July 24, 2017
QUEENS, N.Y. – A 2016 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Outdoor Track & Field All-American at St. John’s, Claire Mooney came in second place in the 800-meter at the Irish National Championships this past weekend with a time of 2:04.23.
The 800-meter record holder as a member of the Red Storm, Mooney came up just short to Ireland’s World Championship qualifier Ciara Mageean by .17 seconds. Mooney showed tremendous closing speed to cut down Mageean’s lead, before earning a second place finish at the prestigious Irish National Championships.
“Claire placing second at the Irish National Championships in only her second outdoor season running the 800-meter is truly a remarkable achievement, said Head Coach Jim Hurt. “However, it is not surprising as Claire has a long history of competing at her best in the most important meets. We are always pleased to see our athletes continue to achieve such high success after graduating from our program and to see Claire finish second in the Irish National Championships is something we take great pride in. We look forward to many other achievements as she continues her track & field career.”
Just over a month ago, Mooney earned a sixth-place finish at the European Team Cup in the 800-meter final as she ran for Ireland and led her squad to an eighth place team finish.
Mooney’s illustrious Red Storm career included four All-BIG EAST indoor team selections as well as two outdoor All-BIG EAST selections. Her St. John’s career ended in 2016 after an incredible season, which included competing in the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Oregon and a member of the All-American Second Team.