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Reports - May 2014

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27 May 2014

Last weekend’s athletics action included the Leinster Junior (Under 20) Championships in Greystones on Saturday and the AAI Games in Dublin’s Santry Stadium on Sunday. St Peter’s AC was represented at both events and the club’s athletes produced some fine performances, winning several medals and setting a number of personal bests.

Niamh Fussey won the Leinster Junior 100m Hurdles title in Greystones on Saturday, clocking a season’s best time of 16.06. Daniel Finley contested four events in these championships, and won a medal in each of them. He took silver in the Triple Jump (10.49m), Shot Putt (10.68m) and Javelin (40.18m), and bronze in the Discus (29.42m). Both his Triple Jump and Discus performances were new PBs.

Niamh Fussey was back in action in the AAI Games in Santry the following day, a competition which attracted most of the leading senior athletes in Ireland. She had another good run to finish 4th in the 100m Hurdles in a time of 16.10. Mark Rogers was the Dromiskin-based club’s other representative in the AAI Games and he recorded an impressive new PB of 55.91 in finishing 6th in the 400m Hurdles.

This coming weekend’s action includes the Blackrock AC Beach Races on Friday, the Irish Schools’ Championships on Saturday, the Scotland v Ireland Universities’ International, also on Saturday, and the Leinster Under 23, Senior and Masters’ Championships on Sunday. It is hoped that St Peter’s AC athletes will be in action in all of these competitions.

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20 May 2014

Five athletes from St Peter’s AC made a very strong contribution to the Louth Senior Men’s and Women’s teams in the first round of the National League in Sligo last Sunday. Having earned promotion in 2013, the women were in action against the best in the country in the top tier Premier Division, while the men were among the teams contesting Division One.

Niamh Fussey was one of the top scorers on the women’s team, as she finished 2nd in the 100m Hurdles in a time of 16.62 into a headwind and 4th in the 200m in a personal best of 27.25.

Chloe Finley, who was making her debut for the county’s senior team, leapt 9.40m to claim 5th place in the Triple Jump.

Niamh also helped Louth to 2nd in the 4x400m in a time of 4:08.62, while both Niamh and Chloe were part of the county’s 4x100m team which clocked 53.20 for 5th place.

Mark Rogers enjoyed three individual wins in the men’s events with performances of 59.60 in the 400m Hurdles, 17.92 into a headwind in the 110m Hurdles and 1.50m in the High Jump.

Daniel Finley also had a busy day, clocking 11.96 to win the 100m, leaping a PB of 10.37m for 2nd place in the Triple Jump, and throwing 39.03m for 3rd place in the Javelin.

Tom McGrane threw 9.33m for 2nd place in the Shot Putt and a PB of 19.38m to claim 3rd in the Hammer.

Both Mark and Daniel also ran on both Louth relay teams, which finished 2nd in both the 4x100m and 4x400m, clocking times of 48.74 and 3:49.23 respectively.

Earlier last week five athletes from the Dromiskin-based represented their secondary schools in the Leinster Schools’ Championships at Santry Stadium in Dublin. Remarkably each of them finished in the medals.

Conor Durnin (Marist, Dundalk) leapt 12.78m to win the Senior (Under 20) Triple Jump title. Mark Rogers (St Joseph’s, Drogheda) set a new PB of 56.0 to claim silver in the Senior 400m Hurdles and also cleared 1.80m for 5th place in the High Jump. Daniel Finley (Bush) threw 11.58m for bronze in the Senior Shot Putt and a PB of 43.11m for 4th pace in the Javelin.

Katie Murphy (St Louis, Dundalk) won silver in the Minor (Under 14) Shot Putt with a throw of 10.57m. Gabriel Bell (De La Salle, Dundalk) finished 3rd in the Minor Long Jump with a leap of 4.56m and also scaled 1.45m for 5th place in the High Jump.

Conor, Mark and Daniel have all now qualified to compete in the Irish Schools’ Championships in Tullamore on Saturday week. Katie and Gabriel will have to be content with their Leinster medals for this year, as the Minor age group is not part of the programme at national level.

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13 May 2014

The twenty four young athletes from St Peter’s AC who competed in the Louth Juvenile Championships at the Lourdes Stadium and the Bush track over the past two weekends did both themselves and their club proud as they amassed an impressive haul of twenty gold, fifteen silver and six bronze medals.

The club’s youngest representatives, Lucy Brennan and Pearse Grimes, both finished in the medals in the U9 age group.

At U10 level Niamh Brady enjoyed a great double, winning the 60m (9.7) and 200m (34.1), while Judith Bell proved herself a class ahead of the rest in winning the Long Jump (3.32m). Seán Allen was another U10 medallist while Dean Murtagh also performed well in this age group.

Hazel Murphy acquitted herself very well in the U11 category.

At U14 level Gabriel Bell won a great treble in the 80m (10.7), High Jump (1.45m) and Long Jump (4.32m). Katie Murphy recorded a new championship best performance to win the Shot (12.30m) and Ava Brennan also finished in the medals.

Craig Murtagh won the U15 Shot (9.50m), while Marie Claire Rogers and Emma McDermott also medalled in this age group.

Ciara Murphy was the club’s only U16 athlete in action and she was yet another athlete to finish in the medals.

At U17 level Chloe Finley impressed to win four individual titles – the maximum permissible – as she took gold in the 100m (13.6), 200m (28.5), Shot (9.68m) and Javelin. Nikayla Hamill won the 800m (2:38.5), Martin McGrane claimed gold in the Shot (10.37m) and Orlaith McMahon also medalled in the U17 age group.

The gold rush continued in the U19 category where Conor Durnin won the 100m (11.5) and 200m (23.6) double and Mark Rogers also enjoyed a double in the 400m and High Jump (1.80m). Daniel Finley impressed to win the Javelin (41.68m), while Luke Finley took gold in the 1500m (5:00.6). Liam Fussey and Elizabeth Bell were also medallists at U19 level.

Four of the Dromiskin-based club’s athletes competed in County Donegal last Monday week in a competition to mark the opening of Lifford AC’s new track. Mark Rogers won both the Senior 400m Hurdles and High Jump (1.83m). Mark also won the 400m "B" race to place 5th overall in that event and Niamh Fussey had a good win in the 100m Hurdles. Martin McGrane recorded a personal best to win the U17 Shot (11.05m) and Tom McGrane set a new outdoor PB to take bronze in the Senior Shot (10.05m).

Mark Rogers and Niamh Fussey also made the trip to County Wicklow last Saturday to compete in the hurdles events in the Irish Milers’ Club Meet in Greystones. Mark finished third in the rarely run 300m Hurdles (40.53), while Niamh came home third in the 100m Hurdles in which performances were hampered by the atrocious weather conditions.

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6 May 2014

Several athletes from St Peter’s AC were in action for their secondary schools last week when the North Leinster and West Leinster Schools’ Championships were staged at the Morton Stadium in Santry, Dublin.

In the Senior age group Mark Rogers (St Joseph’s, Drogheda) won both the 400m Hurdles and High Jump (1.85m), Daniel Finley (Bush) won the Javelin (40.46m) and took silver in the Shot (10.90m) and Conor Durnin (Marist, Dundalk) won the Triple Jump (12.16m).

In the Intermediate (Under 17) age group Liam Fussey (Scoil Uí Mhuirí, Dunleer) took silver in the Javelin with a throw in excess of 37 metres, Martin McGrane (Castleknock Community College) finished fourth in the Shot (10.49m) and sixth in the Discus (22.31m), Heather Rogers (Greenhills, Drogheda) finished fifth in the Shot (7.97m) and Lauren Finegan (Greenhills, Drogheda) competed in the Javelin.

In the Minor (Under 14) age group Gabriel Bell (De La Salle, Dundalk) won the Long Jump (4.89m) and took silver in the High Jump (1.45m), Katie Murphy (St Louis, Dundalk) won the Shot (10.80m) and Marie Claire Rogers (Greenhills, Drogheda) took bronze in the 75m Hurdles and finished fifth in the High Jump (1.25m).

Several of these performances were personal bests and Mark, Daniel, Conor, Liam, Gabriel and Katie have all now qualified for the Leinster Schools’ Championships.

Three athletes from the Dromiskin-based club took part in the Dublin Graded Meet in Santry last Wednesday night. Mark Rogers had a great run to take second place in a high quality 400m Hurdles in a time of 56.83, and improvement of over 2 seconds on his previous PB. Niamh Fussey also clocked a PB of 13.45 in finishing second in her 100m race and Tom McGrane threw 17.85m to finish second in the Senior Hammer.

Tom McGrane was back in action the following night when he recorded a season’s best of 20.89m to win the Senior Discus in the Lagan Valley AC Meet at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast.

Catherine Rogers ran one of her fastest ever times in the Boyne 10K Road Race in Drogheda on Sunday afternoon. She was ranked 56th out of 278 finishers in the Over 40 age group with a chip time of 53:44 and a gun time of 55:20.

Several of the club’s athletes were also in action on the first two days of competition of this year’s Louth Juvenile Championships, which were staged last Friday evening at the Lourdes Stadium in Drogheda and the following day at the Bush track. There will be details of the many excellent performances by the young athletes in next week’s report.

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