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Reports - August 2013

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27 August 2013

St Peter’s AC made a very strong contribution to the Louth Senior teams which did so well in the National League final in Tullamore the weekend before last. The Women’s team finished 2nd in Division 1, up from 4th place last year, while the Men’s team finished 7th, having failed to qualify for the final in 2012.

Niamh Fussey won the 400m Hurdles (1:13.24) and took 2nd in the 100m Hurdles (16.24). She also ran the lead-off leg for the county’s 4x400m team which came home in 4th place (4:34.11).

The club’s athletes also excelled in the field events. Emily Rogers won the High Jump (1.60m) and finished 5th in the Hammer (15.65m). Olivia McDonald won the Javelin (36.54m), and Frances Rogers claimed 3rd place in the Shot (9.23m) and 5th place in the Discus (22.18m).

Mark Rogers had a very busy day, finishing 2nd in the High Jump (1.75m) and 4th in both the 100m Hurdles (18.53) and the 400m Hurdles (59.08 – a personal best). He also anchored the county’s 4x400m team to a 6th place finish.

Conor Durnin took 5th in the Triple Jump (12.60m) and 8th in the 100m (12.02). He also ran the second leg for the 4x100m team which finished 7th (47.05). Tom McGrane claimed 7th place in the Hammer (16.86m) and 9th place in the Discus (22.04m – a personal best).

Tom McGrane was also in action in Tullamore the previous day in the Irish Masters’ Championships. He finishes 4th in the Shot (10.18m) and 5th in the Hammer (20.62m). These were both personal best performances with the lighter implements which are used in the Over 50 age group.

Two of the Dromiskin-based club’s younger athletes were in action in the National Community Games in Athlone the same weekend. Representing her home area of Cooley, Chloe Finley leapt a personal best of 10.21m to take a fine 4th place in the Under 16 Triple Jump. The first four in the National Community Games win medals, so Chloe was duly rewarded with a place on the podium.

Martin McGrane from Dundalk competed in the Under 16 Discus, but was a little below his best form in the wet conditions.

The juvenile athletes of St Peter’s AC were also out in force for the final round of the Louth Summer League at the Lourdes Stadium in Drogheda recently. There were several fine performances, including a fast 49.8 clocking in the 4x100m relay at the end of the evening. This came courtesy of the Under 19 Boys’ team of Conor Durnin, Daire Boylan, Mark Rogers and James Meenan.

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13 August 2013

Mark Rogers has been enjoying a superb athletics season this year and he once again surpassed himself in last weekend’s Irish Combined Events’ Championships in Tullamore. It was the perfect follow-up to his captaining the Irish Under 18 Boys’ team to victory in the previous weekend’s Celtic Games international in Colwyn Bay.

The St Peter’s AC athlete went into the Under 18 Boys’ Octathlon competition as the Irish record holder in this event, having scored 5135 points in this event in the Woodford Green competition in London last May. Mark added 86 points to that total this time out to register a fantastic total of 5221 points, but had to settle for silver as Christian Robinson of City of Lisburn AC finished just ahead of him on 5291 points to take the title and the national record.

Mark opened his account on Saturday morning with a 12.08 clocking in the 100m to score 632 points. He then set a new personal best of 6.04m in the Long Jump to add 595 points to his total. He was over a metre clear of everyone else in the Shot Putt, in which he threw 12.29m for 624 points. He finished the first day on a high as his new PB of 52.83 in the 400m was worth 689 points.

On Sunday morning Mark started with another new PB of 15.87 in the 110m Hurdles, which earned him 747 points. He went on to score 705 points in the High Jump with a clearance of 1.89m. His Javelin performance of 38.36m was worth 418 points. Mark finished the second day very strongly with his best points score of the eight events. His 2:45.67 clocking in the 1000m added 811 points to his total, and was also a new PB and faster than any of his opposition could manage.

Marie-Claire Rogers, a cousin of Mark’s, also made the trip to Tullamore on Sunday, where she contested the Under 14 Girls’ Long Jump and Shot Putt in the Irish Juvenile Development Championships, which is open to all those young athletes who had not qualified for last month’s national championships. She leapt 3.54m for 7th place in the Long Jump and also finished 7th in the Shot with a throw of 7.09m.

Several athletes from the Dromiskin-based club were in action in the Boyne AC Sports at the Lourdes Stadium in Drogheda on Sunday afternoon. Among those who finished in the medals were Judith Bell, Sinead Cooney, Aaron Finley, Chloe Finley, Daniel Finley, Liam Fussey, Nikayla Hamill and Heather Rogers.

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6 August 2013

The annual Celtic Games competition was held at the magnificent venue of Eirias Park in Colwyn Bay, Wales on Saturday 3rd August. This superb facility provided the perfect setting for this international competition, which pits Ireland against our Celtic neighbours from Scotland and Wales.

For the past number of years Louth has been well represented at this major juvenile international. Once again the "Wee County" was to the fore, as the Celtic secretary and co-ordinatoir was Georgina Drumm. The Irish management team included two of St Peter’s and Louth’s top coaches with Kathleen McConnell being throws coach and Angela McDonald being jumps coach. They were tasked with looking after the U16 and U18 boys and girls teams.

On the track the club and county were represented by Mark Rogers, who was selected for the U18 400m Hurdles after his superb winning performance in the recent National Championships. He was also given the honour of captaining the U18 Boys’ team, a task which he performed with distinction.

Mark had a great run over the barriers to finish in 3rd position in a hard fought race in a time of 57.35. This was his first outing for the national team on the track and, with the added pressure of captaining the team, his performance was particularly impressive.

The Irish U18 Boys’ team emerged victorious, with Mark picking up the award for the team and leading by example all weekend.

This has been an excellent year for Mark and all his hard work has paid off. He is also the inaugural Irish Youths record holder in the Octathlon, and all at the Dromiskin-based club wish him continued success for the remainder of the season and for next year. He will once again take to the track in Tullamore this coming weekend for the National Combined Events’ Championships, where hopefully he will be in great shape and take the title.

Meanwhile young Seán Allen had a great run in the Glenmore AC Road Races in Carlingford last Friday night to claim 2nd place in the U9 Boys’ race.

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