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Signs are bright for high Sommer on the Gold Coast

By Brian Hill

Strabane schoolgirl Sommer Lecky headed a list of NI Commonwealth Games bound athletes competing at the weekend en route to the challenges on the Gold Coast in April.

The 17 year old high jumper is coming into top form at the perfect time as shown by her latest victory in an indoor meeting in Ghent where she equalled her two weeks old personal best with a jump of 1.86 metres.

Sommer beat runner-up Demireva Mirela of Bulgaria who achieved the same height but lost on count back. The Finn Valley athlete took the Senior Scottish title two weeks ago and is currently ranked fifth on the Commonwealth Indoors list .

City of Derry's Adam McMullen is also highly ranked in third place in the Commonwealth in the long jump following his recent huge PB of 7.97 metres at Jordanstown.

Adam also won in Ghent with a jump of 7.75 metres. He has currently an eye on possible Irish selection for the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham next month.

In the big New Balance Grand Prix meeting in Boston, Ciara Mageean finished eighth in the 1,500 metres in a time of 4 mins 9.47 secs which is less than a second slower than her fastest indoor time. The race was won by Ethiopia's Dawit Seyaum in 4.04.38 with European medallist Mageean finishing ahead of GB's Hannah England.

Games bound marathon runner Paul Pollock was 28th in the Barcelona Half Marathon in 65 mins 40 secs which was some way off his fastest time. GB's Ben Connor ran a huge PB to finish 8th in 61.12. North Belfast's Gladys Ganiel ran a solid time of 77.40.

In the Irish Universities Indoors, QUB's Emma Mitchell prepared for Australia with an easy win in the 3,000 metres in a record time of 9.15.86 which is her second fastest indoors.

Top Irish sprinter Amy Foster was also on record breaking form when she took the 60 metres in 7.33 secs.

There were also wins for Craig Newell in the 200 metres (21.47 secs) and Andrew Mellon in the 400 metres (47.87 secs).

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