St Peter’s AC athletes flourish in county colours

Last Sunday was a significant day for athletics in Co Louth as a county senior team competed in the National League for the first time in several years.

Last Sunday was a significant day for athletics in Co Louth as a county senior team competed in the National League for the first time in several years.

The men’s and women’s teams were both in action in the match in Antrim, and four athletes from St Peter’s AC played their part in amassing the points in an effort to gain qualification for the Division 1 final in August.

Mark Rogers, currently in the middle of his Junior Cert exams, enjoyed a double victory in the 400m Hurdles and High Jump (1.85m), and also finished 4th in the 800m.

Conor Durnin performed well in the 400m, Long Jump and Triple Jump, while Hilary Kerr contributed valuable points with her efforts in the 100m, 200m and Long Jump (4.92m).

Maria Duffy also did well in the 100m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles and Shot Putt, especially considering that it was her first outing over the senior hurdles in twelve years.

Hilary and Maria also ran the lead-off and anchor legs respectively in the 4x100m relay.

The June Bank Holiday Monday was also a busy day for St Peter’s, with athletes from the Dromiskin-based club in action at three different venues – Celbridge, Antrim and Dublin.

The Girls’ U13 team of Emma McDermott, Claire McKenna, Katie Murphy and Marie Claire Rogers performed very well in the Leinster Team Championships in Celbridge.

Emma and Katie recorded excellent personal best throws of 7.80m and 6.89m respectively in the Shot Putt.

In the Long Jump Katie, who is still in the U12 age group, leapt 3.58m, with Emma registering 3.25m.

Marie Claire Rogers cleared 1.15m in the High Jump, while Claire was successful at 1.10m. Marie Claire and Claire also ran well in the 600m, while all four girls teamed up for the 4x100m relay. 

Tom McGrane was in Antrim for the Ulster Senior Championships, in which he was happy to break the nine metre barrier once again in the Shot Putt.

His best throw on the day of 9.21m was good enough for 6th place in the competition.

Shenda Rijnders and Catherine Rogers both ran in the Women’s Mini-Marathon over the 10km course through the streets of Dublin.

They ran together throughout with Shenda just marginally ahead at the finish, as she crossed the line in a time of 56:51, two seconds ahead of Catherine.

St Peter’s star young high jumper Emily Rogers, Catherine’s daughter, was honoured to be invited to participate in the ceremony at the Border early last Wednesday morning, as the Olympic Torch made its way from Newry to Dublin.

Emily was accompanied to the ceremony, which was closed to the general public, by her parents Catherine and Brendan Rogers.

Among the famous sportsmen present were Olympic medallists Michael Carruth, Wayne McCullough and Sebastian Coe.