ULSTER competitors returned from the Woodie’s All Ireland Indoor Track and Field Championships at the new Athlone stadium with a hatful of medals.
Jason Harvey destroyed his opposition to win the 400 metres. In a race which had bumping and boring at the bell he crossed the line in 47.95 over half a second clear of runner up Tim Crowe who ran 48.57.
Zoe Brown set a season’s best of 4.22 when winning the pole vault before having one close attempt at 4.37 while Adam McMullan also struck gold in the long jump with 7.17.
Kerry Harty had a superb silver medal in the 1500. Four athletes quickly moved away from the rest with Kerry, Roseanne Galligan, Laura Crowe and European Cross Country Champion Fionnuala Britton clear by half distance. The Newcastle girl moved in front and tried to run the finish out of Britton but the Wicklow girl came back to win in 4:13.96 with Kerry producing a personal best of 4:16.36. Crowe and Galligan followed.
Kerry, fresh from her brilliant third place in the Armagh International Road Race on Thursday, was delighted with her placing but disappointed that she had not made the European qualification.
Amy Foster was one of a series of disqualifications in the sprints. She had made the 60 metres final by running 7.33 a European qualification in her heat and was adamant that she had not false started.
Conor Bradley came second in the 3000 with Michael McKillop fifth in the race won by John Travers in 7:58.54. John joined David McCarthy, Ciaran O’Lionaird and Stephen Scullion in running the Euro time.
Mandy Gault from Lagan Valley smashed her best to come third in the 400 in 56.46, Curtis Woods was fourth in the 200 in 22.24 with Ben Maze third in the B race with 22.49.
Letterkenny pair Mark English and Darren McBrearty took the first two places in the 800 with Mary McCloone winning the triple jump with 12.48 ahead of Mary Devlin who came third at 11.77.
Kelly Proper, from Ferrybank, was the star of the meeting winning the 100, 200 and long-jump. Mary McCloone also took a silver in the long jump.