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Reports - November 2013

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26 November 2013

St Peterís AC athlete Margaret Finley has been producing some excellent performances in local road races during 2013, and her good form continued last Saturday in the Wild Goose Chase 5K, which was organised by Westerns GFC in Reaghstown. She won the Mastersí category and finished 4th female overall in a fine time of 23:45. This time was just outside Margaretís personal best of 23:31, which she set in the recent Ferdia 5K in Ardee.

Meanwhile, also on Saturday, Margaretís son and daughter, Daniel Finley and Chloe Finley, were among several St Peterís athletes who travelled to the magnificent indoor arena in Athlone IT for a very productive training session with a squad of Louth athletes. Others from the Dromiskin-based club who made the trip included Gabriel Bell, Conor Durnin, Liam Fussey, Niamh Fussey, Katie Murphy and Mark Rogers.

This training session was organised by Maria Duffy of St Peterís AC and Christian Maas of St Gerardís AC, both of whom were very pleased with the work which they were able to get through with the 45-strong squad of athletes from across the county.

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19 November 2013

Mark Rogers made the trip to Athlone last Saturday to compete in the Irish Schoolsí Combined Eventsí Indoor Championships. The St Peterís AC athlete was representing his school, St Josephís, Drogheda, on this occasion, and he was in action in the Senior (Under 20) Boysí Pentathlon.

Mark, who won the Leinster Schoolsí title last month, produced a series of excellent performances across the five events. He registered new personal bests of 9.13 in the 60m Hurdles and 11.20m in the Shot Putt. Mark also impressed in the Long Jump with a leap of 5.93m and in the 200m, in which he recorded 24.8. He rounded off a busy day with a 2:09 clocking in the 800m.

When the points were tallied Mark was on top of the list in his event. However he wasnít officially awarded the title as it emerged that, according to the Irish Schoolsí Athletic Association rules, he was too young to compete in the Senior age group.

Many felt that this was a somewhat bizarre ruling as Mark had been permitted to compete in the Senior age group in the Leinster Schoolsí Championships. In addition the Intermediate (Under 17) age group, in which he seemingly should have competed, is effectively a trial for the Irish team which competes in the annual Anglo-Celtic Schoolsí International and, according to the Schoolsí International Athletic Board rules, Mark is too old to compete in that age group!

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12 November 2013

There was an excellent turnout of athletes, parents and coaches from St Peter's AC at the annual Athletics Louth Awards Night in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk last Friday. There was broad agreement among those in attendance that it was a very enjoyable night. It was also a great opportunity for everyone present to socialise with their colleagues from clubs throughout the county away from the usual pressures which are encountered in the competitive arena.

Three athletes from the Dromiskin-based club received the highly coveted Athlete of the Year trophies, while several others were also honoured for their achievements during the past year.

Emily Rogers, the outstanding young high jumper who was the gold medallist indoors and the silver medallist outdoors in the Irish Senior Championships, was awarded the Senior Athlete of the Year accolade.

Her brother Mark Rogers made it a great family double when he was honoured with the Junior Athlete of the Year award. Mark had a great season at Under 18 level, setting a new Irish record in the Octathlon and captaining the Irish team in the Celtic Games International in Wales.

Chloe Finleyís achievements in competitions within County Louth earned her the Track and Field Athlete of the Year award for girls in the Under 15 and Under 16 age groups.

Seven other St Peterís athletes were nominated for Track and Field awards and each of them was presented with a certificate to commemorate this honour. These were Elizabeth Bell, Gabriel Bell, Judith Bell, Daniel Finley, Martin McGrane, Katie Murphy and Dean Murtagh. In addition, Seán Allen and Niamh Brady were nominated for Cross Country awards.

Club chairperson Brendan Rogers took to the stage to present special merit awards to two young St Peter's AC athletes in recognition of their achievements. These were Gabriel Bell and Katie Murphy, both of whom produced several fine performances at county, provincial and national level.

St Peter's also received a trophy for being the 3rd best club in the Throws in the Summer Track and Field League for athletes in the Under 9 to Under 17 age groups.

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5 November 2013

This yearís Louth Senior Cross Country Championships, which were staged at Oldbridge last Sunday, also included some juvenile 4x500m relays for mixed teams. St Peterís AC talented young quartet of Seán Allen, Judith Bell, Niamh Brady and Dean Murtagh ran very well to finish in 3rd place in the Under 10 event. These youngsters are certainly ones to watch out for in the future, as all four of them are actually in the Under 9 age group this year.

The annual Athletics Louth Awards Night will be held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk, this Friday night (8th November). Tickets for the event, which includes supper, presentation of the awards and a disco, are priced at 25 euro for adults and 10 euro for juveniles. It promises to be a great night which all St Peterís AC members and friends should thoroughly enjoy.

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