A Great night of Athletics at Clonliffe 125 Track and Field Grand Prix in Santry
8th July 2011
The Clonliffe 125 Track and Field Grand Prix in the Morton Stadium on Friday night (8th July) provided a large and enthusiastic crowd with a great night's athletics. There were highlights galore and while it is hard to pick out a particular highlight one must look to the feature event, the Morton Mile, for what was really a thriller. The Morton Mile is a truly historic race and the athletes provided a race which was fitting of the occasion as Jordan McNamara (USA) took a massive three plus seconds off his PB to take the Morton Mile in a time of 3:56.83 followed home by Brandon Bethke 3:57.34 and in third place and running sub four for the first time Ciaran O’Lionaird of Leevale in a time of 3:57.99, 4th was James Kaan (AUS) 3:58.19, 5th Craig Miller (USA) 3:58.41, 6th Jack Bolas (USA) 3:58.75 and 7th and becoming the youngest ever sub four minute Irishman Paul Robinson (St. Coca’s AC) in a time of 3:59.99.
Other highlights of the night included Amy Foster’s equalling of the Northern Ireland record, in a new PB and in the process setting a new Morton Stadium record in the 100 metres of 11.49. Jason Smyth scored an excellent sprints double running 10.39 in the 100 and then following this up with a PB in the 200 as he went sub 21 for the first time running 20.94 a fraction ahead of Rolando Palacios (HON) in 20.97 and Chris Russell, again running a PB, 3rd in 21.11.
The IMC 800 metre races produced superb action, 16 year old Karl Griffin (Tir Chonill) won the B Race in a time of 1:50.94. The A Race was won by Mark English (Letterkenny AC) in 1:48.96.
There was also an excellent race in the Albie Thomas Men’s 3000 metres, the top three positions being filled by three of the Irish U/23 European Cross County gold medal winning team – Michael Mulhare 1st in 8:02.08, David Rooney 2nd 8:02.59 and Brendan O’Neill 3rd 8:03.63.
In the field events Jeff Coover (USA) vaulted 5.30m to win the competition from Greg Woespse (USA) on 5.90m and Ruairi O’Briain (Crusaders) 4.70. Kelly Proper took the win in the long jump with an excellent sequence of six jumps all in excess of six metres, her winning jump being 6.18m from in 2nd place Chelsea Taylor (USA) 5.85 and Leona Byrne 3rd with 5.70.
Full results can be accessed on www.clonliffeharriers.com including the results of the Paralympics Ireland athletes which included two Irish records set by Ray O’Dwyer, in the seated javelin of 21.20 and the seated shot of 9.27m.
For full details on all the results please click here.
(pictured above) Jordan McNamara wins the Morton Mile 2011 at Morton Stadium, Santry