On day one of the Woodie’s DIY Senior Track and Field Championships, Paul Hession (Athenry AC) produced the performance of the day in the 200m running 20.51, achieving the A qualification standard for both the World Championships and the London Olympic Games. After what he described as a ‘frustrating’ season, the Galway man was delighted to have finally run the time, particularly in Dublin.
He was pushed all the way by U23 European finalist Steven Colvert who was second in 20.84. Northern Ireland record holder Amy Foster (University of Ulster) won the 200m in 23.74.
Earlier in the day Kate Veale of Waterford AC produced another stunning performance to take her second senior national 5km walk title in 21.30.18, improving by 15 seconds on the time she raced when winning the World Youth championships in Lille in July. This time is a new Irish Youth, Junior and U23 record. Laura Reynolds (Mohill AC) who has achieved the B standard for the World Track and Field Championships finished second in 23.22.53.
Mark Kenneally (Clonliffe AC) won the Men’s 10,000m in convincing style in 28.58.39. In the early laps there was a three way battle between Kenneally, Gary Thornton (Galway City Harriers AC) and Martin Fagan (Mullingar Harriers AC). Kenneally pushed the pace at the halfway point moving away from Thornton and Fagan, who subsequently dropped out. Kenneally is ultimately targeting Olympic qualification standard in the Marathon.
In the field events, Claire Fitzgerald (Tralee AC) produced a terrific performance to won the national discus title in 50.07, the fourth longest of all time and the longest by an Irish athlete in 19 years. Irish Junior Record Holder Cara Kennedy (Ferrybank AC) won the hammer with a throw of 57.62m. Tori Pena of Finn Valley AC won the Pole Vault in 4.20m; Pena has broken the Irish record an incredible 6 times this year with it currently standing at 4.40m. Sunday should prove to be another great day on the track and in the field.
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