AAI Indoor Games (Dublin):
City of Lisburn AC’s Megan Marrs (Jerzy Maciukiewicz) again impressed with a personal best outing as local athletes performed well at the AAI Indoor Games in the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown, Dublin (Sunday 4th February 2018).
Megan continued her personal best form over the 60m hurdles, bettering her recent best of 8.26 with an outstanding effort of 8.19 to secure 1st place in the second of two elite 60m hurdles races (Race 2); this was preceded by an 8.27 finish for 1st place in Race 1. Fellow NI athlete Mollie Courtney (Cheltenham AC / David Warner) was also in action in the same event and claimed two 3rd place finishes, clocking 8.37 in Race 1 and 8.43 in Race 2.
Leon Reid (Menapians AC / James Hillier) was in action in the 60m and the 400m. In the sprints, Leon secured two 1st place finishes, breaking the beam in 6.81 in Race 1 and 6.79 in Race 2. In his 400m race (Heat 3), Leon crossed the line in 48.48 for 2nd place.
Danny Mooney (Letterkenny AC / Teresa McDaid) won an enthralling men’s 1500m race. The Commonwealth Games athlete led with 300m to go, before dropping behind as several athletes surged for victory. However, Danny came through and took charge again just after the bell – despite a late challenge from Ennis TC’s Damian Landers, he held on for a well-deserved win in 3:51.71 (1st place). Young Burren AC athlete Jack O’Farrell was also in competition over the 1500m distance, and impressed with a 1st place finish in 4:03.03.
Recently crowned AAI National Under 23 Indoor 200m Champion Craig Newell (Ballymena & Antrim AC / Ian Neely) lined up in the 200m event, were he ran a personal best of 21.68 for 1st place. Crusaders AC’s Andrew Mellon (Brendan McConville) secured top spot in his 400m race (Heat 2), after running 47.98 (1st place). In Heat 1, his Crusaders AC team mate and fellow NI man Jason Harvey (Paul McKee) clocked 48.96 for 2nd place.
North Belfast Harriers athlete Caitlin Maguire enjoyed an excellent day of competition. Caitlin ran 7.80 (1st place in Race 1) and 7.78 (4th place in Race 2) for 60m and 25.83 for 200m (2nd place).
Former World Masters 800m Champion Kelly Neely (City of Lisburn AC) once again showed her class with a strong performance in the 1500m. Kelly crossed the line in 4:20.82 for 3rd place. Fellow NI athlete Rachel Gibson (North Down AC /Francis Marsh) ran 4:36.66 (7th place) in the same race.
Full results for the event are available HERE.
Note: Article compiled for use by Athletics NI.