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Reports - August 2010


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25 August 2010

Last weekend four athletes from Dromiskin-based St Peterís AC competed in the National Community Games in Athlone. Wearing the red and white of County Louth, they all performed very well, winning one gold and one silver medal.

On Sunday afternoon Emily Rogers successfully defended her Under 16 High Jump title with a winning leap of 1.65m, just 1cm short of her personal best. She thus confirmed her status as the best high jumper of her age in the country, as last month she had taken gold at Under 17 level in the AAI National Championships.

Mark Rogers has won national medals of all hues in the 800m, High Jump, Shot Putt and Pentathlon in recent years. On Sunday afternoon, as his older sister Emily was asserting her supremacy in the High Jump, this very versatile young athlete won his first national medal in a hurdles event. Having come through the heats on Saturday afternoon and the semi-finals on Sunday morning, he raced to a fine silver in the Under 14 80m Hurdles final.

The two other St Peterís AC athletes in Athlone at the weekend were both in action on Saturday morning. Martin McGrane did very well on his return from injury to register a personal best of 6.94m in the Under 14 Shot Putt in what his first competition for two months. At the same time on the other side of the arena Megan Finnegan recorded a series of fine jumps in the Under 14 Long Jump.

Meanwhile Fiona Mackin ran in the Frank Duffy 10 mile Road Race in the Phoenix Park last Saturday morning. Although somewhat disappointed with her time of 2:12:37, she was nevertheless pleased to have finished the race, which was longer than any she had tackled previously.

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18 August 2010

Last Sunday Tom McGrane of Dromiskin-based St Peterís AC continued his steady improvement in the Shot Putt, as he finished in the medals at the Irish Mastersí Championships in Tullamore. He had a good throw of 8.97m to claim silver in the 45 to 49 age group. The defending champion in the event, Séamus Fitzpatrick of North Laois, retained his title, while David Courtney of Ennis took the bronze medal.

Two years ago Tom finished sixth in the Shot at these championships, while last year he improved to finish in fifth place. Last January he made a significant breakthrough when he won bronze at the Irish Mastersí Indoor Championships. So he was delighted to maintain his upward trajectory on Sunday by finishing in second place.

Meanwhile some of the clubís younger athletes competed in the Ardee & District AC Open Sports, which were also staged on Sunday. Mark Rogers and Caoilte Hickey both performed well in the Under 15 events with Mark taking silver in the 800m and bronze in the 100m, while Caoilte won silver in the 100m. The two boys also formed part of a composite relay team which was victorious in the Under 16 4x100m.

Pádraic McGinn has really impressed this season and he did not disappoint in Ardee with a fine silver in the Under 14 Shot Putt. His 8.14m throw was a personal best with the 2kg implement. Méabh Hickey also competed at the mid-Louth venue and had a good run in the Under 10 200m.

Next weekend five athletes from St Peterís AC will represent Louth in the National Community Games in Athlone. Emily Rogers will be in action in the Under 16 High Jump, while the other four will all be competing in the Under 14 age group. Mark Rogers will tackle the 80m Hurdles, Megan Finnegan will go in the Long Jump, and Lauren Finegan and Martin McGrane will both step into the circle for the Shot Putt events. This will be the largest contingent from the club to compete in the National Community Games in recent years.

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11 August 2010

Last Saturday in Athlone Emily Rogers represented Ireland for the second time this year, and for the fourth time since her international debut in February 2009. The occasion was the annual Celtic Games international match at Under 18 and Under 16 levels between teams representing Ireland, Ulster, Scotland and Wales.

The St Peterís AC athlete performed very well, finishing in 2nd place in the Under 18 High Jump. She soared clear at 1.64m and then narrowly failed at what would have been a new personal best height of 1.67m. Scotlandís Nikki Manson took the laurels on the day, as she successfully cleared 1.67m, while Sian Swanson of Wales finished in 3rd place behind the Togher girl.

The Dromiskin-based club was represented on more than one front at the Celtic Games, as Kathleen McConnell was one of the Irish team managers and Angela McDonald was officiating at the event. Emily, Kathleen and Angela were all delighted when the Irish team emerged as the overall winners of the match when the points were tallied at the end of the day.

St Peterís AC athletes were very busy earlier last week with three midweek competitions on successive days. On Tuesday five athletes competed in the North Down AC Youth Meet in Bangor. There Nikayla Hamill had a great double victory in the Under 13 Girlsí 800m and Long Jump with very impressive performances of 2:38.1 and 3.92m respectively.

Caoilte Hickey took a medal of each colour in the Under 15 Boysí events, with gold in the 100m (13.2), silver in the High Jump (1.35m) and bronze in the 800m (2:24.0). In the same age group Mark Rogers won the High Jump (1.70m) and also competed in the 400m and Discus, both new events for him. He finished 2nd in the 400m (1:02.6) and 4th in the Discus (18.90m).

Emily Rogers was very impressive in Bangor, winning the Under 17 Girlsí High Jump with an excellent height of 1.65m. Niamh Fussey was also in good form, recording 14.1 in the 100m, 3:10.0 in the 800m and 1.35m in the High Jump.

The following day veteran Tom McGrane set a lifetime best of 9.21m when finishing 3rd in the Senior Menís Shot Putt at the final Dublin Graded Meet of the season in Santry Stadium. This was his first time to break the 9 metre barrier with the 7.26kg implement.

On Thursday evening there was an excellent turnout of the clubís juvenile athletes for the third and final round of the Louth Juvenile League in Ardee. Ruairí Hickey and Mark Rogers both impressed with personal best performances in the Shot Putt, with the former registering 10.57m with the 5kg implement in the Under 19 Boysí event. There were several fine performances from the other St Peterís AC athletes who competed on a lovely evening for track and field at the mid-Louth venue.

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4 August 2010

The athletes of Dromiskin-based St Peterís AC have continued to impress in recent days with several excellent performances in Irish Championship events in Tullamore.

On Sunday 25th July Nikayla Hamill was part of the Louth Under 13 4x100m relay team which took silver in the National Inter-County Juvenile Relays at the County Offaly venue. Her clubmate Niamh Fussey just missed out on a medal, as her Louth Under 17 4x100m team came home in 4th place.

Last Saturday Mark Rogers claimed bronze in the Under 15 Pentathlon at the Irish Combined Eventsí Championships. Niamh Fussey also competed in the Under 16 Pentathlon on the same day and performed very well.

The following day St Peterís AC athletes captured 1 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals at the Irish Juvenile B Championships. Nikayla Hamill took the Under 13 600m title and also finished 4th in the High Jump. Caoilte Hickey finished joint 2nd in the Under 16 High Jump and also took bronze in the 100m. Megan Finnegan won double bronze in the Under 16 Long Jump and Shot Putt.

Also representing St Peterís AC in these championships were Heather Rogers, who was 4th in the Under 13 Shot and 6th in the High Jump, Orlaith McMahon, who finished 7th in the Under 13 80m final, Elizabeth Bell in the Under 14 800m and Pádraic McGinn in the Under 14 Shot.

The final round of the Louth Juvenile League will be staged in Ardee tomorrow (Thursday) evening, starting at 6:30 p.m. Then on Saturday Emily Rogers will once again represent Ireland when she competes in the Under 18 High Jump in the Celtic Games in Athlone. Kathleen OíConnell from St Peterís AC will be an Irish team manager at this event for the third year in succession, while Angela McDonald will be officiating on the day.

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