Athletics: Woodie’s DIY National Championships – Preview

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Updated: January 10, 2014
The Woodie’s DIY National Combined Events Championships are due to take place 
this Saturday, 11th of January in AIT International Arena.
The very best combined  events athletes in the country will compete for the national titles in the master, senior, junior, youth and juvenile categories. 
Michael Bowler (Kilkenny City Harriers AC) is back to defend the senior men’s title
that he won 12 months ago in Athlone. Bowler opened his 2014 campaign at last
weekend’s inaugural national indoor league where he competed in the 60m hurdles
(8.97), 800m (2.04.38) and pole vault (3.60m). Expected challengers on the day are likely
to come from Kourosh Foroughi (Star of the Sea AC) and Sean Gill (Raheny
Shamrock AC).
In the senior women’s event Geraldine Finnegan (Dunleer AC) and Laura Frey
(Lagan Valley AC) finished first and second respectively at last year’s event. Both
athletes will renew their rivalry over the five event pentathlon (60m H, LJ, Shot, HJ,
800m).
Sarah McCarthy (Mid-Sutton AC) is making a welcome return to the combined events
in the junior women’s category. McCarthy laid down impressive early season marks at
the national indoor league in the LJ (5.68m) and the 60m (7.84). McCarthy will have to
deal with the ever improving Amy McTeggart (Boyne AC) in the battle for the title.
McTeggart finished off her 2013 season with a personal best in the heptathlon (4,217
points) at the Hexham Combined Events International last September.
Mark Rogers (St Peters AC) who won the senior boy’s combined event schools title
(3,075 points) last November should start as the favourite in the junior men’s category. In
the youth category Elizabeth Morland (Cushinstown AC) has made a big breakthrough
over the last 12 months which culminated in a victory at the Schools International in
Glasgow in December. Morland produced an outstanding score of 3,740 points to secure
the gold and had the added bonus of leading the Irish team to the team gold medals.
Annabelle Morris (Blackrock AC-Louth) was part of that team with Morland and she
too will contest the youth competition in Athlone this Saturday.
Keith Marks (Cushinstown AC) and Ethan Bannon (Raheny Shamrock) are set to
battle it out for supremacy in the youth boy’s category. Daniel Ryan (Moycarkey Coolcroo AC) is an exciting young prospect and is expected to go well in the boy’s U16 category. Ryan had an all conquering 2013 season with victories in both the national indoor and outdoor combined events championships in the U15 category. 
The action gets underway in the arena at 10am with the juvenile competition.

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