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Reports - October 2012

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30 October 2012

This time of year is a quiet one on the competitive front for St Peter's AC. However this means that it is the ideal time to put in the hard work in training which will pay dividends in 2013. Some club members will travel to Santry in Dublin this coming Saturday to train with the Leinster Performance and Development Squads, while there should be a good turnout of club members at the annual Athletics Louth Awards Night on Friday week.

Club training sessions are held at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday evening at the St Joseph’s GFC facilities in Dromiskin. Any prospective new members will be made very welcome at this friendly and progressive athletics club. The members of St Peter's come not only from the Dromiskin and Darver area, but also from other areas throughout County Louth. Visit the club website,, for more details.

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23 October 2012

The cross country season continued last Friday for some St Peter's AC athletes who attend secondary schools in Drogheda and Dunleer. Four runners from the club were in action in the annual Drogheda and District Schools' Cross Country event, which, as usual, was hosted by St Joseph's Secondary School.

Probably the most impressive performance was that of Heather Rogers in the Under 15 Girls' race. Competing in the colours of Our Lady's, Greenhills, she crossed the line in the 9th place.

The other three athletes from the Dromiskin-based club contested the Under 17 races. These were Lauren Finegan, also representing Greenhills, in the Girls' event, and Mark Rogers from the host school and Liam Fussey from Scoil Uí Mhuirí in the Boys' event.

Looking ahead, the annual Athletics Louth Awards Night will be held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk, on Friday 9th November, starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the event, which includes supper, followed by the presentation of awards and a disco, are priced at 25 euro for adults and 10 euro for juveniles. To ensure a reserved seat on the night, St Peter’s AC members and friends should buy their tickets from Angela McDonald as soon as possible.

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16 October 2012

Last Sunday was the occasion of the second day of the 2012 Louth Cross Country Championships, as the Intermediate and Juvenile uneven age group races were staged in DkIT. The undulating course proved quite testing with tough underfoot conditions following a night of heavy rain. St Peter's AC had sixteen athletes in action, with seven of them finishing in the medals.

The action got underway at 11 a.m. with the staging of the Intermediate Women's, U17 Girls' and U19 Girls' championships in a combined race over 4km. Maria Duffy had a fine run in the Intermediate event to come home in 12th place in a time of 21:21, while Emily Rogers, better known as one of Ireland's best high jumpers, finished 4th in the U19 category.

The U9 Girls went to the start of their contest over 600m shortly after noon. In this event the first ten finishers received medals, and Dearbhla Tinnelly was thus duly rewarded after a great run to finish in 9th place.

Next in action for the Dromiskin-based club was the U13 Girls team, which was led home at the end of their 2.5km race by Marie Claire Rogers in 14th place. She was closely followed by Ava Brennan, Claire McKenna and Niamh Reade, as they just missed out on a team medal when the points were tabulated.

Gabriel Bell was the club's sole representative in the U13 Boys' race, in which he ran strongly over the 2.5km course. Shortly afterwards Chloe Finley and Heather Rogers, both better known for their track and field prowess, had good runs in the U15 Girls' 3.5km event.

The final race of the day got underway around 2 p.m. This was the combined U17 Boys' and U19 Boys' race over what had by this stage become a very mucky 5km course. St Peter's had no fewer than six athletes - two full teams - in action in the U17 age group.

Mark Rogers ran a very impressive race to win the individual county title, with Conor Durnin surprising a few with a strong run to take 3rd place for an individual bronze medal. The club's "A" team was completed by 14-year-old Liam Fussey, probably the youngest athlete in the race, who came home in 8th place. These excellent performances deservedly earned the boys the team gold medals.

Perhaps just as impressive were the gutsy runs from the three athletes on the club's "B" team. Éamonn McManus produced a great sprint finish to almost catch Liam on the line. Daniel Finley was not too far behind, and then Pádraic McGinn finished off a very steady run with another impressive sprint finish. The redoubtable threesome were rewarded with the team bronze medals.

The annual Athletics Louth Awards Night will be held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk, on Friday 9th November, starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the event, which includes supper, followed by the presentation of awards and a disco, are priced at 25 euro for adults and 10 euro for juveniles. St Peter’s AC members and friends wishing to attend should reserve their tickets through Angela McDonald as soon as possible.

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9 October 2012

Last Sunday several athletes from St Peter's AC were in action on the first day of this year's Louth Cross Country Championships. The Meadowview Sports Ground in Drogheda was the venue for the Novice and even-age Juvenile contests.

In the non-championship U8 Girls' race over 600m, Niamh Brady and Judith Bell showed great promise for the future as they recorded an extremely impressive one-two, well ahead of the rest of the field. The U10 athletes were the youngest age group to have an official county championship on Sunday. In this category Mark Brady and Amber Curran had good runs in the Boys' and Girls' races respectively, both of which were contested over 800m.

Gabriel Bell produced a good solid performance in the U12 Boys' race over 2km and was rewarded with an 8th place finish. Chloe Finley, who is still in the U15 age group, had an excellent run in the U16 Girls' 4km to win the bronze medal. Elizabeth Bell also ran well in this race and was not far behind in 5th place, while Luke Finley had a good run in the U16 Boys' 4km race.

Daniel Finley, who is still an U17 athlete, ran well to finish 4th in the U18 Boys' race over 6km, while Philip Larney, now in the U19 age group, had a fine run as a guest in the Novice Men's event.

In the Novice Men's race itself Brendan Rogers crossed the line in a time of 30:22 at the end of the tough 6km course. The equivalent Women's race was contested over 3km and St Peter's was represented by two athletes. Both ran well to finish well up the field – Maria Duffy stopping the clock at 13:59, with Áine McKenna not too far behind in a time of 15:29.

The previous day eight athletes from the Dromiskin-based club attended the Leinster Squad sessions at Santry in Dublin. Chloe Finley, Liam Fussey and Martin McGrane had a two-hour training session as part of the Development Squad in the morning, and then Conor Durnin, Lauren Finegan, Niamh Fussey, Emily Rogers and Mark Rogers underwent a three-hour session with the Performance Squad in the afternoon.

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2 October 2012

Last Saturday three young athletes from Dromiskin-based St Peter's AC performed most impressively to bring the track and field season to a conclusion at the Irish Schools' Combined Events' Championships, which were staged at Santry in Dublin. They all added more than 100 points to the scores which they had registered when qualifying for the national finals in the previous Wednesday week's Leinster Championships.

Mark Rogers, representing St Joseph's, Drogheda, started off what proved to be a great day for him in the Intermediate (Under 17) Boys' Sextathlon with a personal best of 11.31m with the 5kg implement to score 565 points in the Shot Putt. He followed this with another PB of 15.1 for 656 points in the 100m Hurdles.

Mark then added 535 points to his total with a leap of 5.71m in the Long Jump, and a further 553 points with a 25.4 clocking in the 200m. He finished the day with two outstanding performances – a PB-equalling 1.90m in the High Jump, worth a whopping 714 points, and a solo gun-to-tape winning run in the 800m, for which he was credited with 613 points after stopping the clock at 2:09.25.

Mark's total of 3626 points was well ahead of his ten-day-old PB of 3493, and left him in the silver medal position in the final standings. This great performance has also earned him a place on the Irish team for the annual Anglo-Celtic Schools' Combined Events' Indoor International, which will be contested in Glasgow in early December.

Niamh Fussey was representing Scoil Uí Mhuirí, Dunleer, in the Senior (Under 20) Girls' Pentathlon. She started her day with a good performance in the Long Jump, leaping 4.62m for 459 points. Next up was her specialist event, the 100m Hurdles, in which she clocked 17.0 to add 570 points to her total.

After a short break Niamh's strongest event was followed by her weakest, the Shot Putt. Her best distance in her three attempts with the 4kg implement was 5.10m, which earned her 215 points. However she finished the day strongly with two fine performances, as she scaled 1.40m in the High Jump for 512 points, and then battled bravely to earn 516 points in the 800m with a 2:45.12 clocking.

Niamh thus finished in 4th place overall with a total of 2272 points. This was just 46 points short of the bronze medallist and way ahead of the 2051 points which she had scored in winning the Leinster title just ten days previously.

Chloe Finley, competing for Bush Post Primary, produced a series of great performances in a very competitive Junior (Under 15) Girls' Pentathlon. She got her day underway with a 13.0 clocking in the 75m Hurdles, worth an impressive 568 points. She also had a good Long Jump, earning 466 points with a leap of 4.65m.

Chloe then beat all her rivals in the Shot Putt with a fine throw of 9.72m with the 3.25kg implement to add 511 points to her total. She then proceeded to finish in great style, recording PBs in both the High Jump and 800m. In the former her 1.40m leap earned her 512 points, while she was credited with 609 points for her 2:36.93 clocking in the two-lap race.

Chloe's final total of 2666 points resulted in her placing 5th in the final classification. She was an agonising 25 points off a 4th place finish, which would have earned her a spot on the Irish team travelling to Glasgow. But she can be very proud that she improved significantly from the Leinster Championships, in which she scored 2554 points when winning the bronze medal.

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