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Reports - August 2017

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29 August 2017

The curtain came down on the track and field season for the year when Ardee and District AC held their annual track and field Sports Day. This was a most enjoyable event and great credit most go to the Ardee club for the very efficient manner that the whole day went.

Lucy Brennan continued her rich vein of form when she won gold in the under 12 100M and gold in the under 13 Long jump. Lucy was joined on the podium by Saint Peter's Judith Bell finishing 2nd in the Long Jump under 13, Ellie Smyth ran very strongly to finish 3rd in the girls under 12 800M. Lucy Brennan, Judith Bell, Ellie Smyth and Niamh Brady then combined to finish 3rd in the girls under 13 relay.

Niamh Allen started the medal rush for St Peters when she finished 3rd in her under 8 sprint followed by a very close 4th in the 200M race. Cian Murtagh also ran strongly in the under 8 Boys races and both these young athletes joined with twins Emily O’Reilly and Hannah O’Reilly to run in the boys under 9 relay and were very unfortunate to finish just outside the medals, this was after Hannah had won silver in the girls under 9 sprint.

Orla McLaughlin performed excellently on her sprint to finish second. Her training partner Dearbhla Allen performed well in the girls under 11 600M and Long jump to finish fourth in both. Harry O’Reilly showed his potential with the upcoming Cross Country when he finished a clear 2nd in the 600M under 11. Harry, Dearbhla and Orla combined with a Blackrock athlete to finish third in the under 11 Boys relay race.

Ronan Deery had a good day in the field event with gold in the under 13 Long jump and silver in the under 14 shot putt. Dean Murtagh also enjoyed success with a bronze in the sprint and bronze in the under 14 shot putt. Sean Allen was third in the boys under 13 800 M. The three boys then combined with Cian Gorham from Mountpleasant to finish 2nd in the boys under 13 relay.

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8 August 2017

The annual Carlingford road races hosted by Glenmore AC was held on Friday evening in perfect running conditions. Niamh Allen made her debut in the girls under 9 race and showed great potential to finish in the medals. Her sister Dearbhla Allen also got in the medals in the girls under 11 race were she had her trade mark late surge from far down the large field of runners. The girls under 13 had the biggest Saint Peter's representation with four athletes running over the 1000M course. Lucy Smyth led the girls home with a really promising finish closely followed by Ellie Smyth who also had a good run. Niamh Brady finished strongly in her return to distance running as did Isibeal Fitzpatrick. Sean Allen ran in the boys under 13 and ran very comfortably finishing in the middle of the pack.

In the 5K road race it was left to the brothers Andrew Rogers and Brendan Rogers to battle out for the bragging rights and it was the elder brother’s turn on this occasion with Andrew just finishing on front of Brendan.

The previous weekend the Setanta Games took place at the Lourdes Stadium in Drogheda. The club had some good performances with Julie McLoughlin winning three medals with a bronze in the shot putt, bronze in the 80M sprint and silver in the 500M, Lucy Brennan won a bronze in the girls under twelve’s sprint and silver in the Long jump were she also got a new PB of 4.14. Orla McLoughlin won silver in the girls under 10 Long jump and also ran very well in both of her races. In the boys under 13 Mark Litchfield continued to impress at middle distance on the track with another emphatic victory in the 500M following his silver medal win in the 80M sprint. Rory McLoughlin who has enjoyed the lion’s share of medals at under 14 on the track in Louth this years added to his 2017 medal collection with gold in the sprint, 2nd in the 500M and 3rd in the Long jump.

The Louth men and women's teams both qualified for the finals of the national league following the 2nd round in Belfast with good performances from Saint Peter's Athletes on duty. Emily Rogers won the high jump and was third in the hammer, Mark Rogers was first in the 400M hurdles and first in the pole vault, Gabriel Bell was 2nd in the Long jump and 4th in the high jump and Tom McGrane was 4th in the Discus. Gabriel Bell and Conor Durnin both ran legs in the 4 x100 relay as did Mark Rogers in the 4 X 400 relay.

Congratulations are extended to our club coach Kathleen McConnell who was selected as a coach on the Irish team that competed at the Celtic games last weekend in Santry and best wishes to our high jumper Emily Rogers who departs for the USA on an athletics scholarship which is a fantastic reward for her dedication to her sport.

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