Thursday 25 December 2014

Lavin scoops her best in Sheffield

Sarah Lavin (Emerald AC), who ran a PB of 8.25 seconds in Sheffield. Photo: Paul Mohan.
Sarah Lavin (Emerald AC), who ran a PB of 8.25 seconds in Sheffield. Photo: Paul Mohan.

Sarah Lavin (Emerald AC) ran a PB time of 8.25 seconds in the 60m hurdles final at the British Athletics Indoor Championships in Sheffield on Sunday.

Lavin finished in third place, and the time moves her to second on the Irish all-time lists behind Derval O'Rourke (Leevale AC) at 7.84. The next race for Lavin will be the Woodie's DIY National Senior Indoor Championships in Athlone on February 15-16.

Amy Foster (City of Lisburn) equalled her PB when she finished fourth in the women's 60m final in 7.33. The time was only .01 outside the World Indoor Championships qualifying time of 7.32, which she will now target at the Woodie's DIY championships. In the men's 60m, Oliver Back (St Coca's AC) placed fifth in his semi-final in a new PB of 6.82.

Caoimhe King (Aughagower AC) was in tremendous form in the women's triple jump where she set a new Irish U-23 record of 12.96m. King had a very consistent series of jumps with five of her efforts over the old record of 12.68m, which she set in Athlone in January.

Kelly Proper (Ferrybank AC) finished third in the long jump in a season's best of 6.38m, while Zoe Brown (Raheny Shamrock) showed improved form to finish in third place in the pole vault competition with a clearance of 4.16m.

Katie Kirk (Lagan Valley AC) timed her finish to perfection to snatch third place in the women's 800m in 2:06.76. Roseanne Galligan (Newbrige AC) was the long-time leader of the women's 1,500m final before being overhauled in the last 400m. Galligan eventually finished in fourth place in a season's best time of 4:21.80.

Marathon specialist Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders AC) traded the roads for the indoor boards and recorded a new personal best of 8:09.54 to secure sixth place.

Rory Chesser (Ennis Track) and Conor Bradley (City of Derry AC) finished 11th (8:16.03) and 12th (8:16.49) respectively; both times were season-best performances.

In the women's 3,000m, Sarah Treacy (Moynalvey AC) finished in fourth place in a new personal best of 9:17.07.

Niamh Whelan (Ferrybank AC) finished fifth in the final of the 200m (24.79), having earlier run a season's best of 24.56 to qualify for the final.

Richard Morrissey (Crusaders AC) also ran a season's best when he recorded a time of 47.79 in the heats of the 400m.

Irish Independent

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