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Clonliffe’s two current two US collegiate athletes were in action recently as the US college cross country season is already underway. Brian Flanagan was 23rd for McNeese University at yesterday’s Rice Invitation Cross Country in Houston, Texas in 20.27, 4th scorer on the team that placed 3rd.

Last weekend Hope Saunders ran for Wichita State in their season opener the JK Gold Classic where she placed 18th in 15.19.6. This was a big move forward by Hope substantially improving her placing from 40th in last year’s race and running almost a minute faster.

Rossiter takes bronze at BUCs plus more

Jayme Rossiter replicated his bronze medal performance of 2015 in today’s British Universities 3000 steeplechase as he took bronze in a tactical final. The first 2,00 was  covered in 6.32 with the final 1000 in 2.45.

On the subject of 3000 sc Brian Flanagan finished 6th in the Southland conference in 9.19.57 yesterday.

A quiet enough May bank holiday Monday the only other Harrier we are aware of racing was Maurice McCrohan in the ARC 10km in the Phoenix Park 41.02, 1st M50.

Doyle and Marks win University Championships plus T & F round up

The IUAA track and field championships took place this weekend in Athlone. Cathal Doyle took an excellent 5000 title with a track pb of 14.39.25 with Sean O’Leary 2nd in 14.44.34, also a track pb.

In the long jump Keith Marks once again prevailed winning with a best jump of 7.16m in round 5, this represents his best ever opening in an outdoor season. Keith also took High Jump bronze (1.85m).

Also on Saturday the 6th at the McNeese Spring Classic in Lake Charles, USA Brian Flanagan continued his good form and was first collegiate athlete in the 1500 in 4.00.97.

Today, Sunday the 7th Simon Galligan placed 2nd in the hammer at the Athletics Ireland Spring Throws at Athlone IT with a best throw of 56.61. Evergreen Frances Mansfield was 9th in the 3kg hammer (15.78) and 16th in the discus (13.08).

Doyle 4th in Varsities, Flynner 1st in Derry 10

The Irish Universities cross country took place in Galway today. Cathal Doyle had a very good run to 4th place. A good run also from Sean O’Leary for 10th place, Eoin Taggart was 18th. In the women’s race Alannah Cooley was 22nd and Greta Streimikyte was 39th.

Up north David Flynn won the Derry 10 mile in a new course record 52.15 to win by some one and a half minutes.

Also today great to see young Abbie Sheehy finish as 1st woman in the St. Anne’s Park Run 5k in 21.15.

Colm Leonard brought the Clonliffe vest the furthest from Santry this weekend. All the way to Japan for the Tokyo Marathon where he ran 3.33.

Clonliffe at Varsities

On yet another busy weekend for Clonliffe athletes the IUAA indoor championships took place on Saturday at Athlone IT. Keith Marks continued his excellent form with another win in the long jump with a best of 6.93 m.

It is good also to see that Chris Sibanda competed in the 60m running 6.96 in his heat and then 6.88 in the final to finish 4th. Leo Morgan ran 6.92 in his heat and ran 6.89 in the final for 5th place. Israel Ibeanu ran 23.30 in the 200 and Rolus Olusa in the 6th ran 8.31 in his heat, the fastest time of the day, and then 8.44 in the final to claim silver.


Hope on the horizon!

Great to report on a successful return to action on Saturday for 2015 double National Junior Cross Country champion, Hope Saunders. Following a change of college Hope is now at Wichita State University and has settle in well in recent weeks. On Saturday she had her first race in more than a year placing around 40th and 15th finisher for The Shockers at the JK Gold Classic Cross Country hosted by Wichita over 4000 at the Four Mile Creek resort.

Jayme 5th at BUC

Jayme Rossister had a very good run at today’s British Universities Championships in the 3000 sc final. After a comfortable semi of 9.32 yesterday he ran 9.02.67 to take 5th place in the final today.

Marks jumps to Varsities double

The IUAA Championships took place in Belfast on Friday and Saturday. Keith Marks was again a double champion winning both the high jump (1.90m) and long jump (7.08m).

In the sprints the mens 100 took 3 rounds, with Chris Sibanda eventually placing 4th: 11.03, 10.95 and 11.10 in the final. Leo Morgan: 11.34, 11.19 and in the final 11.49 for 7th. Keith Pike 11.43 in his heat and then went out in the semi 11.30, Isreal Ibanu 11.56 in his heat. In the 200 Chris again placed 4th in the final with a 22.43 run after recording 22.07 in his heat, while Isreal ran 23.12 in his heat.

Diana Markina had a busy day 19.89 in the 100, 4.07m in the long jump and 5.96m in the shot.

Adam O’Brien was 4th in the 10,000 in 32.31.98 with Eoin Taggart running 33.00.43 in placing 7th and Greta Stremikyte guested in the1500 where she was 5th in 4.44.36.

A belated Letter From America

Update from the USA, Brian Flanagan: Sorry it’s been a while, here’s an update on my indoor season. The year got off to a bad start. While our for a Sunday long run on New Years on a Texas backroad One morning I rolled my foot and inflicted some ligiment damage and put me in the pool cross training for three weeks.
January was pretty painful getting back into shape but I managed to post an 8:40:93 for 3000m two weeks ago in Birmingham AL.
The Southland Conference championships began this last Tuesday and Wednesday, again in the CrossPlex – a multi million dollar facility in Birmingham Alabama – a whopping 9hr bus journey.
I was entered in the 5000m and the 3000m. On Tuesday morning I toed the line for my third ever indoor race. It was a blood bath. The first mile was extremely messy having gotten shoved spiked and tripped multiple times, but then again that’s to be expected when you put 33 very competitive men on a compact 200m banked indoor track in a championship race. I finished 10th in 15:12:19 (PR). Far from what I was capable of I left the facility feeling down. An agonizing 4 seconds off scoring.
Back at the hotel that afternoon I did two lots of homework. I analyzed every aspect of the race from the live stream. Figured out what I did wrong, made a new plan and began the recovery process for the 3000m the next day. I then spend the next 5hrs doing statistics homework and an economics paper – this is the part of NCAA competition that nobody ever sees or hears about.
The next day I was placed in heat 2 of 3. Only having one race under my belt previously meant I couldn’t get into the fastest heat. However I was told by coach that didn’t necessarily mean I couldn’t score. They delegate the scoring points a out to the fastest runners in all heats. Meaning if I ran fast enough, I could still put points on the board for the team. I was going for it. The race went out reasonably fast for a championship race – 2:47 first km. But I stuck to my plan and held back. At the one mile make I was in second last and began to make my move. Every lap up until the the final 600m I took on of two men out. With 3 laps to go I hit the front, no one had the energy to respond and I finished 1st in the heat in 8:37:83 (PB) and 7th overall in the Conference meaning mission accomplished. In the next heat (the faster one) most of the athletes ran slower and I got the points. A small victory, but I’ve always been one to celebrate the small victories.
So that brings a conclusion to my freshman eligibility in the NCAA. I ticked a major box on my collegiate bucket list. Scoring at every conference (XC, indoors and outdoors) as a freshman. Now, with the best of our squad at home having only outdoor seasons left, we head into outdoor season with a very realistic chance on winning the outdoor conference in May. Now it’s fine for me to prepare to do the same outdoors and put as many points on the board outdoors too. As I type this email, we are driving over the Mississippi through the night to arrive back to campus at about 3am, only to wake up to sit an exam at 10am – again another thing people never see when they think about NCAA competition.
Until next time all the best,
Nil D

Keith double marks at IUAA Indoors

Keith Marks was the star of the show at the IUAA Indoor championships held in Athlone yesterday winning both the high jump (1.90m) and long jump (6.88). In the sprints first off the 60m Leo Morgan took silver in 6.83, after a 6.93 heat. Keith Pike was 4th 6.83.

Rolus Olusa was 3rd in the 60H (8.34). Leah Bergin placed 4th in the 400 final 58.66 after a 59.66 heat. Other Clonliffe times: Isreal Ibeanu 60-7.29, 200-23.43. Chris Sibanda 60 – 6.95, 200 – 22.35.


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