On Tuesday July 17 Emily Rogers of St Peter’s AC was in action in what was possibly the highest quality track and field competition staged in Ireland this year – the Cork City Sports.
Competing in the Senior Women’s High Jump, she faced opposition from Ireland, New Zealand, Poland, Scotland, Spain and the United States.
Emily enjoyed successful first-time clearances at 1.50m, 1.55m and 1.60m. She then cleared 1.65m on her second attempt before going close to matching her personal best when the bar was raised to 1.70m. This fine performance earned her joint 7th place in the event, with just one Irish athlete placed ahead of her.
The same night the second round of the Louth Juvenile Summer League was staged in Ardee. Event winners from the Dromiskin-based club included Lauren Finegan in the U16 800m and Shot (8.14m), Chloe Finley in the U15 800m and Long Jump (4.45m), Daniel Finley in the U17 Long Jump (5.06m), and Mark Rogers in the U17 800m and Shot (11.30).
Others to perform well and contribute valuable points to the club’s total included Elizabeth Bell, Gabriel Bell, Judith Bell, Ava Brennan, Conor Durnin, Luke Finley, Rachel Lowry, Dean McDermott, Emma McDermott, Pádraic McGinn, Claire McKenna, Eamonn McManus, Caitlin Meenan, Rachel Muckian, Ciara Murphy, Hazel Murphy, Katie Murphy, Heather Rogers, Marie Claire Rogers, Jessica Smith, Lauren Smith, Alana Tinnelly and Dearbhla Tinnelly.
Five athletes from the club represented the County Louth Senior team in the second round of the National League Division One at Santry in Dublin last Sunday week.
These were Conor Durnin, Aaron Finley, Daniel Finley, Emily Rogers and Mark Rogers. Emily’s winning leap of 1.60m in the High Jump helped ensure that the Women’s team qualified for the final, which will be staged in Tullamore on Sunday 19th August.
The Bush track was the venue for the Louth Junior, Senior and Masters’ Championships last Tuesday night.
Daniel Finley won the Under 20 200m (25.13), Shot (8.44m) and Javelin (37.75m). Maria Duffy was also a triple gold medallist with victories in the Over 45 100m (15.58), Shot (7.24m) and Javelin (20.66m).
In the same age group Tom McGrane took gold in the Shot (8.91m). Aaron Finley, who has been hampered by injury recently, finished 3rd in the Under 20 Javelin (33.36m).
In the final event on the programme Aaron, Daniel, Maria and Tom teamed up for the Mixed 4x100m relay. It proved to be an effective blend of youth and experiences, as they won their race in a time of 56.92, over five seconds clear of the 2nd placed Glenmore AC quartet. This performance placed St Peter’s AC in 3rd place overall out of 11 teams, as the first two teams in the other race recorded faster times.