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29 Jun 2022

Tir Chonaill AC men lead the way at National League in Belfast

Tir Chonaill AC were the leading Division 1 team in the opening round of the National League

Tir Chonaill AC men lead the way at National League in Belfast

Fintan Dewhirst in action at the Mary Peter's Track.

Tir Chonaill AC were the leading Division 1 team at round one of the National League in Belfast on Sunday.

Tir Chonaill took the honours with a total of 147 points, with Finn Valley AC coming second with 98 points at the Mary Peter’s Track.

Fintan Dewhirst won the 110m hurdles, 200m sprint and high jump events.

Dewhirst took the 100m hurdles in 16.55 seconds and won the 200m sprint in 22.83 seconds. Dewhirst soared over the bar at 1.70m to win the high jump event and bag precious team points.

Tir Chonaill AC’s Conall Mahon staved off Finn Valley man Joseph Gillespie to win the long jump and triple jump events. Mahon won the long jump with a 6.31m attempt and his 14.06m won the triple jump.

Mahon was also fourth in the men’s 100m with Finn Valley AC’s Luka Browne fifth.

A day after winning the Ulster Schools 1500m and 2000m steeplechase events, Finn Valley’s Sean McGinley won the 3000m steeplechase. McGinley won in 9:27.89.

Martin Cunningham of Tir Chonaill AC won the 1500m in 4:07.72, crossing ahead of Finn Valley’s Gerard Gallagher (4:12.74).

Robert Anderson three 26.55m to win the hammer from Finn Valley’s Bosco Reid (25.01m) and Anderson also led the way in the weight for distance, reaching out to 5.31m.

Shaun Kerrs won the 3000m walk in 19:31.26 and Jack Murphy took the pole vault win, going over at 3.0m with Shane Breslin victorious in the shot (10.76m) from Reid (9.37m)

Eoin Sharkey won the 400m hurdles (1:00.02) while Aaron Bradsaw came second in the discus (18.58m).

Tir Chonaill AC’s men won the 4x100m and 4x400m relays. Sharkey, Dewhirst and Mahon were on both teams, joined by Breslin for the 4x100m and by Cathal O’Donnell for the 4x400m.

Tir Chonaill AC’s woman finished second of the Division 1 teams, amassing 138 points, pipped by Ratoath’s 144 points.

Fresh from winning 1000m hurdles and 400m hurdles 24 hours earlier at the Ulster Schools Championships, Lucy McGlynn won the 100m hurdles here in 14.54 seconds and took the 400m sprint in 57.32 seconds.  A throw of 23.38m obtained a second-place finish in the javelin.

Kelly McGrory won both the 500m hurdles (1:00.72) and the 200m sprint (24.93 seconds).

McGrory teamed up with McGlynn, Alexis Campbell and Tori Murchan to finish second in the 4x100m relay while McGrory, Savannah Timoney, Siobhan Doherty and Ciara Cunningham were third in the 4x400m relay.

Murcan won the high jump, going over at 1.55m and as second in the long jump with a best leap of 4.30m.

Doherty took the spoils in the 1500m walk in 7:42.60 while a jump of 9.35m won the triple jump for Campbell, who was second in the 100m.

Cunningham was second in the 3000m and fourth in the 1500m.

Timoney finished third in the 800m in 2:33.18.

Lifford-Strabane AC’s Adrienne Gallen guested for Tir Chonaill and won the hammer throw, firing out to 49.79m. A 9.64m throw saw her finish second in the shot put.

Finn Valley AC women competed in the Premier section and finished seventh overall.

Bridget McDyer won the weight for distance, throwing 6.03m and she finished fourth in the shot put with a best throw of 9.37m.

There were second place finished in the long jump and 800m for Caoimhe Browne and Cara Laverty while Sinead McConnell was third in the 1500m walk.

Jade Leeper came third in the discus and fourth in the hammer.

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