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Successful weekend for DUHAC athletes at the IUAA Track and Field Championships

Published: February 18th, 2020

The Irish Universities Athletics Association (IUAA) hosted the Indoor Track & Field Championships at Athlone Institute of Technology on Saturday, 15th February. DUHAC field athletes came away with a number of medals including Donal Kearns, who won the combined events, Sean Thompson who took bronze in the Triple jump and Lara O' Byrne who took home silver in the High Jump. Aislinn Mumford came 4th and Muireann McGinley 5th in the Pole Vault while Rachel Dunne and Anna Grace Ulses competed in the Triple Jump.

DUHAC's resident hurdler Kate Doherty ran a great race to take silver in the 60m Hurdles and track captain Ash Heneghan came third in the 1500m walk. Rhianna McCarthy just missed out on qualification for the 200m final, as did Shane Keane and Danny Browne in the men's 60m. Other sprinters just falling short of final qualification included Paul O'Callaghan (400) Conor Matthews and Jack Byrne (800).

In the middle distances, Sorcha McAllister and her fellow Connacht comrade, Eavan McLoughlin both did well in a strong 3000m field to come third and fourth respectively. In the women's 1500m, Claire Rafter battled it out to finish in 6th place. Conall Hayes ran a magnificent 1500m to take silver and Harriers Captain Alan McGinley ran speedily to come home in 8th place. Stephen Cashlin blazed home in the fast 3000m an excellent fourth place and John Moroney battled home in 7th while Emma Meade came home 5th in her 800m heat. Overall it was a successful weekend and everyone who competed did the DUHAC singlet proud!

DUHAC are in action again this weekend against University College Dublin in the Colours Cross Country Championships at Phoenix Park from 1pm. This is in preparation for the Intervarsity Cross-Country Competition, which is taking place on Saturday, 7th March in Cork, where DUHAC’s ladies team will be fighting for the top medal position and the men’s team have a chance of making a podium position.