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Reports - October 2009

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28 October 2009

Last Sunday Nikayla Hamill, who has dominated the cross country scene locally in recent weeks, took her talents southwards to Adamstown in County Wexford to bid for glory in the Leinster Juvenile Cross Country Championships. The young St Peter’s AC athlete ran a great race to finish 8th in the Under 12 Girls’ event, a significant improvement on her 12th place in last year’s Under 11 contest.

This Friday Kevin Barry Mackin of the Dromiskin-based club will fly to New York, where he is due to run in Sunday’s New York City Marathon. This is probably the first time that a current member of St Peter’s AC will attempt the classic 26 miles, 385 yards race. It is fitting that Kevin should make his marathon debut in New York, as he spent several years living and working there and only returned to live locally within the past few years. His efforts in the Big Apple are also expected to raise a considerable sum of money for the Irish Cancer Society.

The coaching capability of St Peter’s AC was significantly enhanced recently when three club members were awarded their coaching qualifications by the Athletic Association of Ireland. Ian McDonald and Frances Rogers qualified as Athletics Leaders after successfully completing the relevant course in Dundalk, while Tom McGrane qualified as an Assistant Coach upon his successful completion of that course in Monaghan.

The past twelve months has been a particularly good year for the club in coaching terms, as late last year Kathleen McConnell and Angela McDonald were upgraded from Level 1 to Level 2 Coaches after successful completing the Level 2 course in Dublin. There are now a total of eight coaches in the club, as Maria Duffy (Level 2), Olivia McDonald and Anne McGuinness (both Athletics Leaders) also hold coaching qualifications. In addition, the club is very grateful for the assistance provided by Angela McGinn and other parents at training sessions.

Several St Peter’s AC athletes, including Frances Rogers and Olivia McDonald, who, as well as being qualified coaches, are also the reigning National Senior Shot Putt team champions, will participate in next Monday evening’s Shot Putt Clinic in the Mountpleasant AC clubrooms. The clinic starts at 7:30 p.m. and continues until 10:00 p.m.

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21 October 2009

A number of St Peter’s AC athletes were in good form in cross country races at both ends of County Louth in recent days. Last Thursday evening Boyne AC staged an innovative floodlit cross country meet at the Meadowview Sports Grounds in Drogheda. The following afternoon St Joseph’s CBS hosted cross country races for primary and secondary schools in Drogheda and the surrounding district. Finally on Sunday afternoon Glenmore AC staged their annual cross country promotion through the fields beside the Bush track.

Nikayla Hamill reinforced her status as the Dromiskin-based club’s best cross country of the season so far with a great victory in the Under 12 race in the Boyne AC meet. Gabriel Bell was also excellent form under the lights as he came home in 2nd place in the Under 9 race.

Two athletes from the club finished in the silver medal position in the Drogheda and District Schools’ races. These were Lauren Finegan and Mark Rogers. Also in action on a very pleasant afternoon in Drogheda were Niamh Fussey (7th), Heather Rogers (9th) and Niamh Devlin (11th).

Gabriel Bell was back in action on Sunday and had another fine run to take 3rd place at Under 9 level in the Glenmore event. Three other athletes from St Peter’s were also awarded medals for 5th place finishes – Aaron Byrne in the Under 13 Boys’ race, Lauren Finegan in the Under 13 Girls’ race and Erin McGowan in the Under 9 Girls’ race. The other athletes from the club who had good runs at Bush included Pádraic McGinn, Caoibheadh McGowan and Orlaith McMahon.

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14 October 2009

Last Sunday several athletes from St Peter’s AC were in action on the second day of this year’s Louth Cross Country Championships in Bush. It was a beautiful day for cross country with bright and dry weather and a great course through the fields beside the athletics track. The athletes were well tested with a mixture of good ground, long grass and even a couple of ditches to jump.

Once again Nikayla Hamill impressed for Dromiskin-based club with a fine run to take third place in the Under 13 Girls’ race. Thus she added a bronze medal to the individual gold and team silver which she had won in the Under 12 event the previous Sunday.

In the Under 9 races the first ten athletes across the line were awarded medals. Four St Peter’s AC athletes were amongst them – Erin McGowan, Ava Brennan, Anna Campbell and Gabriel Bell. In the Intermediate Women’s 4km race Maria Duffy just missed out on a medal, as she came home in fourth place. Nevertheless she was very pleased with her run.

Other athletes to impress for St Peter’s included Aaron Byrne, Cian Duffy and Jack O’Brien at Under 13 level and Niamh Devlin, Niamh Fussey and Mark Rogers at Under 15 level.

Meanwhile two athletes from the club have been honoured by being selected for the National Senior Throws Squad. These are Irish javelin champion Olivia McDonald and Irish shot putt silver medallist Frances Rogers. The pair recently attended their first squad session, as they start their build-up to next season.

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7 October 2009

Last Sunday sixteen athletes from St Peter’s AC were in action on the first day of this year’s Louth Cross Country Championships in Ardee. The best performances for the Dromiskin-based club came in the Under 12 Girls’ race where Nikayla Hamill ran a great race to win individual gold and to lead her colleagues to the team silver medals.

Nikayla stayed with the leaders in the early and middle stages of her race and then struck for home in devastating fashion with 150m remaining. Following her across the line were her teammates Orlaith McMahon in 10th place, Heather Rogers in 13th place and Caoibheadh McGowan in 16th place.

The Under 14 Boys’ squad were also on form as they claimed team bronze. Mark Rogers led them home in 2nd place, as he was just pipped for the individual title. Caoilte Hickey was not far behind in 4th place, and they were backed up by Éamonn McManus in 14th, Liam Fussey in 15th and Pádraic McGinn in 22nd.

Cian Duffy showed a welcome return to form with a fine long-striding run for 6th place in the Under 12 Boys’ event. Aaron Byrne and Jack O’Brien also had good runs in this race, finishing 14th and 15th respectively.

Despite losing some ground at the start if the Under 10 Boys’ race, Gabriel Bell came through very strongly to finish in 5th place. His teammates Daniel Mullen and Kian O’Brien also ran to cross the line in 14th and 25th places respectively. Gabriel had a busy day, as afterwards he headed to Dundalk to play for the St Joseph’s Under 10 team in the mini-match at half time in the county Minor Gaelic football final between St Joseph’s and the Geraldines. St Peter’s AC athlete Ian McDonald was part of the St Joseph’s Minor squad which, despite their status as underdogs, recorded an historic victory in the final.

The Senior Novice county cross country championships were also contested in Ardee on Sunday. In the Women’s race Maria Duffy had an excellent run over the twisty 3km course to finish in 6th place. Her time was over a minute and a half faster than she had run over the same distance in Stamullen the previous weekend. Fiona Mackin, Maria’s sister, also ran in this race and came home in 11th place.

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