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Reports - March 2015

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31 March 2015

The third and final day of the National Juvenile Indoor Championships took place in Athlone last Saturday and it was again a very successful day for St Peter’s AC.

Katie Murphy, who recently collected a silver medal in the Leinster Championships, put the record straight as to who is the best in the country at the U15 Shot Putt by winning the gold medal with a massive throw of 12.49m. Not alone did this throw earn her the gold medal, but it set a new championship record.

Gabriel Bell, who has gained a habit of collecting medals at national and provincial championships, once again delivered on the big stage. The young U15 all-rounder followed up on last week’s bronze in the High Jump by going one better to win silver in the Long Jump with a fantastic jump of 5.68m. In doing so, he achieved a new PB for himself and narrowly missed out on gold.

Club veteran shot putter Tom McGrane was in action on Friday last when he represented DIT in an inter-colleges event involving four colleges. Tom put his recent injury woes behind him by throwing 9.51m to take 1st place against younger opposition.

Daniel Finley was in action on Sunday when he took part in the Spring Throws competition in Athlone. Daniel finished 4th in the Javelin with a throw of 40.20m and then hit form in the discus, winning the silver medal.

Training continues on Tuesday this week. There is no training on Holy Thursday. We hope all our younger athletes will be in action on Easter Monday at the Mountpleasant AC Road races and the Pre-Louth Championships will take place the following Saturday at the Bush Track.

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24 March 2015

St Peter’s AC had two athletes in action at the National Juvenile Indoor Championships last Saturday and both collected bronze medals.

Gabriel Bell, who recently won high jump gold in the Leinster Championships, leapt a massive 1.69m, equalling his PB which he set earlier this year, to win a bronze medal in the U15 High Jump. Gabriel, who his having a brilliant season, will return to Athlone next week as he aims to add another national medal to his collection when he competes in the U15 Long Jump.

Martin McGrane put the disappointment of finishing just outside the medals in the Leinster Championships just two weeks ago behind him, when he trew a PB of 11.45m to win a very precious bronze medal in the U18 Shot Putt.

This was a fantastic achievement by both of these athletes as the standard was very high in both competitions and both had to be at the top of their game to win their respective national medals.

Training reverts to normal in St Joseph’s GFC grounds on Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30pm and parents are asked to attend a short meeting after training on Thursday night.

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17 March 2015

On Saturday the St. Peters athletes made the short journey to Gormanstown College for the Boyne AC Indoor Sports day. It was a great turn out from our younger athletes with up to twenty taking part with many competng for the first time. Niamh Brady was in excellent form winning two gold medals in the under 11 300 metres and under 12 60 metres this was a great acheivment as Niamh was running out of her age in the 60m. Sean Allen continued his excellet season also winning gold in the under 11 300m. Lucy Brennan had a excellent run in the under 10 60 metres to claim the clubs fourth individual gold medal of the day.

There was also some great individual performances by athetes who were just outside the medals Katie Mulligan and Isabell Fitzpatrick both made the final of the girls under 10 as did Pierce Grimes and Cormac McKeown in the boys under 10. Dean Murtagh and Sean Allen also qualified for the final of the boys under 12 60m with both just outside the medals as did Judith Bell in the girls under 12 60 metre. Others to make their debut for the club were Aodhan Fitzpatrick, Ellie Smyth, Eoghan Smyth, Ryan Murtagh, Jack O’Reilly, Katie O’Reilly, Liam McQuillan, Peter McKiernan, Aisling Phelan, Kate Eglishby and Trinity Ogbeni.

The day concluded with relay races with the club represented in most races, the highlight being the girls and boys under 11 races. The girls ran an excellent race finishing in the silver medal position narrowly missing out on gold the team consisted of Judith Bell, Katie Mulligan, Lucy Brennan and Niamh Brady. The boys then won gold in their race in dramatic fashion in a very exciting finish the team consisted of Pierce Grimes, Dean Murtagh, Cormac McKeown and Sean Allen.

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10 March 2015

This weekend the Leinster Juvenille indoor championships took place in Athlone. St.Peters had a total of five athletes competing. Gabriel Bell had a fantastic weekend, the promising young athlete who is having a great season collected two gold medals in the under fifteen long jump and high jump. On Saturday Gabriel colected the first of his gold medals when he leaped to 1.66m in the high jump he then competed in the shot putt finishing 6th with a putt of 10.21m. Gabriel returned to the arena on Sunday to compete in the long jump and smashed his PB with a jump of 5.53M to collect gold medal number 2. Saint Peters also had Orlaith McMahon compete in the under 18 long jump finising an excellent 5th.

Katie Murphy also collected another provincial medal when she threw 11.84m earning herself an excellent silver medal in the girls under 15 shot. Martin McGrane was unlucky to finish just outside the medals in the under 18 shot put with a putt of 10.97. Destiny Ogbeni who was competing for the first time in major chapionship finished a very creditable 8th with a putt of 7.85m in the girls under 14 shot putt competition.

The club was also represented in the Carlingford 10k on Saturday when Luke Finley contnued his good form this season with a brilliant run of 42.03 in his first run at the 10k distance earning him 2nd junior.

The club ran a very succesful fashion show on Thursday last. We would like to thank everyone who attended or contributed in anyway. A special word of thanks goes to Eilish Brady for organising the event.

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3 March 2015

The Connacht Track and Field Indoor Championships took place in Athlone IT at the weekend and St Peters AC athlete Mark Rogers took part as a guest in the 400m and high jump. Mark ran a very comfortable 52.14 to win his heat with ease and went immediately to compete in the high jump. The lack of time to prepare inbetween events didnt effect mark as he won the high jump with a leap of 1.80m. As Mark then began to prepare for the final of the 400m the organisers decided not to have a final and instead used the finishing times of the heats, which had Mark in third place overall.

Training continues for all athletes on tuesday at 6.30 in St Joes and on friday at 6.30 in the bush track.

On thursday of this week St Peters have a fashion show "50 shades of spring" at 8pm in the crowne plaza Dundalk with proceeds of the night in aid of club facilities and the support of our athlete James Meenan who will represent Ireland in the special olympics in Los Angeles this summer.

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