Hammer thrower Dempsey McGuigan will be making one of his rare local appearances when he competes in tomorrow’s NI Senior and Ulster Championships at the Mary Peters Track, aiming to turn in a big performance ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games.
The US-based 27-year-old has his sights firmly set on the Games in Birmingham and should comfortably pick up the NI title following a recent PB of 72.32 metres in Aberdeen.
Another in-form athlete is former Games runner Katie Kirk in the 800 metres.
The 27-year-old has recorded times under 2 mins 4 secs on five occasions this season, the fastest being 2.03.11 in Loughborough. She should easily defend her title, with main opposition coming from Lisburn City pair Victoria Lightbody and Kelly Neely.
Last year, North Belfast’s Andrew Milligan took the 800 metres title and he should repeat his success this time round, although Lisburn AC pair Dylan McBride and Andrew Wright should also be in the mix.
Clonliffe’s Jonathan Whan destroyed the field a year ago in the 1,500 metres with a solo run of 3 .49.60 secs.
He should repeat his victor,y where the entries include multi Paralympic gold medallist Michael McKillop.
The 100 metres Women’s event should see a successful title defence for Lisburn AC’s Lauren Roy particularly after a recent PB of 11.83 secs in Malta. The Men’s event could also see a repeat victory for Ballymena’s Dean Adams, who has a season’s best this year of 10.73 secs.
Favourite in the Women’s 400 metres should be North Down’s Rachel McCann, who ran a PB earlier this month of 54.12 secs. In the equivalent Men’s event, Ballymena’s Craig Newell will be going for a hat-trick of victories.