THE latter half of last week was a busy period for St Peter's AC with no fewer than 21 athletes from the Dromiskin-based club experiencing top-class championship competition at county and national level.
Lauren Finegan reached the lofty pinnacle of being crowned Irish champion when she won the U17 Javelin (32.06m) in the National Juvenile Championships in Tullamore on Sunday. Later the same day Mark Rogers also mounted the podium to receive the bronze medal for the U18 High Jump (1.85m).
Four other St Peter's athletes performed very well in the throwing events against the best this country has to offer. Emma McDermott finished 5th in the U14 Shot (10.42m), as did Chloe Finley in the U16 Shot (10.26m). Martin McGrane finished 7th in the U16 Shot (10.24m), while Liam Fussey finished 8th in the U17 Javelin (36.08m).
The Irish Juvenile Relay Championships were staged in Tullamore on Saturday and three club athletes were in action on Louth teams in the inter-county 4x100m events. Gabriel Bell helped the U13 Boys' team to joint 4th (56.43), Ciara Murphy ran on the U15 Girls' team which finished 5th (53.48) and Katie Murphy was part of the U13 Girls' team which came home 7th (58.22).
Meanwhile the Louth Junior, Senior and Masters' Championships were staged in the Lourdes Stadium, Drogheda last Thursday night. Niamh Fussey had a very impressive double in the Junior 100m (13.52) and 200m (27.57), and also ranked 1st across all the female categories in both these events.
Ranking 2nd overall in their events were Aaron Finley, who won the Junior Javelin (40.01m), and Tom McGrane, who took silver in the Senior Shot (9.86m). Daniel Finley's silver in the Junior Javelin (37.22m) and bronze in the 100m (12.29) both ranked 3rd overall, as did Maria Duffy's brace of gold medal performances in the O45 Shot (6.99m) and Javelin (20.85m). Daniel also won the Junior Shot (10.19m) and claimed bronze in the Long Jump (5.29m).
David Finley won a treble at O50 level, taking the 100m (14.52). Long Jump (4.21m) and Shot (8.94m) titles. Andrew Rogers made his debut for the club, winning gold in the O55 200m (33.42) and silver in the 100m (16.62).
There were several other fine performances in the Junior age group, including silver for Eamonn McManus in the 1500m (4:49.45), and bronzes for Liam Fussey in the Javelin (35.78m) and Philip Larney in the 200m (27.64). Pádraic McGinn and James Meenan also impressed in the Shot (7.09m) and 100m (12.68) respectively.
An excellent night's athletics was rounded off by the St Peter's relay team of Daniel Finley, Aaron Finley, Brendan Rogers and Philip Larney finishing 3rd overall in the 4x100m (52.82).