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Reports - May 2012

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29 May 2012

St Peter's AC had a number of athletes in action in the Louth Community Games athletics finals last Saturday afternoon. The competition, which was staged at Meadowview in Drogheda, was blessed with glorious sunshine and temperatures well into the 20s.

Although the club's core catchment area of Dromiskin and Darver is no longer represented in the Community Games, five of the club's athletes who live a little further afield had qualified to represent their home areas in the county finals. They all finished in the top three, with four of them winning their events to advance to the National Community Games athletics finals in Athlone, which will be contested on the last weekend of August.

Throwing the heavier than normal 600g implement, Lauren Finegan from Togher retained her Louth U16 Javelin title. She is now looking forward to competing in Athlone, where she won a silver medal in this event in 2011 while still in the first year of the two-year age group.

Mark Rogers, also from Togher and also now in the second year of the U16 age group, won the national High Jump title in Athlone last year, and he duly advanced to represent Louth on the national stage again this year in the same event.

Another Togher athlete, Heather Rogers, qualified for the National Community Games for the first time by winning the U14 Shot Putt on Saturday. Martin McGrane from Dundalk will also be wearing the red and white of Louth in Athlone, where he will represent the county in the U16 Discus. Marie-Claire Rogers, Heather's younger sister, performed well to win the bronze medal in the U12 Ball Throw, and she also helped her Togher team to take silver in the 4x100m relay.

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22 May 2012

Several athletes from St Peter's AC were in action last week in the first provincial championship competitions of the outdoor track and field season. They were representing the Dromiskin-based club in the Leinster Multi Events' Championships in Greystones on Sunday and their secondary schools in the Leinster Schools' Championships at Santry in Dublin on Wednesday and Saturday. The combined medal count from these two competitions was a most impressive three gold, five silver and two bronze.

Chloe Finley won the U15 Pentathlon in Greystones with a points total of 2566. She clocked 14.20 in the 80m Hurdles and 2:42 in the 800m, leapt 1.35m and 4.52m in the High and Long Jumps respectively, and putted the 2.72kg Shot 10.68m.

Also in great from at the Co Wicklow venue were the three boys from St Peter's who contested the U17 Pentathlon. Mark Rogers won the Leinster title, with his 1.88m High Jump contributing handsomely to his overall points total. Conor Durnin took silver behind Mark, while Daniel Finley was just outside the medals in 4th place.

At the Leinster Schools' Lauren Finegan (Greenhills) had an emphatic victory in the Junior (U15) Javelin with a fine throw of 30.12m. Chloe Finley (Bush) was a double silver medallist in the same age group, as she stopped the clock at 28.05 in the 200m and registered 9.64m with the 3.25kg Shot. Conor Durnin (Marist) leapt a personal best 6.30m for silver in the Intermediate (U17) Long Jump, while Emily Rogers (Greenhills) scaled 1.55m for silver in the Senior (U20) High Jump.

Mark Rogers (St Joseph's) was a double bronze medallist at Intermediate level in Santry with performances of 59.6 in the 400m Hurdles and 1.75m in the High Jump. Niamh Fussey (Scoil Uí Mhuirí) just missed out on the medals with 4th place finishes in both the Senior 100m Hurdles and 400m Hurdles. Heather Rogers (Greenhills) finished 5th in the Shot and 7th in the Discus in the Minor (U14) age group, while Daniel Finley (Bush) was 6th in the Intermediate Javelin and 10th in the Triple Jump.

The five medallists at the Leinster Schools' Championships - Lauren, Chloe, Conor, Emily and Mark - all now advance to the Irish Schools' Championships, which will be staged in Tullamore on Saturday week.

Emily Rogers and Niamh Fussey returned to Santry on Sunday for the AAI Games. Emily was a little below her best in the High Jump, where she cleared 1.50m for 3rd place. Niamh was making her competitive debut in the Senior Women's category, and she acquitted herself very well to finish 6th in the 100m Hurdles in a time of 16.10.

A few of St Peter's younger athletes made the short trip to Blackrock for the local club's Beach Races on Friday night. Judith Bell finished a fine 3rd in the U8 race over 300m, while Claire McKenna had a good run the U14 race over 900m.

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15 May 2012

Last weekend's Louth Juvenile Championships for the U9 to U19 age groups at the Bush track yielded a huge medal haul for St Peter's AC. 16 different athletes from the Dromiskin-based club won a total of 26 county titles, setting 9 new championship best performances in the process.

Gabriel Bell was the most impressive of the club's younger athletes, as he rewrote the championship best figures in winning the U12 High Jump (1.25m).

The U15 age group is currently a strong one for St Peter's AC. The Girls' 4x100m relay team of Chloe Finley, Nikayla Hamill, Orlaith McMahon and Heather Rogers raced home clear of the field for gold. Chloe also recorded four individual victories ? the maximum possible under the rules ? in the 100m, 200m, Long Jump (4.83m) and Shot Putt (10.77m), with both her field event performances representing new championship records. Before helping the relay team to victory, Nikayla had also won the 800m title. Martin McGrane was another athlete in good form at U15 level, as he claimed victory in the Shot Putt (10.41m).

Three golds were won at U16 level, with Lauren Finegan setting a new championship best in the Javelin (30.30m). Liam Fussey also took gold in the Javelin (32.34m), while Luke Finley won the High Jump (1.20m).

The U17 Boys' category also proved a very strong one for the club. The 4x100m relay team of Conor Durnin, Daniel Finley, Éamonn McManus and Mark Rogers sped to a convincing victory. Conor also won four individual golds in the 100m, 200m, 400m and Long Jump (6.11m), with his Long Jump performance rewriting the record books. Mark set a new championship best in the High Jump (1.80m), and also won the 800m and 100m Hurdles titles. He was also first across the line in the 400m, although he was competing as a guest in this event. Daniel was victorious in the Shot Putt (11.13m), where he had the added satisfaction of establishing a new county record.

There were six further golds for St Peter's AC in the U19 age group, in which U18 athletes also competed. Niamh Fussey had an impressive treble, winning the 100m, 100m Hurdles and Long Jump (4.46m). Aaron Finley was a double title winner in the High Jump (1.55m) and Javelin (37.66m), the former being a new championship best. Emily Rogers was also a gold medallist and record breaker, as she leapt to victory in the High Jump (1.60m).

Several other athletes from the club competed in these championships, and they produced a host of fine performances. Among those who won silver and bronze medals were Sarah Larney, Emma McDermott, Pádraic McGinn, Claire McKenna, Ciara Murphy, Katie Murphy and Marie-Claire Rogers, while Dean McDermott, Hazel McDermott and Katie Morris also impressed.

Last Sunday week Judith Bell and Chloe Finley both recorded 3rd place finishes in the Boyne Juvenile Road Races in Drogheda. In the Senior race over 10km, Shenda Rijnders finished 44th out of 188 finishers in the Over 40 Women's age group, with Kay Morris 63rd in the same category. Shenda recorded a chip time of 54:54 (and a gun time of 55:59), while Kay recorded chip and gun times of 57:15 and 58:21 respectively.

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8 May 2012

The North Leinster Schools' Championships were staged on Wednesday and Friday last week at the Morton Stadium in Santry, Dublin, and athletes from St Peter's AC were well to the fore. Representing their secondary schools, they won a most impressive total of seven gold, five silver and two bronze medals.

Niamh Fussey (Scoil Uí Mhuirí, Dunleer) won gold in both the Senior (U20) 100m Hurdles and 400m Hurdles. She is very experienced over the shorter distance, but this was her first time to tackle the one-lap event, and it will it be interesting to see how she fares against stiffer opposition in next week's Leinster Schools' Championships.

Three athletes won a gold and silver medal each. Chloe Finley (Bush Post Primary) won the Junior (U15) 200m and was runner-up in the Shot Putt with a good throw of 9.90m, not far off her personal best. Heather Rogers (Greenhills, Drogheda) struck gold the Minor (U14) Shot Putt with a fine 10.45m, and took silver in the Discus with 15.60m on her competitive debut in this event. Mark Rogers (St Joseph's, Drogheda) also had a successful first-time outing in a new event, as he won the Intermediate (U17) 400m Hurdles. He also cleared a very impressive 1.88m, 3cm higher than his previous personal best, for 2nd place in the High Jump.

Lauren Finegan (Greenhills, Drogheda) was crowned champion in the Junior Javelin and also finished 4th in the Long Jump. Her schoolmate Emily Rogers showed that she is well on the way to recovering from a recent injury with victory in the Senior High Jump.

Conor Durnin (Marist, Dundalk) was a little below his best in the Intermediate Long Jump, but still managed to take silver with a 5.89m leap. He backed that up with bronze in the 400m in his first ever race over this distance. Daniel Finley (Bush Post Primary) was also venturing into new territory when he tackled the Intermediate Triple Jump, and showed some promise with a 10.24m performance for 2nd place. He also threw in excess of 38 metres for 3rd in the Javelin.

Aaron Finley (Bush Post Primary) was in action in the Senior Javelin, and threw close to 40 metres to finish in 4th place. Liam Fussey (Scoil Uí Mhuirí, Dunleer) was the busiest of all the athletes from the Dromiskin-based club over the two days. He finished 5th in both the Junior Javelin with a 20 metres plus throw, and, along with his school team-mates, the 4x100m, and was also in action in the High Jump and Shot Putt.

All the medallists are due to return to Santry for the Leinster Schools' Championships, which will be staged over two days on Wednesday 16th May and Saturday 19th May. Before that, however, attention switches to this weekend's Louth Juvenile Championships at the Bush track, in which all those who represented their schools with such success last week should be in action alongside the rest of St Peter's AC's fine crop of young athletes in the U9 to U19 age groups.

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1 May 2012

After a very hectic start to the outdoor track and field season the previous week, last week was a much quieter one for the athletes of St Peter's AC. Some of them had been due to compete in the Louth VEC Schools' Championships at the Bush track on Friday, but this meet was called off due to the unfavourable weather conditions.

One member of the Dromiskin-based club was in action, however. This was Martin McGrane, who represented Castleknock Community College in the West Leinster Schools' Championships. Competing at the Morton Stadium in Santry, Dublin, he threw 22.55m for 7th place in the Junior (Under 15) Boys' Discus on Thursday, while two days earlier he had also contested the Shot Putt.

The club's annual Flag Day took place on Thursday last, and sincere thanks are extended to all who contributed in both Dundalk and Dromiskin. The funds raised will undoubtedly be put to good use, as the club seeks to maintain and enhance training and competition opportunities for its members, while keeping costs at a reasonable level, so that nobody will be placed under undue financial strain in these difficult times. Thanks are also due to those club members and parents who collected on the day, and especially to Geraldine Fussey for her key organisational role.

Several St Peter's AC members are due to represent their secondary schools in the North Leinster Schools' Championships in Santry on Wednesday and Friday this week. This will be followed by the Boyne 10K in Drogheda on Sunday afternoon and the Dundalk Half-Marathon and 10K on Wednesday evening. The weekend after next sees the staging of one of the main events of the year for the club ? the Louth Juvenile Championships at the Bush track.

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