Athletics Ireland announce Relay squads for upcoming events:

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Northern Ireland man selected for Irish Relay ‘pool’:

The Penn Relays will play host to the USA vs. The World Relays on Saturday, April 26th. There is a high quality Irish team set to compete in the event in the exciting men’s Distance Medley Relay (DMR) event. The Irish team consists of Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers AC), Paul Robinson (St Coca’s AC), John Travers (Donore Harriers AC) and John Coghlan (Metro St Brigids AC). *Due to an injury niggle Anthony Lieghio (Tallaght AC) has been replaced on the Irish team by John Travers (Donore Harriers AC)

Gregan and Robinson were members of the 2013 Irish team that competed at the Penn Relays finishing in fifth place in a time of 9.24.10. The DMR relay begins with the 1,200m leg followed by the 400m, 800m and then concludes with the 1,600m final leg.

The Irish team manager for the event will be Br. John Dooley.  Irish Team: Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers AC), Paul Robinson (St Coca’s AC), John Travers (Donore Harriers AC), John Coghlan (MSB AC).  Support: Br John Dooley

Relay Squad Announcements:

Athletics Ireland is delighted to announce the support for three Irish relay squads for the forthcoming track and field season. Terrie Cahill (Womens 4×100m) and David Gillick (Mens 4×400m) will oversee and assist with the senior teams.  Daniel Kilgallon will co-ordinate the junior men’s 4×100m relay squad.  The senior teams will target qualification for the European Track and Field Championships in Zurich in August 2014 while the junior men’s squad target will be the World Junior Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon in July 2014.

Identifying the Initial Relay Pools:

For all the relays there will be a pool developed with the intent to choose five or six athletes who will run at the 2014 European Track and Field Championships and World Junior Track and Field Championships.

• The relay pools for the 4×100m may consist of the individuals selected from the men’s and women’s 100m, 200m, hurdle events

• The relay pools for the 4×400m may consist of the individuals selected from the men’s 400m and long hurdle events

• The athletes pre-selected for the pools were considered by the selection factors below:

– 2013/14 Ranking Lists

– Current Form in 2014

– Relay Experience

– Availability and commitment to the relay programme

– Final athlete pool selections and details specifically around additional selections for the relay pools will be released in due course

Further information and details regarding the relay programmes will be published on the HP website in due course. For further information or queries regarding the High Performance relay initiatives please contact the High Performance Director Kevin Ankrom at: performance@athleticsireland.ie

Women 4×100m:  Technical Lead: Terrie Cahill – Catherine Mc Manus (Celtic DCH), Joan Healy (Bandon AC), Sarah Lavin (UCD AC), Phil Healy (Bandon AC), Louise Kiernan (Fingallians AC), Niamh Whelan (Ferrybank AC), Steph Creaner (Celtic DCH).

Men 4×400m:  Assist and Co-ordinate: David Gillick – Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers AC), Jason Harvey (Crusaders AC), Thomas Barr (Ferrybank AC), Timmy Crowe (Dooneen AC), Richard Morrissey (Crusaders AC), Dara Kervick (Carrick on Suir AC), Mark English (UCD AC), Brian Murphy (Crusaders AC).

Junior Men 4×100m:  Technical Lead: Daniel Kilgallon – Marcus Lawler (SLOT AC), Zac Irwin (Sligo AC), Keith Doherty (Tallaght AC), Dean Power (Tullamore Harriers), Kieran Elliott (North Sligo AC), Joseph Ojewumi (Tallaght AC), Eoin Doherty (Tallaght AC), Sean Lawler (Donore Harriers).

Article courtesy of Athletics Ireland.  Photograph used above taken from BBC Sport website.