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Reports - June 2017

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27 June 2017

On Saturday Gabriel Bell was again in top form as he represented Leinster Schools in the Irish Life Health Tailteann Schools Interprovincial. Gabriel was in action in the Long jump and yet again he produced the goods on the big stage, with a leap of 6.42M to finish in second place.

While Gabriel was in action in Santry the club had Emily O’Reilly and Hannah O’Reilly flying the Saint Peter's Flag at the National Pairs championships in Tullamore. The girls had qualified in the 300M event by finishing second in the Leinster Championships. Both had strong runs and although finishing outside the medals they both learned invaluable experience from competing in their first national championships and all at the club are very proud of their achievements.

On Sunday round one of the national league took place in Tallaght, the Louth teams had four St Peters athletes in action. Emily Rogers was once again in fine form in the high jump finishing ahead of her competitors in convincing fashion with a jump of 1.70M, she then took part in the Hammer and threw 19.81. Mark Rogers had a strong run in the men 400M hurdles to finish 2nd in a time of 59.44, he then took part in the pole vault where he finished 3rd with a vault of 2.60M.

Gabriel Bell fresh from his exploits the previous day in Santry made his National League debut when he finished 2nd in the Long jump with a leap of 6.03M. Tom McGrane was in action in the Discus and was again to the fore with a throw of 20.75M to finish first. Both Gabriel and Mark ran in the Louth team in the 4X400 with Gabriel running the first leg in 55.1 and Mark running the final leg in 52.4 to help the team to finish 2nd.

Training continues this week were athletes will prepare for the upcoming National Juvenile Championships and B Championships.

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20 June 2017

The final two days of the Leinster juvenile Championships took place over the weekend. In tropical like conditions in Tullamore a fantastic display of Athletics considering the sweltering heat was enjoyed by all present.

The multi-talented sportsman Gabriel Bell was again St Peters AC leading light when he won a double gold by winning both the High Jump with a leap of 1.60M and the long jump with a jump of 6.02M. The quality of this athlete was evident an even though he was carrying a slight ankle injury which he sustained in his first Long jump attempt he won gold comfortably but hopefully he will return to his best in time for the nationals.

The day commenced with Dearbhla Tinnelly in the under 14 walk were she finished a very creditable fourth.

Both Niamh Brady and Julie McLoughlin qualified for the 60m hurdles final where they finished fifth and sixth respectively. Judith Bell was right in contention in the under 13 girls long jump only to be put out of the medals in the last round of jumps to finish fifth with a leap of 4.02M.

Ronan Deery was unlucky not to make the final of the hurdles and narrowly missed out in the top 8 cut in the under 13 Boys long jump. Sean Allen's run of bad luck in competition continued when he banged his knee of a hurdle also in the boys under 13 which hampered his progress and caused him to withdraw from the long jump.

Rory McLoughlin gave the 800M under 14 race a good effort and was in the mix for most of the race but unfortunately faded toward the end.

Training continues on Tuesday were athletes who have qualified for National Championships will step up their preparations aided by their club mates who will equally prepare for the B Championships.

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13 June 2017

The Leinster Juvenile Championships commenced last Saturday in Tullamore. The club had a great turnout and all of the athletes represented the St Peters club with pride.

Mark Litchfield showed everyone that hard work always pays off when he ran brilliantly to finish third in the under 13 Boys 600M race with a fantastic time of 1m 41 seconds which is also a new PB . Mark also competed in the under 13 80M sprint and made it through to the semifinal, his day concluded by winning another bronze medal this time in the red singlet of Louth in the 4x100 under 13 inter county relay.

Hannah O’Reilly and Emily O’Reilly who were competing for their first time outside County Louth ran fantastically well in the under 9 300M pairs when their respective times were added the girls finished in second place and collected their well-deserved silver medals.

Both Ronan Deery and Ellie Smyth had really good performances in under 13 shot putt and under 12 High Jump respectively. Ronan once again threw over 9M and Ellie jumped to a new PB of 1.25M . Both Ronan and Ellie have qualified along with our three medalists for the National track and field championships next month.

The club also had good performances from Orla McLoughlin and her partner Mia Finnegan in both the under 10 60M sprint and Long Jump. Isibeal Fitzpatrick ran well in her sprint and Lucy Brennan had a strong high jump performance. Conor Litchfield and Pádraic Tinnelly both had decent runs in the boys under 12 600M and in the boys 60M sprint and both just narrowly missing out in final places.

Niamh Brady and Judith Bell both had decent performances in the under 13 High Jump in difficult conditions. Lucy Smyth and Julie McLoughlin ran strongly in the under 13 80M sprint and Julie later helped the Louth under 13 4 X100M team to win silver in inter county relay race. Dean Murtagh also had good performances in the high jump and shot putt. Sean Allen had the misfortune of being involved in a tangle early on in his 600m run were he sustained a nasty fall and was unable to continue.

Earlier in the week the club had two teams travel to Tullamore on the bank holiday Monday. Under 13 both boys and girls went into battle in the Leinster team event. The boys battled well with Sean Allen, Ronan Deery, Dean Murtagh and Mark Litchfield to finish outside the medals but the girls gave a great gutsy display to win bronze medals with Julie McLoughlin, Judith Bell, Lucy Smyth and Ellie Smyth.

Tom McGrane traveled to the Mary Peters Track in Belfast to compete in the Ulster Senior Championships on Saturday. Tom had decent performances in both the shot putt and discus with a putt of 8.93 to finish in 4th place and 20.99 in the discus to finish 5th.

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6 June 2017

The Leinster senior track and field championships took place in Tullamore on Sunday last. The Rogers family double act were again to the fore. Emily Rogers, who seems to stand on top of a podium every weekend, was once again standing on the top spot after winning the Leinster senior women's High Jump. Her younger brother who is starting to show the form everyone connected with athletics in Louth knew he was capable of was a very impressive winner in the senior men's 400M hurdles. This is an event that takes both great technical ability and endurance, both of which Mark Rogers has in abundance.

The previous day the All Ireland Schools Track and Field Championships took place in Tullamore. The extremely multi talented Gabriel Bell was in action in the intermediate boys long jump, Gabriel put in an excellent performance to leap to a new PB of 6.46M to finish in fourth place.

On Sunday the finals of the Louth Community Games took place at the Lourdes Stadium in Drogheda. Brothers Mark Litchfield and Conor Litchfield were competing representing Kilcurry, Mark who was running out of his age finished fourth in the 800M. However Conor appeared out from his brothers shadow to win Gold in the boys under 12 600m and will now go forward to the National Community games representing Louth.

The week ahead will be busy for the club starting on the bank holiday Monday when the Leinsters teams event takes place in Tullamore and then the Leinster Juvenile Championships commences the following Saturday.

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