Club profiles: Athletics

Athletics

Athletics is an excellent and fun way to stay in shape. Whether you're a beginner, like to jog occasionally, or a competitive athlete, our club welcomes and caters for all! The vast range of events open for athletes to try include cross-country, mountain running, distance running, sprinting, jumps, and throws. We also offer fun but challenging circuit training twice a week in Dangan Sports Hall. 

This year great achievements were made in both sprinting and distance disciplines. Matt Lockett works passionately with the distance runners, and is highly commended for his commitment. Brendan Glynn works tirelessly with the sprinters, coaching them always to higher levels.

Make sure to follow NUIG Athletics Club on Facebook to keep up to date on training, events and competitions! Athletics offers those interested the chance to challenge and enhance themselves on and off the field. So try and see for yourself!

Link to Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/NUIGAC/

History

NUI Galway Athletics club has a tremendous backround in Track and field and cross country competitions. To date it homes first-class international athletes such as Paul Hession and Olive Loughnane. Everybody who joins the club is part of the team and has a special role in the club whether they are competing or not. The club competes in all intervarsity events annually and there are no individuals in these competitions as points are scored by all and everybody cheers everybody else on. The driving force behind the mens and womens club is the committee. The committee are elected at the AGM annually. The Events page holds the AGM dates, details and committee members. New members are encouraged to join the committee each year.

Achievements

2018/19 Performances


Outdoors

NUIG AC 3rd overall

In the most successful season in the clubs history NUIG AC rounded up the outdoor intervarsity’s finishing 3rd overall the highest standing the club has reached in its history for the first time ever.


Aoife O’Brien had a Gold medal performance in the steeplechase with a NUIG record of 11:46.41

Sarah Quinn found silver in the 100m sprint with a NUIG record of 12.10

Damien Landers earned silver in the 10000m with an NUIG record of 30:47.65 and the 5000m still to come.

The woman’s 4 x 400 of Ciara Barry, Ellie O’Toole, Sarah Lanigan and Nicole Walsh raced to silver medals.

The woman’s 4 x 100 of Nicole Walsh, Sarah Quinn, Ciara Barry, and Ashling Forkan raced to silver medals in a thrilling race tainted with drama.

Fergus Cox produced a stunning performance in the Men’s javelin to see him take a Bronze medal and also an NUIG record 56.28

Damien Landers followed up an earlier silver medal with a bronze in the 5000m with an NUIG record of 14:51.22

Finley Daly crossed the line after the 3000 steeplechase with a hard fought bronze medal in a time of 9:48.67

 Nicole Walsh was 3rd in the 400m with NUIG record of 56.98.

The Men’s 4x100 of Shane Mooney, Jonah Erugo, Owen Scully and Robert Meagher ran 43.40 to claim bronze and a new NUIG record.

To Finish off the weekend the Mens 4x400 stepped up to take Bronze Aengus Meldon, Jonah Erugo, Owen Scully and Robert Meagher


Other NUIG records went to:

Eoghan Rodgers in the Weight for Distance with a throw of 7.36

Bridget Mc Dyer in Shot Putt with a putt of 10.14

Jonah Erugo in the 200m with a time of 22.31


Indoor

NUIGs Women were 3rd overall                                             NUIGs Men were 5th overall


Individually we had Podium performances from:

Damien landers was silver in the 3000m setting a new NUIG record of 8.23.41.

Shane Parle was silver in the high jump setting a new NUIG record of 1.90

Nicole King, Ciara Barry, Sarah Quinn and Sinead Treacy were gold in the women’s 4x200m relay setting a new NUIG record of 102.7

Bridget Mc Dyer won bronze in the Ladies Weight For Distance setting a new NUIG record of 6.60m


Other point scoring performances included:

Ciara Barry 6th in the 200m

Aengus Meldon was 5th in the 800m setting a new NUIG record of 1.57.72

Nicole King was 4th in the 200m setting a new NUIG record of 25.51

Sarah Quinn was 6th in the 60m hurdles setting a new NUIG record of 8.97

Cormac Lynch, Robert Meagher, Owen Scully and Jonah Erugo were 4th in the men 4x200m relay setting a new NUIG record of 92.12

Bridget McDyer 6th in the Shot Putt

Aisling Keady 5th in the long jump

James Frizzell 6th in the 1500m.


Other performances on the day included: Aisling Joyce, Matthew McKernan, Jonah Erugo, Mark Carmody, Robert Meagher, Owen Scully, William Flynn, Cormac Lynch and Talon Thompson


Cross Country

NUIGs Men 3rd overall                                                                  NUIGs Women 4th overall


An individual medal on the day for NUIG won by Damian Landers who came 2nd in a trilling Men’s race. A unique and special medal to the club as the Intervarsity’s Cross Country competition was hosted in Galway by NUIG AC.