A strong Irish team of 16 athletes have been selected for the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Glasgow from 1-3 March.

The team will be led by a strong quartet in Phil Healy (Bandon), Ciara Mageean (UCD), Mark English (UCD), and Thomas Barr (Ferrybank). 

Phil Healy is ranked fourth in the women’s 400m with Mageean and English (1500m and 800m) both ranked fifth on the European Indoor lists.

English, a European indoor silver medallist in Prague in 2015, has been in excellent form of late and took home a sixth National Indoor title on Sunday.

There are senior debuts on the women’s side for Molly Scott (SLOT) and Lauren Roy (City of Lisburn) in the 60m, Sophie Becker (St Joseph’s) in the 400m and Sommer Lecky (Finn Valley) in the high jump.

It’s a good step up for the U20 athletes with three members of the women’s world 4x100m silver medal-winning team running in the 60m with Ciara Neville (Emerald) also an individual qualifier.

Also stepping up is world U20 high jump silver medallist Sommer Lecky.

On the men’s side, Cillin Greene (Galway City Harriers) in the 400m, Sean Tobin (Clonmel) in the 3,000m, Joseph Ojewumi (Tallaght) in the 60m, Conall Kirk (Annadale Striders) in the 800m make track debuts.