DCU Athletics Academy & Athletics Annual Report 2016/17
The National Intervarsity Championships were held in Maynooth University on Saturday 19th November and DCU had some strong teams competing in both the men’s and women’s races, albeit the men’s squads were rapidly reduced in the days prior to the event through injuries and sicknesses.
DCU finished in the top three in the both races. The women’s A team of Mary Mulhare, Una Britton, Rachael Smyth and Elizabeth Carr raced brilliantly to finish 2nd behind a very strong UL team which included their Olympian Michelle Finn. A highlight of this event from the DCU perspective was the fact that we had 5 teams competing in the ladies race, with DCU B, DCU C and DCU D teams all finishing in the top 12. The B squad of Ciara Cummins, Niamh Corry, Harriette Robinson and Laura Whitelaw placed 6th, the C team of Amy Hamill, Orla Bollard, Hannah Mc Gowan and Niamh Quinn in 8th place and the D team of Kirsty McIlwaine, Greta Streimikyte, Aoife Mulroy and Emer Treacy in 12th place overall. Our 5th team of Laura Power, Sinead Clavin, Aisling Ewing and Niamh Moran placed 20th (from 24 finishing teams). Sorcha Fallon, Jona Kalemi and Therese Corry all competed on compromise teams! This was a great showing by the DCU ladies with so many competing and so many great personal runs! Mary Mulhare ran 3rd fastest on the first 1 mile leg, Una Britton was fastest on the first 2 mile leg, Rachael Smyth was 2nd fastest on the second 2 mile leg while Elizabeth Carr was the fastest on the anchor mile leg!
A much changed men’s team (only confirmed on the morning of the race) put up a brave performance losing out to an experienced team from UL, which included DCU old boy Eoin Everard on their 3 mile leg. Infect, Eoin’s 3 mile performance was the deciding factor on the day. Daniel Scully led off the A team in 4th before Kevin Kelly (only survivor from last year’s winning team) ran the 2nd fastest first 2 mile leg to move the team to 2nd overall. David Scanlon raced hard and brave (3rd fastest leg) but was overhauled by UL’s Everard. Men’s Captain Michael Carey raced strongly (recording the fastest second 2 mile leg) before handing over to Jonny Whan who anchored the team to 2nd overall. The men’s “B” team of Paul Peppard, Damian Murphy, Oisin Quinn, Liam Naughton and Joey Lyons finished 8th overall from 26 finishing teams. Niall Cornyn put down a positive marker for his compromise team on the first 1 miler by handing over in 7th place – although the official results don’t highlight this! It was unfortunate in the lead up to the race that we lost so many athletes to injuries or sickness!
As per usual, the future looks bright for the DCU Athletics team for the upcoming season. We want to congratulate all our teams (8) who competed in Maynooth and pay special thanks to all our supporters and parents who turned out in force (they made plenty of noise too)! A special thanks to Anne and Enda for their continued support and hard work with both the distance running squads! We look forward to
seeing more new faces (and old ones) at our next ‘varsity competition of national indoors in Athlone IT on February 10th!
DCU dominate the IUAA Indoors Track & Field Championships for the 10th consecutive year!
DCU athletes set 5 new indoor club records at the IUAA championships in Athlone and in doing so we retained both our team titles. The Men’s squad have now won 11 overall team titles on the trot, while the Ladies squad were winning their 10th successive team title!
The female jumpers of Sarah Mc Carthy (5.87m in the Long Jump) and Saragh Buggy (13.05m in the Triple Jump – new IUAA / DCU record) dominated their events. Sarah Murray was magnificent in the 60m sprint retaining her title while the evergreen Catherine Mc Manus won the 60mH in a time of 8.52secs. First year students Amy Ni Hamill in the 800m (2.16.10) and Sophie Becker in the 400m (56.98) both won their first IUAA titles. Across the board, the team accumulated points and won medals to ensure that we retained our team title for the 10th consecutive year. In the 1500m, Rachael Smyth set a new college record of 4.31.40. The Women’s team won a total of 19 medals, two more than last year, with 6 Gold, 9 Silver and 4 Bronze!
In the Men’s competitions, we set 3 new club records with Cian Mc Manamon in the 2K Walk (7.41.10), Eoin Sheridan in the Shot (14.99) and James Kelly in the Weight for Distance with 8.09m. In addition, we had outstanding victories from Cillian Kirwan in the 1500m (4.02.60), Keith Marks in the Long Jump (6.98m), Oisin Taylor in the Triple Jump (13.87m, last jump!) and Shane Aston in the Combined Events (3638 points). The Men’s team won 17 medals (itself a new club record) with 5 Gold, 6 Silver and 6 Bronze on a magnificent day for DCU athletics!
At the end of a long day of competitions, the Women’s team of DCU (118 points) won from UL (82 points) and AIT (40 points) while in the Men’s overall; DCU with 109 points won from UL (68 points) and QUB (35 points). This was one of our best team performances over the past 10 years and despite losing a number of top class athletes (due to injuries) in the lead up these championships, our understudies more than rose to the occasion! Our athletic performances are a big thank you to our outstanding coaches (sprints, jumps, walks, throws and distance) – many of whom were in the arena to share in our athletes successes.
Check out www.iuaa.org at the results link for all individual results or re-watch the action on the You Tube Ntrai link to IUAA Indoors 2017!!
DCU athletes past and present won no fewer than 20 medals at the national senior indoor championships with DCU graduates Eoin Everard retaining his 3000m title and Brian Gregan winning the 400m. Current students (and One Year Down athletes – eligible to run in universities competitions this year) won 4 other national titles with Sarah Mc Carthy winning the Long Jump, Saragh Buggy winning the Triple Jump, Elizabeth Morland winning the 60mH and Kate Veale winning the 3000m Walk).
We won 8 silver medals over the weekend with Eoin Doherty (6.81s for the 60m), Sarah Mc Carthy (200m), Paul Robinson (1500m), Catherine Mc Manus (60mH), Cian Mc Manamon (3000m Walk), Emily Rogers (High Jump), Keith Marks (Long Jump) and Lynda Ngankam (Triple Jump) just missing out on national titles.
Bronze medal winners over the 2 days included Brandon Arrey (400m), LillyAnn O Hora (60mH), Fionnuala Britton (3000m), Shane Aston (60mH), Cillian Kirwan (1500m) and Cliodhna Manning (200m).
Many other DCU athletes placed highly in respective finals while others recorded personal best in their heats or semi-finals. Next up for many of these athletes will the IUAA outdoor track & field championships hosted by Cork IT on April 7th & 8th.
What a day this proved to be for the DCU Athletics Club – all 3 team trophies are on their way back to Glasnevin!
The ladies team performed heroically on the day with former ladies captain Mary Mulhare racing a blinder to finish 3rd behind Shona Heaslip (Tralee IT) and Michelle Finn (UL Olympian). Elizabeth Carr was always moving well in the chasing pack and finished 5th with Harriette Robinson 8th, splitting the UL athletes. First year athlete Niamh Corry raced like a veteran and stuck to her race plan of holding back early on and charging through in the second half of the race to finish 12th. This scoring quartet dethroned reigning champions UL by 4 points in the team race. Supporting our scoring quartet were Orla Bollard in 18th, Niamh Quinn in 20th, Hannah Mc Gowan 35th, Jona Kalemi 38th, Sinead Clavin 40th, Linda Conroy 42nd, Aoife Mulroy 47th, Eimear Treacy 48th and Sorcha Fallon 53rd. The DCU ladies squad were winning the team title minus the services of Una Britton, Rachael Smyth, Ciara Wilson, Amy Hamill, Laura Whitelaw, Kate Veale, Claire Brennan and Sinead Lambe, to mention but a few!
The Men’s team were the defending team champions and after witnessing the ladies team victory, pressure was on them to perform – they did! Michael Carey (Men’s Captain) had his charges well prepared and with 10 athletes finishing in the top 25, we easily retained our team title! Kevin Kelly was our leading finisher in 5th and was always travelling well in the chasing pack, accompanied by Eoin Strutt in 7th. Captain Carey charged his way up to 8th and with Jonny Whan 10th, Adam O Brien 12th and Gary Campbell 14th; we won the team title with 56 points from UCD on 80 points and Athlone IT with 159 points. This entire scoring squad are all eligible next year is as all of the support runners bar one! Our back-up finishers were equally impressive with Damian Murphy in 15th, Niall Cornyn 17th, Padraig Moran 18th, Eoin Durkan 24th, Liam Naughton 27th, Jack Boylan 37th, Paddy Peters 38th, Joey Lyons 41st, Oisin Quinn 43rd, Alex Gibbons 47th, Daniel Scully 59th and Matthew Molloy 64th. On the day, the men’s team were minus the services of established international like Pierre Murchan, Ian Guiden, Cillian Kirwan, David Scanlon and Michael Mulhare (all currently injured).
The combined efforts of both the ladies and the men’s squad saw DCU retain the Overall Best College’s team title yet again, our 14th win in 15 years!
Log onto www.iuaa.org for all the results from the 2017 IUAA cross country at Abbottstown Sports Campus.
Next up for the DCU athletes will be the IUAA track & field championships in Cork IT on April 7th & 8th.
The DCU ATHLETICS team retained all the overall team titles at the 2017 IUAA outdoor Track & Field championships hosted by CIT. In retaining all our team titles, we achieved 6 new DCU club records in addition to 2 new IUAA records!
The Ladies team accumulated a total of 161.5 points with 10 individual event winners, 9 runner ups and 4 bronze winners. Our new club record breakers were Cliodhna Manning in the 200m (24.16s), Grainne Moynihan in the 400m (55.22s), Kate Veale in the 1500m Walk (6.23.08) and Elizabeth Morland in the Javelin (40.58m). Other DCU winners were Sarah Murray in the 100m, Lilly Ann OHora in the 60m Hurdles, Sarah Mc Carthy in the Long Jump, Saragh Buggy in the Triple Jump, Sophie Parkinson Brown in the Discus and both our 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m relay teams! In winning 23 individual medals in the ladies events, we were breaking another club record!
The Men’s team established 2 new Club and IUAA records with Stephen Rice in the Javelin (61.18m) and Adam King in the Hammer (63.51m). We also had individual wins from Matthew Behan (110mH), Michael Carey (3000m steeplechase), Oisin Taylor in the Triple Jump (14.06m), Eoin Sheridan in the Discus (48.58m) and Shane Aston in the Combined Events (3166 points). In total, the Men’s team won 21 individual medals with 7 wins, 7 runner ups and 7 bronze medals. In total we accumulated 144 points, well ahead of our nearest rivals UL with 67.5 points.
Final tallies in the various categories saw the DCU squads retain all titles - Middle Distance, Sprints, Jumps and Throws. After 2 days of impressive action, DCU were crowned the IUAA overall team champions for the 11th consecutive year – the Men’s 11th in a row, surpassed by the ladies with their 12th team title in a row! The weekend was a magnificent success for our Athletics Club and Academy and great thanks must go to Cork IT for hosting a wonderful outdoor championship.
Special thanks must go to all our excellent coaches who work tirelessly with our athletes throughout the year, to our sponsors BOI, to our academic departments who accommodate some flexibility when required, to DCU Sport for our ever improving facilities, to CLC for all their continued support and services during the year, to Exwell Medical and the ATT faculty for all their injuries and treatment supports and to the faculty of Sports Science and Health for the testing laboratories and blood analyses. In the lead up to the championships, the clubs Captains Lilly Ann O Hora, Michael Carey and our Chairman Adam Foley were immense, and over the weekend our ATT support from Cillian Kirwan and Edel Kieran was greatly appreciated.
To view all the results, check out www.iuaa.org and its results link.