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Reports - June 2012

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26 June 2012

Last Saturday Santry in Dublin was the venue for the Tailteann Games an annual Under 17 Schools' Interprovincial match which is used to select the Irish team to compete in the Anglo-Celtic Schools' International in July. St Peter's AC had three athletes covering four events on the Leinster team, and they produced some excellent performances, even though they will probably just miss out on international selection.

Conor Durnin was in the form of his life as he took 3rd place in both the horizontal jumps with personal best performances. He added 8cm to his previous PB in the Long Jump with a great leap of 6.49m. His Triple Jump was possibly even more impressive, as he leapt 33cm further than ever before with a superb 12.43m performance. This was just 13cm short of silver, and probable selection for the two-per-event Irish team, and 23cm behind the winner.

Mark Rogers also won bronze in Santry on Saturday, as he scaled 1.80m in the High Jump, a little below his best. Lauren Finegan was very impressive in the Javelin, in which she threw a PB of 27.57m with the 600g implement for 4th place. She can take great heart from this performance, as she will still be underage for the Tailteann Games in 2013.

Mark Rogers was back in action on Sunday, when he travelled to Tullamore for the Irish Junior (Under 20) Championships. This was a tough challenge for the 15-year-old, as he was up against the country's best athletes in an age group for which he will still be eligible until the end of 2015!

Mark's most satisfactory performance on Sunday probably came in the Long Jump, in which he leapt a PB of 5.65m for 8th place. He also clocked 18.56 for 6th in the 110m Hurdles and cleared 1.70m for 7th in the High Jump.

Tom McGrane also represented the Dromiskin-based club on Sunday, as he competed in the Senior Men's Shot Putt in the Northern Ireland Team Trophy in Antrim. His best throw on the day of 8.63m earned him 7th place in the event.

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19 June 2012

Last weekend was a relatively quiet one for St Peter's AC, with just three athletes competing in provincial championship competitions. Between them, however, they produced some fine performances across eight individual events, and their efforts were rewarded with two bronze medals.

Navan was the venue for the Leinster Championships for the Under 12, Junior (Under 20) and Under 23 age groups on Saturday. Mark Rogers, who is still eligible to compete as an Under 17, pitted himself against older opposition in the Junior age group. Competing over the full height 3' 0" barriers for the first time, he claimed bronze in the 400m Hurdles. He followed this up with 4th place in the High Jump and was also in action in the 100m.

Ava Brennan was the Dromiskin-based club's other representative at the Co Meath venue on Saturday, as she contested a brace of events in the Under 12 age group. She leapt 3.32m in the Long Jump and also had a good run in the heats of the 60m.

The Ulster Championships for the Under 14 to 17 age groups, which were also open to athletes from outside the province, were staged in Antrim at the weekend. Martin McGrane had a busy day as he contested three throwing events in the Under 15 age group on Saturday.

He started very well by taking bronze in the Hammer with a throw of 22.14m on his competitive debut in this event. In the Shot Putt, which immediately followed the Hammer, he was a little below his best, registering 9.69m for 5th place. Martin's day then finished with an encouraging performance in the Discus, as he reached 23.92m his second furthest ever for another 5th place finish.

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12 June 2012

Last Sunday was a significant day for athletics in Co Louth, as a county senior team competed in the National League for the first time in several years. The men's and women's teams were both in action in the match in Antrim, and four athletes from St Peter's AC played their part in amassing the points in an effort to gain qualification for the Division 1 final in August.

Mark Rogers, currently in the middle of his Junior Cert exams, enjoyed a double victory in the 110m Hurdles and High Jump (1.85m), and also finished 5th in the 800m. Conor Durnin performed well in the 400m, Long Jump and Triple Jump, while Hilary Kerr contributed valuable points with her efforts in the 100m, 200m and Long Jump (4.92m). Maria Duffy also did well in the 100m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles and Shot Putt, especially considering that it was her first outing over the senior hurdles in twelve years. Hilary and Maria also ran the lead-off and anchor legs respectively in the 4x100m relay.

The June Bank Holiday Monday was also a busy day for St Peter's, with athletes from the Dromiskin-based club in action at three different venues Celbridge, Antrim and Dublin.

The Girls' Under 13 team of Emma McDermott, Claire McKenna, Katie Murphy and Marie Claire Rogers performed very well in the Leinster Team Championships in Celbridge. Emma and Katie recorded excellent personal best throws of 7.80m and 6.89m respectively in the Shot Putt. In the Long Jump Katie, who is still in the Under 12 age group, leapt 3.58m, with Emma registering 3.25m. Marie Claire Rogers cleared 1.15m in the High Jump, while Claire was successful at 1.10m. Marie Claire and Claire also ran well in the 600m, while all four girls teamed up for the 4x100m relay.

Tom McGrane was in Antrim for the Ulster Senior Championships, in which he was happy to break the 9 metre barrier once again in the Shot Putt. His best throw on the day of 9.21m was good enough for 6th place in the competition.

Catherine Rogers ran in the Women's Mini-Marathon over the 10km course through the streets of Dublin. She crossed the line in a time of 56:53 to finish in 1512th place in a huge field of more than 40,000.

St Peter's star young high jumper Emily Rogers, Catherine's daughter, was honoured to be invited to participate in the ceremony at the Border early last Wednesday morning, as the Olympic Torch made its way from Newry to Dublin. Emily was accompanied to the ceremony, which was closed to the general public, by her parents Catherine and Brendan Rogers. Among the famous sportsmen present were Olympic medallists Michael Carruth, Wayne McCullough and Sebastian Coe.

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5 June 2012

Five athletes from St Peter's AC represented their secondary schools at the Irish Schools' Championships in Tullamore last Saturday. They had a very successful day, winning one gold and three bronze medals. This is certainly the greatest medal haul at these championships in recent years by athletes from the Dromiskin-based club, and possibly the greatest in the club's history.

Lauren Finegan (Greenhills, Drogheda) was the star of the show, as she took gold in the Junior (U15) Girls' Javelin by a huge margin of over 5 metres. Her winning throw of 30.47m was also a personal best with the 500g javelin.

Another athlete rewriting his PB was Conor Durnin (Marist, Dundalk), who added 9cm to his previous best to take bronze in the Intermediate (U17) Boys' Long Jump with a leap of 6.39m. There was a real battle for the silver and bronze medals in this event, as a mere 13cm separated 2nd from 5th place.

Also in action in the Intermediate Boys' category was Mark Rogers (St Joseph's, Drogheda), who equalled his PB of 1.88m to claim bronze in the High Jump. Emily Rogers (Greenhills, Drogheda), Mark's sister, cleared 1.63m for bronze in the Senior (U20) Girls' High Jump, which was just 3cm below the winning jump in the competition.

The youngest of the St Peter's athletes in action was Chloe Finley (Bush), and she acquitted herself well in a very competitive Junior Girls' Shot Putt, recording 9.89m with the 3.25kg implement for 5th place.

Tullamore was also the venue for the Leinster Senior and Masters' Championships the following day. Tom McGrane was St Peter's only representative, and he threw 8.51m to finish 4th in the O45 Men's Shot Putt. The inclement weather conditions which prevailed on the day meant that most of the throwers, Tom among them, achieved distances well short of their PBs.

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