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Murtagh jumps into all-time Irish top-10

April 19, 2018

By Peter McDermott

Sinead Lohan was honored by the University of Miami before Sunday’s women’s tennis match against Virginia Tech.  JC RIDLEY/MIAMI ATHLETICS

 

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Indiana State’s Jaime Murtagh, a senior from Ashbourne, Co. Meath, won the men’s high jump at the Gibson Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind. Murtagh cleared 2.18 meters, well above the 2.03 achieved by his nearest competitor. That height is fourth-highest in the annals of the Sycamores program and ninth all-time amongst Irish jumpers. The Missouri Valley Conference named Murtagh its Male Field Athlete of the Week in recognition of his performance.

Indiana State’s Jaime Murtagh shown performing at the Gibson Invitational, at which he won the men’s high jump, and speaking about his performance. 

 

Bradley’s Niamh Markham, a junior from Coolmeen, Co. Clare, was runner-up in the women’s 800 meters at the Musco Twilight in Iowa City, Iowa. Her time of 2:09.94 was eclipsed only by Brette Correy of Northern Iowa, who came home in 2:08.97.

Sean Tobin of Ole Miss took second place in the men’s 1,500 meters at the Joe Walker Invitational in Oxford, Miss. The senior from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary completed his circuit in 3:42.82, just behind teammate Robert Domanic, who broke the tape in 3:42.32. West Alabama’s Oisin O’Gailin, a freshman from Ballybofey, Co. Donegal, finished eighth, timed in 3:51.59.

American International’s Mitchell Byrne, a senior from Dublin, placed third in the men’s 1,500 meters at the Northeast Challenge in Storrs, Conn. Byrne finished in 3:51.47. Albany’s Ryan Udvadia won the race in 3:49.48.

Tulsa’s Robert Tully was the fourth finisher in the men’s 1,500 meters at the John McDonnell Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. Tully, a junior from Dublin, crossed the finish line at the 3:49.94 mark, interrupting a parade of runners from the host school – Arkansas – that was led by Cameron Griffith in 3:45.42. The meet honors the now-retired McDonnell, a Mayo man, who coached the Razorbacks to numerous NCAA titles.

Stony Brook sophomore Clodagh O’Reilly from County Cavan took sixth place in the women’s 1,500 in Storrs. She posted a time of 4:42.36 in a race won by Albany’s Cara Sherman in 4:33.11.

St. Leo’s Tadgh McGinty, a freshman from Swinford, Co. Mayo, ran a personal best 9:36.82 in finishing fourth in the men’s 3,000 meters steeplechase at the Tom Jones Memorial in Gainesville, Fla. Enoch Nadler of Team FTC led the field home in 9:12.59. Laura Tobin of St. Leo’s women’s team also recorded a personal best of 10:32.03 in getting sixth place in the women’s 3,000 meters. The sister of Sean Tobin trailed Daniela Urzua, running unaffiliated, who won the race in 10:12.32. Laura Tobin is a junior.

 

TENNIS

Sinead Lohan of Miami (Fla.) was feted by her school on Senior Day last Sunday. The Hurricanes defeated Virginia Tech, 4-0, with both of Lohan’s matches discontinued when, first, the doubles point was decided on another court, and then singles play clinched the team victory for Miami. The Waterford senior, ranked 77th by the Intercollegiate Tennis Ass’n., was ahead on Caroline Daxhelet, 6-2, 3-6, 1-0, in their match at second singles. Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tewes sang Lohan’s praises after the match.

“She is a special kid,” Yaroshuk-Tewes said. “[She] is going to go down in the books as probably one of the most solid individuals who has ever walked through this program. Obviously, we are sad to see her go, but we’re happy to have been able to have her here for four years, and she’s not done yet.”

Miami finishes its regular season this weekend, with the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship tournament, followed by the NCAAs, looming.

The Christian Brothers women’s team closed out its season with victories over West Georgia, 6-3, and Spring Hill, 9-0. Tara McElroy, a senior from Dunboyne, Co. Meath, contributed wins at both first singles and first doubles for the Bucs. She defeated West Georgia’s Sara Watson, 6-4, 6-3, and Spring Hill’s Madison Artigues, 6-1, 6-2. She also teamed with Lauren Woog to take out West Georgia’s Watson and Gabrielle Chanthaphaeng, 8-5, and Spring Hill’s Brenda Carrada and Omega Davison, 8-1.

Mercyhurst’s Cormac McCooey won both his singles matches last week at no. 3. The Dublin sophomore defeated Edinboro’s Mateus Santos, 6-1, 6-0, last Tuesday in a 9-0 Lakers romp. Then, on Sunday, he helped Mercyhurst keep things close in a 5-4 loss to Bluefield State. McCooey handled Georgi Datashvili, 6-4, 6-3.

Montevallo routed Lee University, 9-0, in women’s tennis last week, with Emily Beatty a winner at second singles. She posted a 6-1, 6-0 triumph over Carley Sickinger at second singles. Beatty is a junior from Moria, Co. Down.

 

WOMEN’S GOLF

Duke’s Leona Maguire missed landing on the low number in the Liz Murphey Intercollegiate by a stroke. The Duke senior from Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan, shot rounds of 70, 69 and 71 at the University of Georgia Golf Club in Athens, Ga., which entitled her to a share of third place. Her sister, Lisa Maguire, tied for 41st place at 229 (80-77-72).

Arizona State’s Olivia Mehaffey, a sophomore from Belfast, tied for fifth place in the Silverado Showdown at Silverado Country Club in Napa, Calif. She sandwiched rounds of 72 around a 69 to finish up three strokes under par and five below the co-leaders.

 

MEN’S GOLF

John Bolger of Young Harris College got sixth place in the Peach Belt Conference Championship at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla. Bolger, a sophomore from Gorey, Co. Wexford, strung together rounds of 72, 73 and 71 to finish at even par for the event and eight strokes behind the medalist, Johnson Holliday of South Carolina-Aiken.

Marc Norton of Oakland University shared sixth place in the Rutherford Intercollegiate at the Penn State Blue Course in State College, Pa. Norton, a Belfast junior, posted rounds of 67 and 68, which had him in the lead going into the third and final round. But he shot 78 to drop to even par for the event and seven strokes behind Penn State’s Cole Miller, the champion.

Wake Forest senior Paul McBride grabbed a piece of eighth place in the Stitch Intercollegiate at Macgregor Downs Country Club in Cary, N.C. The Walker Cup player from Malahide, Dublin signed to rounds of 69, 69 and 70, which put him eight strokes under par and five in back of Campbell’s Ray Kraivixien, the medalist.

The Charlotte tandem of Conor Purcell and Marc Boucher finished midpack in the Mason Rudolph Championship at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn. Purcell shot rounds of 74, 78 and 73 to finish the tournament 12 strokes over par, while Boucher was a stroke behind after shooting 76, 77 and 73. Slightly behind them came a pair from Louisville. Devin Morley tied for 48th place at 227 (76-73-78), while John Murphy shared 50th place with others who matched his 228 (74-78-76). Vanderbilt’s John Augenstein shot 7-under-par 206 to take the trophy. Boucher and Purcell are sophomores from Dublin, while Morley is a sophomore from Galway and Murphy is a sophomore from Kinsale, Co. Cork.

Iona’s Oisin Devereux, another Dublin sophomore, grabbed a share of 43rd place in the Wildcat Invitational at White Manor in Malvern, Pa. He shot rounds of 76 and 74, which left him eight strokes over par and 12 off the low number recorded by David Powers of St. Peter’s.

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