Ulster University Hosts Athletics Intervarsity
Ulster University recently hosted the Irish Universities Athletics Association (IUAA) Track and Field Championships. The competition was open to every track and field athlete who is currently attending any university or college throughout the country.
The event was held at Mary Peters track, Belfast on 10th and 11th of April. The event took many hours of planning over the past 12 months and was a great success said Jennifer Dempsey the event manager.
“The championship was a great success with all elements falling into place seamlessly with many new IUAA records being set and many new personal bests for the athletes present. To date Ulster University have received very positive and pleasant feedback from many of the colleges and athletes thanking us for wonderful memories and for high standards which we have set for future years.” said Jennifer.
Ulster University had a good run throughout the tournament with many of the team’s athletes winning medals. Ulster University’s Adam Mc Combe claimed gold in the Men’s 400m Final, setting a new Ulster University record of 49.01. Jason Harvey also from Ulster University claimed second place crossing the line with 49.03 on the clock.
Rachel Gibson came 4th in the Women’s 3000m with a time of 10:36.18. Rachel also came third and took the bronze medal in the Women’s 1500m with a time of 4:36.59.
Ulster University also had success in the Men’s 4x100m final winning with a time of 41.98. The team members were Adam McMullen, Jason Harvey, Dean Adams and Adam McCombe. The Ulster University ladies relay team did not disappoint when they won bronze in the women’s 4x100m with a time of 52.16. The team included Emma McCay, Aisling Fegan, Fiona Hill and Emma Willis.
The women’s relay team members also had individual success with Fiona Hill winning silver in the Triple Jump with 11.07 and Emma McCay winning bronze in the Women’s 100m Hurdles with a time of 16.32.
Adam McMullen had further individual success when he won the Men’s Long Jump with a distance of 7.55m, a new IUAA record.
Ulster University had the home advantage during the tournament. Event manager Jennifer Dempsey believes this helped the team’s performance throughout the event.
“I believe Ulster University Athletics Club athletes benefited greatly from being so close to home at the familiar setting of Mary Peters Track for this championship. It made for a very calm and relaxed confidence from the team as a whole throughout the course of the weekend and allowed them to have family and friends present at the event for added support and comfort.” said Jennifer.
Congratulations to the Ulster University Athletics club on their success at the Intervarsity competition and also to the organising committee of the successful event.