DCU Athletics dominate indoors in Athlone

Gerard Grimes

DCU Athletics again secured the men’s and women’s team titles at the Irish Indoor Track and Field Championships in Athlone IT recently.

The championships saw the men take home a 13th consecutive title while a dominant performance from the women’s team saw them win the team title for the 12th time on the bounce.

There were four new indoor club records set, two by male athletes, as Joseph Ojewumi ran a European qualifying standard of 6.77 to take the gold in the 60m while Cillin Greene won silver in the men’s 200m behind Ulster University’s Craig Newell, running 21.68 in the heats.

Both other club records came from the women’s team as Nadia Power won the 800m in 2:08:28 and Michaela Walsh the shot putt with 14.42.

Walsh also finished second behind DCU teammate Zoe Mohan in the 8kg weight for distance event.

DCU won thirty individual medals across both teams, made up of thirteen golds, nine silver and eight bronze.

In the men’s team Keith Marks, Shane Power and Eoin Sheridan all won gold in the long jump, pole vault and shot putt alongside Ojewumi’s gold.

In addition to Power and Walsh on the women’s team, Kelly McGrory took gold in the 400m, as did Emma O’Brien in the 1500m.

Sarah McCarthy, Saragh Buggy and Daena Kealy won the long, triple and high jump respectively while Sophie Becker stormed to gold in the 200m.

Becker, DCU’s women’s team captain, also recently hit the European qualifying standard in the 400m with a time of 53.66 at the AAI Games, placing her seventh on the Irish All-Time Indoor list, as she now looks to claim her place on the plane to Glasgow.

“We’re absolutely thrilled,” Becker exclaimed after DCU’s dominant win in the team standings.

“We were quietly confident that we would win as everyone was showing form in competition over the weeks leading up to it but it is still always great when we pull off the winning streak for another year.

“The girls’ team was very strong this year with great performances such as Kelly McGrory winning the 400m, Nadia Power claiming gold in 800m and Michaela Walsh winning the shot putt to name a few of the outstanding performances,” she explained.

“The boys’ team were strong too with a fantastic win by Joseph Ojewumi in the 60m and also gold for Shane Power in the pole vault and gold for Eoin Sheridan in the shot.

“I couldn’t be happier with how the season has gone for me so far. I ran a PB in the 200 and it was great to get the win as 400 would be my stronger event.

“I’m still on cloud nine after running the 400 standard for Glasgow and shaving a second off of my previous PB. If everything goes to plan this weekend at national seniors, hopefully I’ll be boarding the plane to Glasgow.”

Men’s captain Michael Carey also praised the team, calling it “a fantastic championship for DCU”.

“All the athletes performed unbelievably throughout the day with countless standout performances,” Carey said.

“We had a few illnesses and injuries in the week leading up to the event so we had some athletes competing off short notice so massive respect to them.

“The day couldn’t have gone better and really shows the strength of Athletics in DCU. A big shoutout to our Athletics Director Enda Fitzpatrick and all our DCU coaches who put in the work behind the scenes,” he said.

Gerard Grimes

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