There was a pleasant surprise for early visitors to the Tullamore Harriers stadium today when Irish 100m hurdles record holder Derval O’Rourke competed in the first event of the Woodies DIY National League final.
O’Rourke didn’t disappoint as she gained a maximum nine points for her club by winning in a time of 13.37.
Another Irish record holder, Deirdre Ryan, won the high jump with a clearance of 1.70m.
Claire Bergin dominated the 400m to win in a time of 55.48, with her fellow Olympic relay team member Jessie Barr second, and junior runner Grainne Moynihan third.
Barr was in better form in the 400m hurdles and won in a time of 61.23, overcoming the strong challenge of Emma Peters.
US-based Killian Barry won the hammer with a throw of 55.15m.
Adam McMullen won the long jump with a leap of 7.54m, the second longest of his career, with a legal following wind reading of 1.9m/s.
Alberto Sanchez tried to lead the Division 1 1,500m from the gun but could not shake the persistent challenge of Eoin Everard, who overtook his rival in the last 100m to win in a time of 3:48.92.
Brian Gregan overcame his lane one draw to win the 400m in 47.55, with Brian Murphy chasing him home.
The big disappointment of the day came in the women’s javelin, which was won by Anita White Fitzgibbon with a throw of 52.21m.
This would have stood as a new Irish record but the javelin was examined afterwards and found to be slightly under the required specification.
Steven Colvert won the 100m, but his nearest rival in the adjoining lane, 400m runner Brian Gregan, nearly caused an upset clocking 10.54 for second behind Colvert’s 10.49. The wind reading of 2.1m/s was just over the legal limit.
It was a similar case for Marcus Lawlor, who won division one 100m in 10.48 - well inside his Irish youths record.