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Young Irish athletes shine in America

Updated: Mar 9, 2021

In photo Rhasidat Adeleke, Aaron Mangan and Davicia Patterson

Photo of Aaron Mangan Fort Hays State University Photo's of Rhasidat Adeleke/Davicia Patterson University of Texas

The future of Irish athletics is in safe hands with three of our top young stars all running for their universities in America and making the headlines in the US and back home.

Rhasidat Adeleke from Dublin and Davicia Patterson from Lisburn both attend The University of Texas and had an outstanding Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championship which took place at the Texas Tech’s Sports Performance Centre.

Davicia Patterson cruised to the final by qualifying in a time of 1:20.46 and then smashed that time with 1:18.85in the final. This was a personal best for Davicia and 5th highestTexas’ universities athletics teams history .

Rhasidat Adeleke of Tallaght AC’s went on to have an amazing day to remember with two Irish records broke on the same day at the event by breaking the Irish U20 400m indoor record.

Rhasidat ran a 54.14 and then followed this up with a out of this world time of 53.44 and take more time of her Irish record and a day to be proud of and has now put Rhasidat as the 3rd fastest U20 in Europe as a result.

Aaron Mangan from Offaly running for Fort Hays State men's track in Kansas is having a great season and only last weekend 2021 MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships and finished 2nd with a All-MIAA honors in the 800m final in PB time of 1:52.86.

Aaron also had a outstanding n too at The Washburn All-Kansas Open that took place on January 23rd . Aaron finished in third place with a time of 1:55.30. This was Aaron’s first race in a year, a fantastic start to 2021 all while recovering from surgery on his hand.

The Active Runner look forward to bring more news on all our young stars in America over time and wish them all the best , and hope they know they are doing us proud.

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