Athletes look to impress selectors at Irish Senior Championships

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Local athletes are heading to Santry in Dublin this weekend hoping to catch the eye of the selectors in the Glohealth Irish Senior Championships.

The Europeans start in Amsterdam in ten days with the team expected to be announced on Monday.

Ciara Mageean goes against Sara Treacy in the 1500 and is hopeful of a seasons best. She was very impressive over 800 at the Mary Peters.

Amy Foster after her 11.42 in Florida should regain her 100 metres crown from long jump specialist Kelly Proper while Paralympic champion Jason Smyth and Jonathan Browning can dispute the Mens 100.

Christine McMahon tries for her 3rd 400 metres hurdles title in a close contest with Jessie Barr while Kerry O’Flaherty faces Michelle Finn and Treacy in the steeplechase with all three having qualified for Rio.

Ben Reynolds should run the European standard for 110 hurdles of 13.90 and will win from Gerard O’Donnell.

Adam McMullan will take the long jump on the strength of his 7.84 while Tori Pena looks good in the pole vault.

Stephen Duncan bids for his 6th win in seven years in the 8th Dromore Community 10K in County Tyrone which is sponsored by McDermott’s Pharmacies and local businesses on Saturday.

The Omagh Harrier came back after injury with convincing victories in the Bann 10K and Lisburn half marathon and should win again.

The Ladies race can go to defending champion Hannah Oldroyd ahead of Julie Butler and Mairead McCann.

There is also a 5K run and walk with the action starting at 12noon.