Outdoor T&F Championships Recap
The UCC ladies finished third in the team rankings, the men seventh, and overall UCC was fourth, at the conclusion of the Irish University Athletics Association (IUAA) Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held April 10-11, at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast.
Ten UCC women combined to earn 46 points, putting them just back of UL (2nd overall, 51 points), but well out of reach of DCU (winners, 180 points).
First-year Jessica Coyne set a new UCC record, winning the 3,000m steeplechase in 11:06, and Sinead O’Connor (one year down) also set a new UCC record in the 5,000m (17:38), placing third.
On the track the women also scored points from Shona Lowe (100m, 6th; 200m, 4th), Christine Neville (400m, 4th), Lucie Moreac (800m, 4th), Niamh Moore (1,500m, 5th), Orna Murray (3,000m, 3rd), Niamh Allen (3,000m, 5th), and the women’s 4x400m relay team (Christine Neville, Lucie Moreac, Niamh Moore and Jessica Coyne).
On the field, the women earned points from Hannah O’Sullivan (5th, 8kg weight for distance; 3rd, discus; 6th, shot putt), and Laura McSweeney (3rd, shot putt).
The men’s highlight was going 1-2 in the 16kg weight for distance, with Michael Kenny winning and setting a new IUAA record with a mark of 8.20 — he was also the only person to throw over 8 meters — and Patrick McSweeney taking second place. Kenny also scored points in the discus (3rd), and McSweeney scored again in the shot putt (3rd).
The men earned points from Josh O’Sullivan-Hourihan (3rd, 3,000m steeplechase), Ciaran Dee (3rd, 3,000m walk), Eric Curran (4th, 10,000m), Michael Godley (6th, triple jump).
The Outdoor Championships conclude the 2014-15 IUAA season. The next IUAA event is the Road Relay Championships, to be held at NUI Maynooth, in November 2015.