The Leinster Juvenile Indoor Championships for the U12 to U19 age groups were staged last Saturday and Sunday in Athlone.
It proved to be a very successful weekend for St Peter’s AC, as the Dromiskin-based club’s team of 16 athletes won five gold, four silver and one bronze medal, and also recorded no fewer than six 4th place finishes.
Katie Murphy got the weekend off to a great start on Saturday when she smashed the championship best performance with a putt of 10.92m to win the U13 Shot. Katie was back in action in the 60m on Sunday, in which she reached the semi-finals after registering a time of 9.11 in her heat.
Mark Rogers struck double gold on Sunday with victories in the U18 High Jump (1.85m) and Shot (12.35m), backed up by 4th place in the 800m (2:03.88).
Gabriel Bell leapt 4.18m to take the U13 Long Jump title, having earlier finished 4th in the High Jump (1.36m), and he also clocked 9.25 in the heats of the 60m. Chloe Finley impressed in winning the U16 Shot (11.59m), and she also finished 4th in the 200m.
Daniel Finley was a double silver medallist in the U18 High Jump (1.70m) and Shot (11.22m), and he also clocked a useful 24.61 in the heats of the 200m.
St Peter’s other silver medals were won by Niamh Fussey in the U19 60m Hurdles (9.73) and Chloe Bolton in the U17 Shot (7.81m), while the club’s sole bronze went to Emma McDermott in the U13 Shot (10.50m).
Three more shot putters just missed out on the medals, as they finished in 4th place in their respective events. These were Martin McGrane (11.16m) and Heather Rogers (8.61m), both at U16 level, and Eamonn McManus (9.65m) in the U18 age group.
Eamonn also went in the heats of the 60m and 200m, clocking 8.10 in the former and 25.53 in the latter. Martin registered a time of 8.48 in the 60m heats, while Heather was 13th in the Long Jump (3.81m).
Marie Claire Rogers finished 7th in the final of the U13 60m Hurdles, and 13th in the Long Jump (3.31m), while Orlaith McMahon was 10th in the U16 Long Jump (4.17m).
Ava Brennan finished 14th in the U13 Long Jump (3.41m) and also went in the 60m heats. Ciara Murphy and Sarah Larney clocked 9.52 and 10.11 respectively in the U15 60m heats, while Sarah had earlier finished 20th in the Long Jump (3.37m).
All the medallists have now qualified for the Irish Juvenile Indoor Championships, which will be staged in Athlone over the two weekends either side of Easter.