Galway Athletics Report

University Indoor Championships

L to R Sarah Quinn NUIG bronze. Molly Scott winner, Sarah Lavin second, IUAA 60m Hurdles  

The IUAA Indoor Track & Field Championships for 2019 were held in Athlone IT Arena last Friday. NUIG Athletics club had a fantastic championship and came home with a substantial medal haul, including three golds, two silvers and two bronze medals. 

Gold came via the talented NUIG Ladies relay team, in the 4x200m event in a time of 101.69 seconds, an NUIG Record. The squad comprised Sarah Quinn, Ciara Barry, Ellie O’Toole and Nicole Walsh. 

International athlete Damien Landers won the 3000m with a great final lap, and Eoghan Rodgers secured victory in the Weight for Distance throw, to claim the third gold of the day for NUIG.

The aforementioned Sarah Quinn also won two individual medals, with a silver medal win in the 60m sprint, clocking 7.48 seconds and she then claimed bronze in the 60m Hurdles in 8.6 seconds, both personal bests and NUIG records.

Nicole Walsh won a superb silver medal over 400m as she continued her great start to the season, while also on the track Shane Mooney won the Men’s 60m Hurdles bronze. Thrower Bridget McDyer won bronze in the Weight for Distance event to cap a great day for the college.

NUIG Ladies team was Bronze overall in country placing third overall on points, while the Men’s squad was fifth.

Galway athletes impressed competing with other colleges. Alanna Lally won 1500m silver for UCD, Cillin Greene took 200m silver for DCU, while Brendan Lynch won bronze in the Triple Jump competing for University of Limerick.

L to R Niamh Malone, University of Ulster, Bronze. Kelly McGrory DCU, Winner. Nicole Walsh, NUI Galway silver. IUAA 400M.

Gort 5km

Local athlete David Richardson of South Galway AC won the annual Gort 8k held Sunday February 10th last, clocking 16.59 for victory. He finished ahead of Brian Murphy of Ennis Track and Greg Lyndon also South Galway. First lady home was Tara Whyte of GCH in 19.49 with clubmate Sinead Foran second, and Alma Hanevy third. The race was organised by local club South Galway AC. 

National Senior Indoor Championships 

The main event of the Indoor track and field season domestically, the National Senior Indoors, takes place over two days this weekend, 16th and 17th February. Galway clubs will be well represented with the likes of Sean Breathnach, Alanna Lally, and Cillin Greene all likely to feature well at the championships

Connacht Schools Cross Country

The Connacht Schools Cross Country Finals will take place at Bushfield, Loughrea at 12 noon on February 16th next.