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Reports - January 2015

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27 January 2015

The Irish Junior (Under 20) and Under 23 Indoor Championships were staged in Athlone last Sunday and the competition yielded some fine performances by the six athletes from St Peterís AC who entered the fray.

Emily Rogers cleared 1.70m to win the U23 High Jump title by a comfortable margin of 10cm. She also went close at 1.72m and will be looking to build on this bright start during the remainder of the indoor season.

Niamh Fussey had a relatively quiet year in 2014 after a great year in 2013 but has been training hard recently. She was duly rewarded on Sunday when she clocked 9.74 to take silver in the U23 60m Hurdles behind Sarah Lavin, the 2013 European Junior silver medallist.

Daniel Finley had a busy day in Athlone, starting with 6th place in his heat of the Junior 60m Ė his first ever competitive outing in this event Ė in a time of 7.41. He followed that with an 11.98m putt for 4th place in the Shot, just 12cm shy of a medal, and then wrapped up by leaping 10.87m for 8th place in the Triple Jump.

In that same Junior Triple Jump, Conor Durnin missed out on the medals by a single centimetre, as he recorded 13.24m to finish in 4th place. Martin McGrane was also in action alongside Daniel in the Junior Shot, in which he threw a personal best of 9.94m to finish in 8th place.

Mark Rogers went in both the Junior 400m and 800m, finishing 4th in his heat of the former with a 54.00 clocking and 5th in his heat of the longer race in a time of 2:02.73.

The previous Sunday Conor Durnin had opened his season at the Munster Senior Indoor Championships in Nenagh. He clocked 7.45 to finish 4th in his heat and qualify for the final of the 60m but then missed the final as it clashed with his main event, the Triple Jump. In that he leapt 13.30m to finish 2nd overall and he was also the leading Junior athlete in the event.

The Cushinstown AC Indoor Meet for athletes up to and including the U16 age group was also staged last Sunday and it witnessed an excellent turnout of St Peterís ACís younger athletes. The medal haul was equally impressive, with no fewer than seven golds, two silvers and one bronze being credited to the Dromiskin-based club.

Gabriel Bell had a great day, winning the U15 60m, the U16 High Jump with a big PB of 1.69m and the U16 Shot with a putt of 8.86m. For good measure he also claimed silver in the U15 Long Jump.

There were also victories for Seán Allen in the U11 60m, Niamh Brady in the U11 Long Jump with a jump of 3.56m, Lucy Brennan in the U10 60m and Katie Murphy in the U16 Shot with an impressive putt of 10.59m.

Judith Bell leapt 3.45m to take silver in the U11 Long Jump, while Pearse Grimes claimed bronze in the U10 60m.

Among the others in action at the County Meath venue were Dearbhla Allen, Ava Brennan, Ronan Deery, Julie McLoughlin, Rory McLoughlin, Katie Mulligan and Dean Murtagh, all of whom performed well in their first outing of 2015.

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20 January 2015

2015 got off to a great start on the competitive front for St Peterís AC at the Irish Combined Eventsí Indoor Championships in Athlone last Saturday. Two athletes from the Dromiskin-based club travelled to the Midlands venue and they both performed very well.

Mark Rogers won silver in the Junior (Under 20) Pentathlon with an overall total of 3331 points, well up on the 3175 points which he scored when winning this event last year.

Markís was the leading athlete in both the Shot Putt, in which he threw 11.02m for 547 points, and the 1000m, in which he recorded a personal best of 2:38.94 for 885 points. He also recorded solid performances of 9.17 in the 60m Hurdles (709 points), 1.82m in the High Jump (644 points) and 5.81m in the Long Jump (546 points).

Gabriel Bell also recorded a huge advance on his performance in this competition last year, as he improved from 1969 points to 2567 points to take fifth place in the Under 15 Pentathlon.

Gabriel had a very solid set of performances across the five events, registering personal bests in all but the Long Jump. He recorded 10.11 in the 60m Hurdles (520 points), 1.63m in the High Jump (488 points), 9.84m in the Shot Putt (476 points), 4.88m (360 points) in the Long Jump and 2:27.64 in the 800m (723 points). He ranked second overall in the 800m and third best in the High Jump.

There will be lots more indoor action during the coming weeks and, off the track, St Peterís AC members and parents of juvenile members are reminded that the clubís Annual General Meeting will be held in St Josephís GFC Community Centre on Tuesday 27th January at 8 p.m.

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13 January 2015

With the New Year now well and truly upon us, the thoughts of several athletes throughout the country are turning to the indoor track and field season, especially as the opening of the splendid AIT International Arena in Athlone two years ago has greatly enhanced the profile of indoor athletics in Ireland. Athletes from Dromiskin-based St Peterís AC will be to the fore in making the trip to the Midlands venue for various competitions during the coming weeks.

This coming Saturday sees the staging of the Irish Combined Eventsí Championships for all age groups and this meet will be followed by the Irish Junior and Under 23 Championships on Sunday week. The Open Indoor Games are scheduled for Sunday, 1st February, while on Friday, 6th February, it will be the turn of athletes attending third level institutions to compete in the Irish Universitiesí Championships.

The first day of the Leinster Juvenile Championships, including relays and some individual events, will be on Saturday, 14th February, and this will be followed by the Leinster Junior, Senior and Mastersí Championships the following day. The big one, the Irish Senior Indoor Championships, will be contested on Saturday and Sunday, 20th and 21st February.

The action in Athlone will continue in March with the staging of the remaining events in the Leinster Juvenile Championships, the Irish Mastersí Championships and the Irish Juvenile Championships. As soon as the indoor season concludes, there will only be a gap of a few weeks before the outdoor track and field action gets underway in April.

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6 January 2015

At the end of each year it is customary to evaluate success in the sport of athletics with reference to championship medals won, records broken and representative honours gained. An alternative, albeit lesser-used, method is to rank performances using the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) scoring tables. This can often provide an interesting alternative perspective and even some surprising results, which is no less the case when considering the performances achieved by the athletes of St Peterís AC during 2014.

According to the IAAF tables, Emily Rogers led the way for the Dromiskin-based club with the top performance of the year. Her 1.73m clearance in the High Jump, which she recorded when winning the Irish Universitiesí title in Waterford in April, is worth a massive 942 points.

Mark Rogers, Emilyís brother, was next best as he scored over 800 points in two events. His High Jump performance of 1.95m scores 870 points while his 400m Hurdles clocking of 55.91sec is regarded by the IAAF as being worth 855 points. He also did well in the 400m, in which his best time of 51.54sec equates to 769 points.

Five more seasonal bests by three other St Peterís athletes are rated above the 750 points barrier. Conor Durnin leapt 13.45m in the Triple Jump, which registers 792 points, while his Long Jump best of 6.27m is worth 767 points. Niamh Fussey also scored over 750 points in two events. Her 16.06sec performance in the 100m Hurdles equates to 773 points and her 200m clocking of 27.19sec is worth 751 points. Also impressing during 2014 was Chloe Finley, who recorded 4.90m in the Long Jump which equates to 753 points on the IAAF scale.

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