TWELVE St Peter's AC athletes had their first competitive outing of 2013 last weekend, and their results have raised expectations that the Dromiskinbased club will enjoy another highly successful year.
The new indoor arena in Athlone was the venue for the Irish Juvenile Combined Events Indoor Championships on Saturday, and Mark Rogers had a great win in the U-18 Pentathlon, as he amassed a total of 3,630 points. The constituent events of 60m Hurdles, Long Jump, Shot Putt, High Jump and 800m yielded respective performances of 8.77, 6.00m, 12.03m, 1.87m and 2:10.90, of which the first three represented personal bests.
Maria Duffy was also in good form as she claimed a bronze medal in the Over-35 Pentathlon with a total of 1,390 points. Contesting the same set of events as Mark, she recorded performances of 12.33, 3.92m, 7.28m, 1.19m and 3:13.83 respectively.
Chloe Finley started well in the U-16 Pentathlon, clocking 10.06 in the 60m Hurdles, leaping 4.53m in the Long Jump, and putting the Shot 9.67m. Unfortunately she suffered an injury in the High Jump, in which she cleared 1.34m, and withdrew from the 800m.
The following day's AAI Indoor Games, which is a Senior competition with no age group categories, attracted an international field to Athlone, and Conor Durnin produced a personal best of 13.46m for second place in the Triple Jump, having earlier leapt 6.29m in the Long Jump.
Also finishing second on Sunday was Emily Rogers, who cleared 1.60m in the High Jump - a good performance considering that she is just recovering from a recent injury - while Niamh Fussey flew over the barriers to claim third place in the 60m Hurdles in a personal best time of 9.68.
Despite tired legs from the previous day, Mark Rogers clocked a PB of 54.05 in the 400m and scaled 1.80m in the High Jump.
Six athletes from the club made the shorter trip to the rather less salubrious indoor facility at Cushinstown AC for an Invitation Juvenile Indoor Meet on Sunday. The young squad performed well to win a total of one gold, three and two bronze medals.
Katie Murphy smashed her personal best to win the U-14 Shot Putt with a throw of 9.56m and she also qualified for the final of the U-13 30m and leapt 2.80m in the U-13 Long Jump. Emma McDermott threw 8.09m for silver in the U-14 Shot Putt and jumped 3.19m for bronze in the U-15 Long Jump.
Ciara Murphy was a silver medallist in the U-15 60m, which was actually contested outdoors in the car park, having earlier registered 3.17m in the U-15 Long Jump. Also winning silver was Martin McGrane, who recorded 9.87m in the U-16 Shot Putt.
Ava Brennan took bronze in the final of the U-13 30m in a time of 4.9, having earlier leapt 3.04m in the U-13 Long Jump. Hazel McDermott clocked 5.8 in the U-10 30m final but just missed out on a medal.