Many of Ireland’s top athletes were in action this weekend at the Woodie’s DIY Senior Track and Field Championships in Morton Stadium Santry.
The Woodie’s DIY athlete of the meet was named as Irish 400m record holder Joanne Cuddihy (KCH).
The Kilkenny woman won the 200m in convincing style in 23.15 seconds (+2.5 m/s) on day one of the championships from Niamh Whelan (Ferrybank) and Steffi Creaner (DCH AC).
Although wind assisted, this was one of Cuddihy’s best 200m times.
She then went on to complete a 200m-400m double on Sunday, crossing the line in 51.89.
Marian Heffernan (Togher AC) claimed second, with Michelle Carey (Dublin Striders AC) third.
Brian Murphy (Crusaders AC) successfully defended his 400m title, clocking 46.97, with Paul McKee (Beechmount Harriers) second and Richard Morrissey (Havering Mayesbrook) back in third.
The men’s 100m produced one of the most exciting races of the day, with Irish record holder Paul Hession (Athenry AC) reeling in Jason Smyth (City of Derry AC) in 10.37 to secure a fifth national title. Steven Colvert (Crusaders AC) overcame a poor start to take third.
The women’s 100m title went to Amy Foster (City of Lisburn) in 11.60 (+.7m/s), with Kelly Proper (Ferrybank AC) second and club-mate Niamh Whelan third.
Colvert won the 200m in 20.78 from Irish youth record holder Marcus Lawlor and Dara Kervick (CarrickonSuir AC).
Colvert ran 20.40 in the heat, which was inside the Olympic standard of 20.55, but it was wind assisted (+3 metres per the second/legal is +2). The Under-23 record holder’s bid to achieve the Olympic standard of 20.55 is now over, having come agonisingly close on two occasions.
In the 100m hurdles, Irish record holder Derval O’Rourke (Leevale AC) withdrew from the final due to a muscle spasm.
O’Rourke had competed in the LEAP meet in Loughborough yesterday, running 13.23 and 13.20 in two races.
The title went to Mairead Murphy (Ferrybank AC) in 14.47.
In the 400m hurdles, 19-year-old Thomas Barr (Ferrybank) retained his title in 50.87 from Jason Harvey (Crusaders AC) and Paul Byrne (St Abbans AC).
European finalist Jessie Barr (Ferrybank), won the women’s event in 57.33.
Barr had been bidding to achieve the Olympic standard of 55.50, but will still feature in London in the 4x400m relay squad.
The men’s and women’s 800m finals proved to be highly tactical affairs.
Dean Cronin (Blarney Iniscarra AC) put in a gutsy performance to get the better of more experienced competitors to win in 1:52.48. Indoor champion Brian Kelly (St Abban’s AC) was second, while Billy Ryan was third.
Siobhan Eviston of Raheny Shamrock AC retained her 800m title winning in 2:06.04 from Laura Crowe (Riocht AC) and Roseanne Galligan (Newbridge AC).
The men’s 1,500m saw Colin Costello (Star of the Sea AC) overtake Eoin Everard (Kilkenny City Harriers) in the last 50 metres to win by two hundredths of a second in 3:54.57.
Orla Drumm (UCC AC) was a good winner of the women’s race 4:19.55 from Claire Tarplee (Dundrum South Dublin AC).
Maria McCambridge (Letterkenny AC) won the 5,000m in 16.02.52 while the men’s title went to Mark Hanrahan in 14:13.80.
The 10,000m was won by Brian Maher (KCH AC) in 30.17.06.
Colin Griffin (Ballinamore AC) won his first ever national title in the 10k walk in 41.47.66, looking strong and consistent throughout. Griffin, who returned from a training camp in Spain to compete in the championships, has been nominated by Athletics Ireland to the OCI to compete in the gruelling 50k Walk at the Olympics.
Irish record holder Tori Pena (Finn Valley AC) secured a national title jumping 4.35m in the pole vault.
Kelly Proper was back to competing in her number one event the long jump, winning with a leap of 6.33 (+4.6).
Deirdre Ryan (DSD AC), fresh from her season’s best of 1.90m in Bottrop in Germany on Friday night, jumped 1.80m to take a national title and build on her preparation for London.
Elsewhere, there were a number of athletes in action in Europe yesterday in an attempt to achieve the Olympic Standard.
In Madrid, Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers AC) ran 46.09 in the 400m to finish third behind Kevin Borlée of Belgium.
This was outside his personal best of 45.63 set at the European Championships and outside the qualifying time of 45.30.
Mark English (Letterkenny AC), who will compete at the World Junior Championships this week, finished fourth in the 800m in 1.46.20 (standard 1:45.60).