Teams place third at Indoor Track & Field Championships

Both men and women’s teams placed third on points at last weekend’s Irish University Athletics Association (IUAA) Indoor Track & Field Championships, at Athlone IT.

Complete results.

The women racked up 46 points in total, behind UL (59.5 points), second, and victors DCU (110 points).

Phil Healy won the 60 meters to earn max points, Christine Neville was fifth in the 400 meters, Jessica Coyne was fourth in the 800 meters, Orna Murray and Niamh Moore went 4-5 in the 1,500 meters, and Sinead O’Connor and Niamh Allen went 2-4 in the 3,000 meters. To finish the track events, the 4×200 meters relay team of Shona Lowe, Christine Neville, Lucie Moreac, and Niamh Moore placed a surprising fifth. In the field events, Laura McSweeney and Hannah O’Sullivan were 3-4 in the 8kg weight for distance, Clare Fitzgerald and Laura McSweeney went 1-2 in the shot putt, with Clare setting a UCC record in the process.

On the men’s side, UCC scored 35 points, narrowly losing out on silver to UL (36 points), while DCU was a clear winner (106 points).

David Kavanagh placed fourth in the 800 meters, and Luke Hickey won the 2,000 meter walk, setting a UCC record (7:35.62) and just missing the IUAA indoor record by less than half a second. The men’s second track win of the day came from Ben Thistlewood in the 3,000 meters. In the field events, Michael Kenny set an IUAA record in the 16kg weight for distance (8.13 meters), going 1-2 with teammate Patrick McSweeney. The pair weren’t done yet as McSweeney placed third in the shot putt, and Kenny was fifth.

The next IUAA Championship is Cross Country, on March 7, in Co. Kildare. The Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be hosted by University of Ulster, on April 10-11.