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Reynolds is thrilled to hit heights ahead of Euro challenge

By Brian Hill

Published 27/06/2016

Top man: Ben Reynolds won the high hurdles at the Irish Championships
Top man: Ben Reynolds won the high hurdles at the Irish Championships

Northern Ireland athletes competing at yesterday’s GloHealth Irish Senior Championships in Dublin were hoping to catch the eye of the Irish selectors, who will be meeting today to select the team for the European Championships.

Ireland’s top high hurdler Ben Reynolds was delighted after taking his title with ease in a time of 13.89 seconds — a qualification time for the Euros.

The Holywood man commented: “I decided to go back to my old technique. It appears to have really worked even though I was stretching a bit towards the end.”

There were smiles all round in the 100m. Lisburn AC’s Amy Foster was never troubled in taking her fifth title in 11.83 seconds.

Multi-Paralympic champion Jason Smyth of Derry took victory in 10.71 seconds, ahead of Ballymena’s Jonathan Browning who got a second successive silver with 10.75 seconds.

The Men’s 400m was won by Clonliffe’s Brian Greggan in 46.28 seconds. QUB’s Andrew Mellon came home in fifth in a huge PB of 46.28 seconds.

Lisburn AC’s Ciara Mageean won the Women’s 1,500m in four minutes, 24.36 seconds. There were triumphs for Belfast’s Adam McMullen in the long jump (7.52m) and Finn Valley’s Tori Pena in the pole (4.15m).

In the Men’s 400m hurdles, Belfast’s Jason Harvey took silver in 51.30 seconds. Rio-bound Kerry O’Flaherty was second in the Steeplechase.

Meanwhile, Lisburn’s Megan Marrs broke the NI Junior 100m record in Germany with new figures of 11.68 seconds.

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