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Reports - April 2017

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25 April 2017

The long awaited outdoor track and field season finally got underway on Saturday last and spectators were treated to a fine display of juvenile athletics at the Lourdes Stadium in Drogheda. The Saint Peters Club were well represented and all athletes enjoyed the experience of competing, especially some of the younger ones who were making their track debuts.

The O’Reilly twins were in fine form in the under 9 girls category with both bringing home medals. Hannah O’Reilly won gold in the 80m sprint and bronze in the 300M while her sister Emily O’Reilly won a very impressive silver in the 300M.

The trio of girls under 10 gave a good account of themselves in Catherine Carey and Mia Finnegan showing great signs of improvement and Orla McLoughlin continues were she left off last year with a good performance and a third place finish in the 300M race and a fifth place finish in the under 11 Long Jump. The three girls were joined by Dearbhla Allen to make the under eleven relay team and unfortunately missed out narrowly on a place in the final.

The club was very well represented at girls under twelve with no fewer than four competing, Lucy Brennan had a good performance in the 60 M sprint to finish in fourth place and jumped well out of her age in the Long jump, Ellie Smyth had a good performance in the 600M race and both Isabeal Fitzpatrick and Katie Mulligan started their seasons with solid performances. Conor Litchfield was the sole representative for the clubs boys under twelves and he really produced a good performance in the 600M and will have gained confidence for the season ahead.

The girls under thirteen was an age group very well represented by the St Peters club with the Long Jump being the club Highlight of the day with all four places on the Podium being filled with St Peters Athletes with Judith Bell winning gold, Julie McLoughlin winning silver, Niamh Brady winning bronze and Lucy Smyth in fourth. Julie then added a bronze medal for the 80M sprint and finishing 4th in the 600M. The four girls then combined to finish 2nd in the under 13 4 x 100 relay.

The club also had five boys competing in the under 13 category with four of them making it through to the 80M final. Mark Litchfield collected three silver individual medals his first was in the 80M sprint, he then ran a fantastic 600M race and indeed was unlucky not to win gold with a really brave display that also earned him a new pb of 1:44, Mark then finished off his memorable day by surprising himself after being persuaded by his coaches to try the Long Jump he wins silver again. Ronan Deery once again showed his multi talents by winning silver in the under 14 shot Putt. Dean Murtagh produced a fantastic performance to finish fourth in the boys 80M sprint. Both Cian Loy and Sean Allen opened their seasons with decent performances.

The star of the St Peters show was Rory McLoughlin who collected no fewer than four gold medals in the boys under fourteen with gold in the 100M sprint followed by gold in the 800M, he then moved up to the under 15 long jump and again won gold with a leap of 4.21. Rory was then joined by Sean Allen, Mark Litchfield and Dean Murtagh to win gold in the under fourteen relay.

Katie Murphy didn’t let her current knee injury stop her winning the under 17 shot putt with a throw of 10.08 and Ava Brennan was in fine form by winning bronze in the 100M sprint and bronze in the long jump. Craig Murtagh took silver in the U19 Boys’ Shot Putt with a throw of 8.44m.

Athletes return to training this week as preparation are made for the upcoming Louth Juvenile Championships which take place over the 5th , 6th and 7th of May.

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4 April 2017

On Saturday last the curtain came down on the indoor season when day three of the national indoor championships took place at Athlone IT. The St Peters club had three athletes in action. All three had qualified in the under 13 age group and were there on merit as they had qualified through the Leinster Championships. The three had all qualified in the 60M hurdles event.

The best performance of the trio came from Ronan Deery who ran superbly to finish third in his heat and qualify as one of the two quickest runner ups. In the final Ronan ran really well in a top class field but unfortunately finished outside the medals but gained a new PB of 10.19 and gained valuable experience in doing so.

Sean Allen had the unfortunate experience of breaking early from the blocks in his heat and although at under 13 you are only cautioned Sean was rattled and really struggled after the restart and didn't perform to his ability.

Niamh Brady who is also a brilliant hurdler didn't get her usual fast start and was slow out of the blocks, however this fine young athlete has great courage and recovered well but unfortunately over a distance of 60M there isn't much room at this level for error and and although Niamh recovered well from the bad start and hurdled really well she just missed out on a place in the final.

With the indoor season now over athletes will anxiously wait for the outdoor track and field season to begin with the pre-Louth championships just two weeks away. The St Peters Club would also like to extend its sympathies to our neighbouring club North East Runners on the untimely death of fellow athlete Andy Califf. May he rest in peace.

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