Friday 24 November 2017

Athletes show sparkling form over Bank Holiday

Conor Durnin en route to Triple Jump glory for St. Mary’s Dundalk.
Conor Durnin en route to Triple Jump glory for St. Mary’s Dundalk.

LAST weekend was another busy and successful one for St Peter's AC, as athletes from the Dromiskin-based club produced several top-class performances in English, Irish and Leinster competitions.

The weekend action got under way early with a 9am start for the Irish Schools' Championships in Tullamore on Saturday morning, with four athletes from the Dromiskin-based club were representing their schools at the Midlands venue.

Conor Durnin (St Mary's, Dundalk) continues to impress in the Triple Jump and he duly delivered once again with a 13.62m performance to take the laurels in the Senior age group. Niamh Fussey (Scoil Uí Mhuirí, Dunleer) smashed her personal best with a 15.81, clocking into a 2.5 m/s headwind in the Senior 100m Hurdles. This earned her the silver medal in her first appearance in these championships.

Emily Rogers and Lauren Finegan, both of whom were representing Drogheda school Our Lady's Greenhills, were also in good form on Saturday. Emily claimed silver in the Senior High Jump with a clearance of 1.60m, while Lauren just missed out on a medal in the Intermediate (Under-17) Javelin, throwing 30.68m to finish in fourth place.

Mark Rogers had also qualified for the Irish Schools' Championships, but opted instead to contest the Under-18 Octathlon which was held in conjunction with the English Combined Events' Championships in Bedford on Saturday and Sunday.

He produced a solid series of performances across the eight events over the two days to win the event, setting new personal bests along the way of 12.68m in the Shot Putt and 16.02 in the 110m Hurdles. His best individual event is usually the High Jump, but unfortunately his normally excellent form deserted him somewhat on Saturday, as he bowed out after clearing 1.81m. Mark was quite close to his best in the other five events, recording 12.13 in the 100m, 5.99m in the Long Jump, 53.34 in the 400m, 39.14m in the Javelin and 2:51.26 in the 100m. This gave him a total score of 5,073 points.

On Sunday, the Tullamore venue hosted the Leinster Under 23, Senior and Masters' Championships. Frances Rogers won the Under 23 Shot Putt with a final-round throw of 9.35m, while Tom McGrane took silver in the Over-50 Shot Putt with a best distance of 9.82m.

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