The impact of DCU’s commitment to supporting young men and women to excel in both the academic and sporting fields through the DCU Sports Academy was in evidence at the recent 2017 IUAA outdoor Track & Field championships hosted by Cork Institute of Technology. The DCU Athletics team successfully retained all the overall team titles at the championships and in doing so, achieved six new DCU club records in addition to two new IUAA records!
The Ladies team accumulated a total of 161.5 points with 10 individual event winners, 9 runner ups and 4 bronze winners. The new club record breakers were Cliodhna Manning in the 200m (24.16s), Grainne Moynihan in the 400m (55.22s), Kate Veale in the 1500m Walk (6.23.08) and Elizabeth Morland in the Javelin (40.58m). Other DCU winners were Sarah Murray in the 100m, Lilly Ann OHora in the 60m Hurdles, Sarah Mc Carthy in the Long Jump, Saragh Buggy in the Triple Jump, Sophie Parkinson Brown in the Discus and both 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m relay teams! In winning 23 individual medals in the ladies events, another club record was achieved!
The Men’s team established 2 new Club and IUAA records with Stephen Rice in the Javelin (61.18m) and Adam King in the Hammer (63.51m). There was also individual wins from Matthew Behan (110mH), Michael Carey (3000m steeplechase), Oisin Taylor in the Triple Jump (14.06m), Eoin Sheridan in the Discus (48.58m) and Shane Aston in the Combined Events (3166 points). In total, the Men’s team won 21 individual medals with 7 wins, 7 runner ups and 7 bronze medals. In total the Men’s team accumulated 144 points, well ahead of DCU’s nearest rivals UL with 67.5 points.
Final tallies in the various categories saw the DCU squads retain all titles – Middle Distance, Sprints, Jumps and Throws. After 2 days of impressive action, DCU were crowned the IUAA overall team champions for the 11th consecutive year – the Men’s 11th in a row, surpassed by the ladies with their 12th team title in a row! The weekend was a magnificent success for our Athletics Club and Academy and great thanks must go to Cork IT for hosting a wonderful outdoor championship.
The DCU Athletics Team acknowledged the many supports they have received that contribute to their success including the excellent coaches who work tirelessly with the team throughout the year, sponsorship from Bank Of Ireland, the DCU academic departments who provide some flexibility when required, the Exwell Medical and ATT faculty who provide injury and treatment supports and the testing laboratories and blood analyses provided by the faculty of Sports Science and Health.
To view all the results, check out www.iuaa.org.