Foolkes in Action at Drake Relays

At the Drake Relays in Kansas, Leevale’s Jason Foolkes of McNeese State was 8th in the 10,000m with 31:06.33.  The race was won by Jason Gunn of Indiana State in 30:13.75 ( Results).  Another Cork athlete in action over the weekend was Breeda Dennehy Willis who won the women’s 10,000m at the Penn Relays in 32:36.50, a B standard for the World championships in Edmonton in August.  Other Irish results at Penn included Barry Egan of South Florida who was 22nd in one of the 5,000m races (14:43.23); Mark Smyth of Iona was 4th in another 5,000, (14:32.87); Bridget Cusack of Louisiana State 14th in the college 10,000m (36:32.79); Rosin McGettigan of Providence College 10th in the 3,000m steeplechase (10:45.41); and Eoghan O’Dwyer 19th in the shot putt with 13.65. Kieran Stack from North Cork side stepped Penn to run instead at Yale where he again won the 3,000m steeple with a season’s best time of 9:19.95. Cork’s contingent at Western Kentucky university were in action at Nashville, with Carraig na bhFear’s Valerie Lynch taking third in the 3,000m (10:16.82); East Cork’s Lisa Cronin was third in the 1,500m (4:40.34); and her clubmate Terri Hennessy was sixth in the 5,000m (18:04.22).  Thomas Quaid from North Cork who is at Southern Missouri, was fifth in the 1,500m (4:09.62) at the Bill Williams Invite, while clubmate Siobhan Lenihan, who is at Arkansas Tech, won a 5k road race in a time of 19:10.91.  Incidentally, her coach at Arkansas, Tom Aspel from Waterford, also ran, finishing sixth in the mens race with 17:11.38.