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Reports - October 2008

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29 October 2008

Last Sunday St Peter’s AC had two athletes in action in the Leinster Cross Country Championships which were held at Rathdrum in County Wicklow. Ailbhe McGuinness ran in the Under 16 Girls’ event, while Lauren Finnegan was in action in the Under 12 Girls’ race. Both athletes performed very well in high quality fields, with Ailbhe finishing 16th and Lauren coming home in 62nd place.

The athletes and parents of the Dromiskin-based club are now looking forward to the annual Athletics Louth awards night. This takes place tomorrow (Thursday) night in Bellingham Castle, starting at 7:30 p.m. sharp.

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22 October 2008

Last Sunday Ailbhe McGuinness followed up her victory in the Louth Championships with another excellent win at the Glenmore AC Cross Country Meet at Bush. The young St Peter’s AC athlete, still just fifteen years old, raced clear to victory in the Under 17 event in very blustery conditions. What most impressed the onlookers was that Ailbhe finished ahead of all the Under 19 athletes, while only four of the Senior Women crossed the finish line ahead of her.

Nikayla Hamill had also won a county title the previous weekend. On Sunday she had another fine run, coming home in 5th place in the Under 11 race. As ever, the Glenmore AC promotion attracted the best athletes from throughout Louth and the neighbouring counties.

Several other athletes from the Dromiskin-based club ran very well at Bush. These included Elizabeth Bell, Aaron Byrne, Alex Hanneffy, Caoibheadh McGowan, Ellen McGuinness, Éamonn McManus, Jack O’Brien and Heather Rogers.

St Peter’s AC’s third county cross country champion, Mark Rogers, was unable to compete on Sunday due to injury. However, two days previously, he proved his class with a great triumph in the Drogheda district Schools’ Cross Country Championships.

Meanwhile two of the club’s coaches spent both Saturday and Sunday at Santry Stadium in Dublin on the first part of the Level 2 Coaching course. Kathleen McConnell and Angela McDonald qualified as Level 1 coaches a number of years ago, and are now embarking upon the next stage in their coaching careers.

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15 October 2008

Last Sunday several athletes from Dromiskin-based St Peter's AC competed in the second instalment of this year's Louth Cross Country Championships, as the juvenile championships for the uneven age groups were held at the Meadowview Sports Grounds in Drogheda. Their results this time were even more impressive than on the previous Sunday in Termonfeckin.

In the Under 9 races over 500m, Gabriel Bell, Daniel Mullen and Cian O'Brien all ran very well in the Boys' event, with Gabriel finishing 3rd and Daniel 6th. Lauren Matthews McGuinness also ran very well in the Girls' event.

Aaron Byrne, Jack O'Brien and Michael Mullen ran well for St Peter's in the Under 11 Boys' 800m race, but it was their female colleagues who were the stars of the show on the day. Nikayla Hamill led the Under 11 Girls' 800m from start to finish and also led the club's team to victory. Her teammates, who backed her up so impressively, were Heather Rogers, Orlaith McMahon and Caoibheadh McGowan.

Lauren Finnegan had an excellent run the Under 13 Girls' 1000m event, while her neighbour Mark Rogers was a very impressive winner of the Under 13 Boys' 1200m race. Mark was partnered by Éamonn McManus, Liam Fussey, Joseph Mullen and Pádraic McGinn, and they proved to be a powerful combination as they took the team silver medal.

Niamh Fussey, who ran so well in the Ocean State Cross Country in Rhode Island last month, had another good run in Drogheda in the Under 15 Girls' 1500m race.

Last, but by no means least, Ailbhe McGuinness followed up her Under 16 silver last week with a great gold medal performance against the older girls in the Under 17 2000m.

After a most impressive set of performances by the young St Peter's athletes over the last two Sundays, it is hoped that they will maintain this momentum at the Glenmore AC Cross Country races next Sunday. The fields surrounding the athletics track at Bush will be the venue for this event, which starts at 12:00 noon.

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8 October 2008

Last Sunday several athletes from Dromiskin-based St Peter’s AC competed in the first instalment of this year’s Louth Cross Country Championships. The Novice championships and the Juvenile championships for the even age groups were held at St Fechin’s GAA grounds at Beaulieu near Termonfeckin.

The club’s Under 16 Girls’ team was the most successful of the St Peter’s entrants at the South Louth venue on a lovely sunny day, which would have done justice to any track and field meet at the height of the summer. Ailbhe McGuinness had a great run to come home in 2nd place at the end of the 2000m race. Caoimhe Hoey and Grace Rogers were not far behind. These fine performances resulted in the Dromiskin outfit winning the team silver medal.

Also impressing was the Under 12 Girls’ team which won the team bronze medal for their 1000m race. Lauren Finnegan, Nikayla Hamill, Orlaith McMahon, Heather Rogers and Elizabeth Bell were the athletes responsible for this impressive result.

Mark Rogers also went home with a county bronze medal, as he had a fine run to finish in 3rd place in the Under 14 Boys’ event over 1500m.

The Under 12 Boys’ team of Liam Fussey, Aaron Byrne, Jack O’Brien and Pádraic McGinn just missed out on a medal as they finished in 4th place after the results were tabulated. Earlier in the day Conor Hoey, Daniel Mullen and Brendan Woods all ran very well in the Under 10 Boys’ 800m race.

The venue for next Sunday’s Louth Intermediate and Juvenile (uneven age groups) Championships has been changed from Ardee to the Meadowview Sports Grounds in Drogheda.

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1 October 2008

Last Saturday Emily Rogers of St Peter’s AC recorded her best pentathlon score of the year when finishing 9th in the Junior (Under 15) event in the Irish Schools’ Combined Events’ Championships at Santry Stadium in Dublin. Her total of 2245 points was over 100 points ahead of her mark in the Leinster Schools’ Championships at the same venue ten days previously.

Emily was representing her Drogheda school, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills and her points were accumulated with a most impressive set of performances in the five events: High Jump 1.54 (666 points), 75m Hurdles 13.9 (489), Long Jump 4.42 (408), 800m 2:51.9 (387) and Shot 6.37 (295). She will still be eligible to compete in the same age group in these championships in 2009.

Emily’s cousin, Grace Rogers, also started in the Junior pentathlon at the Irish Schools’ Championships on Saturday. However, she had been unwell prior to the competition, and withdrew after a disappointing performance in the opening event.

The previous Sunday Grace had been the outstanding performer for the Dromiskin-based club at the Navan AC Sports, as she won three events at Under 16 level, while the following Wednesday she finished 9th in the Intermediate (Under 17) race at the Meath Schools’ Cross Country Championships in Gormanston.

During 2008 the athletes of St Peter’s AC have been in action throughout Ireland, competing in athletics arenas all the way from Antrim down to Nenagh. They have also travelled outside the country this year to compete in both Scotland and Italy. Last Friday young Niamh Fussey made her overseas debut even further afield, as she ran in the Ocean State Cross Country meet in Rhode Island in the United States.

Niamh was representing her school, Scoil Uí Mhuirí in Dunleer, in the Girls’ 8th Grade 2km race at Goddard Park in Warwick. 8th grade in the United States school system is the equivalent of 2nd year in the Republic of Ireland. She ran a great race to finish in the top half of the large field, coming home in 32nd place in a time of 10:23.44. The weather conditions were very difficult for the athletes in Niamh’s race, as it was raining heavily throughout.

Closer to home Mark Rogers ran an excellent race to finish 3rd in his event at the Star of the Sea AC cross country races in Stamullen on Sunday. Next Sunday there will be cross country action even closer to home, as the Louth Juvenile and Novice Championships are scheduled to be held at Beaulieu, near Termonfeckin. The juvenile races this week will be for the even age groups (Under 10, Under 12, etc.).

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