Week ending Saturday 22nd May
European Cup Qualification for Cormac Dalton
At the Athletics Ireland micro meeting at Munster Technological University in Cork last Saturday, Cormac Dalton competed over the 10,000m distance for the first time and recorded an excellent win in 29 minutes 19.75 seconds. In doing so, Cormac was comfortably inside the European Cup qualification standard of 29 minutes 27.11 seconds. After the pace-maker dropped out before the midpoint of the race, Cormac confidently moved to the front before he and the other leading contenders sensibly rotated the pace-making duty. This ensured that they continued to maintain the 4 minutes 40 seconds per mile pace that was required to achieve the European Cup qualification standard. On the final lap Cormac produced his usual strong finish, covering the final 400m in 65 seconds to win the race. He now awaits confirmation of selection for the European Cup in Birmingham, England on June 5th.
Harriers on the move … temporarily
Knowing that construction of the new all-weather track was due to start in late May, the grass track and infield area was sprayed some weeks ago to burn off the grass and now looks like a scorched savannah during the dry season. We were able to continue training on it for a while, but last week it was decided that it was no longer suitable and from this week we have to up sticks and move for the next few months. In a gesture of sporting solidarity, Mullingar Rugby Club has generously opened its grounds to Mullingar Harriers during the rugby closed season, for which we are extremely grateful. Between the Rugby Club, Belvedere and booking sessions on the artificial tracks in Navan or Athlone, we’re confident that our members will be well prepared for the eagerly awaited return to competition in the coming months.
Buy a fundraiser raffle ticket
If you’re not in, you can’t win! We launched our fundraiser raffle recently and we’re asking all members and friends of the Club to get behind it and buy a ticket to be in with a chance of winning the top prize of €20,000 or one of the other 11 prizes on offer. The cost is €50 per ticket and the draw is limited to 2,000 tickets. Tickets will be on sale at the Club on training nights or you may purchase a ticket online at mullingarharriers.com/raffle. Please purchase a ticket and help Mullingar Harriers to deliver the new track.
Good showing by Jack O’Leary over 5,000m
The MAAC (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) Outdoor T&F was held two weeks ago at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey where Jack O’Leary competed in the 5,000m on Sunday 9th May. Jack’s time of 28 minutes 37.03 seconds for 10,000m at the Stanford Invitational and 3 minutes 47.83 seconds for 1,500m at the Virginia Challenge in the weeks leading up to the MAAC, demonstrated that he was in excellent form and was sure to give a good account over 5,000m and he didn’t disappoint. Iona dominated the 5,000m with five of the top six finishers, including an excellent 1-2-3, only six seconds separating the medal positions. After a tactical race dominated and controlled by the Iona team members, it only really came to life with four laps to go, and came down to a furious burn up over the last 800m, with Jack producing a very strong 62 second final lap to finish third in 14 minutes 29.78 seconds and put down a clear marker for the track season ahead.
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