"It was a weekend to remember for DCU Athletics as their dominance of Irish university athletics continued in South Dublin at the IUAA Track and Field Championships. The strong contingent from the club made their way to Dundrum South Dublin’s fabulous new track in Taylorsgrange looking to retain the titles they had won in Carlow last year. A number of DCU’s top talents produced sensational performances across the weekend breaking IUAA and DCU records. One of the standout performances came from third year student Jack Raftery. Raftery lined up in the Men’s 400m as the favourite to take gold after he won the IUAA and national senior indoor titles over the distance earlier this year. Fellow DCU athlete Ciaran Carthy was seen as his main rival for gold having ran the quickest heat time of 47.76s on Friday. With the rain pelting down the athletes settled into their blocks and when the gun went Carthy made the much stronger start leading the field through 200m. It wasn’t until the home straight when Raftery managed to move up on his shoulder before striding past him and kicking for home to take gold in an extremely impressive time of 46.59s, knocking over 0.5s off the previous IUAA record in the process. Carthy held on for second clocking 47.34s. Another DCU man who entered the record books was Donegal fresher Sean McGinley. McGinley impressed in the Men’s 3000m Steeplechase moving into the lead with a kilometre to go before running a blistering last lap. He dipped two seconds under the 37-year-old championship record but arguably more importantly for him secured qualification for the European U23 Championships in Finland in July. McGinley stopped the clock at 8.56.90. Michaela Walsh who was competing as a One Year Down (OYD) athlete in the DCU colours added yet another IUAA record to her name in taking gold in the Women’s Shot Put. Walsh added 38cm to the previous best throwing a massive 14.86m. She was joined on the podium by fellow DCU athletes Ciara Sheehy and Aoibhín McMahon who won silver and bronze, respectively. Several other DCU records were also broken over the course of the championships, arguably none more so impressive than Mark Smyth’s blistering run to take 200m gold. In awful conditions and into a very strong headwind of -1.6m/s Smyth showed his class to run a time of 20.95s. In the Men’s 3000m Walk Matthew Glennon produced an excellent performance to take silver in a DCU record of 12.25.29 behind UL’s Oisin Lane. Sarah Lane made a welcome return from injury to take down the DCU women’s 800m record. Lane finished incredibly strongly over the final 200m to close down and ultimately overtake teammate Emma Moore. Lane walked away with bronze in a time of 2.11.77, while Moore had to settle for fourth. No fewer than 19 gold medals returned to DCU after the two days of competition. Another athlete who mounted the top of the podium was Siobhan Doherty who won the 1500m walk title from teammate Eva Delahunt. Katie Nolke delivered a fine performance in difficult conditions to take 100m Hurdles glory, while Avril Deegan was a class above the rest of the field as she strode home to win the 3000m gold. Jack Forde was on fire across two days of competition winning the combined events and High Jump, claiming silver in the Pole Vault, and also taking bronze in the 110m Hurdles amassing a huge 32 points towards the DCU Men's and Overall team scores.Matthew Callinan-Keenan was the man who beat Forde to Pole Vault gold, clearing 3.80m. Brendan O’Donnell took hammer gold, while Euan Canniffe and Aoibhín McMahon won the men’s and women’s javelin competitions. Also throwing their way to gold medals, were Ciara Sheehy (discus) and Zoe Mohan (Weight for Distance). Aisling McHugh was the best of the female triple jumpers, finishing ahead of Kim O’Hare (OYD). In the relays there was gold for the DCU Men’s 4x100m team of Michael Farrelly, Mark Smyth, Charles Okafor, and Nkemjika Onwumereh. Okafor returned about an hour later to help the 4x400m team to gold where he was joined by Eoin Quinn and the prolific duo of Ciaran Carthy and Jack Raftery. The Women’s 4x400m relay also powered their way to gold with Caoimhe Rowe, Emma Moore, Aimee Doherty and Caoimhe Cronin coming together strongly. All in all it meant that DCU were crowned women’s team champions for the 16th year in a row, men’s team champions for the 15th year in a row and overall team champions for the 15th year in a row also. The jumps, throws, middle distance, and combined events trophies also make their way back to Glasnevin, after phenomenal performances from one of the university’s top performing clubs. Full list of medalists Men Gold Mark Smyth - 200m (DCU Record) Jack Raftery - 400m (IUAA RECORD) Sean McGinley - 3000mSC (IUAA RECORD) Jack Forde - HJ Matthew Callinan-Keenan - Pole Vault Brendan O’Donnell - Hammer Euan Canniffe - Javelin Jack Forde - Combined Events 4x 100 Relay (Michael Farrelly, Mark Smyth, Charles Okafor, Nkemjika Onwumereh) 4x 400 Relay (Charles Okafor, Eoin Quinn, Ciaran Carthy, Jack Raftery) Silver Ciaran Carthy - 400m Finn Woodger - 1500m Matthew Glennon - 3000m Walk (DCU Record) Harry Colbert - 5000m Cathal O’Reilly - 10000m Leon Sweeney - TJ Jack Forde - PV Jordan Knight - Combined Events Bronze Michael Farrelly - 100m Jack Forde - 110mH Eoin Quinn - 800m Adam McInerney - 3000m Walk Jordan Knight - TJ Jordan Knight – HJ Women Gold Aisling McHugh - TJ Siobhan Doherty- 1500m Walk Katie Nolke - 100mH Avril Deegan- 3000m Michaela Walsh - Shot Put (IUAA RECORD) Ciara Sheehy - Discus Aoibhín McMahon - Javelin Zoe Mohan - WFD 4x400m Relay (Caoimhe Rowe, Emma Moore, Aimee Doherty, Caoimhe Cronin) Silver Caoimhe Cronin - 400m Siobhan Whelan - 1500m Eva Delahunt - 1500m Walk Amy Greene - 3000mSC Aoife O’Cuill - 5000m Katie Nolke - LJ Kim O’Hare - TJ Ciara Kennelly - HJ Ciara Sheehy - Shot Put Aoife Hernon - Hammer Grace Casey - Javelin Ciara Sheehy - WFD Bronze Maeve Hayes - Combined Events Aoibhín McMahon - WFD Aoibhín McMahon - Shot Put Áine Burke - 3000mSC Kelly Breen - 1500m Sarah Lane - 800m (DCU Record)"
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