Big weekend of Track & Field action ahead

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Looking ahead to another busy period of competition, this weekend brings the National Senior Track & Field championships and on Saturday the NI Young Athletes League final with both City of Derry and Olympian involved. Antrim is the YAL venue and both city clubs will be chasing podium places in what should be a great day of under age Track & Field action.

City of Lisburn were very impressive through the qualifying rounds and will start as favourites to lift the team trophy.

Santry Stadium in Dublin hosts the two day Senior championships with Jason Smyth perhaps the most high profile local athlete set to step out on the track.

The Spartans sprinter goes in the 100m and will chase individual gold and perhaps more importantly the 10.18s Olympic qualifying time for the short sprint.

He was searching for an earlier 100m race this week but it looks like Santry this weekend will be his last shot at London Olympics qualification.

However, as expected, he has been named on the Irish squad for the Paralympics, also in London, immediately following the Olympics and as defending 100m/200m Paralympian champion he will target double gold once again.

Local road races continue tonight (Tuesday) at 7.30 p.m. with the Manorcunningham 5K and on Friday night it’s the Cranford 4.2 mile event, also at 7.30 p.m.

The Baliniska 5K is on Wednesday, July 18th out of the Sports Complex at 7.30 p.m. and will conclude this year’s Furey Insurances 5K series.

Pre-entry can be made via furey5kentry@gmail.com Simply forward your name, date of birth, age on race day and club, if any.

Payment can be made when you pick up your race pack on the night at the Complex from 6 p.m. Race series t-shirts are available to all who run a minimum of four races and anyone in that category is invited to send their t-shirt size to the email adress above. This will facilitate presentation on the night.

Local athletes selected

for Irish Schools

Good news for four talented local athletes who have been selected on the Irish Schools team for the upcoming Schools Track & Field International in Ashford, Kent.

Shane McGowan (St Columb’s College); Claire Dougherty (Lumen Christi College); Jenny O’Brien (Immaculate Conception College) and Ciara Armstrong of St Cecelia’s College have all been selected following their recent medal winning performances at both the Ulster and National Secondary Schools championships, in their respective events, 800m, Triple Jump, 300m Hurdles and 100m.

Their selections are richly deserved after a series of impressive performances in recent months and they will travel to Ashford confident of good performances.

Ciara has also been confirmed on the Irish Sprint Relay squad and Jenny on the 400m squad.