DSDAC’s trio of titles

by Stephen Findlater

DUNDRUM South Dublin AC added another three national titles to their roster last weekend following some top class performances at the AAI National Indoor Championships in Athlone with Sinead Denny, Claire Tarplee and Grainne Moggan all landing titles.

For Woodpark’s Denny, it continues her fantastic start to 2014 as she was the winner of the 400m in a new personal best time of 54.30 seconds, finishing well clear of Shauna Cannon and Ciara McCallion.

It follows an outdoor silver at the 2013 Irish championships while she also represented Ireland at the European team championships in Dublin last year.

Speaking about her performance, the club’s Liz McDonagh said that this upward curve will hopefully be part of a fruitful season ahead.

“She has been winning a lot of the 400m races recently and has been in the club since she was about 10 years old,” she told GazetteSport. “She will be looking to try and qualify for some top level competitions later this year.”

Claire Tarplee took the women’s 1,500m title in a time of 4.30.59 ahead of club-mate Siofra Cleirigh Buttner in 3.32.84.

The England-based Tarplee is currently pushing for selection for the world indoor championships in Sopot, Poland but says that the qualification time was not an option in Athlone after a bout of illness.

“Originally, I was going to try and take it out early and push to get below 4.14 which is the world qualification mark but I was feeling ill all week before the race,” she said after her win. “I still felt a bit bunged up so I decided with my coach to stick in the pack and see what I could do over the last 400m.

“If I was to qualify for the worlds, this race will probably be very similar to that in the heats. So I was quite happy with the splits and was relatively pleased with the last 400m. It was a nice way to run the race and I enjoyed getting quicker which was different to normal.”

She has run within 0.06 seconds of the qualifying standard but could yet be nominated to run in the worlds by Athletics Ireland.

Grainne Moggan continued DSDAC’s proud tradition in the high jump, following in the footsteps of Deirdre Ryan, winning the women’s title with a jump of 1.68m.

At underage level in Santry, a huge amount of the club’s young stars produced excellent performances with Mollie O’Reilly, Brian Masterson, Niall Prior, Sarah Torrans, Sadhbh McCarrick, Rachel Dunne, Mollie Hourihan, Niamh Gowing, Ali Boylan, Lucy Colman-Black, Jonathan Quinlan, Aisling King, Tara Jenkins, Charlie Bracken, Elena Kelly, Jenny Costello and Cillian O’Sullivan all winning titles.

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