Clonliffe men retain National Indoor League title (updated)

The Clonliffe men continued their domination of the National Indoor League with their 3rd win in succession at the NIA Abbotstown today. The win came today from a great team effort by the entire squad. Having topped the standings after both rounds 1 and 2 the guys made sure today with impressive performances throughout the day. Maximum points were scored in 5 of the 11 events: David Donegan in the pole vault 4.10m, Keith Marks in the long jump 7.15m, Marcin Klinzow in the high jump 1.85m, Chris Sibanda in the 200 (22.17) and Dara Kervick 400 (48.50).

With very solid points then contributed (again) by Marcin, this time 3rd in the shot (11.63m), Niall Counihan 2nd in the triple jump (12.97), the 4 x 200 team were also 2nd, Leo Morgan 2nd in the 60 (6.93), Mark McDonald 3rd in the 800 (2.00.04) and young Greg Hosseny 4th in the 1500 (4.19.59) the win was assured. 1st Clonliffe 61 points, 2nd Menapians 52, 3rd Donore 48.

The women`s team put in a spirited display also today with Lean Bergin`s win in the 400 (58.67) providing the high light. Once again Snezana Bechtina demonstrated what club spirit is all about by featuring in a variety of events: 7th in the 200 (26.16), 4th Long Jump (4.78m), 5th Pole Vault (1.50m) and relay as the 4 x 200 team finished 5th (1.47.74). Likewise the younger Harriers put in big efforts with Rapha Diamond-Ebbs in particular 4th in both High Jump (1.50m) and 4th in the shot (7.11m). Alex Lappy was 6th in the 60H (10.89), Emma Kelly 7th in the 60 (8.59), Orna McGinley 5th in the 800 (2.26.09) and Alannah Cooley 6th in the 1500 (5.06.37). The womens eventually finished 7th, but great experience gained that will pay off in the future.

So the first team competition of 2018 and for the men: “Winner all right!”