Four up-and-coming DCU athletes have been chosen to compete at the prestigious Millrose Games in New York.
The world famous distance relay event takes place in February every year and DCU have been invited to partake alongside the top six college teams on America’s East Coast. Joe Warne (1200 metre), Brian Gregan (400 meter), Mark English (800 meter) and John Coghlan will represent the college in the event.
After nearly a 100-year run at Madison Square Garden, the Millrose Games will be contested at The Armory this year, widely regarded as one of the premier indoor track and field venues in the world.
The unprecedented invite into the distance-relay team at the legendary New York event follows on from the rising reputation of athlete’s from DCU with Fionnuala Britton, Linda Byrne and Mark Christie all profiting from the DCU athletics academy, run by Enda Fitzpatrick.
“Ray Flynn is the meet director which, I’m sure, had something to do with the invite,” DCU athletics director Enda Fitzpatrick told the Irish Independent. “But maybe it also signals that people from outside are noticing what we are doing here, which is very encouraging.”
With just four to pick from, many promising athletes have missed out, with Darren McBrearty and Paul Robinson missing out due to their unavailability.
400 metre athlete Mark English won a silver medal at the European U-23 championships while 800 metre athlete has been in flying form in breaking the Irish junior 800 metre record.