Abbotstown challenge for local siblings
Emily Rogers and her brother Mark both had encouraging outings for their club St Peter's AC when the Togher duo competed in Sunday's AAI Games at the new National Indoor Arena.
Emily is enjoying a great start to 2017 and she was again in fine form in the Ladies Senior High Jump. Having recently jumped a PB of 1.78m, she cleared 1.75 as the competition came down to the final two, but in the end she had to settle for silver as her fellow competitor cleared 1.80 on her third attempt.
Emily's brother Mark was also in action in the 400m, and although he had a fantastic first 200m he just didn't manage to keep the same pace in the second 200. Nevertheless, the race will only help to bring him on and he can also look forward to the season with great optimism.
The club's younger athletes were in action at picturesque Oldbridge, where fine weather and decent underfoot conditions helped produce a very entertaining afternoon of cross-country.
The O'Reilly girls were first out for St Peter's and both produced brave runs over 500m in the Girls Under-9 race, with Emily in the top 10 to claim another medal and Hannah narrowly missing out. Dearbhla Allen and Orla McLaughlin acquitted did really well in the Girls Under-11 race which had a huge field, with Dearbhla 15th and Orla - who was out of age - close behind.
Harry O'Reilly was again battling in the business end of the Under-11 Boys and he ended up fourth to earn a well-deserved medal, with training mate Ben McKeown finishing very strong.
The Girls Under-13 was another keenly contested battle and Niamh Brady led St Peter's home, closely followed by Ellie Smyth and Isabeal Fitzpatrick.
The Boys Under-13 race saw Sean Allen show signs that he may be returning to top form - with a sixth-place finish - and he was followed closely by Mark Litchfield who unfortunately narrowly missed out on the medals.
The final athlete in action was Rory McLoughlin in the Boys Under-15 race, but unfortunately an ankle injury caused him to retire.