IUAA Indoor Championships 2019
On Friday 9th February, UCC Athletic Club traveled to Athlone IT to compete in the IUAA Indoor Championships 2019. After a long winter of training, we got the season off to a fantastic start. Laura Cussen won the first medal of the day for UCC with third place in the long jump, while Laura Quigley finished a respectable 8th. Shortly after Ciara Hickey gave a superb performance to secure second place in the pole vault with a new UCC record of 3.30m, meanwhile Una Samuels narrowly missed a medal finishing fourth. Shona Lowe progressed to the final in both the 60m and 200m sprint but unfortunately missed a spot on the podium along with Aisling Kelly who narrowly missed a medal with 4th in the 1500m in a close battle to the finish line. Louise Shanahan had a successful day in the 800m with a silver medal in a time of 2:09.89. Annette Quaid ran an incredible race to set a new F40 400m record of 58.98 to place 5th in the final. In the triple jump, Grace Furlong set a new UCC record of 11.44m to win a silver medal. A phenomenal team performance by UCC ladies which earned them second place behind DCU in the points table.
Similarly, the men’s team had a great day led by Cillian Kirwan who placed a fantastic 2nd in the 800m with a time of 2:00.97. Micheal Power and David McGlynn narrowly missed medals in the 3000m finishing 4th and 9th respectively. John Browne failed to progress to the final of the 60m as the competition was intense but ran a very respectable time of 7.13. Pietro Tozzi finished a superb 6th in the long jump with a leap of 6.08m in his first intervarsity competition for UCC.
Overall, UCC Athletic Club had a very successful day. Congratulations to all those who competed and a special thanks to Athlone IT for hosting this fantastic event.
Photo credits: Kevin Clancy and John O’Connor