steeplechase personal best and reached the Commonwealth Games qualification standard as local athletes performed well at the IFAM International Track & Field Meeting in Oordegem, Belgium this weekend (Saturday 27th May 2017).
Woodford Green Essex athlete Adam, who ran a 3,000m Steeplechase personal best of 8:46.26 at last week’s Loughborough International, bettered the Gold Coast standard and set a new personal best with a 8:37.62 finish – this was well under the 8:43.30 standard and now takes the number of athletes who have put themselves in the frame for selection to seven.
European Championships 1500m bronze medallist Ciara Mageean (UCD AC) kicked off her outdoor season at the event, running 2:03.12 for 800m.
There was also some excellent early season form from sprinters Christian Robinson (City of Lisburn AC) and Dean Adams (Ballymena & Antrim AC) in the 100m – Christian clocked 10.68 (1.11), while Dean broke the beam in 10.90 (0.7). Gareth Thompson (City of Lisburn AC) was also in action over 100m, running 11.11 (1.5); he then recorded 22.48 (0.1) for 200m. Another City of Lisburn AC athlete, Lauren Roy, ran 12.18 (1.1) for 100m and 25.12 (1.0) for 200m.
In the 400m event, Ben Maze (Crusaders AC) and Craig Newell (Ballymena & Antrim AC) both ran well, crossing the line in 47.33 and 48.64 respectively. Commonwealth Games athletes Jason Harvey (Crusaders AC) and Christine McMahon (Ballymena & Antrim AC) were in action over the 400m hurdles – Jason ran 51.22, with Christine also impressing with a 58.31 finish.
Letterkenny AC’s Danny Mooney recorded an excellent 3:42.74 over 1500m, while his training partner and former NI & Ulster 10k Champion Conor Bradley (City of Derry AC) narrowly missed a sub-14 minute 5,000m when he crossed the line in 14:01.86.
Full results for the event are available HERE.