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More Dublin indoor titles taken back to Santry

Another day another Dublin juvenile championship day. Today was day 4 of the indoor championships once again at NIA Abbottstown. Again quality performances from the young Clonliffe athletes with standout performances in particular from: Katie Halpin who won the U/18 1500, Laimis Norvaisas who won the boys U/13 shotput (9.98m), in the girls U/14 high jump bronze was won by Kate Campbell (1.40), taking silver to add to her high jump gold and 200 bronze, completing the set today was Emma McDonnell in the U/18 400.

Other quality performances included a real gutsy 1500 from Naoise Cullen to take fourth place, and inches away from bronze, in the U/17 girls race. In the U/19 1500 a tired Sarah Bateson was well off her best (exams and athletics is not a great mix!).

Later in the afternoon Val Stroganvous made it a sprint double taking U/18 60 gold. Christain B took U/19 bronze. In the U/17 girls 60 Sally Sumola continued to gather in the medals taking silver today. Alex Twomey took girls U/18 bronze and in U/14 girls 60 Ava Usanova also took bronze. A fine run also by Keith Burke in the U/17 60 to place 4th.

Young Harriers do the business at Dublin Indoors

The Dublin Indoor Juvenile Championships continued at the NIA Abbotstown this afternoon. Selected results: Emma McDonnell U/18 High Jump gold and 200 bronze, Keith Burke U/17 Long Jump gold with Sally Somula doing likewise in the girls I/17 long jump, Val Stroganvous U/18 200 gold, William Walsh U/14 800 silver.

Other fine performances on the day included Kate Campbell 5th U/14 800, Sally Somula 5th U/17 200 final. (Coaches text results to 0879599888)

Phillips sets new club Indoor 60 record

Jeremy Phillips set a new club indoor record at tonight’s big AIT Indoor Grand Prix in Athlone over 60m. Jeremy recorded a new PB and club record of 6.79 in his heat and then equaled that record an hour or so later in the final. Former record holder Leo Morgan ran 6.97 in his heat, while Keith Pike ran 7.07.

Sarah runs Club Junior Mile Record at NIA Live

Sarah Bateson ran a excellent new Clonliffe Harriers Junior Women’s Mile record of 5.15.15 when finishing 2nd at last night’s NIA Live Meet in Abbotstown. Sarah knocked all of 11 seconds off the previous record set by Hope Saunders in 2014. Fine runs also in this race by training partners Laura Tuite 3rd 5.18.239and Alannah Cooley 4th 5.23.83

Grace Twomey ran her first ever track race in the 800 finishing 3rd in 2.38. Also competing were Leah Bergin in the 200 (Full results not yet available)

Shannon sets new club Indoor Long Jump record

At today’s AAI Indoor Games at NIA Abbotstown Shannon Sheehy having recently set a new club indoor High Jump record did likewise in the Long Jump today with a best of 5.65m for 3rd, bettering the previous club record by 3cm. Ariel Lieghio was once again victorious winning the pole vault with a club record equaling 4.00m. Leah Bergin was a comfortable winner of her 400 in a time of 58.85. In the 60m Jeremy Phillips was back in town warming up for Wednesday’s AIT Grand Prix finishing 2nd in 6.86 and in series 2 was 5th in 6.89. Keith Pike ran 7.01.

Rolus Olusa was a busy man: 7.31 in the 60, 8.55 in the 60H and 4.20m in the pole vault.

Ariel clears 4 meters for another club record

At last night’s NIA Live indoor meet in Abbottstown Ariel Liegho for the third successive competition set a new Clonliffe Harriers club indoor women’s pole vault record. Her win last night was a massive 4.0o m all of 20 cm better than her clearance only two weeks previously. Ariel must now be favourite to take a first national title at the national indoors next month.

Other top-class performances at the meet included Stephen Cashin winning the 3000 in a time of 9.02.04. In the sprints Keith Pike ran a fast 6.97 for 2nd in the 60 and was first in the 200 in 22.87. Keith Burke in his 60 race was second (7.85) and fourth in his 200 (25.42). Sally Somula was sixth in her 60 (8.21) whilst Alex Twomey took a win in her 60 in 8.42. Natalia Gill was fourth in her 200 (33.31) and also jumped 4.06 in the long jump. Emma McDonnell was third in her 400 in a time of 63.76. Nicole Lapey was sixth in the pole vault with a best of 2.20. Finally after his outstanding PB run in Sundays National League over 1500 Eoghan Murphy put in another excellent run to finish second over 800 (2.03.30). Finally in the U/14 Ava Usanova scored a sprints double winning the 60 in 8.60 and 200 in 28.40.

The next NIA Live meet is on February 11 entry now open.

Clonliffe Indoor high Five!

The Clonliffe senior men’s track and field team made it five national indoor titles in a row at the NIA Abbottstown today. A battling performance from the senior women saw them narrowly miss out on the medals finishing fourth, a mere four points away from bronze.

The men had come into the days round with a 10 point lead and truly never looked like relinquishing that advantage. First into battle today was young Val Strogonovs in the 200 where he placed fourth in his heat in a PB of 22.63. Next in was Eoghan Murphy in the 1500 who ran a tactically astute race sitting at the back of the pack and then over the final three laps moving comfortably from 8th to 4th in the process running a 12 second PB of 4.13.27. Experienced campaigner Timmy Crowe contributed valuable points in the 400 finishing second in 50.23. In the field events debutant Augustyn Tchorzewski also chipped in valuable points finishing second in the triple jump (12.77). Maximum points were contributed, yet again it must be said, by Keith Marks in the high jump winning on count back with the best of 1.85. Finally the relay team of Keith Pike, Val, Keith Marks and Pascal Touche (with the latter easing up big time over the final bend) comfortably won their heat but ended up second with a time of 1.30.56.

The team standings showed Clonliffe clear winners on 94.5 from GCH 76 points and Nenagh Olympic third on 69 points. Thus a 5th national indoor league title in a row has been captured from the six such competitions to date.

The women’s team started the day in third place and battled grimly to try and hold that precious bronze medal. In the end it was not to be however there is huge potential for the future. Star of the day with a new club high jump record of a magnificent 1.75 was Shannon Sheehy. Top performances also put in by the whole squad: 200 Lauren Carr second in her race (26.11), 400 Leah Bergin also second in her heat (59.70) and like Lauren third overall, Laura Tuite 7th in the 1500 (5.00.08), and then a great effort by the relay team of Rebecca Fitzsimons, Leah Bergin, Shannon Sheehy and Lauren Carr a magnificent second in 1.44.45.

Indoor round up

Friday in the US Hope Saunders finished 4th in the indoor mile (5.34.58) at the Jayhawk Classic in Lawrence. Today at the National Junior and U/23 indoors at Athlone IT Lauren Carr has a very good day qualifying for the U/23 final courtesy of 26.06 heat and than a fine 25.97 in the final for 4th. Sarah Bateson was 8th in the junior 1500 in 4.57.63. Missed last weekend was Jeremy Phillip’s first outing of the season in Boston over 60m 6.97 and then 6.90 for 1st in the final. Finally in Boston on the 25th Steve Flanagan recorded 8.49.28 over 3000.

It’s the late late weekend round up

With apologies for the delay, the round up from last weekend. Starting off overseas on Sunday the 19th Eoin Pierce continued his good early season form with a 2nd place finish in the BMC Indoor Meet in Cardiff in 3.49.86. Also on Sunday  Liam Roarty ran for Morpeth at the Birtley XC Relays on the final of 3 legs. A fine debut on the country for his English club by Liam saw him secure Bronze for the Morpeth B team. Further afield Hope Saunders now back in the US had her first outing of the indoor season for Wichita State placed 3rd in the home race over a mile (5.24.67).

Finally in the latest BHAA Cross Country Sean Doran was 2nd for the 2nd successive race in the Eir 5 mile XC in 26.16.

(Pictured: Liam Roarty with Jim Alder, 1966 Commonwealth Gold Medalist)


Rolus takes National Indoor Combined Events

Rolus Olusa is Clonliffe Harriers first national champion of the new decade as he took the indoor combined events title at Athlone IT today.

With 4 firsts and a second Rolus finished in 3584 points some 250 clear of defending champion Shane Aston (Tara): 60h 8.48 , Long Jump 6.69, High Jump 1.93, shot 11.29 and 2nd in the 1000 (3.00.50).


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