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25 March 2014

Last weekend five athletes from St Peterís AC were in action in the Irish Juvenile Indoor Championships at the magnificent AIT International Arena in Athlone. Remarkably every one of them finished in the medals to contribute to an extremely impressive overall haul of two gold, two silver and two bronze medals.

The two defending champions from last year duly retained their titles. Katie Murphy had her supporters worried with some below-par throws in the earlier rounds of the U14 Shot Putt. Their concerns were to prove groundless, however, when she unleashed a mighty throw of 13.00m in the fifth round to put the title beyond the reach of the rest of Irelandís best young throwers.

Conor Durnin had the U19 Triple Jump gold medal in the bag after his second round effort was measured at 13.27m. In fact, he passed on his remaining four attempts as he is still recovering from a back injury and he did not wish to needlessly jeopardise his ongoing rehabilitation.

Mark Rogers had a very busy weekend in the colours of the Dromiskin-based club. It started on Saturday when he slashed more than a second of his personal best in the heats of the U19 400m. His time of 51.54 earned him 3rd place in his heat and saw him qualify for the final as a fastest loser. Later that same day he finished 5th in the final in a time of 52.54, his second fastest clocking ever.

Mark was back in Athlone on Sunday when he claimed the bronze medal in the Shot Putt with a superb throw of 11.90m, which was an improvement of 17cm on his previous PB with the 6kg implement. Later on Sunday he went one better in the High Jump to take the silver medal with an excellent jump of 1.95m, just 1cm below his PB.

Battling with Mark for the honours in both the U19 Shot Putt and High Jump was clubmate Daniel Finley. Daniel was delighted to exceed 12 metres for the first time in the Shot, as his best throw of 12.06m saw him finish one place ahead of his friend and rival to take the silver medal. He went on to clear 1.70m in the High Jump, just 3cm below his PB, to finish 6th in that event.

Last, but by no means least, Gabriel Bell extended his PB to within a whisker of the 5 metres barrier, as he leapt 4.98m to take bronze in the U14 Long Jump on Sunday morning. The previous day he had just missed out on a medal in the High Jump, as he cleared 1.50m, a mere 1cm short of his PB, to finish in 4th place.

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18 March 2014

Three young athletes from St Peterís AC finished in the medals in the annual Boyne AC Juvenile Indoor Meet, which was staged last Saturday in Gormanston College, County Meath.

Judith Bell stormed to victory in the U10 60m while Ava Brennan secured silver with an excellent run in the U14 60m. Both these girls are seasoned competitors in the colours of St Peterís, but it was a newcomer to the Dromiskin-based club who completed the medal haul. This was Lucy Brennan who, competing out of her age group, earned a fine bronze in the U9 300m.

Margaret Finley was in action on Sunday when she had a great run in the Dune Half Marathon from the Quays Shopping Centre in Newry to the Market Square in Dundalk. She finished 6th in the O45 age group in a time of 1:51:26 and was very happy with that performance after a very tough uphill start on the way out of Newry.

This coming weekend six athletes from St Peterís are due to compete in the Irish Juvenile Indoor Championships in Athlone, having qualified by medalling in their events in the recent Leinster Juvenile Indoor Championships. These are Gabriel Bell (U14 High Jump and Long Jump), Conor Durnin (U19 Triple Jump), Chloe Finley (U17 Shot Putt), Daniel Finley (U19 Shot Putt and High Jump), Katie Murphy (U14 Shot Putt) and Mark Rogers (U19 High Jump and 400m).

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11 March 2014

Eleven young athletes St Peterís AC travelled to Athlone last weekend to contest the second weekend of events in this yearís Leinster Juvenile Indoor Championships. It proved to be a very successful couple of days as they made the homeward journey from the Midlands venue with five gold and three bronze medals.

Gabriel Bell was in great form at U14 level as he rewrote his previous personal best marks to win both the High Jump and the Long Jump with leaps of 1.51m and 4.83m respectively. For good measure he also finished 5th in the 60m Hurdles.

Daniel Finley set a personal best of 11.84m to win the U19 Shot Putt and followed that up with a clearance of 1.70m to take bronze in the High Jump. He also qualified for the final of the 200m with a clocking of 24.67 seconds in the heats.

Mark Rogers scaled 1.85m to win the U19 High Jump title and also clocked a personal best of 52.59 seconds when finishing 3rd in the 400m final.

Katie Murphy took the U14 Shot Putt title with a massive throw of 13.17m, adding over a metre to her previous personal best.

Chloe Finley threw 9.88m for bronze in the U17 Shot Putt and also made the top eight in the Long Jump with a leap of 4.70m.

Other athletes to make the finals on the track or the top eight in the field events were Martin McGrane in the U17 Shot Putt, who threw 8.88m, and Marie Claire Rogers in the U15 60m Hurdles.

Ava Brennan just missed out on a place in the final of the U14 60m Hurdles and was also in action in the Long Jump in which she recorded 3.65m. Liam Fussey and Luke Finley clocked times of 59.54 seconds and 1:01.61 respectively in the heats of the U18 400m, while Orlaith McMahon performed well in the U17 Long Jump.

To this impressive medal haul for the Dromiskin-based club may be added the silver won by Conor Durnin in the U19 Triple Jump on the first day of these championships in early February.

The medallists in the Leinster Juvenile Indoor Championships have all now qualified for the Irish Juvenile Indoor Championships, which will be staged in Athlone the weekend after next.

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4 March 2014

Mark Rogers of St Peterís AC had his first outing over 400m of 2014 in last Wednesday nightís International Grand Prix indoor meet in Athlone IT. He finished in 4th place in a very high standard field in a time of 53.77 seconds. This was faster than Markís opening race over this distance last year.

The race was won by Tamarie Henry who has recorded 4th place finishes in World Championships both indoors and outdoors. The US Virgin Islands athlete clocked a very fast 46.81 seconds in Athlone.

Margaret Finleyís great form continued on Saturday morning with an excellent performance in the Carlingford Half Marathon. She clocked a very impressive time of 1:49:54 on the hilly course, which was a long way inside her pre-race target of 2 hours.

Eleven young athletes from the Dromiskin-based club are due to travel to Athlone this coming weekend to contest the second weekend of events in this yearís Leinster Juvenile Indoor Championships. Daniel Finley and Mark Rogers will be in action at U19 level; Luke Finley and Liam Fussey at U18 level; Chloe Finley, Martin McGrane and Orlaith McMahon at U17 level; Marie-Claire Rogers at U15 level; and Gabriel Bell, Ava Brennan and Katie Murphy at U14 level.

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