Report from Intervarsity All Irelands April 2016

  • Posted on: 11 May 2016
  • By: JoanneOB

Good weekend for NUIG in the intervarsity All Irelands in April, some promising results within the sprint group.
Cormac Lynch made a welcome return to competitive athletics running 11.11. Cormac will be training with our group next year.
Owen Scully made a sensational return to outdoor competition running 11.35, not bad for a 400m runner!
Cormac & Owen both done the double and ran 22.82 and 23.65 respectively.
400m (Crazy hard wind for heats so times prob a lot better)
Shane Fahey improved 3 seconds from indoors to run 53.44 and take the GMIT record.
William Flynn ran 51.71 to just miss out on final by .01, hard luck but there was more to come from Will later in relays.
Robert Meagher Won his heat in 52.6 to progress to the finals. Unfortunately in finals, Rob fell out of his blocks, kinda stood up, looked around and then went with everyone else. Still he managed 51.91 in the final. Lessons learn: 1. Put your hand up in blocks if something is wrong. 2. Fricking never assume they'll false start, go untill you hear 2nd gun.
Cormac Lynch, William Flynn, Barry Quigg and Conall Mahon made up this team.They ran 44.62 in heats to cruise to final. This is a new NUIG record.They were going well in final but unfortunatly Cormac hurt his hamstring, we wish him a speedy recovery and we look forward to seeing what he achieves this summer.
This team was made up of Robert Meagher, Aenghus Meldon, Owen Scully and William Flynn,
They Jogged the heats easily making final (this is how good this team is).
Final, we knew it'd be a dog fight for a medal and it was. Rob gave us a solid start but we were a bit off the pace. Aenghus fought really hard and brought us back into the race, Owen done a very solid leg and William was incredible on anchor taking us home in 4th place in 3.27.1, a new NUIG record by 12 seconds (that's me out of the record books now). They were only 1.5 seconds off a medal and 4 seconds off 1st, we'll make more than 4 seconds for next year.
Splits 400m (baton went 400m)
Robert 52.7
Aenghus 51.6
Owen 53.3
Will 49.2!!!!
Also not Fantastic results outside of sprints for NUIG:
Aenghus Meldon showing his class again to win a silver medal. Incredible heart and fight in the last 200m. This guy doesn't give up and watch this space for the future.
Maebh Brannigan was unlucky not to make the final of the 800m. Maebh is incredibly talented and I'd put money on it she'll be fighting for gold before she leaves university.
Triple Jump: Barry Quigg scoring valuable points in 5th and Conall 3rd place. Conall is used to winning but part of being a champion is realisng that you won't win every time out and Conall is a true champion so well done.
High Jump:
Despite being 30mins late for competition (car break down) BArry rocks up and comes 4th with no warm up!!!! This guy can give lessons on keeping your cool under pressure.
3000m Steeple Chase:
Andrew first time trying them came 5th.
Niamh Hennelly ran a very solid race finishing in 8th position
Andrew, couple hours after steeple came 6th in the 5000m, Great running!
Also Galway runners Peadar Harvey and Keith Fallon were in this. Peadar came 5th in a solid performance and Keith Fallon won the 5000m in style. It was a fantastic win and incredibly exciting race to watch - well done Keith.
Paddy Sweeney was setting records Galore all weekend in the Shot, Hammer and weight for distance!
Aoife Cody also got in on the action setting records too in weight for distance!