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Reports - August 2015

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25 August 2015

The St Peter’s club while enjoying a well earned break from training have being invited to an open athletics track and field meeting in England. The club have gratefully accepted the invitation and a small group of athletes along with coaches will travel to Liverpool on the 4th of September to compete in the Southport Waterloo Open Medal Meeting which will take place on Saturday the 5th, the team will return home on Sunday the 6th. As a result of accepting the invitation the club coaches had to recall the athletes selected to travel to training and prepations are going very well with the club getting some vital track sessions in.

This week also sees the final track and field meeting of the Louth Athletics calander when the Ardee Sports day taking place this Sunday at the school field in Ardee. This is an excellent event and very well organised by the local Ardee and District AC. It is hoped that St Peters will have all our athletes in attendence .

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18 August 2015

This week it was left to a couple of the clubs veterans to carry the flag for the St. Peters club. On Tuesday night club thrower Tom McGrane travelled to Bangor to compete in the North Down AC open meeting. Tom who picked up a foot injuy the previous week in the National Senior Championships had a very succesful trip to the county Down venue and put his injury woes behind him when he won both the shot putt and the discus. It was the Shot Putt throw that was most satisifing for Tom with a throw of 10.17M which was a seasons best indeed his second best throw ever. He then followed this with a throw of 19.74M in the discuss to collect his second gold of the meeting. Tom then traveled to Aberdeen to compete in the Scotish senior championships . In cold and wet conditions it was difficult to rediscover the performance from earlier in the week and with a throw of 8.64 he finished in seventh place.

On Sunday it was another of the clubs veterans who represented the club when Andrew Rogers took part in the anual Duleek 10K. In warm conditions Andrew had a strong run finishing in a time of 48.19 and was 6th in his age category of over 55.

This week the St. Peters also welcomed home James Meenan. On Tuesday last James arrived to training were he received a great ovation from all his fellow athletes. James brought his three medal which he won at the World Special Olympic games recently in Los Angeles and posed for photos and chated to all the other athletes. Then in true James fashion it was “business as usual” as James took a full part in the training session setting great example to the younger athletes. One thing for sure is that James success will not change him and undoubtly will enjoy more success in the future.

Athletes are reminded that there will be no training this week as the club is taking a break and the next event for our juvenile athletes is the Ardee sports day on Sunday the 30th of August.

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11 August 2015

This week the GloHealth National senior track and field championships took place over Saturday and Sunday at Morton stadium in Santry. This is the highlight of the Athletics calender and the St Peters Athletic Club had three Athletes in action. On Saturday the first of our Athletes was in action when our top Javelin thrower Olivia McDonald took to the field. Olivia who recently won the county title with relative ease threw 39.32M, unfortunately for Olivia it wasnt to be her day as she finished agonisingly close to winning a medal but had to settle for a very respectable fourth place finish.

Veteran club thrower Tom McGrane also to his credit competed in the senior Shot Putt rather than compete in the master category which he would be eligible. Tom threw 8.98m which earned him a 5th place finish.

The highlight for the club however was yet again high jumper Emily Rogers. Emily who has enjoyed a very successful season capped it off on Sunday when she won a national senior silver medal with a jump of 1.65M.

On Friday night the Glenmore AC road races took place in Carlingford. Harry Oreilly had a fantastic run to win the boys under 9, Dearbhla Allen was also in the medals in the girls under 9 race with a top ten finish. In the girls under 11 Niamh Brady had a brilliant run as she led from the start to finish, Katie Oreilly also ran well in the same race but was just outside the medals. Sean Allen showed signs of regaining his early season form when he ran well to finish second in the boys under 11. Jack Oreilly ran a good race in the boys under 13 to finish inside the top 10 and win his first medal. Luke Finley had a great run in the 5k when he ran a PB with a time of 18.22 which earned him a third place finish in the boys under 19 category.

On Sunday the anual Boyne AC Sports day took place at the Lourdes stadium in Drogheda. Niamh Brady was again in fine form when she won silver in the under 11 80M, gold in the Longjump and gold in the 500m, Judith Bell won bronze in the uder 11 Longjump. Sean Allen won bronze in both the under 11 boys 80M and 500M. In the under 12 Rory McLoughlin won silver in the 100M and bronze in the under 13 Longjump. Ava Brennan won a bronze in the girls under 15 Longjump. Gabriel Bell won a silver in the junior high jump. Daniel Finley was 1st in the junor high jump, 2nd in the 800M, and 3rd in the 100M. Luke Finley was 1st in the 800M, 3rd in the 400, and 3rd in the junior high jump. Chloe Finley was first in the girls junior 800M, 2nd in the 100M and 2nd in the high jump. Conor Durnin also competing in the junior section finished first in the 100M and 2nd in the 400M.

The event concluded with the relay races. The boys under 12 had a great race and won gold with some excellent running and slick batton passing, the team consisted of Cian Loy, Sean Allen, Jack Oreilly and Rory McLoughlin.

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4 August 2015

St Peters A.C has an olympic Champion. James Meenan the young 20 year old from Greenacres went to Los Angelus as part of the Irish special olympic team with a dream of becoming World special Oympic champion.

James qualified for the finals of the 100M when he ran a PB to finish third in his heat and then followed that by qualifing for the final of the 200M. The first of his two finals was the 200M where James finished a fantastic third to win a bronze medal. As everyone back home and his fellow team mates celebrated the success anyone who knows James knew he wouldn’t be satisfied with a bronze, he was going to Los Angelus to win. Since he was selected on the Irish team James has worked very hard with the guidance of the St Peters AC coaches and his total focus was to win a gold medal for himself , club and country and win he did !

On Saturday news came through that James had achieved his dream and won gold in the 100M. This was an unbelievable achievment for an Irish athlete to win a gold medal on the track in a 100M race on American soil. James was one of only eight track and field athletes to be selected as part of the large Irish team that travelled.

James ran a fatastic time of 12.49 which prooves that he is a brilliant runner and can compete with anyone as he has done representing his club St Peters AC many times in the past. James also gained a new fan in the shape of Olympic boxing silver medalist Wayne McCullough known as the” Pocket Rocket” who is now based in L.A. Mc Cullough says “it was amazing to watch James win his gold medal, when he took off no one was going to catch him , I,ve christened him the Junior Pocket Rocket”.

James then was part of the Irish 4 x 100M relay team which won an amazing silver medal to complete the full compliment of Medals for the St Peters AC athlete. Everyone at St Peters are extremely proud of James achievment and cant wait to welcome our very own special Olympic World Champion.

In other news this weekend will be busy for our juvenile athletes with the Carlingford road races which includes a 5k for junior and senior athletes and the Boyne Sports day on Sunday afternoon.

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