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Reports - February 2014

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25 February 2014

St Peterí AC athlete Margaret Finley ran some excellent races during 2013 and it seems that 2014 could well turn out to be an even better year for her. Last Saturdayís Fitzerís 5K Road Race in Dundalk was her first competitive outing this year and she produced a most impressive performance.

Margaret smashed her personal best in crossing the finish line in tenth place out of 231 female finishers. Her time of 22:58 was a massive improvement of 34 seconds on her previous PB, which she had set at the Ferdia 5K in Ardee last September.

Meanwhile Niamh Fussey and Mark Rogers, two other St Peterís athletes, took part in the practical part of a coaching course in Santry on Saturday.

The Dromiskin-based clubís members were also delighted to see Jordi Murphy make his debut for the Irish senior rugby team when he came on as a replacement in the Six Nations match versus England in Twickenham on Saturday afternoon. Barcelona-born Jordi is the son of Nicola Murphy (nťe Carroll) and the grandson of Noel Carroll, the late great athlete from Annagassan.

Noelís illustrious athletics career began when he joined St Peter's AC as a 14-year-old in 1956. By 1963 he was described by the US magazine Sports Illustrated as "one of the best middle-distance runners in the world" and, among many other achievements, he went on to win three consecutive European Indoor 800m titles in 1966, 1967 and 1968.

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18 February 2014

St Peterís AC may not have had any athletes competing in last weekendís Irish Senior Indoor Championships in Athlone, but no fewer than four officials from the Dromiskin-based club made a significant contribution to the successful staging of this prestigious competition, which was broadcast live on RT… Two television on Sunday afternoon.

Kathleen McConnell was on duty in the check-in area and Angela McDonald officiated at the Shot Putt. Peter McDonald, Angelaís son, operated the Electronic Distance Measurement device at the Long Jump and Triple Jump events while Brendan Rogers was busy at the High Jump.

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11 February 2014

The splendid indoor arena in Athlone was once again the focus of attention for St Peterís AC last weekend, as the Irish Universitiesí Indoor Championships were staged there on Friday followed by the Leinster Junior, Senior and Mastersí Championships on Sunday.

Emily Rogers recorded her best jump for two years when she cleared 1.67m to claim the silver medal in the High Jump on Friday. Representing Dublin City University, whose teams were clear winners of both the womenís and menís overall competitions, Emily soared over this height on her first attempt before going on to attempt a personal best of 1.71m.

Brendan Rogers, Emilyís father, starred for the Dromiskin-based club in Athlone on Sunday. He added the Leinster Over 50 Long Jump title to the Irish title which he won a fortnight earlier and, in doing so, leapt a seasonís best of 4.72m. For good measure Brendan also finished 5th in the 60m in another seasonís best of 8.60.

David Finley was also in action in the Over 50 age group. He claimed the bronze medal in the Shot Putt with a throw of 8.51m, which equalled his seasonís best performance. David also clocked 9.60 for 8th place in the 60m but was hampered by a minor injury in that event.

Sandwiched between the two daysí action in Athlone, Mark Rogers, Brendanís son and Emilyís brother, received his award as the outstanding juvenile athlete in County Louth in national championship competition during 2013. This coveted award was presented to him at the National Juvenile Awards ceremony in Tullamore on Saturday night.

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4 February 2014

St Peterís AC had just one athlete in action in Athlone last Saturday when the first of three days of this yearís Leinster Juvenile Indoor Championships was staged. This was Conor Durnin who finished in second place in the Under 19 Triple Jump.

Conor was hampered by a back injury during the competition. His best effort on the day was measured at 12.54m which is somewhat below his best. He is hoping to be back in top form for the Irish Juvenile Indoor Championships, which will be staged in Athlone in late March.

The Dromiskin-based club expects to have several more athletes competing on the second and third days of the Leinster Juvenile Indoor Championships, which are scheduled for the Athlone arena on the weekend of 8th and 9th March.

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