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Reports - May 2017

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30 May 2017

High jumper Emily Rogers’ season just keeps getting better. Last weekend this very talented high jumper travelled to Belgium to take part in the Flanders Outdoor Athletic Meeting. The standard of competition is very high at this event but that didn't phase Emily as she leaped to a new PB of 1.78m to win gold. This was a fantastic achievement considering the Italian athlete Desirée Rossit who finished in second place was ranked 7th in the world in 2016 and was a finalist in both the Olympic Games and European Championships last year.

Emily's younger brother was also in action on home soil at the same time his sister was in Belgium. Mark Rogers was in Morton Stadium, Santry competing in the 400m hurdles in a competition between the Irish and Scottish Universities. Mark, who is a DCU student, had an excellent run to finish third.

The club’s younger athletes had a much shorter journey to make than their older counterparts as neighbouring club Blackrock AC held their annual Beach Races in the glorious sun shine. The club was well represented with some making their competitive debuts.

Cain Murtagh was one of those debutants and he had a very strong run to finish fourth in the boys under 8, the girls under ten the club had three competitors with Emily O’Reilly and Hannah O’Reilly, who were both out of age, and Mia Finnegan all running well.

The boys under 12 saw Conor Litchfield have his best run yet to finish third closely followed by Padraic Tinnelly in 4th, Harry O’Reilly who has just recently returned from Injury also ran strongly. In the girls under 12 Dearbhla Allen ran bravely after a bad start to finish just outside the medals and Kelly Anne Dullaghan tried hard in her first outing

The girls under 14 saw Dearbhla Tinnelly take the lead from the gun only to get caught in the final lap but did well to hold on to second place, Lucy Smyth had her best run in the St Peter’s colours when she had a fantastic second lap to almost catch her club mate on the line but considering she was out of age Lucy enjoyed her first podium finish.

The final race concerning the club was the boys under 14, which had two athletes competing and both finished in the medals and both were out of age, Mark Litchfield led from start to finish in what was a very impressive performance and Dean Murtagh also put in a very brave performance to finish in fifth place.

All at the Saint Peter’s club would like to wish the Saint Peter’s National School the very best of luck in their national 5 a side soccer finals which take place in the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday.

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23 May 2017

On Saturday St Peter’s AC’s best juvenile jumper Gabriel Bell travelled to Morton Stadium in Santry to represent De la Salle in the Leinster Schools’ Championships. Gabriel is enjoying another fine season and has a good habit of producing his best performances on the big occasion. Saturday was no different as this fine young athlete produced an outstanding leap to register 6.08m to win gold in the Intermediate Long Jump. Having already won gold in the North Leinster Championships earlier in the month, he will now go forward to the Irish Schools’ finals.

The club also had three young athletes travel to Navan on Saturday where the Leinster Combined Events’ Championships took place. Seán Allen, Niamh Brady and Judith Bell took part in the under 13 tri-event, which consisted of Long Jump, 200m and Shot Putt. As none of the three would be known for their shot putting, it was a journey made for experience. However the three athletes gave their all and all three enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to competing in combined events next year when the different disciplines will be more suited to their skill sets. All three acquitted themselves well with Seán finishing 4th, Niamh 6th and Judith 7th.

On Sunday the Leinster Juvenile Relays took place in Leixlip. The club had three 4x100m teams compete in what was a very high standard of competition. Both the boys’ and girls’ under 13 teams came through the heats to take their place in their respective finals, in which both finished just outside the medal placings. The girls’ team consisted of Judith Bell, Niamh Brady, Lucy Smyth and Julie McLoughlin; the boys’ team consisted of Cian Loy, Mark Litchfield, Jack McLaughlin and Seán Allen. The girls under 12 team were drawn in a very tough heat and were unlucky not to make the final; the team consisted of Isibeal Fitzpatrick, Ellie Smyth, Katie Mulligan and Lucy Brennan.

Veteran shot putter Tom McGrane, who is always willing to compete, was in action twice during the week. Along with taking part in the Drogheda and District AC Graded Meet on Thursday, he travelled north on Sunday to compete in the Athletics NI Jumps and Throws Fest in Belfast. There he finished 2nd in the Shot with a putt of 9.23m, which was a season’s best; however the most pleasing performance for Tom came in the discus where he threw his second best ever throw of 22.23m to finish 3rd.

This week the annual Beach Races hosted by neighbouring club Blackrock AC take place and, as usual, St Peter’s AC will have a large contingent taking part.

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16 May 2017

On Saturday last the clubs top female High Jumper travelled to the annual Tón Le Gaoithe track and field meeting in Waterford. The track events are all sprints which as the name of the event explains in Irish run with the wind. The event attracts a top class field of athletes in both field events and sprints.

The inclement conditions on the day were not ideal for jumping but Emily Rogers has just finished an intense block of training and is ready to compete in the upcoming outdoor season. Emily jumped a very impressive 1.75m which in the conditions was really impressive and earned her a well-deserved victory. The Togher native stood proudly at the top of podium and hopefully not for the last time this season.

The Saint Peter's younger Athletes returned to training after their fantastic performances in the Louth Championships and now prepare for the upcoming Leinster Championships. The next event will be the Leinster relay Championships which take place in Leixlip this Sunday, the club will have three teams compete, two girls’ teams in under 12 and 13 and a boys’ under 13.

Congratulations also go out to the Saint Peter's National School 5 a side soccer team who became Leinster Champions last week and now go forward to the National finals which take place on 31 May in the Avivia Stadium. The St Peters club have two Athletes on the school five a side panel.

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9 May 2017

The highlight of the local track and field season took place over Friday, Saturday and Sunday of last weekend. The busy programme kicked off in a dry but cold night in the Lourdes Stadium in Drogheda. The track programme was all hurdles on day one and the St Peter’s club had no fewer than eight hurdlers in action.

The under 12 girls put in a real gallant effort with Katie Mulligan and Lucy Brennan performing really well, Lucy then won the clubs first gold medal of the Championship when she won the under 12 high jump.

St Peters then had three girls take part in the under 13 hurdles with all three making it to the final with Niamh Brady and Julie McLoughlin both making it to the podium finishing 2nd and third respectively with Lucy Smyth finishing in fourth. Niamh just like Lucy Brennan dusted herself down after the Hurdles and won gold in the under 13 High Jump and again had familiar company on the podium as Judith Bell joined her in third position. The boys under thirteen also had two St Peters Athletes on the podium with Ronan Deery finishing in second just pipping his hurdles training partner Sean Allen into third.

Ava Brennan completed the clubs hurdles representation when she won gold in the under 17 final. Ava then followed this with a silver in the under 17 Long jump. The St Peters club best juvenile jumper Gabriel Bell won both the under 17 High jump and Long jump with relative ease breaking the championship best for Long jump in the process.

Day 2 took place at the Bush Track on Saturday which began with the sprints on the track. Twin sisters Emily O’Reilly and Hannah O’Reilly were again to the fore with Emily finishing third in the final, she also finished 3rd in the 300M race only to be joined by Hannah on the podium who finished 2nd.

The girls under ten athletes also performed admirably and showed great promise Orla McLoughlin was unfortunate not to medal individually especially in her Long jump and both Catherine Carey and Mia Finnegan showed great signs of improvement. The three under ten girls combined along with Hannah and Emily to win a deserved bronze medal in the under ten girls relay.

Dearbhla Allen has made massive improvements in the last year and made the top eight in the Long jump to finish in fifth overall and then had a sixth place finish in the 600M. Abbey Fanning made her championship debut and did very well in her first taste of track action.

Harry O’Reilly put his recent injury woes behind him to run very bravely in the 600 under 12 Boys race to win a well-earned silver medal.

Ronan Deery and Dean Murtagh continued their medal streak from day one when they joined each other on the podium in the under 13 shot with Ronan winning gold and Dean silver. Mark Litchfield had a very impressive run in the 80M sprint to finish 3rd but his best run was in his favourite event when he deservedly won the U13 600M race to win gold. Mark then joined Cian Loy, Dean Murtagh and Ronan Deery to win silver in the 4 x 100 Under 13 relay. The girls under 13 also won silver in their relay with Judith Bell, Ellie Smyth, Lucy Smyth and Niamh Brady.

The under fourteen club star is undoubtedly Rory McLoughlin, who had just two events on Saturday and both had him top of the podium with gold medals in the 100M sprint followed by victory in the 800M.

The final day of the championships took place on Sunday. The under thirteen long jump got proceedings under way and the club again had athletes on the podium with Judith Bell in 2nd and Niamh Brady in third in the girls and Mark Litchfield third in the boys.

The boys under twelves were unlucky not to medal in the Long jump with Jack McLaughlin finishing in fourth closely followed by Padraic Tinnelly in fifth and Conor Litchfield in sixth. The girls however filled two spots on the podium in the under twelve age group just like the under 13 with Ellie Smyth in 2nd and Lucy Brennan in third.

Rory McLaughlin finished off his championship with a silver in the under 14 Long jump to win his fourth individual medal having secured his third gold with victory in the 200M race on the track earlier in the day.

Gabriel Bell also collected his third gold of the championship when he also won gold in the under seventeen 200M race.

The Championships closed with relays for even ages and the club had both boys and girls under twelve teams competing. Dearbhla Allen was a late addition to the girls team which showed how important it is to have subs in relay teams, Dearbhla ran the first leg and moving up an age didn't phase her and along with Ellie Smyth, Isabel Fitzpatrick and Lucy Brennan won bronze. The boys under twelve concluded the St Peters club participation and again the boys ran very bravely to win bronze with Padraic Tinnelly, Conor Litchfield, Harry O’Reilly and Jack McLaughlin.

The club will now focus on the Leinster Championships which take place in June.

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2 May 2017

As the St Peter’s younger athletes prepare for the Louth track and field championships this weekend it was left to two of the club’s masters athletes to carry the Blue and Black and flag of St Peter’s with both Tom McGrane and Andrew Rogers in action in their respective disciplines.

Tom made the long journey to Donegal to take part in the Tír Chonaill AC open meet. Tom will go anywhere to compete in the sport he loves and is a great example to all the young athletes. Tom threw 9.12m to finish in third place in the senior category which is no mean feat considering Tom is over fifty and could opt for the easier option as competing as a master.

Andrew Rogers made the much shorter journey to Drogheda to compete in the Annual Boyne 10K. The Boyne 10K race is a tough course and even tougher in windy conditions but that didn't deter Andrew who finished with a very respectable time of 46:18.

The Saint Peter’s national school in Dromiskin held a marathon madness event which involved the whole school running a marathon in the form of relay. This was a fantastic event and the St Peter’s AC club were glad to be of assistance and hope that the school will have more athletic events in the future. Some of the club members were to the fore aided by their willing class mates, some of these would never had run in a competitive environment before and judging by their reactions all enjoyed it and hopefully some of them will take up athletics as a result. Huge congratulations must go to the school and in particular principle Mr Pat Mulligan and teacher Mr David McComish who organised the event.

On Thursday evening the Credit Union Sports for schools in North Louth had their annual sports night and the club had two representatives in the shape of Mark Litchfield and Conor Litchfield as they attend Kilcurry NS. Mark who is enjoying a fantastic season was again in fine form with an excellent display in the 600m his brother Conor also performed well in the 80m sprint.

Training continues on Tuesday as athletes put the finishing touches on their preparations for the Louth track and field championships which will take place over all three days of the weekend.

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