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Reports - October 2014

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28 October 2014

Two athletes from Dromiskin-based St Peter’s AC produced some excellent performances while representing their schools last Wednesday. The occasion was the Leinster Schools’ Indoor Pentathlon Championships, which were staged in the AIT International Arena in Athlone.

Gabriel Bell, in the colours of De La Salle, Dundalk, finished a magnificent third in the Minor (Under 14) Boys’ event with a total of 2132 points, just nine points behind the silver medallist. He registered 9.99 in the 60m Hurdles for 543 points, 26.4 in the 200m for 475 points, 9.28m in the Shot Putt for 443 points, 4.99m in the Long Jump for 380 points and 2:32.70 in the 800m for 291 points. In terms of his performances vis-a-vis his opponents, Gabriel’s best events were the 200m and Long Jump, in both of which he was ranked second in the huge field of 41 competitors.

Liam Fussey, a student in Scoil Uí Mhuirí, Dunleer, also performed very well to finish 13th in the Intermediate (Under 17) Boys’ event with a total of 1872 points. His marks in the five events were 26.0 in the 200m for 505 points, 9.00m in the Shot Putt for 426 points, 2:23.75 in the 800m for 401 points, 4.59m in the Long Jump for 306 points and 11.94 in the 60m Hurdles for 234 points. Liam’s Shot Putt performance ranked him ninth in that event among the even bigger field of 42 competitors who participated in this age group.

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21 October 2014

Eight athletes from Dromiskin-based St Peter’s AC were in action in last Sunday’s juvenile cross country races and senior 6K road race promoted by Cooley club, Glenmore AC.

Niamh Brady’s outstanding cross country season continued with an excellent victory in the U11 Girls’ race. In recent weeks Niamh has won the Louth U10 title over the country and followed that with a silver in the U11 county championship. Judith Bell, who, like Niamh, is an U10 athlete this year, also had a good run in the U11 race in Cooley.

Luke Finley clocked a good time of 15:19 over a 4000m course to finish 4th in the U19 Boys’ event.

Seán Allen also impressed with his 5th place finish in the U11 Boys’ race, especially given that he is still eligible for the U10 age group. Rory McLoughlin was not too far behind Seán in that race, coming home in 10th place.

In the U9 races at the start of the cross country programme, Pearse Grimes crossed the line in 11th place in the Boys’ race, while Lucy Brennan also had a good run in the Girls’ race.

The 6K road race for followed the cross country action. Maria Duffy showed that she has recovered well from the injury which kept her out of action for several months late last year and earlier this year, as she clocked 33:50 to finish 9th in the W45 category.

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14 October 2014

The 2014 Louth Cross Country Championships continued last Sunday in glorious weather conditions, when the Intermediate and uneven age Juvenile honours were contested over a challenging course in the grounds of DkIT. Once again there was a good turnout of athletes from St Peter’s AC and several of them went home with medals.

The U9 athletes were first to fly the flag for the Dromiskin-based club. Medals were awarded to the top ten individuals in each of these races, which were contested over a 600m course. Katie Mulligan ran brilliantly in the Girls’ race, challenging in the top three for a good part of the race. She eventually finished 6th and was followed by Lucy Brennan in 10th place.

In the Boys’ event Pearse Grimes gritted his teeth to run a great race and finish in 7th place. He was followed home by Justin Cooney in 10th and newcomer Cormac McKeown in 18th.

Niamh Brady showed great tactical awareness in the U11 Girls’ race over 1500m. She was competing a year above her normal age group, having won the U10 title the previous Sunday, and did extremely well to finish to take the silver this time with a great finish. Julie McLoughlin and Judith Bell, both of whom were also out of their normal age group, also ran very well in this race.

The U11 Boys’ team did very well to take the team bronze medal in their race, which was also contested over a 1500m course. Seán Allen led them home in 4th place, followed by Dean Murtagh in 9th, Ronan Deary in 15th and Rory McLoughlin in 16th. Seán, Dean and Ronan are all young enough to compete in the U11 age group again in 2015.

Marie Claire Rogers was the sole representative from St Peter’s in the middle age groups and she had a good run in the U15 Girls’ race over a 3500m course.

The day finished on a high note for the club as the three-man team of Luke Finley, Conor Durnin and Eamonn McManus claimed the individual gold, silver and bronze medals respectively in the U19 Boys’ race over 6000m. For good measure they also won the team gold medal.

St Peter’s AC would like to extend sincere thanks to everybody who supported the club’s Table Quiz last Friday night in Kennedys Bar, Carrick Road, Dundalk. Special thanks to Eugene and the staff in Kennedy’s and to the sponsors: The Gift and Art Gallery, Dundalk; Dromiskin Tidy Towns; Cllr Liam Reilly; McAteer’s; and Kennedy’s Bar. The work of Simon Allen, who organised the event, is also deeply appreciated. A very enjoyable night was had by all.

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7 October 2014

The 2014 Louth Cross Country Championships got underway last Sunday, when the Novice and even age Juvenile honours were contested at the Meadowview Sports Ground on the southside of Drogheda.

The highlight for St Peter’s AC was the performance of the club’s young athletes in the U10 races over an 800m course. In the Boys’ event, Seán Allen stormed home clear of the field to earn a great victory. He was followed across the line by Dean Murtagh in 4th place, Ronan Deary in 10th place, Pearse Grimes Murphy in 13th place and Justin Cooney in 18th place. Their combined efforts secured the silver medals for St Peter’s in the team competition.

Niamh Brady made it a great double at U10 level for the Dromiskin-based club, when she impressively won the Girls’ race. She was backed up by Julie McLoughlin in 12th place, Katie Mulligan in 14th place, Judith Bell in 17th place and Lucy Brennan in 28th place. The team were unfortunate to just miss out on the medals, but can be very proud of their 4th place finish.

Other fine performances came from Luke Finley, who was 4th in the U18 Boys’ race over 6000m, Gabriel Bell, who was 7th in the U14 Boys’ race over 3000m, and Ava Brennan, who was 14th in the U14 Girls’ race over 3000m.

St Peter’s AC are hosting a quiz this Friday night (10th October) in Kennedy’s Bar, opposite the train station on the Carrick Road in Dundalk. The cost is 10 euro per person, with the money raised going to club funds. What promises to be a great night’s craic gets underway at 8:30 p.m. and all are welcome. Refreshments will also be served.

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