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28 May 2013

Some of the older athletes from St Peter's AC were in action last weekend and they produced some fine performances in provincial and national competitions in Tullamore and Dublin.

Aaron Finley got the weekend off to a great start in Tullamore on Saturday when he was victorious in the Javelin in the Leinster Junior (Under 20) Championships. His winning distance of 42.55m was a mere 6cm short of his personal best.

On Sunday the focus switched to the Morton Stadium in Santry where the County Louth Senior Men’s and Women’s teams entered the cauldron in the 1st round of this year’s National League. The Dromiskin-based club had four representatives on the women’s team and two on the men’s.

Mark Rogers had an exceptionally busy day and he contributed handsomely to Louth’s points total. He set new personal bests in each of his three individual events – winning both the High Jump (1.95m) and 400m Hurdles (1:00.23), and finishing 3rd in the Pole Vault (2.40m). He also ran the second leg for both the county’s 4x400m and 4x100m teams, which finished in 1st and 3rd places in times of 3:32.80 and 46.80 respectively.

Frances Rogers also had a good day in the red of Louth, winning the Shot Putt (9.65m) and finishing 2nd in the Discus (21.90m). Emily Rogers, sister of Mark and cousin of Frances, claimed victory in the High Jump (1.55m).

Niamh Fussey ran well over the barriers to finish 2nd in the 100m Hurdles (16.35) into a headwind, and also ran the lead-off leg for the Louth 4x100m team which crossed the line in 4th place (53.65). Lauren Finegan finished 2nd in the Javelin (30.01m), while Tom McGrane finished 3rd in the Discus (18.36m) and 4th in the Hammer (18.35m).

Mark, Frances, Emily and Niamh had all represented Louth in the National League last year. Lauren was making her debut in this competition, while it had been 19 years since Tom last took part in the National League and 31 years since he first competed in it.

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21 May 2013

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 Juvenile Relay Championships in Greystones on Sunday and their secondary schools in the Leinster Schools' Championships at Santry in Dublin on Wednesday and Saturday.

The Schools’ Championships in Santry yielded an extremely impressive medal haul of five gold, two silver and one bronze, as well as five new personal best performances. Conor Durnin (Marist, Dundalk) led the way with gold in the Senior Triple Jump (13.32m) and silver in the Long Jump (6.14m). Mark Rogers (St Joseph’s, Drogheda) was also a double medallist, taking gold in the 400m Hurdles in a PB of 57.36 and bronze in the High Jump (1.85m) at Intermediate (Under 17) level.

Emily Rogers (Greenhills, Drogheda) won the Senior High Jump (1.65m) and her schoolmate Lauren Finegan improved her PB to 32.03m to claim the Intermediate Javelin title. Despite being hampered by a hamstring injury, Chloe Finley (Bush Post Primary) still emerged victorious the Under 16 Long Jump (5.06m). The medal count was completed by Niamh Fussey (Scoil Uí Mhuirí, Dunleer), who clocked a PB of 16.08 when finishing 2nd in the Senior 100m Hurdles.

Heather Rogers (Greenhills) rewrote her Shot Putt PB when she threw 8.64m for 6th place in the Junior (Under 15) category and she was also in action in the High Jump (1.35m). Liam Fussey (Scoil Uí Mhuirí) was another thrower in top form, as he set a new PB of 38.85m in finishing 6th in the Intermediate Javelin.

The club’s Under 14 4x100m relay team of Katie Murphy, Ava Brennan, Emma McDermott and Marie Claire Rogers broke the one minute barrier in finishing 2nd in their heat in the Relay Championships in Greystones. Their time of 59.35 saw them just missing out on a place in the final as one of the fastest losers.

Margaret Finley has been in excellent form recently and this was further evidenced by her clocking of 1:02:20 in the 12.5km race in last Friday night’s Cooley Coast Run. This left her in 2nd place in the Over 40 Women’s category, and in 9th place among all the female finishers.

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14 May 2013

The athletes of St Peter’s AC produced some excellent performances both at home and abroad last weekend. Twenty eight young athletes starred at the Louth Juvenile Championships which was held over three days, starting at the Lourdes Stadium in Drogheda on Friday night and followed by action at the Bush track on Saturday and Sunday. The Dromiskin-based club was also represented at a Combined Events’ meet in London and in the Dundalk 10K.

The successes in the Louth Championships started at U9 level, the youngest age group in the competition. Judith Bell won the 60m and Long Jump (2.92m) while Niamh Brady won the 200m (35.2). Seán Allen, Dean Murtagh and Cian Kelly also competed well in this age group, with Seán and Dean finishing in the medals, while Hazel Murphy performed well in the U10 category.

Gabriel Bell won a great double in the U13 High Jump (1.36m) and Long Jump (4.45m). Katie Murphy impressed in winning the U13 Shot (10.72m) and Ava Brennan also medalled in the U13 age group. At U14 level Emma McDermott and Craig Murtagh finished in the medals, while Claire McKenna and Marie Claire Rogers also performed well.

Ciara Murphy struck gold in the U15 Shot Putt (5.67m), and Chloe Finley enjoyed a golden treble in the U16 category with wins in the 100m, 200m (28.2) and Shot Putt (11.11m). Martin McGrane claimed victory in the U16 Shot Putt (10.79m), and the club’s two other U16 athletes, Orlaith McMahon and Heather Rogers, won medals in their events. Chloe, Ciara, Heather and Orlaith then added a relay gold to their individual medal haul with a great victory in the U16 4x100m (56.9).

Liam Fussey won the U17 Javelin title (36.74m). The club’s other U17 medallists were Elizabeth Bell, Chloe Bolton, Luke Finley and Pádraic McGinn, while Lauren Finegan also competed in this age group.

Not to be outdone by his younger sister, Daniel Finley had three wins at U19 level – in the High Jump (1.60m), Shot Putt (8.83m) and Javelin (33.07m). In the same age group Conor Durnin had a brace of wins in the 100m and Long Jump (6.33m) while Eamonn McManus also finished in the medals and James Meenan impressed on his debut for the club.

Meanwhile Mark Rogers won the U18 Octathon at the Woodford Green and Essex Ladies Combined Events Meet in London with a score of 5135 points, a whopping improvement of almost 500 points on his previous best.

The windy conditions impacted the performances in some of the eight events. Mark recorded 12.00 in the 100m, 6.00m in the Long Jump, 11.95m in the Shot Putt, 54.31 in the 400m, 16.07 in the 110m Hurdles, 40.48m in the Javelin, 1.90m in the High Jump and 2:48 in the 1000m.

Margaret Finley was the 15th woman home out of almost 100 female runners in the Dundalk 10K on Sunday afternoon. Her time of 49:39 smashed her previous best of 51:01 set in the Boyne 10K in Drogheda just one week previously.

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7 May 2013

Last Sunday’s Boyne 10K road race in Drogheda witnessed some excellent performances by St Peter’s AC athletes. This very popular event coincided with the presence of the Tall Ships in the town’s port and, for the first time, also incorporated the County Louth 10km Road Race Championships.

Margaret Finley had a scintillating run to smash her personal best and finish 4th in the Louth Championships and 12th overall in the Over 40 Women’s category. Her chip time was a superb 51:01 and her gun time was 51:11.

Catherine Rogers was not too far off her own personal best in the same category, as she came home in 62nd place overall in a chip time of 56:16 and a gun time of 58:15.

In the shorter juvenile races which preceded the 10km event Chloe Finley, Margaret’s daughter, was a convincing winner of the Under 16 Girls’ race. This race was run together with the Under 16 Boys’ event and such was Chloe’s dominance that only one of the boys crossed the finish line ahead of her.

Next weekend sees the staging of the Louth Juvenile Track and Field Championships, which is always a major event in the Dromiskin-based club’s annual calendar. Mark Rogers would normally be expected to feature strongly in this competition, but will be absent this year as he travels to London to compete in an Under 18 Octathlon as part of the Woodford Green and Essex Ladies Combined Events’ Meet.

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