By John Manley
East Tennessee State’s Declan Fahy won one event and placed second in two others, resulting in his being voted the Outstanding Athlete among men at the Southern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship in Lexington, Va., recently.
Fahy, a senior from Galway, won the 10,000-meter run in 31 minutes, 25.23 seconds. He was runner-up in both the 1,500 meters (3:51.58) and the steeplechase (9:12.90). ETSU’s Derek Murphy, a junior from Kildare, ran fifth in the 1,500 (3:56.52), while Anthony Scanlon, a senior from Limerick was sixth at 800 meters (1:54.77). ETSU’s men finished third among teams, with 116 points. Virginia Military was the champion with 171 points.
On the women’s side, ETSU’s Michelle Gregg, a senior from Dublin, broke the previous Conference record in the 800-meter run. Her name won’t go down in the record book, however, because she had Appalachian State’s Mary Jane Harrelson in front of her at the finish line. Harrelson broke the tape in 2:09.47, while Gregg was along in 2:09.53. ETSU finished fourth among teams with 91 points to Appalachian with 167.
Providence senior Marie McMahon from Ennistymon, Co. Clare, was a dual winner at the Big East Outdoor Track Championship, held at Villanova. McMahon was first at both 3,000 meters (timed in 9:15.80) and 5,000 meters (16:10.62). As a result, McMahon was named the Outstanding Track Performer at the meet. Both her times qualified McMahon for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in June.
Villanova freshman Geraldine McCarthy, from Listowel, ran in both the 1,500 meters (11th, 4:44.13) and the 3,000 meters (14th, 10:36.29). Villanova was sixth in the team standings with 81 points and Providence placed 10th with 38 points. Miami, with 134, was the champion.
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Paul McNamara, a senior from Galway, contested both the 1,500-meter men’s race, in which he placed seventh (3:52.69), and the 5,000-meter run, in which he ran 14th (14:57.92). Teammate Keith Kelly, a sophomore from Drogheda, finished ninth at 10,000 meters in 30:38.41.
TENNIS Harvard, ranked 16th nationally among men’s teams, won its fourth straight Eastern Intercollegiate Tennis Association title by shutting out Army, 9-0. Sophomore Joe Green, from Dublin, was a winner at fifth singles over Travis Burns, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. In the Crimson’s 7-0 win over Cornell, Green recorded a fourth singles win over Josh Benjamin, 7-6, 6-3. Earlier in the week, the Crimson took on Dartmouth, winning 6-1. Green did his part at fifth singles with a 6-4, 6-0 triumph over Rob Chen. Harvard moves into regional play this weekend.
GOLF Alabama-Birmingham’s Chris Devlin was unable to defend his Conference USA championship, but the sophomore from Antrim worked out a tie for ninth with a three-round total of 225 (74-76-75), which was 9 over par. South Florida’s Eoin O’Sullivan, a senior from Dublin, tied for 34th at 234 (73-78-83). The 217 recorded by Louisville’s Kris Maffet won him the medalist honors. Houston was the team champion, while UAB was fifth and South Florida tied for 9th. The tournament was played at the Columbia Lakes Country Club in West Columbia, Texas.
Toledo placed third in the Cobra Collegiate at the Firestone County Club North Course in Akron, Ohio. Sophomore Tim Rice, from Rosbrien, Co Limerick, tied for 19th with a 54-hole score of 6-over-par 222 (76-74-72). One stroke behind Rice was teammate Ricky Elliott, a sophomore from Portrush, Co. Antrim. Elliott’s 225, which tied him for 24th, comprised of rounds of 70, 73 and 80. Kent State’s Jon Mills ruled the roost with a score of 205.
California’s Dan Coyle, a junior from Dundalk, tied for 29th in the Pac-10 Men’s Championship at the Orinda Country Club in Orinda, Calif. Coyle shot three consecutive rounds of 2-over 74 for an aggregate of 222. The champion was Arizona State’s Paul Casey, at 207. California came in fourth overall, as Arizona State took the team trophy.