Saturday 24 March 2018

Saints reflect on a momentous season

BY any measure the recently completed outdoor track and field season has to be regarded as one of the most successful ever in the proud history of St Peter's AC, as the Dromiskin-based club's athletes amassed a remarkable medal haul at national, provincial and county level.

Four gold medals were won in the Irish Juvenile Championships, as Conor Durnin (U18 Triple Jump), Lauren Finegan (U17 Javelin), Niamh Fussey (U19 100m Hurdles) and Mark Rogers (U18 400m Hurdles) were all crowned national champions. Conor also added the Irish Schools' title in the Triple Jump.

Emily Rogers won no fewer than three national silver medals in the High Jump - in the Irish Senior, Junior (U20) and Schools' Championships. Further silver medals were won by Mark Rogers in the U18 Octathlon and by Niamh Fussey in the Schools' 100m Hurdles.

Both Niamh Fussey and Mark Rogers completed their sets of national medals with bronzes, which were earned in the Senior 100m Hurdles and the U18 High Jump respectively. Katie Murphy (U13 Shot) and Frances Rogers (U23 Shot) also finished 3rd at national level to bring the overall total to five gold, five silver and four bronze medals.

Apart from these seven athletes who mounted the podium at national level, a further ten athletes from St Peter's won Leinster medals during the outdoor track and field season. These were Gabriel Bell, Aaron Finley, Chloe Finley, Daniel Finley, Emma McDermott, Martin McGrane, Tom McGrane, Eamonn McManus, James Meenan and Ciara Murphy.

Several other athletes from the club starred in the Louth Championships, with the following all finishing in the medals: Seán Allen, Elizabeth Bell, Judith Bell, Chloe Bolton, Niamh Brady, Ava Brennan, Maria Duffy, David Finley, Luke Finley, Liam Fussey, Philip Larney, Pádraic McGinn, Orlaith McMahon, Craig Murtagh, Dean Murtagh, Andrew Rogers and Heather Rogers.

Apart from winning a national medal of each hue, Mark Rogers set a new Irish record in the U18 Octathlon in a competition in London in May. He was further honoured by captaining the winning Irish U18 Boys' team in the Celtic Games - an annual Ireland v Scotland v Wales international - in August, in which he finished 3rd in the 400m Hurdles himself.

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