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Reports - April 2009


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29 April 2009

Last Friday afternoon in Limerick Olivia McDonald made history by becoming the first St Peterís AC athlete to win an Irish Universitiesí title. Representing Dundalk Institute of Technology, where she is currently studying Business & Management, she threw the Javelin over 38m to claim victory. She thus went one better that her older brother Peter McDonald, who was the only previous medallist in these championships from the Dromiskin-based club. He had won silver back in 2006, also representing DkIT and also in the Javelin.

Two days later several St Peterís AC athletes made the shorter journey to the popular Cushinstown AC Sports in County Meath. Clubs from the Meath, Louth and Newry areas were particularly well represented, and there was a good selection of both track and field events for all age groups.

Mark Rogers was in outstanding form in Cushinstown with four victories and a third place finish. His wins came in the Under 15 High Jump (1.40m), and the Under 14 300m, Long Jump (4.63m) and Shot Putt (9.73m). He also finished 3rd in the Under 14 100m. His sister Emily Rogers was a double winner, as she triumphed in the Senior High Jump (1.55m) and the Under 16 Long Jump (4.34m).

Three more athletes from the Dromiskin club came away from the County Meath venue with trophies for top three finishes. Grace Rogers finished 2nd behind her cousin in the Senior High Jump (1.48m) and also took 3rd in the Long Jump (4.55m). Her sister Frances Rogers was 2nd in the Senior Shot Putt (9.80m), and also competed in several other events. Young Martin McGrane came 3rd in the Under 12 Shot Putt (5.69m) on his debut in this event.

Other athletes from St Peterís AC who competed on Sunday included Aisling Byrne, Aaron Byrne, Megan Finnegan, Liam Fussey, Niamh Fussey, Pádraic McGinn, Tom McGrane, Ellen McGuinness and Heather Rogers. All performed well and can now look forward to the remainder of the season with renewed confidence.

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22 April 2009

The outdoor track and field season got underway for several of the younger athletes of St Peterís AC last Friday night. The occasion was the Louth Juvenile meet at the Bush track. Probably the best performance on the night came from Mark Rogers, who leapt 4.56m to win the Under 14 Boysí Long Jump. There were also some impressive performances on the track, but no official times were recorded.

Other athletes from the Dromiskin-based club who competed included Elizabeth Bell, Gabriel Bell, Aaron Byrne, Aisling Byrne, Lauren Finnegan, Megan Finnegan, Liam Fussey, Niamh Fussey, Alex Hanneffy, Martin McGrane, Ellen McGuinness, Daniel Mullen, Michael Mullen, Lorcan Murphy and Heather Rogers.

St Peterís AC is having its annual Flag Day in Dundalk tomorrow (Thursday). This day provides the club with much needed funding for equipment, competition entries and presentation prizes. All parents are asked to help by collecting sometime on the day between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m., and should contact Geraldine Fussey by text (086-3675155) or phone (042-9382354) with the times they are available.

Then on Friday and Saturday the first national championship of the season will be held, when the Irish Universitiesí Championships are staged in Limerick. Olivia McDonald, who is now a student in DkIT, is due to compete in the Javelin. On Sunday the popular Cushinstown Sports, with events for both juvenile and senior athletes, are scheduled to be held at Kilmoon Cross in County Meath.

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15 April 2009

St Peterís AC is having its annual Flag Day in Dundalk on Thursday 23rd April. This day provides the club with much needed funding for equipment, competition entries and presentation prizes. All parents are asked to help by collecting sometime on the day between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m., and should contact Geraldine Fussey by text (086-3675155) or phone (042-9382354) with the times they are available.

The Dromiskin-based club has just completed a very successful indoor season. A very large team from the club competed in the Leinster Championships, and several of them qualified for the Irish Championships. At national level the club won 3 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals. This compares with 2 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal last year, and just 1 silver and 1 bronze medal in 2007.

The focus now switches immediately to the outdoor track and field season. This Friday evening (17th April) there is a Louth Juvenile Meet at the Bush track. The following Friday and Saturday (24th and 25th April) is the occasion of the first national championship of the season, when the Irish Universitiesí Championships are staged in Limerick. St Peterís AC athletes who are students in DkIT are expected to compete. The following day (Sunday 26th April) the popular Cushinstown Sports are scheduled to be held at Kilmoon Cross in County Meath.

The North Leinster Schoolsí Championships will be held at Santry Stadium in Dublin over two successive Wednesdays Ė 29th April and 6th May. Several athletes from St Peterís AC will represent their secondary schools from Dundalk, Dunleer and Drogheda in these championships. Sandwiched between the two schoolsí events is the Louth Juvenile Championships. The county High Jump titles will be contested in Dromiskin on Friday 1st May, with the remaining events being decided in Bush over the following two days.

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8 April 2009

Seven athletes from Dromiskin-based St Peterís AC were in Magherafelt last Saturday and Sunday for the second weekend of the Irish Juvenile Indoor Championships. They returned home with one gold, one silver and two bronze medals to add to their tally of two gold and one bronze on the first weekend.

Frances Rogers had won four national silver and bronze medals in 2008, but this time she went one better, as she was crowned Irish champion in the Under 19 Girlsí Shot. Her winning putt was measured at 10.13m.

Mark Rogers took a huge margin of over 8 seconds off his previous best time to take silver in the Under 14 Boysí 800m with a 2:19 clocking.

Hilary Kerr was a double bronze medallist in the Under 19 Girlsí events. She ran a personal best in the 200m and, immediately afterwards, competed in the Long Jump where her best distance on the day was 4.88m.

Grace Rogers just missed out on a medal with a 1.45m leap for 4th place in the Under 17 Girlsí High Jump. She also finished 8th in the Long Jump with a jump of 4.67m.

Having competed in the jumps on Saturday, Grace was back in Magherafelt on Sunday where she teamed up with Aisling McKeen, Caoimhe McMahon and Emily Rogers to run in the heats of the Under 17 Girlsí 4x200m relay. The St Peterís AC team ran well but did not make it through to the final.

Five athletes from the club were also in action in the Great Ireland Run in Dublinís Phoenix Park on Sunday. Maria Duffy was 31st woman home in the Over 40 age group. Her time for the 10km race was 51:22. Catherine Rogers finished 81st in the same category with a time of 56:14. Finishing just ahead of Catherine in a time of 56:09 was Joan Lavin who placed 134th in the Over 35 Womenís category. Kay Morris also had good run in Dublin with a time of just over 59 minutes.

Martin McGrane ran in the Junior race beforehand, where he was the 80th boy across the finish line. His time for the 2.8km course was 16:02, which was over a minute faster than he had run in the same event last year.

Last Wednesday the outdoor track and field season got underway for two of St Peterís ACís athletes, even before the indoor season had finished. Navan was the venue for the Meath Schoolsí Championships, in which schools from Drogheda also take part. Grace Rogers and Emily Rogers, representing Greenhills College, both struck double jumps gold in their respective age groups. Grace cleared 1.45m in the High Jump and leapt 4.81m in the Long Jump. Her younger cousin Emily soared over 1.58m in the High Jump and got out to 4.04m in the Long Jump.

There will be no club training session tomorrow night (Thursday), as the athletes take a short break for Easter.

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1 April 2009

Last weekend three athletes from Dromiskin-based St Peterís AC travelled to Nenagh for the first weekend of the Irish Juvenile Indoor Championships. Between them they achieved two gold medals, one bronze medal, one fourth place finish, a championship best performance and two personal bests.

Young Mark Rogers was in outstanding form. On Saturday he smashed the previous championship best performance of 1.61m with a incredible leap of 1.68m for victory in the Under 14 Boysí High Jump. This left him 6cm clear of his nearest rival, and was 8cm higher than he himself had ever jumped before. It was also an amazing 20cm higher than his winning leap at Under 13 level in these championships last year.

Mark made the long journey back home to Togher on Saturday evening and returned to the County Tipperary venue again on Sunday. This time he was in action in the Shot Putt, in which he struck bronze with a fine putt of 10.70m.

Accompanying Mark to Nenagh on Sunday was his sister, Emily Rogers, who was initially in action in the Long Jump. This is very much a secondary event for Emily, and she finished in 10th place with a 4.10m jump. However it certainly served as a useful warm-up for her main event, the High Jump.

Like her younger brother, Emily also jumped higher than ever before, as her 1.61m leap won her the Irish Under 16 Girlsí title. This performance added 3cm to her previous best, and ensured that she maintained her 100% record in Irish championship competition dating back to her entry into the sport a few years ago.

Darver athlete Hilary Kerr was also in action in Nenagh on Saturday and she just missed out on a medal. She crossed the line in 4th place in the Under 19 Girlsí 60m final in a time of 8.15 seconds, an agonising five-hundredths off the bronze.

Mark, Emily and Hilary will do it all again, albeit in different events, this coming weekend. This time they will make the slightly shorter journey to Magherafelt, which is the venue for the second weekend of these national championships. They will be joined by four other athletes from the Dromiskin club Ė Aisling McKeen, Caoimhe McMahon, Frances Rogers and Grace Rogers. All at St Peterís AC will be quietly confident of even more success for this thriving club at the County Derry venue.

Another St Peterís AC athlete who was in action recently was Maria Duffy, who ran in the Carlingford Half-Marathon. This was a big step up in distance for her, as she was formerly a leading 400m hurdler and heptathlete. Nevertheless Maria had a good run, completing the 13-mile-plus course at an average pace of just over nine minutes per mile.

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