Galway athletes Alanna Lally and Aisling Joyce are making their mark in the USA.
Galway City Harriers' Lally, on a university scholarship with Temple University in Pennsylvania, enjoyed a great start to her season, winning the 800m in a time of 2.10 at the Hi Town track meet in Houston, Texas.
Aisling Joyce, also from the city club, and now with Bradley University in Illinois, brought her team to third overall in an intervarsity match, placing in the top 30 overall with a time of 18.42 for the 5k cross country at the Liscombe Cross Country held in Nashville.
Another local athlete, Damien O'Boyle, of Craughwell AC, is continuing his successful American athletics career. Following a successful stint with McNeese University, O'Boyle is now with Louisiana University, and is expecting to start his indoor season shortly. Pre-Christmas he enjoyed a good win at the ULM Warhawk Invite four-mile Cross Country race in a fine time of 20:33 to win by six seconds.
Meanwhile the National Indoors Athletics Ireland has announced a series of indoor micro meets for February 20 and 21. To be held in the National Indoor Arena in Dublin, the aim is to provide qualification events for those elite athletes seeking to qualify for major championships this year, such as the European Indoors and Olympics. It is hoped some of Galway’s elite level athletes will get an invitation.