Amy Foster surpasses CWG standard as local athletes claim impressive medal haul at AAI National Senior Track & Field Championships:
City of Lisburn AC’s Amy Foster (David Reid) claimed her sixth National title and hit the Commonwealth Games consideration standard for the third time as local athletes collected an impressive medal haul at the Irish Life AAI National Senior Track & Field Championships in Santry, Dublin.
Amy clocked 11.43 (+1.7), just 0.03 outside her Irish (and Northern Ireland) record, when securing 1st place in the 100m final.
NI 5,000m and 10,000m record holder Emma Mitchell (QUB AC / Eamonn Christie) was also in fine form over the two days of competition – World University Games bound Emma won the 5,000m in 16:27.08 (1st place) before going on to pick up 1500m gold in 4:31.55 (1st place).
Long Jump specialist Adam McMullen (Crusaders AC / Alan Kennedy) produced a strong series of jumps to seal top honours. Adam jumped 7.55m, then 7.70m, before going on to win with an excellent 7.74m.Ciara Mageean (UCD AC / Jerry Kiernan) prepared for the upcoming IAAF World Championships with a victory in the 800m. Despite admittedly tiring in the final 200m, the gutsy multiple record holder held on to win in 2:04.16 (1st place).
There were two Northern Ireland winners in the 3,000m Steeplechase – Newcastle AC’s Kerry O’Flaherty (Richard Rodgers) continued her recent good form, winning the ladies title in 10:01.40 (1st place), while in the men’s equivalent, Adam Kirk-Smith (Woodford Green Essex / Tomaz Plibersek) secured 1st place in 8:55.72.
John Kelly (Finn Valley AC / John Kelly Snr) claimed top honours in the Shot Putt (7.26kg) competition. John landed a 16.46m throw for 1st place.
Other impressive performances included a 400m hurdles seasons best of 51.19 for Jason Harvey (Crusaders AC / Nick Dakin), and an NI silver and bronze for Crusaders AC duo Andrew Mellon (Brendan McConville) and Ben Maze (Paul McKee) over 400m, with Andrew running 47.44 (2nd place) and Ben 47.64 (3rd place). City of Lisburn AC’s Christian Robinson (Annie Rose) sprinted to a new 100m personal best of 10.64 (+1.7) for 3rd place.
In the associated Junior 3,000m event, North Down AC’s Craig McMeechan (Francis Marsh) won in 9:00.61 (1st place).
Note: Article compiled for use by Athletics NI.