NUI Galway athletes enjoyed their best outing at the Irish Universities Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday in Athlone, claiming several individual medals and team podium finishes.
The squads have progressed under the guidance of coaches Brendan Glynn and Matt Lockett, as evidenced by the NUI Galway women's team won which won silver with a superb all-round team display, while the men’s squad placed third team overall.
Individual winners on the day were Sarah Quinn in the 60m hurdles in a new NUIG record; Pierre Murchan, who stormed to victory in the 3000m in new IUAA record of 8.13; and Roland Surlis, first in the 800m in a new NUIG record of 1.56. NUIG women's relay squad won the 4x200m, via the flying quartet of Sarah Quinn, Sinead Treacy, Nicole Walsh and Aishling Forkan, also setting a new NUIG record.
There were silver medal wins for Nicole Walsh in the 400m, Ellie O'Toole in the 800m, and Andrew Murphy in the weight for distance throw.
NUIG athletes also won bronze medals via Bridget McDyer in the shot putt, Shane Mooney in the 60m hurdles, Sarah Quinn over 60m flat, and Thomas McStay, who was third in the 3000m.
Maree 8kmL The Maree 8km Run will be held on Sunday, February 23, at 12 noon. Race HQ is at Maree Community Centre.
Gort 5kmL The annual Gorgeous Gort 5km due to be held last Sunday in Gort was postponed due to storm warnings. The race will now take place on March 1.
Connacht Indoors: The Connacht Indoor Championships take place in the AIT Arena in Athlone this weekend. The competition will take place over two days, with the U12 and U13 ages competing on Saturday from 10am to 4pm, the seniors and masters adults on the track from 4.45pm to 7pm on Saturday evening, and the U14 to U19 age groups competing on the Sunday from 10am.
Connacht Schools Cross Country: The Connacht Schools Cross Country finals due to be held last Saturday in Bushfield, Loughrea were postponed and will now be held Wednesday February 26 at 12 noon.