Reynolds stars while Pollock clocks PB
Ben Reynolds of North Down produced the standout performance at the AAI Games in Abbotstown yesterday, clocking 7.77 in the 60m hurdles to book his place at next month's European Indoor Championships in Belgrade.
Reynolds suffered a defeat earlier in the day to Gerard O'Donnell of Carrick-on-Shannon, who clocked 7.88 to win the first of two races, but the Northern Irish athlete reversed the form later in the afternoon to dip well under the qualifying standard of 7.80.
Bantry's Darragh McElhinney broke John Treacy's Irish youth record when running 8:18.88 to finish second in the men's 3,000m, which was won by William Maunsell in 8:16.65. Amy Rose Farrell of Blackrock also set an Irish youth record when winning the women's 3,000m in 9:35.07. Sommer Lecky of Finn Valley soared over 1.8m to also set an Irish youth record in the women's high jump.
Elsewhere Paul Pollock clocked a personal best of 2:15:30 to finish 18th in the Oita Marathon in Japan, carving eight seconds off his previous best. At the European Clubs Cross Country in Portugal, Mick Clohisey finished 10th in the senior men's race, leading Raheny Shamrock to a 12th-place finish. Maria McCambridge was the first Irish athlete home in the women's race, finishing 25th and helping Dundrum South Dublin to sixth place.
At the National Indoor League final on Saturday, Dublin City Harriers were crowned champions in the women's event, while Clonliffe Harriers took the men's title.