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Reports - July 2015

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28 July 2015

ST. Peters AC had a hectic week which began on Thursday night when the Louth junior senior and Masters Track and Field Championships took place at the Lourdes Stadium in Drogheda . In the junior section Eleanor Hoey made a very succesful debut for the club when she won gold in the 100M sprint and bronze in the junior long jump. Chloe Finley won gold in the junior long jump with a leap of 4.60M and then went on to take silver in the junior shot putt. Daniel Finley won silver in the junior mens 100m in a time of 11.4, he also competed in the javelin and shot putt where he won silver in the javelin with a throw of 42.63M and gold in the junior shot with a throw of 11.16. Also Martin McGrane took part in the junior shot where is throw of 10.38 won him the silver medal. In the 3000M race Luke Finley won gold in the junior section with a time of 10.51.8. Conor Durnin won gold in the 200M junior in a time of 23.3.

In the senior section St Peters had two athletes competing and both won gold, Olivia McDonald won gold in the senior javelin with a throw of 40.31 and Tom McGrane also collected a gold medal in the senior shot with a throw of 9.62.

In the masters section St Peters had success in the form of Maria Duffy who won gold in the over 50 Javelin and shot Putt. Brendan Rogers won gold in over 55 long jump with a jump of 4.38M.

On Saturday our younger athletes took part in the annual Setanta Games which took place at the Bush Track. There was medal success for many of the athletes, in particular siblings Rory McLaughlin and Julie McLaughlin. Rory won three gold medals in the 80M, 300M and Long Jump at under 12 while his sister Julie won bronze in the under 11 sprint , sliver in the 12 Longjump and gold in the 300M under 11. Judith Bell won gold in the under 12 long jump and silver in the under 11 80m sprint. Lucy Brennan also collected a gold medal in the under 10 Longjump. Sean Allen won silver in the under 11 300M and Ronan Deerey won Bronze in the under 11 turbo javelin. In the under 9 200M Matthew Durnin had a very gutsy run to finish 2nd.

The weekend conuded with the national masters championships at Tullamore on Sunday and it was the ever-green Maria Duffy who flew the flag for St Peters AC. Yet again Maria produced the goods when she took bronze in the over 50 Javelin. Another national medal for Maria in her distinguished career and another for the Dromiskin based club.

Finally on Friday the Irish Interntional under 16 team wil travel to Scotand to compete in the annual Celtic Games and the club will be represented in the form of our two top coaches Angela McDonald and Kathleen McConnell. This is a great honour for the club and recognition for the great work these two ladies do for athletics. There are two athletes from the county selected Dunleers Liam Connachtn and Patience Jumbo Gula from St Gerards. Everyone at St. Peters would like to wish the very best of luck to all involved with the Irish team.

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21 July 2015

The only St. Peter's athlete in action this week was Catherine Rogers, who recorded a time of 55:52 in the Fingal 10K in Swords on Sunday. Nonetheless other club athletes were busy training and helping their fellow athlete James Meenan prepare for the biggest event of his life as he travels to Los Angelus with the irish special Olympic team. James and the team will fly from Dublin on Tuesday for the special Olympics. James will compete in the 100M, 200M and 4 X 100 relay. The club coaches are optimistic that James will do well as he has put a huge effort in to his training and general perpetration . Regardless of how he performs everyone at St Peter's are very proud of him.

Elsewhere athletes are preparing for the Louth Senior and Master track and field Championships which will take place at the Lourdes Stadium in Drogheda on Thursday and our younger athletes look forward to the annual Setanta Games which will be held at the Bush Track on Saturday afternoon. It is hoped that there will be a large representation from the club at both events. Athletes are reminded that there will be no training on Thursday due to the event in Drogheda but training will be as normal on Tuesday.

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14 July 2015

St Peters?s A.C had three athletes in action in the national track and field days two and three which took place in Tullamore at the weekend. Gabriel Bell who is having and outstanding season won his first national title when he won gold in the under 15 long jump. Gabriel jumped close to his personel best when he leaped 5.92M some 7 cm clear of the silver medal winner, going into his last jump Gabriel was in second place but yet again this very focused and determined young man saved his best jump till last to win the gold medal that he richly deserves. Gabriel returned to the same venue the following day to compete in the under 15 high jump were he jumped 1.65m which earned him a very creditable 4th finish.

Katie Murphy who has also enjoyed a very succesful season competed in the under 15 shot putt . Katie who recently won gold in the all Ireland schools recently and also won gold in the national indoors traveled to Tullamore in optimisim however some days sport can be cruel and Katie experienced heart break when her throw of 10.96M earned her a fourth place finish. There is no doubting the talent of Katie?s throwing abilty and she should be proud of her acheivments this season and no doubt wil be back competing evan harder to win the under 16 title next year.

Martin McGrane who has also enjoyed a good season to date competed in the under 18 shot were he threw very close to his personel best when he threw 11.42 which earned him an excellent 5th finish.

The Dun leer 4 mile also took place on Sunday the veteran brothers Brendan Rogers and Andrew Rogers taking part Andrew comming in 30.42 while Brendan encouraged his large group which he is training for the Annagassan 10k. Some of the Dromiskin Fit club members also took part and were led home by St Peters members Caoimhin Garavaglia and Sarah McCann.

Finally all at St. Peters would like to wish James Meenan the very best of luck as he travels to Los Angeles as part of the Irsh special olympic team. James will compete in the 100M and 200M events.

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7 July 2015

The National junior and under 23 Championships aswell as day one of the national Juvenile Championships took place in Tullamore at the weekend. Gabriel Bell was once again in action a week after winning a bronze medal in the national combined events at the same venue. This time Gabriel was competing in the under 15 national 800 which was a great achivement for him to reach this stage having qualified for the first time from the Leinster Championshps. The heat Gabriel was drawn was of a very high standard and although he ran a respectable 2.17.28 he just missed out on a place in the final. Gabriel will return to Tullamore next weekend were he will compete in the high jump and long jump events were he would be optimistic of a podium finish.

St. Peters high jumper Emily Rogers returned to action having recently won gold in the CSIT games in Italy when she competed in the under 23 womens high jump. Emily once again delivered on the big stage with a jump of 1.65M to win gold for herself and the ST. Peters club.

Conor Durnin was also in action in the junior mens Tripple jump. Conor leaped 13.03M and was unfortunate to finish just outside the medals in fourth place.

Training continues on Tuesday and thusday at 6.30 as athletes prepare for up comming events in particular day 2 and 3 of the National Juvenile Championships which takes place next weekend.

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