Kirk among NI Glasgow hopefuls to compete at Belfast meet

Katie Kirk
Katie Kirk

Katie Kirk will be among several of Northern Ireland's Commonwealth Games hopefuls in action at the second Belfast International Meeting at the Mary Peters Track on 2 July.

Last year's inaugural meeting at the refurbished track saw Ben Reynolds produce the stand-out performance.

Reynolds clocked 13.49 in the 110H to set a Northern Ireland record.

Kirk achieved the Commonwealth Games 800m standard on Saturday as she produced a time of 2:02.97 in Watford.

That cut more than two seconds off her previous outdoor 800m as she brought up the total of Northern Ireland athletes with Commonwealth Games standards to 11.

The number reached double figures over the weekend as Ballymena & Antrim's Christine McMahon clocked a 400m hurdles personal best of 57.63 at Watford which was .27secs inside the Glasgow mark.

Reynolds, meanwhile, produced a satisfactory season's opener as he produced a 13.79 season-opener for the high hurdles in Sunday's meeting at Loughborough.

The Northern Ireland Commonwealths hopefuls will be up against athletes from Britain, Ireland and further afield at the 2 July meeting in Belfast.

"This is a fantastic event for everyone involved and provides an opportunity to showcase one of the country's top athletics arenas," said Athletics Northern Ireland's general secretary John Allen.

"Taking place just three weeks ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games the Belfast International Athletics Meet will offer fans an opportunity see world-class athletes."