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Reports - May 2010

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26 May 2010

Last week five athletes from Dromiskin-based St Peter’s AC travelled to Santry Stadium in Dublin to represent their secondary schools in the Leinster Schools’ Championships. Amazingly each of the five finished in the medals, as they won three gold, one silver and two bronze medals. In 2009 the club’s athletes had won just one gold and two silver medals in these championships.

The youngest competitor was Mark Rogers, a first year student in St Joseph’s CBS, Drogheda. He had a great day in the Minor (U14) age group, taking gold in the High Jump with a leap of 1.65m and running a personal best 2 minutes 12 seconds for silver in the 800m.

His sister Emily Rogers, now in third year at Greenhills College, Drogheda, was also in great form. She equalled her personal best of 1.66m to win the Intermediate (U17) High Jump title. After a somewhat low-key start to the season, she certainly took advantage of last Saturday’s fine summer weather to put down a marker for 2010.

In the same age group Niamh Fussey continued her upward trajectory as a hurdler, with an excellent bronze medal run in the 80m Hurdles. Like Emily, the third year Scoil Uí Mhuirí, Dunleer student will still be eligible for this age group in 2011.

Grace Rogers, cousin of Mark and Emily, also took bronze in the Intermediate category with a 4.59m effort in the Long Jump. Grace, now in fifth year at Greenhills, had also qualified for the 200m final, but unfortunately had to withdraw due to injury.

Hilary Kerr is now in her final year at St Louis, Dundalk, and she was in action in the Senior (U20) Long Jump and 200m. These two events were scheduled alongside each other, so Hilary sensibly did enough to win her main event - the Long Jump - with a best of 4.76m, and then had a fine run to come home 4th in the 200m.

Hilary and Emily now advance to contest the Irish Schools’ Championships in Tullamore on Saturday 5th June. Niamh and Grace just miss out as only the first two in each event qualify for the national finals. Young Mark will also have to wait another year, as the Minor age group is not contested at national level.

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19 May 2010

The athletes of St Peter’s AC followed on from their successes on the first day of the Louth Juvenile Championships with another set of outstanding performances when the remaining events were staged last Saturday and Sunday at the Bush track. The weekend’s medal tally of 12 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze, combined with the 11 gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze medals won the previous Saturday, gives the Dromiskin-based club a most impressive total of 23 gold, 11 silver and 9 bronze medals.

Young Ava Brennan was very impressive in the Under 10 events this weekend, winning a sprint double in the 60m and 200m, and taking bronze in both the Long Jump (2.72m) the Ball Throw (17.87m). Mark Rogers won gold in both the Under 15 800m and 80m Hurdles, while Niamh Fussey showed a great turn of speed to cross the line first in both the Under 16 100m and 80m Hurdles.

Gabriel Bell was a busy young man at the weekend, winning the Under 10 Long Jump (3.31m) and taking silver in both the 60m and 200m. Nikayla Hamill claimed the Under 13 600m title, and also took silver in the 80m. The club’s older athletes were also in excellent form, with Emily Rogers victorious in the Under 17 100m Hurdles, Grace Rogers winning the Under 18 100m and Ian McDonald taking gold in the Under 19 100m.

Nikayla won a second gold medal when she anchored the Under 13 Girls’ 4x100m relay team to a great victory on Saturday afternoon. Heather Rogers had given the team a fine start, and Róisín Curley and Orlaith McMahon had ensured they would not be easily vanquished with sterling runs on the middle legs.

The Under 15 Boys’ 4x100m team of Martin McGrane, Mark Rogers, Éamonn McManus and Caoilte Hickey were also honoured on the podium shortly afterwards, as they took silver in their relay. Caoilte and Éamonn were also in fine form in the individual Under 15 sprints, winning double silver and double bronze respectively in the 100m and 200m.

The other athletes who competed for St Peter’s AC in Bush last weekend included Elizabeth Bell, Lauren Finegan, Megan Finnegan, Philip Larney, Pádraic McGinn, Daniel Mullen, Rachel Mullen, Caoilfhinn Ó Branagáin, Jack O’Brien and Kian O’Brien. All of them performed with great spirit and should be very proud of their efforts.

This week attention turns to the Leinster Schools’ Championships with Niamh Fussey and Mark Rogers due to be in action today (Wednesday) on the first day of this two-day competition. Then Hilary Kerr, Emily Rogers and Grace Rogers are scheduled to compete on Saturday. Santry Stadium in Dublin will be the venue both days, with Leinster glory and qualification for the Irish Schools’ Championships at stake.

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12 May 2010

The athletes of St Peter’s AC were in excellent form on the first day of this year’s Louth Juvenile Championships in Bush last Saturday. They established 5 new championship best performances and won 11 gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze medals. 20 athletes – evenly divided between boys and girls – all played their part in upholding the Dromiskin-based club’s fine tradition, as the field events for the Under 12 to Under 19 age groups were contested on a sun-drenched, though windy and somewhat chilly, afternoon at the Cooley venue.

Lauren Finegan was the star performer, setting two championship bests as she won both the U14 Shot (8.82m) and Javelin (28.18m). Darren Tuite set a new championship best in the U19 Long Jump (5.08m) and also took gold in the High Jump (1.55m). Mark Rogers rewrote the record book in the U15 Shot (11.58m) and also won the High Jump (1.45m). His sister Emily Rogers jumped a record 1.55m to win the U17 High Jump and was also a silver medallist in the Long Jump (3.93m).

St Peter’s AC claimed three further Shot Putt titles, with newcomer Ruairí Hickey victorious at U18 level (11.19m), Pádraic McGinn making a big breakthrough to win the U14 title (6.68m) and Martin McGrane taking the U13 gold (8.16m), thus repeating his 2009 victory in the U12 category. Brianán Conway has dominated her age group in the Javelin at these championships over the years, and she duly won the U18 title on Saturday with a throw of 24.16m.

Nikayla Hamill took silver in the U13 High Jump (1.30m) and bronze in the Long Jump (3.37m). Niamh Fussey, Caoilte Hickey and Megan Finnegan each won a silver medal – in the U16 Long Jump (4.06m), U15 Shot (9.27m) and U15 Long Jump (3.73m) respectively. Éamonn McManus and Heather Rogers both won double bronze – the former in the U15 Shot (8.44m) and Javelin (20.86m) and the latter in the U13 High Jump (1.25m) and Shot (6.84m).

The other athletes from St Peter’s AC who competed on Saturday were Elizabeth Bell, Cian Duffy, Caoibheadh McGowan, Orlaith McMahon, Michael Mullen and Jack O’Brien. All of them performed very well and were not far off the medal-winning performances.

Last Wednesday was another great day for the club as its athletes won 5 gold medals on the second day of the North Leinster Schools’ Championships at Santry Stadium in Dublin. Hilary Kerr (St Louis, Dundalk) won both the Senior (U20) 200m and Long Jump (5.20m). Grace Rogers (Greenhills, Drogheda) won the same two events at Intermediate (U17) level, jumping 4.85m in the Long Jump. Her cousin Emily Rogers, also a Greenhills student, won the Intermediate High Jump (1.60m). Niamh Fussey (Scoil Uí Mhuirí, Dunleer) was also in action, jumping 4.35m in the Intermediate Long Jump.

Later on Wednesday Darren Tuite ran the 10km race in the very successful inaugural Dundalk Half-Marathon and 10km Races. He came home in 131st place out of 593 finishers in a time of 48:53, over 5 minutes faster than he clocked in the recent Great Ireland Run over the same distance.

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5 May 2010

Last Wednesday was the first day of the North Leinster Schools’ Championships at Santry Stadium in Dublin. Secondary schools from throughout the region sent their best athletes along to compete for places in the Leinster Championships, which are due to be held later this month. Among those in action were Niamh Fussey and Mark Rogers from St Peter’s AC.

Mark, who was representing St Joseph’s CBS, Drogheda, won the Minor (Under 14) High Jump and also took silver in the 800m, thus ensuring his qualification for the Leinsters in both these events.

Niamh, representing Scoil Uí Mhuirí, Dunleer, won the Intermediate (Under 17) 80m Hurdles. This was a particularly impressive performance as she will also be eligible for this age group in 2011.

More athletes from the Dromiskin-based club are expected to compete on the second day of these championships, which are being staged in Santry today (Wednesday). These include Hilary Kerr (St Louis, Dundalk), Emily Rogers (Greenhills, Drogheda) and Grace Rogers (Greenhills, Drogheda).

This Saturday sees the first day of the 2010 Louth Juvenile Championships. Boys and girls in the Under 12 to Under 19 age groups will compete in the field events (High Jump, Long Jump, Shot Putt and Javelin). The action gets underway at the Bush track at 12:00 noon and athletes should be there in plenty of time. All the remaining events will be contested at the same venue over two days the following weekend (Saturday 15th May and Sunday 16th May).

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