BY JOHN WALSHE
TWO Bandon AC athletes, Nicola Tuthill and Fiona Everard, were in top form when winning their respective events at the Irish Universities T&F Championships held at the DSD complex in Dublin.
Kilbrittain native Tuthill, representing UCD, had produced a personal best hammer performance of 64.44m at the European Throwing Cup in Leira, Portugal, back in March but she improved on that with a massive throw of 65.74m in Dublin.
Already qualified for the European U23 championships in Finland in July, this performance – achieved in wet and windy conditions – moves her to second on the Irish senior all-time list behind Eileen O’Keeffe’s national record of 73.21m which has stood since 2007. Tuthill’s latest throw is also a new national U23 record.
Fiona Everard, competing for NUIG, also recorded a personal best of 17:11.04 when winning the 5000m, adding that title to the IUAA cross-country championship she won at Limerick in early March.