Local athletes secure IUAA titles at Mary Peters Track!

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Irish Universities Athletics Association (IUAA) Track & Field Championships 2018:

Five Irish Universities Athletics Association (IUAA) records were smashed as Queen’s University Belfast hosted the IUAA Track & Field Championships this weekend (Friday 13th and Saturday 14th April 2018).

Six local students also picked up gold medals as 510 athletes from 20 universities descended on Mary Peters Track (Belfast), for the two-day competition.

Ulster University representative Jack Magee was one of the IUAA record breakers with an excellent 65.95m (1st place) effort to win the Javelin competition.  There were also gold medals for Lydia Mills (QUB), Mark Burton (QUB) and John Kelly (LYIT) in the field.

Lydia Mills won the Long Jump with a 5.61m leap for 1st place, before going on to pick up a bronze medal in the Triple Jump – her 11.59m jump was also a QUB record.  Mark Burton also achieved a QUB record in the Triple Jump, reaching 15.24m for 1st place and the associated gold medal.  Established Shot Putt competitor John Kelly launched a 15.16m effort for 1st place.

On the track, Andrew Mellon (QUB) won the 400m in 47.74 (1st place), while over the 400m hurdles, Ulster University’s Niamh Malone struck gold in 63.35 (1st place).

Zoe Carruthers, a local lady representing DCU, won the 800m in 2:19.48 (1st place).

Emma McCay had a good weekend, collecting two silver medals.  Emma took 2nd place in the High Jump with a 1.65m clearance and then went on to finish as runner up in the Combined Events, securing 2nd place with 3020 points.

Fellow Ulster University team member Eimear Fitzpatrick was in action in the 3,000m Steeplechase, where she finished in 2nd place.  Eimear’s 11:59.39 was an Ulster University record.

In the 5,000m, Neil Johnston (QUB) clocked 15:23.62 for 2nd place.  In the ladies equivalent, Sinead Sweeney (QUB) crossed the line in a new QUB record of 18:00.38 for 3rd place.

QUB athletes Jonathon Hill and Adam Hill also claimed bronze medals.  In the Long Jump, Jonathon leaped to 6.84m (3rd place), while in the High Jump, Adam cleared 1.80m (3rd place).

Away from the local performances, it was Irish international Phil Healy (WIT) who impressed most.  Phil claimed two IUAA record, running 11.55 in the 100m heats and 23.31 in the 200m heats – she went on to take gold in both finals, running 11.99 (1st place) and 23.64 (1st place) respectively.

DCU’s Kae Veale took gold in the 1500m Walk, in a new IUAA record of 6:14.48 (1st place).  Matthew Behan (DCU) won the 100m hurdles in a new IUAA record of 14.16 (1st place).

Full results for the event are available HERE.

Note:  Article compiled for use by Athletics NI.