Irish Universities Indoor Titles for Becky Woods and Ian Rogers

On Friday last February 1st the Irish Universities Indoor Track and Field Championships took place at the magnificent Athlone IT indoor facility. There were a number of Clonliffe athletes in action for their colleges with some outstanding performances. Pride of place goes to Becky Woods who was a worthy winner of the women’s 1500m title. Becky took a fine win in a time of 4.41.62 for TCD, with a winning margin of almost six seconds. There was also another universities title for pole vaulter Ian Rogers (DIT) who won with a best vault of 4.60.

Ciaran Mackey impressed in the 400m with two sub 50 races. First off comfortably winning his semi-final with a time of 49.61 and then going even quicker in the final finishing 2nd in a time of 48.98. There was bronze won by Sara Doyle (UCD) in the 60m hurdles in a time of 9.63.

Other notable Clonliffe performances on the day included Snezana Bechtina qualifying for the 200 final with a semi-final performance of 26.72 and then a 6th place finish in the final in 26.87. Orna McGinley (DCU) was 7th in the women’s 800m final in a time of 2.24.31.

In the men’s events Patrick O’Connor (TCD) finished 3rd in the 60m semi-final in a time of 7.15 just missing out on qualification. In the 800m Brian Hill (TCD) qualified from semi-final 2 in a time of 1.59.71 and finished 8th in the final 1.59.79. Andrew Jenkinson (DIT) qualified from semi-final 3 in a time of 1.57.39 and then ran faster in the final to place 7th in a time of 1.56.83.

Mark McDonald placed 4th in the 1500m in 3.58.12.