DCU Athletics come out on top at the IUAA in Athlone

Conor Breslin

With 25 medals, 2 IUAA records, 3 DCU records and both the men’s and women’s team regaining their first-place titles at the Irish Indoor Track and Field Championships in Athlone IT, is there any wonder why DCU are the most successful varsity team in the country. 

DCU Athletics Academy hit the road Saturday morning for the annual IUAA indoor championships held in Athlone IT.  After many discussions and meetings, Paul Byrne and his coaching panel brought a team they believed would again retain both the men’s and women’s titles.

DCU men’s team were seeking their fourteenth consecutive title while the women were aiming for their thirteenth.

This impressive string of performances on the day resulted in a total of 25 medals being won across both male and female teams, two which were IUAA Records ( Men’s 4 x 200m and Saragh Buggy in the Triple Jump) and 3 DCU Records  (Men’s 4 x 200m, Saragh Buggy in the Triple Jump & fresher Mark Smyth in the 200m).

These brilliant achievements were backed up with plenty of Personal Best’s and Seasonal Best’s by the rest of the squad.

After only placing 6th in the 60m event, Aoife Lynch move on to pick up a bronze medal in the 200m final running 24.84 with Sarah McCarthy on her heels but narrowly missing out on a medal placing 4th.  Sophie Becker eased her way to another IUAA title in the 400m at 55.01 with Donegal native Kelly McGrory also picking up a bronze medal in 56.17.

More medals came for the DCU women’s team in the 800m where Zoe Carruthers won bronze in 2:27. Gold was also won in the 3000m for DCU star and Irish representative Claire Fagan.

For the men’s team, fresher Mark Smyth ran a new DCU record, taking the win in 21.44 leading DCU to a 1-2 as Paul McDermott followed close behind at 21.67 in the 200m.

It was all to play for in the 800m as both DCU athletes Cian McBride and Colin Smith dived to the line for the last medal, with McBride getting the node for bronze.  Another highlight of the day was from the DCU men’s 4x200m setting a new IUAA Record with Simon Essuman, Cillin Greene, Paul McDermott and Mark Smyth placing their names in the record books.

Speaking to Cian McBride after the event, the ATT student spoke of the event and the confidence the Indoor championships sets for future competitions.  “We always love coming here and representing DCU, we are always extremely strong in this competition. Even if you’re injured or not competing, most people involved in DCU athletics make the trip to Athlone to support the team.”

Conor Breslin

Image Credit: DCU Athletics