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28 May 2008

The athletes of St Peter’s AC won a further seven Leinster medals last week. Emily Rogers led the way for the Dromiskin-based club, as she was twice crowned provincial champion.

Emily first took the Minor Girls’ High Jump laurels on the 2nd day of the Leinster Schools’ Championships. She was representing her school – Greenhills, Drogheda – at this competition, which was held at Dublin’s Santry Stadium last Wednesday.

Three days later Emily showed her ability as an all-round athlete, when, this time representing St Peter’s AC, she triumphed in the Under 15 Pentathlon at the Leinster Combined Events’ Championships in Greystones.

Also medalling at the schools’ championships were Brianán Conway (St Vincent’s, Dundalk) and Grace Rogers (Greenhills, Drogheda). Both finished in 3rd place in the Junior Girls’ events – Brianán in the Javelin and Grace in the High Jump. Olive McKenna (St Louis, Dundalk) was also in action at Santry in the Junior Girls’ Shot Putt.

Brianán and Grace will now join Hilary Kerr (Inter Long Jump), Olivia McDonald (Senior Javelin), Laura O’Neill (Inter Javelin) and Frances Rogers (Senior Shot Putt) in this Saturday’s Irish Schools’ Championships in Tullamore. Emily will not be there this year, as the Minor age group does not feature in the national event.

Three more Leinster medals came to the progressive mid-Louth club on Sunday when the Leinster Under 20 Championships were held at Greystones. Olivia McDonald, who has been in great form recently, was a little below her best when taking silver in her main event, the Javelin. She also won bronze in the Long Jump at the County Wicklow venue. Rounding off a great week for St Peter’s, Frances Rogers added another provincial medal to her impressive collection with a silver in the Shot Putt.

Last Friday night two of the club’s older athletes were in Bush for the inaugural Louth Open Meet, while a larger group of younger athletes was in action at the Blackrock AC Beach Races.

At Bush Olivia McDonald ran a great personal best of 13.07 seconds in the 100m. Tom McGrane also competed in the 100m, but was hampered by a hamstring strain as he approached the finish line. Meanwhile Mark Rogers ran a great race on the beach in Blackrock to win the Under 14 Boys’ 1200m race.

This coming bank holiday weekend will be another busy one for the athletes, parents and coaches of St Peter’s AC. On Friday night the Carrick Aces AC Road Races will be held on the streets of the South Monaghan town as part of the Carrickmacross Festival. The next day, as mentioned previously, six athletes from the club will represent their secondary schools at the finals of the Irish Schools’ Championships in Tullamore. On Sunday the action moves to Navan, which will host the Leinster Championships for the Under 10 to 12 age groups alongside the inter-club relay championships for all juvenile age groups.

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21 May 2008

The first day of the Leinster Schools’ Championships at Dublin’s Santry Stadium last Saturday saw athletes from Dromiskin’s St Peter’s AC win two gold and two bronze medals. These championships continue at the same venue today (Wednesday), when athletes in the younger age groups will be in action.

Olivia McDonald, representing O’Fiaich Institute, Dundalk, triumphed in the Senior Girls’ Javelin with an excellent throw of 36.58m. She was presented with the Dara Shakespeare Memorial Trophy for her victory in this event.

Hilary Kerr of St Louis, Dundalk was also crowned Leinster champion. She won the Intermediate Girls’ Long Jump with a leap of 5.02m, and also finished 5th in the 100m in 12.97 seconds, just one-hundredth outside her best ever time.

Hilary’s St Louis teammate, Laura O’Neill, claimed bronze in the Intermediate Girls’ Javelin with a great personal best distance of 28.55m. After competing at Santry on Saturday morning, she dashed to Clane where she starred in the Louth Under 16 Gaelic Football team’s great Leinster final win against Wicklow. Laura’s outstanding performance resulted in her being honoured with the Player of the Match award.

Also winning bronze was Frances Rogers in the colours of Greenhills College, Drogheda. Frances threw 9.36m for 3rd place in the Senior Girls’ Shot Putt, and also threw a personal best 20.20m for 5th place in the Discus.

All four girls now advance to the Irish Schools’ Championships in those events in which they medalled at the Leinster Championships. Hopefully they will be joined by more St Peter’s athletes after the Leinster Championships conclude today.

Earlier last week Olivia McDonald threw a great personal best of 37.32m in the Javelin. She was competing at the Dublin Open Graded Meet at Irishtown Stadium. Tom McGrane was also in action in the same competition, where he finished 5th in the “B” 400m in a time of 62.14 seconds.

This Friday evening sees the staging of a unique event in local athletics, as Blackrock AC host their popular beach races for juvenile athletes. On Saturday and Sunday the action moves south to Greystones, which will be the venue for the Leinster Junior, Under 23 and Combined Events Championships.

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14 May 2008

The track and field season continued for St Peter’s AC last week, as the Dromiskin-based club’s athletes were in action in a number of different competitions throughout Leinster.

Olivia McDonald had a great personal best of 37.06m in the Javelin when finishing 2nd in the AAI Games at Dublin’s Irishtown Stadium last Saturday evening. Frances Rogers also finished 2nd in the same competition, throwing 9.31m in the Shot.

Several St Peter’s AC athletes represented their secondary schools at the North Leinster Schools’ Championships at Dublin’s Santry Stadium on Wednesday and Friday last week. They all performed very well with a number of them qualifying for the Leinster Schools’ Championships to be held at the same venue on Saturday and Wednesday next. Probably the most impressive performance was that of Greenhills schoolgirl Emily Rogers, who had an excellent personal best of 1.58m in the Minor High Jump and also won the Long Jump.

Most of the club’s younger athletes were in action in the Louth Juvenile Championships at Dromiskin and Bush last weekend. There were a host of excellent performances, as is evidenced by the report on the championships elsewhere in this paper.

Earlier last week some St Peter’s AC athletes travelled to County Laois for the St Abban’s AC Open Sports, at which Lauren Finegan, Daire Hoey and Orlaith McMahon won medals.

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7 May 2008

Kevin McManus of St Peter’s AC got his season off to an encouraging start when he leapt 1.75m in the High Jump at the Coláiste Rís Sports last week. The promising young jumper has been bedevilled by injuries since last summer and has had to cope with the added pressure of studying for his Leaving Certificate exams next month. Hopefully Kevin will be back to his very best later this summer.

There was more good news for the Dromiskin-based club last week when it was learnt that brother and sister Peter McDonald and Olivia McDonald have been selected to compete in the CSIT World Games in July. These multi-sport games are being held in Rimini on Italy’s Adriatic coast in early July. The athletics events are scheduled for Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th July. Both Peter and Olivia are ranked among the leading javelin throwers in Ireland.

As part of her build-up to the main competitions later this summer, Olivia plans to compete in the AAI Games in Dublin’s Irishtown Stadium this coming Saturday. Several of the club’s athletes will also be in Dublin today (Wednesday) and Friday for the North Leinster Schools’ Championships. This event, which is being held at Santry Stadium, sees the athletes representing their secondary schools, as they attempt to qualify for the Leinster finals later this month.

Closer to home St Peter’s AC hosts the High Jump events of the Louth Juvenile Championships in St Joseph’s GFC grounds in Dromiskin this Friday evening. The action gets under way at 5:30 p.m. The county championships continue at Bush on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday morning the action starts at 10 a.m. with the field events, with the track events starting at 11 a.m. The championship programme concludes on Sunday, when proceedings at the Cooley venue commence at 12 noon.

With the most prestigious part of the annual athletics calendar – the outdoor track and field season during the summer months – now getting into full swing, current athletes, lapsed athletes and potential athletes are reminded that St Peter’s AC training continues on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6.30 p.m. at the St Joseph’s GFC grounds. Prospective new members from 8 years old upwards are always very welcome.

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