At the National Junior and U23 championships in Tullamore on July 2nd, DCU students won no fewer than 15 national tiles. Individual champions were Eoin Strutt U23 5000m, Kevin Kelly U23 1500m, Adam King U23 Hammer, Nicholas Dunphy 5000m Walk, Kate Mc Gowan 400m Hurdles, Elizabeth Morland Junior Long Jump & 100m Hurdles, Sarah Mc Carthy U23 Long Jump, Sophie Becker U23 400m, Ian Brennan U23 Triple Jump, Matthew Behan U23 110m Hurdles, Shane Joyce U23 Javelin, John Fitzsimons Junior 800m, Anne Marie Torsney U23 Discus and Cliodhna Manning in the U23 200m.
Runner-ups included Mark Rogers 400m Hurdles, Anne Marie Torsney U23 Shot, Joseph Ojewumi Junior 100m, Sean O Driscoll U23 100m, Daniel Hernon U23 High Jump, Shane Power Junior Pole Vault, Alix Hughes 100m Hurdles, Niamh Corry Junior 5000m, Orla Bollard U23 5000m, Stephen Rice U23 Javelin, Sarah Mc Carthy U23 200m and Adam O Brien in the Junior 5000m.
Andrew Creamer finished 3rd in the U23 110m Hurdles.
On the international stage, Michael Bowler (ATT Graduate) recorded his first decathlon score of over 7000 points with a new personal best of 7032 points at the European Combined Events Team Championships in Monzon, Spain. Shane Aston (ET Graduate) recorded 6564 points in the same event.
At the recent Berlin IPC in Germany, Greta Streimikyte returned from injury to win the 1500m in 4.55. Greta’s next major event will be the IPC World Championships in London in mid-June.
There has also been good news for DCU with the naming last week of the Ireland Under 23 team for the European Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland from July 13th to 16th. It includes 7 current or recently graduated students from the college. Sarah Mc Carthy competes in the Long Jump, Brandon Arrey in the 400m, Sophie Becker in the 400m, Cliodhna Manning in the 200m, Matthew Behan in the 110m Hurdles, Kevin Kelly in the 1500m and Adam King in the Hammer will all be representing their home clubs and DCU at the European championships.