The AAI Games and Combined Events Championships took place on Saturday and Sunday at Morton Stadium, Dublin.
Mayo AC sprinter Declan Owens was back in action there having competed in the Connacht Championships on Monday last in Dangan.
He ran in very competitive heats of the 100 and 200 metres and significantly improved on his times for both, recording two pbs.
On Saturday he finished 4th in heat 7 of the 200m in 24:04. He ran 24:82 in Dangan.
On Sunday, he was 3rd in Series 1, heat 6 of the 100m in 11.73. He followed this up with a brilliant 2nd place in Series 2 heat 4 and a new pb of 11.58. The winner of that heat was Alex Lee (GCH) in 11:57.
Declan credits his ongoing improvement and these two pbs to Brendan Glynn his coach, and to his NUIG training group. He acknowledges the help of his strength and conditioning coach Jason Cafferkey and also John Walkin “for all his coaching and for getting me started in the sport”. Declan says “it took a few years for the big pbs to come but these people helped me massively”.
Well done Declan!
He is now looking forward to the National Senior T&F Championships at Santry June 25th (evening), 26th, 27th.
And in other weekend news –
Aoife Kilgallon (Sligo AC) showed excellent form during May in 5,000m at two separate meets in Belfast. She ran pbs in both, improving to 16:11.
On Saturday at the AAI Games she finished second in the 3,000m in 9:20.05 behind winner Roisin Flanagan (Carmen Runners AC) – 9:06.67 pb.
Flanagan also won the 1500m on Sunday in 4:15.50.
Congratulations also to Michaela Walsh (Swinford A.C.) who won the hammer with a throw 62.10m.
Weekend Games and CE Championships Results: