Morton Games 2017:
European 1500m bronze medallist Ciara Mageean (UCD AC / Jerry Kiernan) recorded a Commonwealth Games consideration standard over 800m as local athletes performed well at the Morton Games in Santry, Dublin (Wednesday 12th July 2017).
Ciara ran 2:02.20 for 3rd place in the 800m ‘A’ race won by Great Britain’s Adelle Tracey in 2:01.53 (1st place). This now means that the Portaferry lady has reached the Gold Coast standard for both the 800m and 1500m – last month, Ciara ran 4:04.79 for 1500m at the Diamond League event in Rome.
The highlight of what was an excellent night of athletics was the twelve sub 4 minute miles recorded in the main event, the Morton Mile, which closed proceedings. The race was won by American Robert Domanic in 3:55.71 (1st place) – interestingly, Robert also went under the famous 4 minute barrier last weekend in Letterkenny. Northern Ireland’s Danny Mooney (Letterkenny AC / Teresa McDaid) went agonisingly close to going sub 4 when he crossed the line in 4:00.12 (13th place).
North Down AC’s Craig McMeechan (Francis Marsh) also impressed at the prestigious event, recording 4:22.90 for 3rd place in the Junior Mile race.
Northern Ireland 100m and 200m record holder Amy Foster (City of Lisburn AC / David Reid) was in action over 200m, where she claimed 3rd place in 23.96 (-2.1). In the 400m ‘B’ race, Ben Maze (Crusaders AC) covered the distance in 47.71 for 2nd place. Mark Hoy was the fastest of the NI & Ulster contingent competing over 800m – the Finn Valley AC man crossed the line in 1:52.90 for 7th place in the ‘A’ race. Jason Harvey (Crusaders AC / Nick Dakin) ran 51.48 for 5th place in the 400m hurdles, while Springwell Running Club’s Neil Johnston (Mark Kirk) was in good form over 1500m, clocking a season’s best of 3:50.44 for 4th place.
A host of other familiar faces were also competing at the event – full results are available HERE.