The Woodie’s DIY National Combined Events Championships took place in AIT International Arena on Saturday.
Michael Bowler (KCH) won the senior men’s title with an overall points score of 3, 528 points. Bowler recorded impressive performances in the high jump (1.97m), 60m hurdles (8.98) and long jump (6.26m) to secure victory. Koroush Foroughi (Star of the Sea) produced a consistent set of results including a 8.68 second victory in the 60m hurdles and 6.50m clearance in the long jump to finish second overall with a score of 3,390. Eoin Kelly (St Abbans AC) finished third with a score of 3,263 points.
Laura Frey (Lagan Valley AC) and Karen Dunne (Bohermeen AC) battled it out for the senior women’s title. After four events it all came down to the 800m with only 29 points separating the two athletes. Frey produced a gutsy performance to secure the victory with an overall score of 2,869 points. Dunne finished second on 2, 821 points and Sarah Mesloh finished third on 2, 548 points.
In the junior women’s category there was a great battle between Sarah McCarthy (Mid- Sutton AC) and Grace McKenzie (Belgooly AC), both athletes returning to the combined events after a long period out. McCarthy recorded a time of 9.13 seconds in the hurdles and jumped 5.73m in the long jump to seal overall victory with a score of 3,572. McKenzie cleared 1.70m in the high jump and produced consistent results across all five events to finish in second place with a score of 3,372 points. Amy McTeggart (Boyne AC) finished third with a score of 2,749 points.
Mark Rogers (St Peters AC) won the junior men’s title with a score of 3,175 points. Rogers cleared 1.85m in the high jump and was a run-away winner in the 1,000m recording a time of 2.54.52. Donal Kearns (Cushinstown AC) finished second with a score of 2,601 points with Killian O’Donnell (Roscommon AC)third on 1,833 points.
At youth level pre-event favourite Elizabeth Morland (Cushinstown AC) lived up to her billing with a commanding victory in the youth women’s pentathlon. Morland got her day off to the perfect start with a fast 8.75 second winning effort in the 60m hurdles. She followed this up with a new personal best in the high jump of 1.72m. These impressive marks along with consistent performances in the shot putt (11.22m), long jump (5.48m) and 800m (2.29.54) gave her an overall score of 3,845 for victory. Annabelle Morris (Blackrock- Louth AC) finished second with a score of 3,093 points with Niamh Kelly (Boyne AC) third on 2,723 points.
Morland’s club mate Keith Marks made it a Cushinstown double as won the youth men’s category. Marks cleared 1.94m in the high jump and leapt out to 6.18m in the long jump record an overall points total of 3,277 for victory. Shane Joyce also of Cushinstown AC finished second with a score of 3,009 points with Joseph Lyons (Tallaght AC) third with a score of 2,604 points.
Patrick Curran (Tallaght AC) won the master men’s 35+ category with a score of 2, 391 points and Joe Gough (West Waterford AC) won the M50+ category with a score of 1,660 points. Lucy Moore Fox (Dundrum south Dublin AC) won the master women’s title with a score of 1,330 points.
Juvenile Round Up
Arlene Crossan (Finn Valley AC) produced a fantastic set of results to win the girl’s U16 title with a score of 3,413 points. It was a great day for the Ryan family with eldest brother Daniel Ryan winning the boy’s U16 title with a score of 3, 687 points with brother David winning the U15 title with a score of 2,909 points, both athlete represent Moycarkey Coolcroo AC.
Vicki Cusack (Liscarroll AC) won the U15 girl’s title with a score of 3,051 after a consistent set of performance’s over the five events. The U14 boy’s title was won by Tariq Adegoke (St Laurence O’Toole AC) with a score of 2,220 and Sophie Meredith (St Marys Limerick AC) won the U14 girl’s title with a score of 3,201 points.