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Reports - April 2010

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28 April 2010

Last weekend St Peterís AC athlete Frances Rogers was in action in the Irish Universitiesí Athletics Championships at Santry Stadium in Dublin. She was representing Trinity College Dublin, where she is currently a First Year student of Law and German.

Her first event was the Shot Putt on Friday. Frances performed very well to finish in 4th place with a best throw of 10.26m, which she recorded in the first of the six rounds. This is her best throw of 2010 to date and, even more significantly, is a new Trinity College record. This is a fine achievement by the Togher woman on her debut for the university, whose history in the sport stretches right back to the beginnings of organised athletics in Ireland in the second half of the 19th century.

Frances was back in Santry on Saturday, when she threw 21.18m to finish in 7th place in the Discus, with her best throw coming in the fifth round. Her efforts over the two days helped Trinity College to secure 3rd place in the Throws Trophy, behind the University of Limerick and Dublin City University.

Earlier last week Mark Rogers had a fine double in the 800m and High Jump at the national Christian Brothersí Schoolsí Championships, which were also held at Santry Stadium. He was representing St Josephís CBS, Drogheda, where he is currently in First Year.

Meanwhile his older sister Emily Rogers, representing Greenhills College, Drogheda, leapt 1.55m to win the High Jump at the Meath Schoolsí Championships. In the same competition her cousin Grace Rogers helped Greenhills to win silver in the 4x100m relay.

All at St Peterís AC are very appreciative of the great support received on the occasion of the Dromiskin-based clubís annual Flag Day in Dundalk and Dromiskin last Thursday. Great credit is also due to Geraldine Fussey for her unstinting efforts in organising and co-ordinating the collectors at the various locations.

All juvenile athletes are reminded that entries for the Louth Championships must be submitted in advance. Full details are available on the club website Ė

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21 April 2010

Last Sunday several athletes from St Peterís AC made the short trip to Kilmoon Cross in County Meath for the Cushinstown AC Open Sports. They were accompanied by coaches, parents and other family members who lent their support. It proved a very successful day for the Dromiskin-based club as they returned home with 7 gold, 7 silver and 4 bronze trophies. They faced strong opposition from throughout the region, with clubs from Dublin to Newry all well represented.

Mark Rogers was extremely impressive as he won all four events which he contested. These were the U15 100m and three events at U16 level: the 300m, High Jump (1.70m) and Shot Putt (10.04m). His sister Emily Rogers won the Senior High Jump (1.50m), was 2nd in the U17 100m and 3rd in the U17 Long Jump. Their cousin Grace Rogers, now a regular on the Louth Senior Ladiesí Gaelic football team, won the Senior Long Jump (4.56m), while young Ava Brennan won a very competitive U10 80m.

Like Ava, Gabriel Bell is another U10 athlete showing great promise for the future. On Sunday he impressed to win silver in each of the U10 80m, U11 Long Jump (3.14m) and U12 High Jump (1.05m). Niamh Fussey was also in good form, as she won silver in both the U16 100m and U17 Long Jump (4.42m). Ian McDonald took silver in the Senior 100m and bronze in the Long Jump (5.40m), while Éamonn McManus came home in 3rd place in both the U15 100m and U16 300m.

The other athletes from St Peterís AC who competed in Cushinstown included Megan Finnegan, Liam Fussey, Nikayla Hamill, Pádaric McGinn, Martin McGrane, Orlaith McMahon, Daniel Mullen, Michael Mullen, Rachel Mullen, Heather Rogers and Marie Claire Rogers. All of these performed well and will now be looking forward to the rest of the track and field season with renewed confidence.

Meanwhile, also on Sunday, Kay Morris had a fantastic run in the Great Ireland Run in the Phoenix Park in Dublin. She recorded 56:32 for the 10km race, which was three minutes faster than she ran last year. She crossed the line in 102nd place in the O40 age group.

Catherine Rogers, mother of Mark and Emily who performed so well in Cushinstown, was also very pleased with her performance in the Phoenix Park. She finished in 69th place in the O45 category with a time of 58:24, easily ahead of her pre-race target to beat the 60 minutes barrier.

However the first club athlete across the line in the Great Ireland Run, was young Darren Tuite, whose time of 54:29 resulted in him finishing in 1414th place in the Senior Menís category.

Away from the track and the roads St Peterís AC has its annual Flag Day in Dundalk and Dromiskin tomorrow (Thursday). All donations received will be gratefully appreciated. The money raised will help the club to continue to provide excellent sporting opportunities for runners, jumpers and throwers across a wide range of age groups and from across a wide area of County Louth.

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14 April 2010

The indoor track and field season concluded last Saturday on a very successful note for Dromiskin-based St Peterís AC. Emily Rogers and Darren Tuite travelled to Nenagh for the second weekend of this yearís Irish Juvenile Championships and both came home with medals.

Emily recorded her best performance so far this year, clearing 1.60m in the Under 17 High Jump to claim the silver medal. Darren was also a High Jump medallist, as he finished joint 3rd in the Under 19 age group with a best of 1.50m. He was also in action on the track where he contested the 800m.

The night before the concluding competition of the indoor season, the outdoor season got underway with a very well-supported meet for Louth juvenile athletes at the Bush track. Niamh Fussey was the star of the show for St Peterís AC, as had a double victory in the Under 16 100m and Long Jump, the latter in a personal best of 4.54m.

The club had a clean sweep in the Boysí Shot Putt events with Ian McDonald winning the Under 19 event, Mark Rogers victorious at Under 15 level, and Martin McGrane dominating the Under 13 competition. Nikayla Hamill proved to be the class of the field in the under 13 600m, while young Ava Brennan showed great promise to win the Under 10 80m.

Silver and bronze medals were won by Elizabeth Bell, Róisín Curley, Lauren Finnegan, Philp Larney, Ciara McNally, Daniel Mullen, Michael Mullen, Emily Rogers, Heather Rogers and Darren Tuite. Other athletes who competed and performed well in Bush included Natasha Dewnarain, Megan Finnegan, Liam Fussey, Pádraic McGinn, Orlaith McMahon, Éamonn McManus, Rachel Mullen, Caoifhinn O'Brannigan and Marie Claire Rogers.

On Easter Monday a number of St Peterís athletes ran in the Mountpleasant AC Road Races. In the Under 10 Girlsí 600m race Ava Brennan had a great run to take 2nd place, while Rachel Mullen also ran in this race. Shortly afterwards Nikayla Hamill was also a silver medallist in the Under 14 Girlsí 1200m race.

Mark Rogers made it a hat-trick of silvers for the club with a fine run in the Under 16 Boysí race over 1500m, with Éamonn McManus not too far behind him in 6th place. Finally Maria Duffy ran a great time of 24:20 in the Senior and Mastersí 5km race, especially considering the blustery conditions which prevailed on the day.

Away from the track St Peterís AC is having its annual Flag Day in Dundalk on Thursday 22nd April. All parents are asked to help by collecting sometime on the day between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. and should contact Geraldine Fussey (086-3675155 or 042-9382354) who is co-ordinating the collectors.

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7 April 2010

The juvenile athletes of Dromiskin-based St Peterís AC are eagerly looking forward to the first local competition of the 2010 outdoor track and field season. A meet for all clubs in County Louth will be staged in Bush this Friday evening (9th April). There is a good selection of events for all those in the Under 9 to Under 19 age groups inclusive. The action gets under way at 6:30 p.m. sharp, so all athletes should be at the track by 6 p.m.

The following day the indoor season concludes with the staging of the remaining events in the Irish Juvenile Championships. Emily Rogers and Darren Tuite will travel to Nenagh to represent St Peterís AC on the national stage.

Emily will contest the Under 17 High Jump and will be striving to improve on her form earlier this indoor season. By her own lofty standards she has had a relatively subdued indoor season to date, jumping 1.55m in both her previous outings. Her lifetime best is 1.66m, which she achieved outdoors in Tullamore last June. She will be looking to get back towards that sort of height on Saturday, as she seeks to enhance her already glowing reputation as an outstanding High Jump prospect. Meanwhile Darren will be in action in the Under 19 800m and High Jump.

Back closer to home St Peterís AC is having its annual Flag Day in Dundalk on Thursday 22nd April. All parents are asked to help by collecting sometime on the day between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. and should contact Geraldine Fussey (086-3675155 or 042-9382354) who is co-ordinating the collectors.

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