Carroll Qualifies for Olympic 5000m

Mark Carroll of Leevale got his Olympic qualification formalities for the 5,000m out of the way today at a meet in Dedham Massachusetts (see right).  After the pacemakers left the scene the race developed into another head to head between Carroll and Australian Sean Creighton, who finished second when the pair clashed over 10,000m a couple of weeks ago.  It was Creighton who picked up the pace with two and a half laps to go, but Carroll held on well and then sprinted the last 50m to win in a time of 13:21.24, with Creighton second in 13:21.45.  Also in the race, Keith Kelly finished 10th with a new PB of 13:56.89, Cormac Smith was 11th in 13:58.66, but there was bad news for Martin McCarthy of Leevale who could only manage 17th place with 14:12.40.  Ken Nason also disappointed with a fourth place finish in the 1,500m with a time of 3:42.71.  A week earlier he was third in an 800m race with a time of 1:51.36, just behind Leevale’s David Brosnan who was second in 1:51.22.  Neville Davey was second in the 3,000 with 8:11.80.  At the Harry Jerome meet in Canada over the weekend Maura Prendiville was seventh in the 800m with a time of 2:10.22; Elaine Fitzgerald was fifth in the 1,500m with 4:15.54 and Niamh Beirne was tenth with 4:18.55; but there was a bad run by Niall Bruton who was 12th in the 1,500m in 3:52.72