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Reports - October 2013

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29 October 2013

Last Wednesday three athletes from St Peter’s AC competed in the Leinster Schools’ Combined Events’ Championships in Athlone. It was an historic occasion as these championships were being staged indoors for the first time, having previously being staged as an outdoor event in Dublin’s Santry Stadium during the month of September.

Mark Rogers, representing St Joseph’s, Drogheda, stormed to victory in the Intermediate (Under 17) Boys’ Pentathlon to retain his provincial title. He recorded personal best performances in both the 60m Hurdles (9.28) and Shot Putt (13.03m), and also registered strong performances in the Long Jump (5.93m), 200m (24.68) and 800m (2:07).

Gabriel Bell, a first year student in De La Salle, Dundalk, competed in the Junior (Under 15) Boys’ Pentathlon. He was pleased with his performances across the five events, especially considering that he will still be eligible to compete in this age group for the next two years.

Chloe Finley was in action in the colours of Bush Post Primary in the Intermediate Girls’ Pentathlon, but unfortunately had to withdraw after sustaining an injury in the Long Jump.

Mark now advances to compete in the Irish Schools’ Combined Events’ Championships, which will also be staged in the magnificent Athlone IT Indoor Arena on Saturday 16th November.

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22 October 2013

Five young athletes from St Peter’s AC competed in the Glenmore AC Juvenile Cross Country races in Bush last Sunday. Their magnificent performances have certainly raised hopes that the Dromiskin-based club may re-emerge as a force to be reckoned with on the cross country scene in the not too distant future.

Seán Allen enjoyed a superb win the Under 9 Boys’ race and he was closely followed across the line by Dean Murtagh in 3rd place and Ronan Deery in 5th place.

Niamh Brady made it a great double for St Peter’s with a victory in the Under 9 Girls’ event. She ran like a bullet train to lead from start to finish and was backed up by Judith Bell, who came home in 8th place.

The Kearney and McBride Cup races were also staged in Bush on Sunday, taking the form of a 6km road race this year. Margaret Finley finished 2nd in the Over 45 Women’s category with a time of 28:57, while her son Luke Finley crossed the line in a time of 26:07 for 7th place in the Under 17 Boys’ category.

Club training sessions continue each Tuesday and Thursday evening in the Community Centre at the St Joseph’s GFC grounds. Members are reminded that the annual Athletics Louth Awards night takes place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dundalk on Friday 8th November. Tickets and more information are available from the club.

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15 October 2013

Several athletes from St Peter's AC competed in the second round of the County Cross Country Championships in DkIT last Sunday. It was a lovely dry sunny day and a well laid out course provided some excellent performances. Once again the athletes rose to the occasion in their blue & black attire.

Niamh Brady led the field in the Under 9 Girls' race from start to finish and, with plenty of fuel left in the tank, finished in an excellent first place to be crowned county champion. Clubmate Judith Bell also finished in the medals, and Keela O'Connor also ran in her first ever cross country race.

Not to outdone by the girls, the Under 9 Boys proved also that they would be hard to beat with all three boys finishing in the medals. They were led home by Seán Allen followed by Dean Murtagh and Ronan Deery, who had a brilliant race.

St Peter's was represented in the Under 13 Girls' race by Ava Brennan, who ran well as did national shot putt medallist Katie Murphy, who proved that not only could she throw the shot, but that she could also run 2500m. Gabriel Bell had a good run in the Under 13 Boys' event.

The club's lone competitor in the Under 15 Girls' category was another shot putter, Emma McDermott, who ran in the 3500m race, The distance didn't impress Emma, but she ran well and finished the race.

Liam Fussey ran well in the Under 17 Boys' race, as did Elaine Corbett and Margaret Finley in the Intermediate Women's race. Menawhile club training continues each Tuesday and Thursday night in Cluskey Park, Dromiskin.

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8 October 2013

Several athletes from St Peter’s AC competed in the first round of the Louth Cross Country Championships at the Meadowview Sports Ground in Drogheda last Sunday.

The first race of the day was the Novice Women’s event, in which 63 competitors were in action. Newcomer Elaine Corbett ran a very convincing race to lead home the team from the Dromiskin-based club. She finished in 15th place and was followed across the line by Margaret Finley and Catherine Rogers.

Niamh Brady had a great run to take 3rrd place in the Under 10 Girls’ race, with Judith Bell finishing not too far behind her. Dean Murtagh led home the St Peter’s contingent in the Under 10 Boys’ event and he was followed across the line by Seán Allen and Ronan Deery.

At Under 14 level Marie Claire Rogers had a good run in her race, while Craig Murtagh was unfortunate to sustain an injury during his race, and was unable to finish. The Under 16 Girls’ team of Chloe Finley, Heather Rogers and Ciara Murphy all ran well and they were rewarded with the team bronze medal.

St Peter’s had a very strong entry in the Under 18 Boys’ race. Mark Rogers ran extremely well to take individual silver, with Conor Durnin following him home to claim the bronze. Eamonn McManus completed the team scorers, while brothers Luke Finley and Daniel Finley were also in action in this race. When the points were totalled the team emerged victorious in the inter-club battle.

Next Sunday sees the second round of the county championships being staged in DkIT. Meanwhile club training continues at the St Joseph’s GFC facilities in Dromiskin each Tuesday and Thursday evening, starting at 6:30 p.m.

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1 October 2013

Three athletes from St Peter’s AC were in action last Saturday and they produced some fine performances.

Margaret Finley was the second female home in the Ferdia 5K Road Race in Ardee. She also smashed her personal best with an impressive 23:32 clocking, proving that she has fully recovered from the Achilles tendon injury which kept her out of action in recent months.

Luke Finley, Margaret’s son, made his debut over 5km in the same race in Ardee, and he showed great promise for the future as he recorded 20:26 to cross the line in fourth place.

Also on Saturday, Liam Fussey was in action 3,000 miles away in the Ocean State High School Cross Country meet in Warwick, Rhode Island. Representing Scoil Uí Mhuirí, Dunleer, Liam, who is better known as a javelin thrower, finished in the top 200 in a huge field.

Several athletes from the Dromiskin-based club will be in action in the Louth Cross Country Championships in Drogheda this Sunday and in Dundalk on Sunday week.

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