Metro St Brigid’s Catherina Mullen

National Senior Athletics Championships

BOTH FINGALLIANS and Metro St Brigid’s came home with medals from the Irish Life Health National Senior Track & Field Championships 2019 last weekend in Santry.

For Fins, Pascal Ryan competed in the 100m and 200m races while Anne-Marie Torsney contested both the discus and shot putt.

Torsney secured a podium finish in third place and a season’s best throw of 40.75 for her discus event.

MSB’s Catherina Mullen secured her first senior track medal with a superb second place finish in a hotly contested women’s 5,000m in a time of 16:54.77.

It came a week after Fins junior athletes produced an inspiring set of results. They were the only club to have four girls relay teams qualifying for the finals at Under-14, 15, 16 and 17 level in Tullamore.

And they took home silver medals at both Under-16 and 17 level with Liana Buckley, Laura Constantine, Ava Keogh and Sophie Reihill the team for the younger age group; Jessica Afrakomaa, Constantine, Keogh and Reihill were the team in the Under-17 final.

Kayleigh Reihill took home bronze from the Under-12 high jump competition.

For Clonliffe Harriers, Saturday was the big one at the national seniors as they took three titles, along with a silver and bronze.

Jayme Rossiter was magnificent in the 3000 steeplechase with his technically brilliant hurdling proving to be the difference as he battled with Raheny’s Brian Fay. Over the final 400 metres, Rossiter opened a lead which included a Kenyan-esque clearance of the water jump to claim his first senior title in 8.59.42.

Stephen Scullion travelled from the US to defend his national 10,000 title and simply wasn’t going to relinquish it, breaking for home with all of 2,000 metres to go. Coming down the home straight, he could afford to celebrate in style in 29.36.33. He held off Raheny’s Mick Clohisey.

And the day finished with a Clonliffe double medal in the javelin as Stephen Rice won his second national in a row with a best of 69.75 with Rory Gunning 3rd (65.06).

For Raheny, Eric Favors grabbed his first national title as he set a shot put championship record on day two in Santry.

Gold, silver and bronze was the Raheny haul with Favors writing the headlines. His third throw reached the 18.64 metre mark to secure national gold and a championship record.

Favors had bettered his first effort of 18.42 metres and, for the record, was over one metre longer than silver medallist Finn Valley’s John Kelly’s 17.60m.

On the track, Mark Smyth took bronze in the 100 metres final clocking 10.70 seconds just behind Travane Morrison who won out in 10.61 seconds and Jason Smyth in 10.63.

The Raheny relay team of Isuelt O’Donnell, Aoibhinn McGoldrick, Lucy Barrett and Triossa Nic Dhonaill clocked 4:12.95 for 4x400m silver with Bandon taking gold in 4:00.14.