The DCU Athletics team retained all the overall team titles at the 2019 Irish Universities Athletics Association Outdoor Track & Field championships hosted by Athlone IT on April 5th.
In retaining all their team titles, DCU achieved nine new DCU club records in addition to 2 new IUAA records. The DCU Ladies team accumulated a total of 176 points with 13 individual event winners, five runner ups and nine bronze winners. The new club record breakers were Michaela Walsh in both Hammer (59.57m) and Shot (14.01m), Zoe Mohan in the 8Kg Weight (8.10m) and Avril Deegan in the 1500m (4.33.91).
Other DCU Ladies winners were Alison Burke in the 100m Hurdles (15.61s), Kelly McGrory in the 400m Hurdles (62.81s), Jodie McCann in the 3000m (9.48.55), Claire Fagan in the 5000m (17.56.13), Orlaith Delahunt in the 1500m Walk (7.09.04), Sarah McCarthy in the Long Jump (5.69m), Saragh Buggy in the Triple Jump (12.40m), Grace Casey in the Javelin (40.30m) and the Ladies 4 x 400m Relay. In winning 27 individual medals in the ladies’ events, DCU broke another club record.
The Men’s team established five new club and 2 new IUAA records with Eoin Sheridan winning the Discus with 53.72m as well as the Men’s 4 x 100m relay, recording a time of 41.59s. Sheridan also broke the club record in the Shot Putt (14.74m). Brian Fay recorded a new club record in the 3000m Steeplechase (9.01.48), with Darragh Gaffney breaking the record in the 16Kg Weight with 8.55m.
DCU also had individual wins from Keith Marks in the Long Jump (7.16m), Adam King in the Hammer (60.60m), Andrew Coscoran in the 1500m (3.53.90), Cathal Doyle in the 5000m (14.39.25), Garry Campbell in the 10000m (30.13.39), Joe Mooney in the 3000m Walk (13.37.05), Shane Power in the Pole Vault (3.80m), Matthew Behan in the 110m Hurdles (14.38s) and the Men’s 4 x 400m Relay in 3.17.47.
In total, the Men’s team won 23 individual medals with 13 wins, six runner ups and four bronze medals. In total DCU accumulated 165.5 points, well ahead of their nearest rivals UCD with 60.5 points and University Limerick with 59.5 points.
Head coach Enda Fitzpatrick summed up the event by stating, “The weekend was a magnificent success for our Athletics Club and Academy and great thanks must go to Athlone IT for hosting a wonderful IUAA outdoor championship.”
Final tallies in the various categories saw the DCU squads retain all titles – Middle Distance, Sprints, Jumps, Throws and the Combined Events. After two days of impressive action, DCU were crowned the IUAA overall team champions for the 13th consecutive year – the Men’s 13th in a row, surpassed only by the ladies with their 14th team title in a row.
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