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Reports - May 2018

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22 May 2018

Following the successful Louth Championships that St Peters AC enjoyed last weekend this week was a step up as to provincial events took place with Combined Events taking place in Kilkenny and 4 X 100 Relays in Enniscorthy.

Niamh Brady had a fantastic day on Saturday when she won a silver medal in the girls under 14 competition. This was a very deserved medal as Niamh has really knuckled down in training this year at all her events. In total Niamh amassed a total of 2103 points which was made of a time of 13.22 in the 75M hurdles which earned her 547 points, her Long jump was below par at 4.02M which got her 310 points, her high jump was 1.30M earning her 409 points, Niamh followed this with a shot Putt performance of 7.28 which she got 353 points , going into the last event the 800M Niamh was in third position but a brave last 400M ensures her place on the podium and indeed moved her up to the silver middle position with a time of 2.42 earning her 484 points.

The following day Niamh travelled with three of her club mates – Judith Bell, Julie McLoughlin and Lucy Smyth – to Enniscorthy to compete in relays. The girls had a really good performance in the heat finishing second in a time of 56.48 and followed this up with a solid performance in the final with a time of 56.52. Although the girls found themselves outside of the medals in the final they can take great satisfaction in running such a good time – in fact the best any St Peters team has done in a number of years.

The hectic track and field season continues next weekend for Niamh Brady as the National competition takes place at Morton Stadium in Santry.

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15 May 2018

The Louth Juvenile Athletics Championships took place over all three days at the weekend and St Peters AC athletes were once again to the fore.

Day 1 of the three day event took place at the Lourdes Stadium in Drogheda, on the track it the Hurdle medals that were up for grabs, first up for the St Peters Club was Dearbhla Allen is her first ever Hurdle race and although she ran really well she finished in fourth place just outside the medals.

Lucy Brennan collected the first medal for the club in this year’s Championships with a third place finish in the under 13 Girls hurdle final. In the girls under 14 Hurdle final Niamh Brady won gold and was closely followed by Judith Bell who was unlucky to finish fourth.

The last race of the night concerning the St Peters Club was the boys under 14 Hurdle final were Sean Allen and Ronan Deery had a great battle with Sean narrowly winning to collect the gold medal with Ronan winning silver.

The club also had athletes in action in the various high jump competitions on the night. Ellie Smyth and Lucy Brennan won gold and silver respectively in the U13 high jump with Lucy jumping 1.33M and Ellie setting a new championship best of 1.42M.

Niamh Brady won her second gold of the night when she won gold in the under 14 Girls high jump and was joined in the podium by her training partner Judith Bell who won bronze.

On Saturday day 2 of the Championships took place and for the younger St Peters Athletes it was their first taste of Championship Action. The 60M Sprints got the action under way and in the under 9 age group the club had three girls who all ran very well with both Niamh Allen and Grace Carey getting through to the semi-final and Aoibheann Boyle narrowly missing out. Cian Smyth also made his Championship debut winning his heat in the 60M Sprint and just missing out on a podium finish in the final.

The under 10 60M sprint saw the O’Reilly twin sisters both run with Hannah O’Reilly winning her heat and Emily O’Reilly just missing out on a final place. The under 11 Girls 60 M sprint saw three St Peters Athletes compete Orla McLoughlin ran a really impressive heat to qualify for the final with both Catherine Carey and Mia Finnegan running really well in tough heats.

Lucy Brennan collected her third medal of the championships when she won bronze in the under 13 80M Girls sprint. Julie McLoughlin who has really improved this season stormed to victory her under 14 heat of the 80 M sprint and followed that by finishing third in the final to collect her first of three championship medals. Mark Litchfield opened his account with a very impressive run in the 80M final to win silver. The boys U15 saw Rory McLoughlin also win silver in the 100M sprint.

Next on the track on day 2 was the middle distance events. Emily O’Reilly was the star of the show for the St Peters middle distance runners when she held off some stiff opposition to win gold in the girls under 10 500M, her sister Hannah O’Reilly also ran strongly. Catherine Carey made a good account of herself in the girls in the girls under 11 600M.

In the boys under 11 Ruairi Carpenter ran really well in his first championship race and looks a real prospect for the future. The girls under 12 600M race saw Dearbhla Allen go agonizingly close to winning her first Individual Track Championship medal only to finish fourth, Harry O’Reilly looked very comfortable when he finished in the silver medal position in the boys U12 600M and his training partner the ever improving Ben McKeown who really had a go finishing a brilliant fifth.

Conor Litchfield ran very impressively in the boys U13 600M and showed some promise for the year ahead when he dipped under two minutes for the first time having recently recovered from injury. The under boys 800M had three St Peters Athletes compete Mark Litchfield led the trio home collecting a bronze medal while doing so closely followed by Sean Allen in fourth and Cian Gorham in fifth. Rory McLoughlin showed his class when storming to victory in the boys U15 800M.

Saturday was also a busy day for field events. Aoibheann Boyle won what was the first of many championship Long jump medals for the club when she won bronze with a leap of 2.72M in the girls under 9 competition. Emily O’Reilly won her second gold of the championships when she leaped to 3.11 in the girls under 10 long jump. This was followed by Orla McLoughlin winning gold in the under 11 Girls Long jump with a leap of 3.48M.

Day 2 concluded with relay races and the club had just two teams compete the girls under 11 had to deal with heart ache as although they finished second in the first of two timed heats they eventually lost out on a medal by .5 of a second, none the less the team are to be commended on their efforts and on the way they accepted their disappointment the team consisted of Emily O’Reilly, Catherine Carey, Mia Finnegan and Orla McLoughlin.

The girls under 9 team had a great run and deservedly took their place on the podium winning silver medals the team consisted of Aoibheann Boyle, Emily O’Reilly, Niamh Allen, Hannah O’Reilly and Grace Carey who was willing and able to step in if required.

The final day of the championships took place on Sunday and it was another successful day for the Dromiskin based club. The track events commenced with 200M sprint races. Julie McLoughlin was again in fine form winning silver. There was 2 podium finished for St Peters in the boys U14 200M with Mark Litchfield in the silver medal spot with Sean Allen in the bronze.

The girls U14 1500M race was Niamh Brady returning to distance running and winning bronze and Cian Gorham also winning bronze in the boys under 14 1500M. Rory McLoughlin had to settle for silver in the boys under 15 1500 M with Calum Grant finishing strong in fourth place.

The St Peters Club were once again to the fore in the long jump event on day 3 as they were on day 2. Lucy Brennan finished off the full complement of medals when she won gold in the girls U13 long jump with a leap of 4.32M. Julie McLoughlin continued the clubs jumping tradition by winning the girls U14 long jump with a jump of 4.39M and Judith Bell joined her on the podium with a leap of 4.34M with Niamh Brady in fourth with a jump of 4.05M.

Sean Allen won silver in the boys U14 long jump with a jump of 4.42M. Rory McLoughlin then matched his younger siblings by winning his long jump competition with a leap of 4.50M.

The club also won a medal at turbo Javelin when Harry O’Reilly who has only recently taken up the event winning silver with a throw of 18.14M.

The day also concluded with relay races for even ages with the club having teams in the boys and girls under 14 age group. The boys ran a very gallant race but had to settle for silver medals with a team consisting of Jack McLaughlin, Sean Allen, Cian Gorham and Mark Litchfield with Conor Litchfield as sub, however the girls U14 team had better fortune with some sleek baton changing they stormed to victory to win gold medals, the team consisting of Judith Bell, Niamh Brady, Lucy Smyth and Julie McLoughlin.

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