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25 September 2012

Last Wednesday four athletes from St Peter's AC were in action at the Leinster Schools' Combined Events' Championships in Santry. It proved to be a very successful day for them as they returned home from the Dublin venue with two gold medals and one bronze medal, a tally which placed the Dromiskin-based club on top of the club medals table.

Mark Rogers, competing in the colours of St Joseph's, Drogheda, was very impressive in winning the Intermediate (Under 17) Boys' Sextathlon. His final points total of 3493 left him with a comfortable winning margin of 210 points, and was a significant improvement on his own previous personal best of 3230 points.

Mark's best event was the High Jump, in which he jumped a PB of 1.90m for a score of 714 points. He also amassed good points in the other five events, scoring 615 points in the 100m Hurdles (with a time of 15.5), 607 in the 800m (2:09.62), 561 in the 200m (25.3), 557 in the Shot (11.18m) and 439 in the Long Jump (5.29m).

Niamh Fussey (Scoil Uí Mhuirí Dunleer) was in a class of her own as she took gold in the Senior (Under 20) Girls' Pentathlon with a total of 2051 points. As expected, her best event proved to be the 100m Hurdles, where her 17.5 clocking earned her 516 points. Niamh also scored 497 points in the 800m (with a time of 2:46.88), 408 in the Long Jump (4.42m), 399 in the High Jump (1.29m) and 231 in the Shot (5.36m).

Chloe Finley (Bush) also had an excellent day in Santry, as she won bronze in a very competitive Junior (Under 15) Girls' Pentathlon with a total of 2554 points. Her best event was the 800m, in which her PB of 2:39.16 earned her 583 points. Chloe also did well in her other events, scoring 530 points in the 75m Hurdles (with a time of 13.4), 518 in the Shot (9.82m), 502 in the High Jump (1.39m) and 421 in the Long Jump (4.47m).

Heather Rogers (Greenhills, Drogheda) lined up alongside Chloe in the Junior event and did very well to finish in 11th place well within the top half of the field in her first ever multi-events competition. She added 1cm to her High Jump PB to earn 502 points with a leap of 1.39m. Heather also scored 398 points in the Shot (with a throw of 7.98m), 311 in the 800m (3:06.10), 310 in the Long Jump (4.01m) and 170 in the 75m Hurdles (18.7) to give her an overall total of 1691 points.

Mark, Niamh and Chloe have all now qualified for this Saturday's Irish Schools' Combined Events' Championships, which will also be staged in Santry. Based on the results of the four provincial championships, Mark is ranked 2nd in his age group, while both Niamh and Chloe are ranked 4th.

As well as battling for the gold, silver and bronze medals, the Junior and Intermediate athletes will have the added incentive of striving to earn places on the Irish team for the Anglo-Celtic Schools' Combined Events' International, which will be staged indoors in Glasgow's Kelvin Hall in early December. The leading four athletes in each category will represent Ireland in the annual contest against England, Scotland and Wales.

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18 September 2012

Last Saturday three young athletes from St Peter's AC had the honour of representing Louth in the Leinster Juvenile Inter-County Championships in Navan. Counties from across the province came together to engage in contest for four team trophies one each for Under 16 Boys, Under 16 Girls, Under 14 Boys and Under 14 Girls.

Martin McGrane was part of Louth's Under 16 Boys' team, which, when the points were tallied at the end of day, emerged as the top county in Leinster in their category. He himself contributed handsomely to this great victory by setting a personal best to take 3rd place in the Shot Putt. His best throw of 11.04m was a significant improvement on his previous best of 10.78m with the 3.25kg shot.

Chloe Finley was the outstanding athlete on the Under 16 Girls' team which finished the day in 3rd place overall. Her day began with a fine leap of 4.69m to secure 2nd place in the Long Jump. She followed this up with another 2nd place in the Shot Putt, in which she threw 10.21m with the 2.72kg implement. Chloe rounded off a busy day by running the second leg of the 4x200m relay to help the Louth team to a 3rd place finish in this event.

Heather Rogers was also part of the Under 16 Girls' team and she contributed valuable points with her performance in the Shot Putt. Her best mark of 7.31m was good enough to ensure 5th place for her in this event.

These fine performances by Martin, Chloe and Heather are all the more praiseworthy when it is remembered that all three will still be young enough to compete in the Under 16 age group again in 2013.

Following a short break in recent weeks, the regular club training sessions resume at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) at the St Joseph's GFC grounds in Dromiskin. Any athletes (or ex-athletes) who have a club singlet which no longer fits, or which they no longer use, are requested to please return it at one of these training sessions as soon as possible. It is hoped that this measure will help to alleviate the current shortage of singlets in the club.

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11 September 2012

There was an excellent turnout of St Peter's AC's older athletes at the Navan AC Open Sports last Sunday week. The ten athletes from the Dromiskin-based club also enjoyed great success, as they won at least eight gold, nine silver and six bronze medals. There were also a number of personal best performances, as the athletes took full advantage of the ideal weather conditions.

Conor Durnin got his day off to a great start, jumping a personal best of 6.58m to win the Junior (Under 20) Long Jump. The 16-year-old then moved up to the Senior category to win both the 100m, in another PB of 11.3, and the 400m in 54.7, marginally outside his PB. He finished off by taking 4th place in the Junior 1500m.

Chloe Finley won no less than four individual medals. She took gold in the Under 16 Shot Putt, throwing the 3.25kg shot 9.67m, silver in both the Under 15 100m and 200m, and bronze in the Under 15 Long Jump with a leap of 4.43m.

Lauren Finegan decided to forego her main event, the Javelin, and to avail of the opportunity to try some other events in Navan. She produced some fine performances, jumping 3.99m to win the Under 16 Long Jump, and then moving up in age to take bronze in both the Junior 1500m and Shot Putt, registering 7.41m with the 4kg implement.

Martin McGrane was also in great form, as he moved up an age group to win the Under 16 Shot Putt with a distance of 10.15m, which smashed his PB with the 4kg ball. Encouraged by this success, he then acquitted himself very well in the Junior Shot Putt, throwing 7.90m with the 6.25kg shot for 6th place.

Tom McGrane, who had won bronze in the Senior Shot Putt at the Southport Waterloo AC Open Meet in Liverpool the previous day, rounded off a busy and successful week by equalling his five-day-old PB of 9.50m with the 7.26kg implement to win the Senior event in Navan.

Mark Rogers, just a few days past his 16th birthday, had a very busy day winning three silvers and a bronze in the Junior events. He recorded impressive distances of 5.92m and 9.93m when finishing 2nd in the Long Jump and Shot Putt respectively, and also took silver in the 1500m. His bronze medal came in the 100m, while he also finished 4th in the Senior 3000m.

Daniel Finley, another 16-year-old, was likewise busy in the Junior age group. He took silver in the 100m, and bronze in both the Javelin and Long Jump, in which he leapt a new PB of 5.54m. He also threw 8.60m for 4th in the Shot Putt and finished 5th in the 1500m.

Also in action in the Junior ranks was Aaron Finley, who claimed silver in the Javelin with a throw of 36.08m with the 800g implement. In the Shot Putt he recorded 8.55m for 5th place, and he finished off by taking 6th in the 1500m.

Emily Rogers, one of the country's best high jumpers, availed of the opportunity to finish her season by competing in some alternative events in the Junior age group. She started her day with a jump of 4.15m for silver in the Long Jump, and then went on to finish 4th in both the 1500m and Shot Putt, recording 6.32m in the latter.

Club chairman Brendan Rogers made one of his rare competitive appearances for the club to throw 7.50m for silver in the Senior Shot Putt, easily his best performance in this event in recent years.

Conor Durnin, Daniel Finley, Aaron Finley and Mark Rogers added a relay gold to their individual medals with a very impressive win in the 4x100m.

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4 September 2012

Last weekend eight athletes from St Peter's AC travelled to Liverpool to compete in the Southport Waterloo AC Open Meet. This was the third successive year for the Dromiskin-based club to send a team to Saturday's end-of-season event, which, as usual, was staged at the Litherland track to the north of the city.

This year the St Peter's squad was somewhat smaller and, by and large, more youthful than those which travelled across in 2010 and 2011. Nevertheless, they acquitted themselves very well to win two silver and three bronze medals in a competition which had a real international flavour, bringing together, as it did, athletes from England, Ireland, Wales and the Isle of Man.

Emma McDermott was the star performer, as she won silver in the U13 Shot Putt (6.94m) and bronze in the Discus (14.77m). She also ran in the 75m, in which she finished 7th in her heat (12.4) and 19th overall.

Heather Rogers was another athlete in great form, as she smashed her personal best to take silver in the U15 High Jump (1.38m), only missing the gold on countback. She was also in action in the throws, finishing 4th in the Shot Putt (7.15m) and 6th in the Discus (13.68m).

Orlaith McMahon also made her mark in the U15 Girls' category, as she claimed a fine bronze in the 100m (14.2). She just missed out on further medal successes with 4th place in the 200m (30.2) and joint 4th in the Long Jump (4.05m).

Tom McGrane won bronze in the Senior Shot Putt (9.08m) for the third successive year, with his distance this year being further than his performances in the same competition in 2010 and 2011.

Gabriel Bell just missed out on a medal in finishing 4th in the U13 High Jump (1.20m) after earlier finishing 7th in the Long Jump (3.88m). Marie Claire Rogers also did well to finish 6th in the U13 High Jump (1.20m), 4th in her heat and 7th overall in the 70m Hurdles (13.5), and 4th in her heat and 12th overall in the 75m (11.4).

Ciara Murphy recorded three 7th place finishes in her events at U15 level the 100m (15.1), the Long Jump (3.71m), and the Discus (10.84m). Ava Brennan was 2nd in her heat and 7th overall in the U13 150m (22.7), 3rd in her heat and joint 7th overall in the 75m (11.2), and 12th in the Long Jump (3.68m).

It should be noted that juvenile competition in England is organised in two-year age bands, which makes it very difficult for athletes in the first year of an age group that covers two years. Gabriel, Marie Claire and Ava will still be eligible for the English U13 age group next year, while Ciara will still be an U15 athlete.

Accompanying the athletes to Merseyside were Paddy Bell, Kathleen McConnell, Angela McDonald and Olivia McDonald. Their supportive role was invaluable in ensuring that the athletes enjoyed a very successful weekend both on and off the track.

Earlier last week, on Tuesday night, Tom McGrane set a new personal best of 9.50m to win the Over 45 Shot Putt at the North Down AC End of Season Open Meet in Bangor.

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