"Members of DCU Athletics Club got the year off to a perfect start at last weekend at the 123.ie National Junior and U23 Championships in Abbottstown.The large contingent from DCU took home twenty-nine medals back to campus across a wide range of events.There was a number of standout performances throughout the day including in one of the first track finals on the programme as Kelly Breen (North East Runners) won her first ever national title, taking gold in the U23 1500m.Having led from the off Breen kicked for home with 200m to go leaving her opponents in her wake, as she took victory by a comfortable margin.The DCU success continued in the Men’s races as Seán McGinley (Finn Valley AC) won gold in the U23 category. McGinley, who finished 12th in the U20 race at the European Cross Country Championships in December, showed his class as he stormed to gold. Colin Smith (Mullingar Harriers) crossed the line in second.Ciaran Carthy (Dundrum South Dublin) was an incredibly impressive winner of the U23 400m. Carthy got to the break with a lead of a couple of metres and managed to hold his form well all the way to the line to take the title.Matthew Glennon (Mullingar Harriers) also made it to the top of the podium winning the U23 3000m walk.There were also numerous gold medals in the field events. Katie Nolke (Ferrybank AC) took gold in the Junior Long Jump. Jordan Knight (St. Joseph’s AC) also impressed in the event taking U23 gold, with a leap of 6.93m.In the U23 Triple Jump there was wins for Aisling MacHugh and Leon Sweeney, both of whom were representing Naas AC.Decathlete Jack Forde (St. Killian’s AC) had an extremely busy day winning gold in the U23 Shot Put and High Jump, while also winning bronze in the Long Jump. DCU women’s captain Ciara Kenneally (Killarney Valley AC) took the U23 High Jump title, with Roisin Kellegher (Annalee AC) winning bronze.There was a DCU one-two-three in the U23 women’s Shot Put as Ciara Sheehy (Emerald AC), Aoibhinn McMahon (Blackrock AC) and Niamh McCorry (Raheny Shamrocks AC) all medalled. Sheehy also took home silver in the Weight for Distance.Elsewhere at the Athletics Northern Ireland Jumps and Throws meet in Jordanstown on the same day Lauren Callaghan (Finn Valley AC) moved to fourth on the Irish All-Time list indoors with a sensational 6.24m effort in the Long Jump. It represents a massive 32cm PB for the Donegal athlete and will no doubt give her plenty of confidence going into the season ahead.It promises to be a busy few weeks for club members with some competing at the National Combined Events and Indoor League in Athlone next weekend before the Intervarsity Indoors in the National Indoor Arena, Abbottstown in just less than two weeks’ time.Full list of DCU medallists:Junior (U20)GoldKatie Nolke LJ 5.59mAimee Doherty 4x200m RelaySilverRoise Roberts 1500m 4:45.21U23GoldCiaran Carthy 400m 48.53Kelly Breen 1500m 4:41.39Sean McGinley 1500m 3:52.78Matthew Glennon 3000mW 12:51.69Jordan Knight LJ 6.93mAisling MacHugh TJ 10.90mLeon Sweeney TJ 13.15mCiara Kennelly HJ 1.74mJack Forde HJ 1.85mCiara Sheehy SP 13.55mJack Forde SP 12.57mSilverNiamh O’Neill 60mH 8.84Colin Smith 1500m 3:54.11Caoilfhionn Ni Mhadagain PV 2.50mJack Murphy PV 3.10mAoibhin McMahon SP 12.78mCiara Sheehy WFD (28lb) 6.22mBronzeNiamh O’Neill Women’s 60m 7.93Erin Taheny 200m 26.36Caoimhe Cronin 400m 56.30Finn Woodger 800m 1:54.89Jack Forde LJ 6.29mRoisin Kellegher HJ 1.55mNiamh McCorry SP 10.97Euan Canniffe SP 10.51mNiamh McCorry 4 x 200m Relay "
"Two national senior titles return to Glasnevin this week after DCU Athletics Club members Jack Forde (St. Killian’s AC) and Niamh McCorry (Raheny Shamrocks AC) won their respective multi-event titles in Athlone.Both athletes competed across a gruelling two day schedule and rose to the top winning their competitions with relative ease.Forde made the step-up to the senior ranks and showed his class in the heptathlon. The Wexford man, who is a second year Actuarial Mathematics student, won silver medals for DCU in the multi-events both indoors and outdoors in 2022 and having excelled in the multi-events from a young age was always going to be difficult to beat.He won six out of his seven events in the competition, achieving four PB’s. His hurdles were particularly strong, with the technique work he has done with Paul Byrne, Head of Athletics in DCU, being evident. He clocked a time of 9.07s for the event.His other PB’s came in the 60m (7.52s), Pole Vault (3.80m) and 1000m (2.57.24). In total he amassed 4,624 points which moves him up to 15th on the Irish All-Time list for the event. It also put him well over 1000 points clear of Evan Hayes (Waterford AC) who won silver.McCorry took the intervarsity title in Athlone twelve months ago and was looking to build on a series of good performances at the National U23 Indoor Championships the week before.She opened her pentathlon with a time of 9.68s in the 60m Hurdles, just shy of the 9.65s she had ran in Abbottstown the weekend before. In the Long Jump she equalled her PB of 4.60m, before a PB throw of 11.18m in the Shot Put.Impressive performances followed in the High Jump (1.52m) and 800m (2.42.94), as McCorry finished with a total of 3,018 points, nearly 1000 points ahead of the silver medal winning athlete.In winning the national title, McCorry and Forde become the first athletes from their respective clubs to achieve the feat, a massive achievement and something they will no doubt remember for the remainder of their athletics careers.Both will return to action this coming weekend at the IUAA (intervarsity) Indoor Championships in the National Indoor Arena, Abbottstown where they will compete in the pentathlon.DCU Athletics are expected to announce a strong team for the event on Tuesday with a host of European and national medal winning athletes expected to feature."
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