Tuesday 24 October 2017

All-Ireland medals for Peter's AC

EMILY Rogers and Olivia McDonald both added to their collection of All-Ireland Senior Championship medals with silver and bronze respectively at Santry last weekend.

This was the premier event of the domestic Irish athletics season and Rogers picked up silver in the High Jump for the third successive year. Although somewhat disappointed that she was not closer to her personal best of 1.73m, her medal-winning height of 1.68m was the highest she has ever jumped in these championships.

McDonald also had reason to celebrate as she achieved 40.22m - the furthest she has thrown since 2009 - to take bronze in the Javelin. This represented a very welcome return to form after quiet years in 2012 and 2013, and it represented her sixth National Senior Javelin medal, as she had previously won gold in 2009, silver in 2008 and bronze on three other occasions.

Seventeen-year-old Mark Rogers, Emily's brother, had a good run from the difficult outside lane to finish fifth in the 400m Hurdles final in a time of 56.99.

Niamh Fussey, who won bronze in these championships last year, lined up once again for the 100m Hurdles final, but after getting away well out of the blocks she hit the second hurdle and that scuppered her chances this time around.

Meanwhile, 13 athletes from the Dromiskin-based club competed in last Thursday night's Louth Junior, Senior and Masters Championships in the Lourdes Stadium and they were in excellent form, winning a total of 17 gold, five silver and one bronze.

Senior county titles went to Aaron Finley (Javelin), Olivia McDonald (Javelin) and Tom McGrane (Shot). In the Junior (Under 20) age group Conor Durnin (100m, 200m and Long Jump), Daniel Finley (Shot and Javelin), Chloe Finley (Long Jump), Luke Finley (3000m) and Niamh Fussey (100m) all went home with gold medals. Top Masters honours in Louth went to Maria Duffy (Shot and Javelin) in the Over 45 category and to David Finley (100m, Shot and Javelin) and Brendan Rogers (Long Jump) in the Over 50 category.

Two other Junior athletes had the satisfaction of improving personal bests while winning silver medals. These were Liam Fussey, who threw 37.45m with the 800g Javelin, and Martin McGrane, who recorded 9.83m with the 6kg Shot.

Earlier last week, Mark Rogers had his final competitive outing prior to the Irish Senior Championships when he clocked 53.28 in finishing fourth in a top-class 400m race at the Letterkenny AC Invitation Meet.

Drogheda Independent