Buttner secures place on Ireland squad
SIOFRA Cleirigh Buttner copper-fastened her place on the Ireland squad for the European Indoor Championships after winning the 800m at the Irish Life National Senior Indoor Championships at the National Indoor Arena, Abbotstown in a time of 2.04.15.
Butter was coming into this competition on the back of some great form in indoors in the US where she competes for Villanova University.
DSD's Siofra Cleirigh Buttner
She ran in the European Under 23 Outdoor Championships in 2017 and reached the final eventually finishing seventh.
Kate Doherty, meanwhile, produced yet another PB in the 60m hurdles, on her way to winning her first national senior title, with a great time of 8.29.
Zak Curran was just pipped by Mark English in the Men’s 800m, finishing runner-up in 1.51.91 while there were other good performances produced by Jerome Caprice (fifth in the 5,000m Walk 20.52.56), Robert Corbally (8th in the 3000m 8.30.63); Meghan Ryan (8th in the Women’s 3,000m 9.50.39), with Abbie Taylor 10th in the same race 9.57.52.
Elsewhere, DSD’s Hiko Tonosa was the second athlete across the finish line in the Rás na hEireann Cross-Country Race in Oldtown last weekend.
Top class competition was ensured with a visiting USA team taking on the home competitors, led by Tonosa.
Indeed, the Americans had four in the leading group from the start and good team tactics saw them alternate the lead with only Tonosa able to handle the fast pace.