Yesterday saw the first round of the National Indoor League take place in the Athlone Arena. At the conclusion of the day both the men and women`s teams remain in contention, with the men 2nd on 48 points behind defending champions Tallaght AC on 54 and the Clonliffe women 4th (44 points) with DCH topping the standings on 60 points. The day included a shattering of a 26 year old club record by Ausra Jerumbauskyte: the indoor long jump record of Paula Carthy of 5.39m that has stood since February 1990 is now gone replaced by Ausra`s 5.50m!
There were maximum points take by Ian Rogers in the Pole Vault (4.10m) and good high points chipped in by Keith Pike 2nd in the 60m (7.11) and by Michael Curley 3rd shot (10.15m). For the women Ausra Jerumbauskyte scored top marks in the long jump (5.50m) with both Eimear O`Brien in the 800 (2.22.14) and Denise O`Brien in the shot recording 4th place finishes.
Men: 60m 2nd Keith Pike 7.11, 800m 7th Josh Stubbs 2.02.82, Long Jump 5th Chris Sibanda 6.12, Shot 3rd Michael Curley 10.15m, Pole Vault 1st Ian Rogers 4.10m.
Women: 60m 5th Snezana Bechtina 8.08, 60H 7th S. Bechtina 11.02, 800m 4th Eimear O`Brien 2.22.14, Shot 4th Denise Byrne 7.87, Long Jump 1st Ausra Jerumbauskyte 5.50m.
A number of the club`s athletes also “guested” in other races, the big news was Chris Sibanda`s 60m races, the first 7.01 and the second a really blistering 6.94! Edging close to Keith Pike`s year old club record of 6.86. Paul Whelan ran 7.21 and Pierce Friel 7.29. Eimear Treacy recorded an 800 time of 2.29.82.