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Reports - April 2014

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29 April 2014

Seven athletes from St Peter’s AC were in action in the Mountpleasant AC Road Races on Easter Monday and they made the most of the good weather and the atmosphere generated by the big crowd to produce some top-class performances.

Niamh Brady led all the way to win the Under 10 Girls’ race over a 400m course, with Judith Bell was not too far behind her in fourth place. In the Under 10 Boys’ race, which was also contested over 400m, Seán Allen finished a fine second, while Dean Murtagh finishing just outside the medals in the same race.

Ryan Murtagh showed great promise for the future with a second place finish in the Under 6 Boys’ race and Craig Murtagh came home in fourth place in the Under 16 Boys’ 800m race.

Luke Finley was the fifth finisher among the Junior (Under 20) Men in the 5K race. His clocking of 20:41 was just 15 seconds shy of his personal best, which he set in the Ferdia 5K in Ardee last September.

The Dromiskin-based club’s annual Flag Day took place on Thursday last, and sincere thanks are extended to all who contributed in both Dundalk and Dromiskin. The funds raised will undoubtedly be put to good use, as the club seeks to maintain and enhance training and competition opportunities for its members, while keeping costs at a reasonable level, so that nobody will be placed under undue financial strain in these difficult times. Thanks are also due to those club members and parents who collected on the day, and especially to Geraldine Fussey for her key organisational role.

Meanwhile two representatives from St Peter’s travelled to Cork last weekend to attend the Athletics Ireland Congress as part of the Athletics Louth delegation. These were Paddy Bell and Kathleen McConnell.

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22 April 2014

Several athletes from St Peter’s AC were in fine form the weekend before last, as they produced some top-class performances in the Irish Universities’ Championships in Waterford on Friday and Saturday and at the Cushinstown AC Open Sports in County Meath on Sunday.

Pride of place goes to Emily Rogers who leapt a magnificent 1.73m to win the High Jump title at the intervarsity contest. This surpassed her old personal best by 3cm, and was her most significant improvement in the event since 2009. Emily, who was representing Dublin City University in Waterford, had plateaued in the 1.65m to 1.70m range in recent years, so she was naturally delighted with this superb breakthrough.

Aaron Finley, Emily’s DCU teammate, threw a season’s best of 41.71m to claim 5th place in the Javelin in Waterford. Recently he has been training under the guidance of National Throws Coach, David Sweeney, who expressed the opinion that Aaron has the potential to throw much further before long.

Tom McGrane had a busy weekend in Waterford in the colours of Dublin Institute of Technology. He finished 7th in the Shot Putt with an outdoor PB of 9.88m, 9th in the Discus with a throw of 20.51m and 11th in the Hammer with a throw of 18.95m. Having first competed in the Irish Universities Championships as far back as 1981, Tom was returning to intervarsity competition after a 30 year gap.

A smaller than usual group of six athletes from the Dromiskin-based club were in action at the Cushinstown AC Sports on Sunday. Between them they won a total of four gold, two silver and two bronze medals, with none of them making the homeward journey empty-handed.

Daniel Finley threw a PB of 10.10m to win the Senior Shot Putt and was close to his best with a 40.22m throw for silver in the Senior Javelin. Marie Claire Rogers set a PB of 1.32m in the U16 High Jump before storming to victory in the U15 100m and then taking silver in the U15 300m. Katie Murphy threw 10.12m to win the U15 Shot Putt, rewriting her PB with the 2.72kg implement.

Mark Rogers had a comfortable win in the Senior 800m, while there was another PB for Martin McGrane who threw 9.55m for silver in the U17 Shot Putt. Tom McGrane stopped off in Cushinstown on his way home from Waterford, throwing 9.34m for bronze in the Senior Shot Putt.

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15 April 2014

The Louth Pre-Championship Juvenile Meet heralded the start of the local outdoor track and field season when it was staged at the Lourdes Stadium in Drogheda last Saturday afternoon. There was a great response from the young athletes of St Peter’s AC, who between them captured 11 gold, 13 silver and 12 bronze medals.

In the younger age groups Niamh Brady was very impressive in winning both the U10 80m and 200m (32.6) and she added a silver in the Turbo Javelin (6.08m). Seán Allen took gold in the U10 80m, while Dean Murtagh finished 2nd behind him in that race before claiming another silver in the 200m (34.9).

Lucy Brennan and Judith Bell won three medals apiece. Lucy took silver in both the U9 80m and Long Jump (2.70m) and bronze in the 200m (38.2), while Judith captured silver in the U11 Long Jump (3.57m) and bronze in both the U10 200m (36.1) and Turbo Javelin (5.70m).

In the middle age groups Gabriel Bell won the U14 100m (12.9) and finished 2nd in the Shot (7.11m), while Katie Murphy took gold in the U14 Shot (11.61m) and silver in the 100m. Emma McDermott was 2nd in the U16 Shot (7.83m) and Ava Brennan claimed bronze in both the U14 100m and 800m (2:59.7).

The Dromiskin-based club had four girls in action in the U17 age group and they all finished in the medals. Chloe Finley enjoyed a double victory in the Long Jump (4.69m) and Shot (11.01m), while Orlaith McMahon triumphed in the 100m (13.1) and finished 3rd in the Shot (5.62m). Heather Rogers took silver in the Shot (8.59m) along with a pair of bronzes in the 100m (15.0) and Long Jump (4.14m). Nikayla Hamill split Orlaith and Heather in the 100m (13.8), as St Peter’s completed a clean sweep of the medals in that event.

The four boys who competed at U19 level also contributed significantly to the excellent medal haul. Daniel Finley won both the 100m (11.3) and Long Jump (5.12m), and also finished 2nd in the Shot (11.61m). Mark Rogers won the 800m (2:03.2) and took bronze in both the 100m (11.7) and Shot (10.62m). Liam Fussey was 2nd in the 800m (2:22.2) and 3rd in the Long Jump (4.84m), while Luke Finley claimed bronze in the 800m (2:24.9).

Other athletes from the St Peter’s who performed very well in Drogheda included Pearse Grimes, Katie Mulligan, Ciara Murphy and Hazel Murphy. This was certainly a very encouraging start to the season and augurs well for the club’s prospects in the forthcoming Louth Juvenile Championships, which will be contested over the first two weekends of May.

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8 April 2014

The first outdoor track and field competitions of 2014 were staged last weekend and three athletes from St Peter’s AC availed of the opportunity to experience some early season action.

In the Athletics Ireland Spring Throws Meet in Santry on Saturday, Mark Rogers threw 29.29m to win the Discus (1.75kg) event, with Daniel Finley not too far behind him in 2nd place with a throw of 27.74m. Daniel also competed in the Javelin (800g) event in which he recorded a personal best of 40.76m in finishing just behind his older brother, Aaron Finley, who threw 41.29m. Meanwhile Mark also competed in the Hammer in Santry.

Mark Rogers was also in action at the North Dublin venue the previous day. Representing St Joseph’s, Drogheda, in the All-Ireland CBS Championships, he leapt 1.75m for victory in the High Jump and ran a PB of 2:01.0 to take bronze in the 800m. In addition, he helped his school team to 4th place in the Medley Relay and to 5th place in the 4x100m.

Another athlete from the Dromiskin-based club who has been showing very good form is Catherine Rogers, mother of Mark, who clocked 25:04 in the recent St Vincent de Paul 5K Road Race in Drogheda. This performance earned her 23rd place out of 155 female finishers.

This coming weekend several more St Peter’s athletes are expected to launch their outdoor seasons, as the Irish Universities Championships will take place in Waterford on Friday and Saturday, the Louth Juvenile Pre-championships Meet will be staged in the Lourdes Stadium, Drogheda, on Saturday, and the Cushinstown AC Open Sports in County Meath will offer a well-balanced programme of events on Sunday.

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1 April 2014

The 2014 indoor track and field season has now drawn to a close and the members of St Peter’s AC can certainly reflect with considerable satisfaction on a host of excellent performances. At the top level these performances included the winning of no fewer than twelve medals in Irish national championship competition – five gold, three silver and four bronze. Six individual athletes contributed to the club’s impressive haul of medals, all of which were won at the AIT International Arena in Athlone.

Conor Durnin led the way with a brace of golds in the Triple Jump, as he won both the Junior (Under 20) and Under 19 national titles with distances of 13.45m and 13.27m respectively. Mark Rogers won a medal of each hue, taking gold in the Junior Pentathlon (3175 points), silver in the Under 19 High Jump (1.95m) and bronze in the Under 19 Shot Putt (11.90m).

The Dromiskin-based club’s two other newly crowned national champions are Katie Murphy, who triumphed in the Under 14 Shot Putt (13.00m), and Brendan Rogers, father of Mark, who took the laurels in the Over 50 Long Jump (4.54m).

Daniel Finley has made great progress this winter and he was duly rewarded with three Irish championship medals – silver in both the Under 19 Shot Putt (12.06m) and Junior Weight for Distance (7.00m), and bronze in the Junior Shot Putt (11.48m). Gabriel Bell also continues to impress and he was a double bronze medallist at Under 14 level, as he mounted the podium for both the Long Jump (4.98m) and Pentathlon (1969 points).

The outdoor track and field season now lies just around the corner and there will be lots of competitive opportunities for all the athletes of St Peter’s AC from April through to August.

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