The promising City of Derry Spartans teenager, Naomi Morgan grabbed an excellent Senior Women’s 100m Hurdles bronze medal at the weekend’s National Track & Field championships in Dublin.
In fact seven medals were won by North West athletes, Letterkenny man Mark English as expected heading the medal rush with gold in the Men’s 800m Final.
English (right) will head to the European championships in Zurich shortly buoyed up by his Dublin win, even if the 1m 49.91s clocking was pedestrian, after a 1m 45.03s a few weeks ago.
Championship races are not always particularly quick affairs and the win was always the main consideration last weekend for English who travels to Zurich with realistic hopes of making the European final and perhaps contesting the medals.
Two Finn Valley athletes Tori Pena and Dempsey McGuigan claimed silvers in the Women’s Pole Vault and Men’s Hammer respectively, Maria McCambridge took 5,000m silver behind the peerless Fionnuala Britton, Javelin thrower John Kelly added another Finn Valley bronze and Lifford’s Anne Marie McGlynn won bronze in the Women’s 5,000m.
Another local connection was Kenyan Freddy Sittuk’s bronze in the Men’ 300m Steeplechase, the recent Walled City Marathon winner dropping distance significantly, but revealing a previously hidden ability over the sticks.
Back to Naomi Morgan and a National senior medal on her debut at this level. No mean feat for the talented Hurdler/Long Jumper, coached by Danea and Jim Herron, who must be delighted by her weekend performance. Certainly more to come from the young Spartan!
Greg Roberts led the local contingent home in the Men’s 5,000m in 15m 09s , 14th place, and with Declan Reed and Gary Murray both DNF’s, Noel Logan was the closest local finisher on 15m 32s, for 20th place.
They all ran in the second of the 5k races, a massive entry necessitated splitting the field with Connor Doherty finishing 8th in his race, on 15m 51s.
Derry City track club’s Aaron Carlyle ran 51.30s in his 400m heat but failed to progress beyond that with sub 49s clockings the key to move on.
Mary Devlin returned to competition after a long injury lay-off and was close to a medal in the Women’s Triple Jump.
The experienced Spartan who moves into the Masters age category shortly, was fourth with a 11m 08cm leap, way below her normal standards which would have guaranteed at least a bronze medal.
However, she is back in the frame and will target the NI/Ulster and National Masters championships later this season.