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Reports - June 2014

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24 June 2014

No fewer than ten athletes – six men and four women – from Dromiskin-based St Peter’s AC represented Louth in the second round of the National League in Athlone last Sunday. This was the biggest contingent provided by any of the county’s clubs to the men’s and women’s teams, who were seeking to accumulate points in an effort to qualify for the final of this prestigious competition.

Niamh Fussey had a very busy day for the women, who were in action in the top-tier Premier Division. She competed in the 200m, in which she recorded a personal best of 27.19, 100m Hurdles, 4x100m and 4x400m. Emily Rogers won the High Jump and was also in action in the Hammer. Frances Rogers performed well in both the Shot and Discus. Chloe Finley, the youngest athlete on the women’s team, did well in the Triple Jump and 4x100m.

For the men, who were in action in the First Division, Mark Rogers won the 400m Hurdles and also in action in the 110m Hurdles and Pole Vault. He rounded off the day by anchoring the 4x400m team to victory. Conor Durnin also had a busy day and scored lots of points for the team in the 100m, Long Jump, Triple Jump and 4x100m.

Daniel Finley won the High Jump and also did well in the Discus and 4x100m. Aaron Finley impressed with a victory in the Javelin. Tom McGrane was in action in the Shot and Hammer, and Brendan Rogers threw the 56lb Weight for Distance.

Earlier last week, on Tuesday night, Luke Finley recorded a PB of 19:57, his first time under the 20 minute barrier, in finishing 36th overall out of 265 finishers in the North East Runners Alec Fennell 5K Road Race in Dundalk.

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17 June 2014

Just four athletes from Dromiskin-based St Peter’s AC were in competitive action last weekend and earlier last week, but they all produced excellent performances at venues across the country from Antrim down to Limerick.

James Meenan, representing the Leinster region, sped to double gold in the Special Olympics Ireland Games in Limerick. On Saturday he won his 100m race by a good margin in a very fast time of 12 seconds. He was equally impressive on Sunday when he flew to victory in the 200m in a time of 25 seconds.

Last year James had won the same sprint double at the Leinster Special Olympics in Kilkenny but this time around he went one better by repeating that feat on the national stage.

Sunday was indeed a very special day for this speedy young man as he clinched his second gold medal in the presence of his dad and the rest of his family on Father’s Day and on his own nineteenth birthday.

The Leinster Combined Events’ Championships were staged at the Lourdes Stadium in Drogheda on Saturday – this was the first provincial track and field event to be staged in County Louth for several years.

Daniel Finley made the most of the home advantage as he enjoyed a great victory in the U19 Pentathlon. He scored a total of 2813 points to finish a comfortable 258 points clear of his nearest rival.

Daniel’s best individual performance was perhaps that in the High Jump, in which he added a whopping seven centimetres to his previous personal best when he soared clear at 1.80m. He backed that up with marks of 16.38 in the 110m Hurdles, 5.31m in the Long Jump, 12.38m in the Shot Putt (with the 5kg implement) and 3:27.30 in the 1000m.

Martin McGrane was also in action on Saturday as he made the trip to Antrim for the Ulster Juvenile Championships. He won silver in the U17 Shot Putt, with his best throw on the day being measured at 10.29m.

Earlier last week, on Wednesday night, Emily Rogers continued her excellent start to the season with a victory in the High Jump in the Dublin Senior Championships in Santry. She cleared 1.70m, her second best ever, and was also very close on her final attempt at 1.74m, which would have been a new PB.

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10 June 2014

Last Saturday brought yet more success at provincial level to St Peter’s AC as athletes from the Dromiskin-based club produced some fine performances in Belfast and Tullamore.

Following their medal-winning performances in the previous weekend’s Leinster Senior Championships, Olivia McDonald and Tom McGrane headed to the Mary Peters Track for the Ulster Senior Championships. Olivia was once again unbeatable in the Javelin as she threw 35.27m to add the Ulster title to the Leinster title which she had won six days earlier.

Tom also replicated his Shot Putt performance from the previous week as he threw 9.65m for his second provincial bronze medal of the season. Both Olivia and Tom’s distances were a little below their best, but this was due in no small part to the very wet conditions which actually caused the postponement of the High Jump and Pole Vault events to another day.

Meanwhile, in somewhat better weather conditions, Seán Allen and Dean Murtagh had excellent runs in Tullamore in the Leinster Pairs’ Championships. Competing in the Under 10 age group, their combined times placed them fourth in the 500m, just missing out on the medals. Then Seán finished third in his heat and Dean finish fourth in another heat of the 60m, which ensured that they also placed highly in this event.

At the end of the day Seán ran the lead-off leg for the Louth Under 11 boys’ team which finished an excellent second in the inter-county 4x100m relay. This performance was matched by Niamh Brady, who, like Seán, is still an Under 10 athlete, as she ran the lead-off leg for the Louth Under 11 girls’ team which took a great silver in their 4x100m race. Both teams were narrowly beaten for the gold but were well clear of third place.

On Sunday afternoon Marie Claire Rogers was in action in the Louth Community Games finals at the Lourdes Stadium on Drogheda. Representing her home area of Togher, she was unfortunate to fall in the Under 14 80m Hurdles, but will look to bounce back from this disappointment when she represents St Peter’s in the Leinster Juvenile Championships at the end of the month.

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3 June 2014

There were some very impressive performances by athletes from St Peter’s AC last weekend as those who were in action enjoyed great success on the local, provincial, national and international stage.

Emily Rogers became the first athlete from the Dromiskin-based club to represent the Irish Universities in an international fixture as she was in action in their match against the Scottish Universities in Grangemouth on Saturday afternoon. Emily, who is a student in Dublin City University, recently won the Irish Universities’ High Jump title to secure her place on the Irish team and she cleared 1.70m – her second best ever – to earn a great victory in Scotland.

These matches between the Irish and Scottish Universities have taken place on and off since 1977 and the fixture was revived last year after a break of several years.

Also on Saturday, Mark Rogers (St Joseph’s, Drogheda), Emily’s brother, and Conor Durnin (Marist, Dundalk) were in action in the Senior age group in the Irish Schools’ Championships in Tullamore. Mark clocked 56.28 – just outside his personal best – to claim silver in the 400m Hurdles, while Conor showed that he is making good progress on the road to recovery from injury by leaping 13.00m for bronze in the Triple Jump.

Tullamore was also the venue for the Leinster Senior and Under 23 Championships on Sunday. St Peter’s did very well in the throwing events, winning three gold, two silver and one bronze medal.

Tom McGrane and Olivia McDonald were in action in the Senior category. Tom threw 18.69m to win the Hammer, 9.73m to take bronze in the Shot Putt, and extended his PB by over five metres in throwing 27.44m for fourth place in the Discus. Olivia made her first competitive outing of 2014 a winning one as she threw 37.26m – her best since 2011 – to take the Javelin title.

Brothers Aaron Finley and Daniel Finley competed in the Under 23 age group. They finished first and second after a great battle in the Javelin, with Aaron needing a PB of 44.17m to pip his younger brother for the gold. Daniel was not far behind with a throw of 42.82m, his second best ever and further than Aaron’s previous PB. Daniel added another silver when he threw 9.70m to finish second in the Shot Putt.

A great weekend for St Peter’s started closer to home on Friday night when Judith Bell stormed to victory in the Under 10 500m event at the Blackrock AC Beach Races.

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