INDIANA STATE MEDIA RELATIONS
By John Manley
Indiana State junior Jaime Murtagh won the men’s high jump at the Tiger Track Classic in Auburn, Ala. on Saturday. Murtagh, a junior from Ashbourne, Co. Meath, cleared 2.12 meters on his first try, unlike rival Keyth Fightmaster of Samford, who needed two attempts to clear that same height. That matches a personal best for Murtagh, who won the Irish national championship last June.
American International’s Mitchell Byrne won the men’s 1,500 meters at his school’s Yellow Jacket Invitational in Springfield, Mass. on Saturday. The Dublin junior cranked out a 4:02.04 clocking to defeat Stonehill’s Riley Dowd, who was in at 4:02.41.
Tulsa’s Robert Tully got second place in the men’s 800 meters at the Baylor Invitational in Waco, Tex. on Saturday. Tully, a sophomore from Dublin, ran a 1:51.75, exceeded only by Arkansas’ Carlton Orange in 1:48.28.
Lamar University junior Cormac Kelly also got runner-up status at Baylor, in his case in the 3,000 meters. Kelly, from County Carlow, was the top collegian in the race with an 8:44.82 clocking. The race went to Devin Meyrer, running unattached, in 8:40.63.
Wagner’s Liam Harris got third place in the men’s 1,500 meters at the TCNJ Invitational in Ewing, N.J. The Cork freshman reached the finish in 4:06.31, preceded by teammate Joseph Abbatiello, who won the race in 4:04.74.
Belhaven’s William Donnelly, a sophomore from Belfast, got sixth place in the men’s 5,000 meters at the Rhodes 7-Way Meet in Memphis on Saturday. He finished in 16:56.11 in a race won in 15:44.83 by Peter Torres of Christian Brothers University.
Rowan Lester of Texas Wesleyan finished joint-third in the Patriot Classic at Hackberry Creek Country Club in Dallas. Lester, a freshman out of Dublin, shot rounds of 71, 72 and 71 to complete the tournament two strokes under par and three in back of teammate David Ravetto for medal honors. The Rams took the team crown by nine strokes.
Wake Forest’s Paul McBride posted the low score of 66 in the final round of the Irish Creek Intercollegiate at the Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, N.C. Following on the heels of rounds of 73 and 69, that left the junior from Malahide, Dublin in joint-fourth place, three strokes off the winning number posted by Florida State’s Cristobal Del Solar. Also in the field were Charlotte freshmen Conor Purcell and Marc Boucher. Purcell, also from Malahide, shot 73, 73 and 71 to stake a claim in 38th place. Boucher, another Dubliner, was a stroke behind in 42nd place after rounds of 77, 71 and 70. Wake Forest was two strokes off champion North Florida in the team scramble.
Rounds of 74 and 78 left Cardinal Stritch University junior Brian Murtagh tied for 18th place in the Broadmoor Invitational at Broadmoor Golf Club in Indianapolis. The Galway man finished 13 strokes behind teammate Antonio Maciel in the medal race.
Daniel Cosgrove of San Francisco’s Academy of Art University tied for 62nd place in the Mustang Intercollegiate at Palm Valley in Goodyear, Ariz. The senior out of Trim, Co. Meath shot rounds of 74, 79 and 71 to finish eight strokes over par and 18 behind the duo that shared low score.
Louisville’s Devin Morley got a share of 57th place in the Clemson Intercollegiate at Cliffs-Keowee Falls in Sunset, S.C. The Galway freshman shot rounds of 77, 81 and 79, which left him 26 strokes behind champion Patrick Cover of North Carolina-Wilmington.
The Ping/ASU Invitational resulted in two Belfast women among the top 20 at tournament end. Arizona State freshman Olivia Mehaffey garnered a share of eighth place at 2-under-par 214 (72-73-69), while Kansas State sophomore Chloe Weir finished joint-17th at 217 (73-72-72). Arizona State’s Roberta Liti shot 206 for the victory.
Montana won its weekend matches, getting the better of Sacramento State, 5-2, and Idaho, 6-1. Both matches were played in Missoula, Mont. Grizzlies’ senior Peter Mimnagh-Fleming, a senior from Navan, Co. Meath, scored at third singles, defeating Sacramento’s Kasparas Zemaitelis, 6-4, 7-5, and Idaho’s Josh Goodwin, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
Osgar O’Hoisin won his match at third singles as Wisconsin shut out Michigan State, 7-0, in East Lansing, Mich. on Saturday. O’Hoisin, a sophomore from Dublin, defeated Michael Dube, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.
Mercyhurst and the McCooey brothers of Dublin rolled to victories over Kutztown, 7-2, and Bloomsburg, 8-1, last week. Against Kutztown, Cormac McCooey took care of business at second singles with a win over Joan Oliver Perez, 6-2, 6-4, while brother Conor was a winner, 6-1, 6-3, at fourth singles over Gabriel Nogara Souza. They also won their doubles matches. The Bloomsburg match was more of the same. Cormac handled Gerard Puig, 6-3, 6-1, at second singles, while Conor dispatched Steve Williams, 6-1, 6-2, at the five spot. Again, they won their doubles matches.
Miami’s Sinead Lohan, ranked 14th among Division 1 women, returned from an injury to post a win at second singles as the Hurricanes defeated Louisville, 5-2, in a Friday road match. Lohan, a junior from Waterford, took care of Elle Stokes, 6-2, 6-0. Sunday’s result was less encouraging. The Hurricanes lost to Syracuse, 4-3, in upstate New York. Lohan fell, 6-4, 6-2, to Gabriela Knutson.
New Mexico’s Ruth Copas split her matches at second singles last weekend. The Dundalk sophomore defeated Utah State’s Ekaterina Tugarinova, 7-5, 6-4, to propel the Lobos to a 5-2 victory. The Lobos then prevailed, 4-3, over Boise State, although Copas lost, 6-2, 6-2, to Hanna Kantenwein.
Montevallo’s Emily Beatty held up her end of the bargain at second singles in a victory over Georgia Southwestern, 8-1, on Friday, and a 5-4 loss to Georgia College on Saturday. Beatty, a sophomore from Moria, Co. Down, defeated Southwestern’s Celia del Castillo, 6-2, 6-0, and Georgia College’s Jena Kelly, 6-3, 7-5.