MAGEEAN FAILS TO FIRE IN ATHLONE HEAT
athletics: Ciara Mageean was well off her best when finishing fifth at the Athlone International Grand Prix last night over 1,500m, but the 24-year-old refused to be downbeat ahead of next month's European Indoors in Belgrade, WRITES CATHAL DENNEHY.
"That's not where I know I am right now," said Mageean after running 4:12.46, well off Romania's Claudia Bobocea, who clocked a stadium record of 4:08.19. "I'm disappointed. At the same time, I've only had two races, it's only February, and the big picture is the summer."
Phil Healy ran 7.31 in the women's 60m to finish third behind USA's Lekeisha Lawson (7.20), coming within 0.01 of the Irish record. There was a promising return from injury for Paul Robinson, who ran 4:02.77 to finish sixth in the men's mile. JohnTravers was the first Irishman home, fifth in 4:02.54.
At the Leinster Schools Cross-Country in Santry, Sarah Healy of Killiney turned in the standout performance to win the intermediate girls' 3,500m ahead of Abbie Taylor of Wesley. The senior girls' 2,500m was won by Sophie Murphy of Mount Anville, while Aine Kirwan took victory in the junior girls' 2,000m.