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Teen Crossey dominates to take Irish title

By Brian Hill

Teenage sensation Aislinn Crossey's track season hit another high with victory in the 800m at the Woodies Irish Senior Track and Field Championships in Santry, Dublin.

It was a surprise win despite the fact that the Newry AC 17-year-old is fresh from her spectacular fourth in the European Junior Championships in Rieti in Italy.

Crossey dominated the race from the gun and crossed the line in 2 mins 7.49 secs, ahead of Galway's Alanna Lally who was timed at 2.08.12.

"I am shocked and delighted with this victory," said Crossey.

"I felt good from the start which was quite surprising following my races in Rieti," she added.

"I am clearly still on a bit of a high. This is my last serious race of the season."

Women's 800m running is obviously on the rise following a new Irish record by Rose-Anne Galligan in London of 2.00.58.

Not to be outdone, Donegal's Mark English almost broke the men's record with a time of 1.44.84 which is only .02 secs slower than David Matthews' 1995 record.

Belfast's Jason Harvey was another local athlete with reason to smile.

He led the 400m hurdles race until the last hurdle when he was overtaken by Thomas Barr who won in 49.78 secs.

Harvey's time of 50.13 secs is a new personal best and yet another Commonwealth Games qualification time.

Harvey said that he had recovered from his disappointment of being disqualified in the European U23 Championships.

He knew he was in good form following a 50.65 secs time in his heat.

There were silver medals for Annadale's Eddie McGinley in the 10,000m and Lagan Valley's Mandy Gault in the 400m hurdles.

Letterkenny's Brendan Boyce won the 10,000m walk in superb fashion.

Robert Heffernan may have been missing from the walk, but his presence was still felt as Boyce powered his way to victory in a time of 42:40.19, a new personal best by 14 seconds.

Chasing him home was Luke Hickey of Leevale AC in 43:34.61, well inside his previous best of 44:18.

Both athletes are coached by Heffernan in Cork.

David Hynes (Menapians AC) successfully held off the strong finish of Steven Colvert (Crusaders AC) to win the 100m in 10.64, just two hundredths clear of his rival.

Conor McCullough (Crusaders AC) won the men's hammer with his best effort measured at 70.75m.

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