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Lisburn teen sprinter Lauren Roy qualifies for European Championships


Front-runner: Lauren Roy
Front-runner: Lauren Roy

By Brian Hill

Teenage Lisburn AC sprinter Lauren Roy ran the race of her life at the weekend when she scored a 60 metres qualification mark for next month's European Indoor Championships in Glasgow.

A week ago the 18-year-old showed her red-hot form by taking the Irish U-20 indoor title with a personal best of 7.42 seconds.

On Saturday in Abbotstown, Dublin, the Northern Ireland senior outdoor champion ran even faster to record 7.39 seconds for victory ahead of arch rival Ciara Neville of Emerald who ran 7.42 seconds.

Lauren now joins middle distance star Ciara Mageean of Portaferry who ran a Glasgow qualification time for 1,500 metres a week ago.

Irish U20 200 metres champion Davicia Patterson of Beechmount recorded a PB of 54.29 seconds in the 400 metres behind Sophie Becker of St Joseph's whose 53.66 seconds time also qualified her for Glasgow.

In the 800 metres, Annadale's Conall Kirk impressed with a personal best victory of 1.49.69, just edging out Mark Milner of Tullamore (1.49.75).

Northern athletes also took the honours in the Men's 400 metres with a win for Ballymena's Craig Newell in 48.15 seconds, followed by Andrew Mellon of Crusaders (48.26 seconds).

In the women's 1,500 metres, Lisburn's Kelly Neely set a new Irish 40 age group record for third in 4.23.36 behind Blackrock's Sarah Healy (4.17.78).

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