Craughwell AC Athletes After Cathriona's Record Breaking 1.81m in the High Jump
Orla Ryan (UCD), Katie O'Donoghue (NUIG), Cathriona Farrell (DCU)

Cathriona Farrell’s hard work since last September paid rich dividends yesterday at the Irish Universities Track & Field where she leapt to a new high jump PB, a new stadium record and a new Universities Indoor record with a fine 1.81m jump.

Cathriona followed it up with 3 efforts which went very close to 1.85m. Senior records are very difficult to break and in this particular case the record had stood for 10 years having been set by Irish Olympian Deirdre Ryan back in 2004. Cathriona, currently a substitute teacher in St Brigid's Vocational School in Loughrea, has been in her best form since medaling in the European Youth Olympics in 2009. A key factor in Cathriona's resurgent form has been strength and conditioning training that she is doing as part of a program driven out of the French Vanoli Gym in Oranmore under the guidance of Tom French. All going well, we will see further PBs from Cathriona during 2014.


Also in action in these championships, Katie O’Donohgue and Orla Ryan represented their universities for the first time when taking part in the pentathlon. While both athletes didn’t get on as well as they had hoped, they are only a few weeks back at the sport and good to see them in action with their colleges so soon. Katie placed 8th in the pentathlon with 2223 points while Orla was 10th with 1999 points with the high jump their strongest event where Katie placed joint 4th and Orla placed joint 2nd.

Peadar Harvey (representing UL) also had a big performance in the men’s 800m. With 3 European medalists amongst the competitors, it promised to be an exciting affair. Drawn in the same semi-final as 2 of those Euro medalists Dave McCarthy and Ruari Finnegan, Peadar ran a super semi to stick close to the leading 2 and drill out a 2.02.18 when taking 3rd place in what was the fastest of the 3 semis. The line-up for the final was one of the highest quality 800m fields that Athlone has witnessed to date and it proved to be a fantastic spectacle. Peadar ran a fine race to take 7th place.

But check out the live coverage of the event on AerTV – if you like athletics, then watch this as its athletic-paradise with commentators that know their stuff and a DJ-like iradioish way of presenting it, the ‘dave and una’ of athletics!

Their epic commentary on an even more epic 800m is about 43 minutes into part 4 at Only downside of the videos is that I cannot find Part 5 which would have Cathriona’s 1.81m jump on it.


Cathriona standing under her new high jump record



And Pictured with AAI President Ciaran O'Cathain



Monday the 25th. .