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Dean Cronin Qualifies for NCAA Div II National Championships

Blarney Inniscarra AC's Dean Cronin Makes Automatic Qualification for NCAA Chps

Pittsburg, Kansas

23-25th February 2018


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Dean "Decano" Cronin earned the first Fort Hays State University automatic place at the MIAA Indoor Championships, in Pittsburg, Kansas, last weekend, where the three-day Conference Championships Meet took place.

Cronin captured the biggest mark of the meet as he claimed the 800-meters win, in a time of 1:49.95. This time not only gave him an automatic mark in Division II, but also set both Fort Hays State University and meet records. Dean was also a member of the Fort Hays men's 4x400 relay, which also set a new Fort Hays State University record and earned a provisional Championship spot, after placing fifth place in a time of 3:16.6. 

 800m: 1 Decano Cronin (Irl) 1.49.45; 2 Thomas LaRoche 1.50.53; 3 Noah Larsen 1.50.58. Runner-up Thomas LaRoche was aiming to win his third straight men's 800m title and set an MIAA record of 1:51.56 in the preliminaries, but Decano Cronin of Fort Hays State ran an automatic qualifier and meet record of1:49.45 to take the championship.

The NCAA Div II Championships will be held next weekend, from March 9-10th, in Pittsburg, Kansas, at the Robert W. Plaster Center.  The championships will be streamed live on

MIAA Men’s Automatic Qualifiers

60 Meters – Juante Baldwin, Pittsburg State – 6.65
60 Meter Hurdles – Justice Burks, Pittsburg State – 7.90
400 Meters – Taysean Goodwin, Emporia State – 47.22
800 Meters – Decano Cronin, Fort Hays – 1:49.45
4x400 Meter Relay – Emporia State – 3:11.44
Triple Jump – Kennan Harrison, Missouri Southern – 15.56 meters
Triple Jump – Sedeekie Edie, Lincoln – 15.49 meters
Shot Put – Bryan Burns, Missouri Southern – 18.50 meters
Shot Put – Bo Farrow, Pittsburg State – 18.05 meters
Shot Put – Nathan Cummings, Central Missouri – 18.01 meters


Dean Cronin's 1:49.45 800m


Fearghal Curtin, Charleston Southern Big South Indoor T&F Championships

The previous week, on Feb 24th, Youghal AC's Fearghal Curtin, helped Charleston Southern's men's track & field team to third place overall at the 2018 Big South Indoor Track & Field 2018 Championships, in Lynchburg, Virginia

Fearghal Curtin added Charleston Southern University's fifth or six podium finishes of the day, in the men's 3,000m race. Fearghal crossed the line in 8:17.47, for third place, just 0.41 seconds shy of equaling his own Charleston Southern University record, set at the Commodore Invitational.

3,000m Result:  1 Amon Kemboi (Ken) 8.13.15; 2 Lawrence Kipkoech (Ken) 8.13.36; 3 Fearghal Curtin (Irl) 8.17.47; 4 Houcine Bouchrak (Esp) 8.31.63; 5 Alejandro Juan (Esp) 8.35.24


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