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Ulster Athletes Win Irish Gold

8 February 2011

University of Ulster athletes notched up three gold medals at the Irish Universities’ Indoor Championships at Nenagh Stadium in County Tipperary at the weekend.

Sprinter Amy Foster picked up the women’s only medal for Ulster taking the gold in the 60m with a time of 7.57 seconds. Sports Performance Scholar Foster also set a new University of Ulster record in her heat of the competition with a time of 7.49 seconds.

Tom Reynolds was the standout performer in the men’s team as he added a gold, silver and bronze to the men’s team tally. Reynolds struck gold in the combined events setting a new Irish Universities’ Athletic Association (IUAA) with 3568 points.

The combined events saw Reynolds compete in the 60m hurdles, distance running, high jump, long jump and shot putt. A silver medal followed for Reynolds in the 60 metres hurdles and he picked up a bronze in the shot putt with a throw of 12.82 metres.

Long-jumper Adam McMullan took the University of Ulster’s third gold jumping into the IUAA record books with a distance of 7.22 metres.

Daniel Mooney completed the medal haul on the track with bronze in the 1,500 metres. His efforts and those of the men’s team propelled the University of Ulster to an overall team accolade of third in the medals table.

Professor Jim Allen, the University of Ulster’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Student Services and Sport, said: “The University of Ulster is committed to achieving its vision of becoming the leading university for sport in the island of Ireland. Massive congratulations must go to our successful athletes whose dedication and commitment to their sport is an inspiration to everyone at the University. Through the Ulster Sports Academy, we are nurturing some of Ireland’s top sporting talent and the results from the Irish Universities’ Indoor Championships show the gifted talent in our ranks.”

University of Ulster’s Medal Winners at Irish Universities’ Indoor Championships at Nenagh Stadium, Co Tipperary:

GOLD - Amy Foster 60m - 7.57 seconds

GOLD - Adam McMullan – long jump 7.22m new IUAA record

GOLD – Tom Reynolds – combined events (60m hurdles, distance running, high jump, long jump, shot putt) – new IUAA record of 3568 points

SILVER – Tom Reynolds – 60m hurdles – 8.39 seconds

BRONZE – Tom Reynolds – shot putt – 12.82 metrres

BRONZE – Daniel Mooney – 1,500m – 3:54:25