NUIG Athletics Indoor Intervarsities 10th Feb 2017
A team of 20 traveled from NUIG to Athlone IT on Friday to compete in the 2017 IUAA Indoor Athletics Intervarsities. This was the largest team NUIG has had in a number of years and this is down to the hard work put in by coaches Brendan Glynn (Sprints + Field Events) and Matt Lockett (Distance).
The day wasn’t all smooth sailing with a number of unfortunate events occurring. William Flynn pulled his hamstring in his heat of the 400m, in which he would have been hoping to get to the final. In a freak accident (and new viral sensation), Aengus Meldon got entangled in a catapulted pole vault practice string while leading his 800m heat. He ended up finishing 3rd in the heat but was still permitted to advance to the final. Finally the always exciting relays didn’t quite go our way. The woman's 4x200m team of Nicole King, Sinead Tracey, Ciara Barry and Aishling Forkan got DQed after finishing in 3rd position due to a zone violation. However, all being first years, they have plenty of time to work out the little issues and progress to the medals in future competitions. The men's 4x200m team of Eoghan Dobey, Robert Meagher, Jonah Erugo and Cormac Lynch also could have gone smoother. The baton change from Robert to Jonah was mistimed and resulted in a collision between the two of them. In fairness, Jonah recovered quickly with the boys still running a respectable time of 94.38 to finish in 6th.
Apart from these it was quite a successful day for NUIG. 2 medals were won with Damien Landers coming home 2nd in the 1500m in a time of 4.02.7. It was a very tight finish with Damien missing out on gold by 1 tenth of a second to DCU's Cillian Kirwan.
Nicole King, a first year science student, picked up the other medal for NUIG. Her first time competing for the college, Nicole finished 3rd in the women's 400m behind DCU’s Sophie Becker and UCD's Aisling Drumgoole.
With the 2 medals there was also 6 NUIG records broken. Roland Surlis competing for the first time for the college broke the men's 800m record on his way to 4th place in a time of 2.00.00. Damien Landers broke the men's 1500m record on his way to the silver and Mark Carmody who had a very busy day competing in the long jump and the shot putt, but it was in the 16kg weight for distance where he broke the NUIG record with a throw of 5.38m.
The ladies also broke 3 NUIG records. Two of these records went to Aisling Joyce in the 1500m where she finished 5th in 4.43.80 and in the 3000m where she ran 10.01.00 to finish just outside the medals in 4th place. The other record was the 400m record which Nicole King broke (56.70) in her heat on her way to the final.
In the overall competition the men's team finished 11th with there points coming from Damien Landers in the 1500m (2nd), Roland Surlis 800m (4th) and the 4x200m relay team of Eoghan Dobey , Robert Meagher, Jonah Erugo and Cormac Lynch (6th).
NUIG's ladies finished 7th overall with points coming from Aisling Joyce in the 1500m (5th) and 3000m (4th) and Niamh Hennelly also picked up points in the 3000m where she finished 7th in a time of 11.09.90.
All results are below:
Owen Scully 7.51 (7th heat1)
Cormac Lynch 7.34 (3rd heat4)
Owen Scully 24.21 (3rd heat1)
Cormac Lynch 23.12 (3rd heat6)
Robert Meagher 52.06 (4th heat3)
Roland Surlis 2.00.00 (4th) - NUIG Record
Aengus Meldon 2.01.60 (8th)
Damien Landers 4.02.70 (2nd) - NUIG Record
Andrew Ó Donnghaile 9.16.20 (11th)
Colm Kirke 9.43.10 (18th)
Mark Carmody 5.38 (10th) - NUIG Record
Barry Quigg 1.65m (10th)
Barry Quigg 11.59m (9th)
Jonah Erugo 5.15m (12th)
Mark Carmondy 4.93m (15th)
Mark Carmondy 8.23m (13th)
4x200m relay - 94.38s (6th)
Men’s Team: 11th Overall
Nicole King 56.70s (2nd heat1) - NUIG Record
57.52 (3rd Final)
Maebh Brannigan 2.27.50 (8th)
Aisling Joyce 4.43.80 (5th) - NUIG Record
Aisling Joyce 10.01.00 (4th) - NUIG Record
Niamh Hennelly 11.09.90 (7th)
Sinead Tracey 4.75m (9th)
Ladies Team: 7th Overall