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Reports - September 2008

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24 September 2008

Last Wednesday cousins Grace Rogers and Emily Rogers competed with considerable success in the Junior (Under 15) pentathlon in the Leinster Schoolsí Combined Eventsí Championships at Santry Stadium in Dublin. Both girls, who are members of thriving Dromiskin club St Peterís AC, were representing their Drogheda school, Our Ladyís College, Greenhills.

In a huge field of 36 athletes, Grace performed extremely well to take the bronze medal behind two Dublin girls, Rachel Healy of Alexandra College and Siobhán McGinley of Our Ladyís, Terenure. Emily, who will still be in the same age group next year, was also in top form as she finished just behind her cousin in 4th place.

Graceís total of 2345 points was accumulated with a most impressive set of performances in the five events: High Jump 1.43 (544 points), 75m Hurdles 13.9 (489), 800m 2:48.9 (475), Long Jump 4.61 (456) and Shot 7.71 (381).

Young Emily also had an outstanding pentathlon, scoring a total of 2133 points with some excellent performances: High Jump 1.49 (610 points), 75m Hurdles 13.4 (530), Long Jump 4.26 (369), 800m 3:05.5 (316) and Shot 6.57 (308).

Both the St Peterís girls were particularly strong in the High Jump, so much so that their jumps were the best of all the athletes competing in the pentathlon. As a result of their superb performances last Wednesday, Grace and Emily have qualified for this Saturdayís Irish Schoolsí Combined Eventsí Championships, which will again be held at Santry.

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17 September 2008

Today (Wednesday) Emily Rogers, the promising young athlete from Togher, is due to compete in the Leinster Schoolsí Combined Eventsí Championships at Santry Stadium in Dublin. Emily will be representing Our Ladyís College, Greenhills, Drogheda in the Junior (Under 15) pentathlon.

Back in May Emily won the equivalent AAI championship while representing her club, St Peterís AC in Dromiskin. She has also won the AAI indoor and outdoor national high jump titles in her age group this year and last year. The high jump is one of the five events which comprise the pentathlon. The others are the sprint hurdles, 800m, long jump and shot putt.

Todayís competition also serves as a qualifier for Saturday weekís Irish Schoolsí Combined Eventsí Championships, which will again be held at Santry.

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10 September 2008

Last Sunday several young athletes from St Peterís AC ran in the inaugural Boyne AC Open Juvenile Cross Country in Drogheda. Although the Dromiskin club has had more success on the track than over the country in recent years, the youngsters who ran at Meadowview on Sunday showed scant regard for this reputation.

St Peterís first athlete in action was Gabriel Bell, who confirmed his undoubted promise with a great victory in the Under 8 400m race. Daniel Mullen also ran very well in the Under 9 500m, finishing in 4th place for a deserved medal as one of the top six finishers.

Nikayla Hamill is another very promising young athlete, and she matched Gabrielís achievement by taking the Under 11 800m race. St Peterís also has two boys in action at Under 11 level. They both ran well with Aaron Byrne finishing 7th and Michael Mullen coming home in 12th place.

Brother and sister Liam Fussey and Niamh Fussey matched each other in their respective races, both winning medals with 5th place finishes. Liam was running in the Under 12 800m race, while his older sister went in the Under 14 1000m.

Mark Rogers, who has won national medals in the High Jump and Shot Putt this year, is also an excellent runner over the longer distances. He proved this once again on Sunday as he won the Under 13 1200m event.

Hopefully this fine start to the cross country season will encourage the St Peterís athletes in their training during the coming weeks and will lead to more success in the forthcoming cross country competitions. The competition calendar on the clubís website,, now shows the dates of the various local races this autumn.

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3 September 2008

Last Saturday Tom McGrane and Kevin Barry Mackin from Dromiskin-based St Peter's AC were in action in the Northern Ireland Masters' Championships at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast.

Competing in the Over 45 age group, Tom made his debut in the Hammer and duly won this event with a throw of 17.10 metres. He followed this up with a silver medal in the Shot Putt with a fine 8.04 metres performance. This was Tom's first time ever over the 8 metres barrier with the 16 lbs shot in either Senior or Masters' athletics. Having recently switched from sprinting to throwing, he has now finished in the top three in the Over 45 Shot Putt in Louth, Leinster, Northern Ireland and Scottish championships during 2008.

Kevin Barry won both the Long Jump and Javelin in the Over 35 age group in these championships last year. On Saturday he returned to Belfast to defend his titles, and impressed as he improved on his 2007 performances in both events, jumping 4.49 metres in the Long Jump and throwing 25.69 metres in the Javelin. However this year he had to settle for two silver medals, although he was only an agonising 6 cm behind the winner in the Long Jump.

Following the annual end-of-season break, the regular club training sessions resumed this week. They will continue to be held at the usual time of 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday evening.

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