Mac on the Mark

Leevale’s Donal McCarthy equaled Gary Ryan’s 60 metres indoor record at the BLE National Senior Indoor championships in Nenagh yesterday, recording a time of 6.88 seconds.  Meanwhile, Mark Carroll, the bronze medallist in the European 5,000 metres outdoor championships in Budapest last August, has built on that achievement with a series of useful performances during the current indoor campaign.  Revitalized after his run in the Millrose Games in New York a week earlier, the Cork man traveled to Birmingham for the BUPA Grand Prix meeting today and, despite being lapped by Haile Gebrselassie during the Ethiopian’s world record run in the 5,000 metres, managed to set a new Irish best of 13 minutes 31.93 seconds.  The time was almost three seconds faster than John Treacy’s 13:34.96 mark set in New York in 1982. Although lapped by the Ethiopian winner, Carroll added to Crusaders hurdler Peter Coughlan’s national record set in the Virginia Tech. Invitational on Saturday.