City of Derry Spartan’s Made a Super Return of 2 Golds , 1 Silver and 1 Bronze
Emma Mc Cay took her first championship title in the senior heptathlon with a personal best score of 3632 points. She achieved 3 personal bests in the 100m hurdles (16.15 secs ) Javelin (15.16 ) & 800m ( 2min 31 secs ). This has been a major season for Emma who medalled at both the Irish indoor and outdoor University Championships and proved herself as a emerging senior talent.
Danea Herron used the event as a prelude to the World Masters Championships In Lyon and did not disappoint by taking the Masters w55 title . Her long jump at 3.85m gained her excellent points along with a strong Javelin at 22.72m and 8.11m shot . There was a controversial 80m hurdles where the 7th hurdle was put on the incorrect spacing at 7.50m as opposed to 7m and despite an official protest and a decision to ignore available video evidence no rerun was permitted by the chief track referee . This did not put Danea off as she maintained a positive focus throughout the two days competition, scoring 3409 points and championship Gold.
Naomi Morgan was in excellent form in her U20 competition taking 2nd place over, behind Emma Canning of Whitemoss A.C . Naomi’s major points were obtained in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.09 secs and super 5.44 m long jump . A foot injury caused Naomi to pull out after 100m into her 800m race but she still obtained an overall score of 3592. Naomi should will be fully fit for her upcoming home international debut with Northern Ireland in Hexham in a few weeks time .
Spartan Michael Surman stole the multi event show by improving on his previous Decathlon score by some 800 points . Michael had 6 personal bests and an best overall score of 5288 to take the bronze medal behind Tom Chandler of Central AC and Daniel Rees of Banchory . Michael’s personal bests were 110m hurdles in 16.63 secs , long jump at 6.01 m , 100m of 11.8 secs , pole vault of 3.10m , 400 m at 54.79 secs and discus of 32.36m . Well done to a true multi eventer.