Roisin Murphy in action for Mercyhurst Lakers. PHOTO: ED MAILLIARD

COLLEGE: Irish win on the cinders

Tulsa freshman Sarah Hosey of Castletroy, Co. Limerick won the women's 1500 meters at the Shocker Spring Invitational in Wichita. She got the job done in 4:40.91. She also took a spin at 800 meters and got third place, finishing at 2:19.71 behind a winning 2:12.96 posted by Sommer Herner of Kansas City.

Adams State sophomore Ava O’Connor won the women’s 3000 meter steeplechase at the Spike Blasing Invitational in Pueblo, Colo. Her winning time of 11:00.67 was nine seconds better than that of the runner-up. She hails from Emo, Co. Laois. 

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Auburn’s Louis O’Loughlin won the men’s 800 meters at the Florida Relays in Tallahassee. The sophomore from Clondalkin, Dublin reached the tape in 1:50.90, with the runner-up along in 1:52.26. 

Ben Carr of Trevecca Nazarene took fourth place in the men’s 800 at the Rhodes Invitational in Memphis. The Donegal sophomore turned in a time of 1:59.86 behind Rhodes’s Justin Thompson who got in first at 1:57.40. 


Shauna Heffernan of Boise State came through with a victory at fifth singles to help the Broncos defeat Nevada, 4-0, at home on Friday. The junior from Claremorris, Co. Mayo defeated Wiem Boubaker, 6-3, 6-3. She also teamed with Pauline Ernstberger at third doubles for a win, 6-0, over Boubaker and Gabriella Charalampidi. 

Roisin Murphy held down the second spot in singles play for Mercyhurst as the Lakers swept California (Pa.) and Shepherd by 7-0 verdicts. The Castlebar, Co. Mayo sophomore dispatched California’s Leandra Guldimann, 6-2, 7-5, and Shepherd’s Ximena Bolanos Tellez, 6-2, 6-1. She also joined Kayla Dean for victories at first doubles in both matches. 


Louisville’s Max Kennedy tied for third place in the All American at the Golf Club of Houston. The junior from Dublin combined opening rounds of 69 with a closing 73 to land two strokes behind medalist Jake Hall of Tennessee. Arkansas State’s Jack Madden, a senior from Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, posted rounds of 73, 70 and 74 to finish joint-14th, another six strokes back. Kansas State junior Luke O’Neill from Galway sandwiched rounds of 75 around a 71 to share 33rd place at 5-over-par. 

Jordan Logue of Mississippi College also worked out a share of third place in the Bobcat Invitational at the Golf Club at Cuscowilla in Eatonton, Ga. The Belfast senior signed to two rounds of 69, which left him three strokes on the high side of medalist A.J. Ewart of Barry. 

Jordan Hyland of Davis & Elkins took a share of 10th place in the Hargett Invitational at Rolling Hills Country Club in Monroe, N.C. The senior out of Omagh, Co. Tyrone posted rounds of 71, 75 and 72 to finish the event two strokes over par and 12 behind Charles DeLong of Grand Valley State, who had five strokes on the runner-up. 


Maeve Cummins overcame an opening 82 to post 72 (low second-round score) and 74 for a share of fourth place in the Surratt Memorial Invitational at Stonebridge in Monroe, N.C. The Carson-Newman senior from Waringstown, Co. Down finished the event 12 strokes over par and trailed medalist Jess Brown of Wingate by 11 strokes. Carson-Newman and Wingate shared the team title. 

Arizona State freshman Beth Coulter finished joint-11th in the Ping/ASU Invitational at Papago in Phoenix. The pride of Ardkeen, Co. Waterford combined rounds of 73, 70 and 74, which left her a stroke over par for the tournament and 11 off the low number. 

Aine Donegan of Louisiana State tied for 14th place in the Clemson Invitational at the Reserve at Lake Keowee in Sunset, S.C. The sophomore out of Ennis, Co. Clare posted rounds of 71, 71 and 73 to finish a stroke under par for 54 holes and four off the winning score shared by four rivals. 

Louisville’s Mairead Martin took a slice of 14th place in the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at the University of Georgia’s course in Athens. The senior from Kanturk, Co. Cork shot 74 and 71 to finish a stroke over par for 36 holes and six behind Auburn’s Elina Sinz, the medalist. Auburn junior Anna Foster, from Dublin, tied for 22nd place at 147 (75-72). Auburn won the team crown.