Six athletes from St Peter’s AC were in action in two separate competitions in Tullamore last weekend – the Irish Masters’ Championships on Saturday and the Irish Senior League Final on Sunday.
Two more national championship medals came the way of the Dromiskin-based club on Saturday, while the County Louth team finished an excellent fourth in the Women’s Division One final on Sunday.
Maria Duffy had a very busy and successful day on Saturday, as she contested no less than five events in the Over 45 age group. She raced to victory in the 80m Hurdles in a time of 16.67, having earlier taken silver in the Javelin with a best distance of 19.25m. She also finished 4th in both the 200m, in which she clocked 33.79, and in the Hammer, in which she threw 11.03m. These fine performances came after a disappointing start to her day, as she was disqualified when she false started in the 100m.
Tom McGrane was also in action in the Over 45 age group in Tullamore on Saturday. He finished 5th in strong fields in both the Shot and Hammer, recording distances of 8.92m and 16.51m respectively.
The two individual winners on the Louth team on Sunday were both members of St Peter’s AC. Olivia McDonald showed that she is making good progress back towards her best form with a commanding performance to win the Javelin with a 37.06m throw. The county’s other winner was Emily Rogers, who leapt 1.65m for victory in the High Jump, a full 10cm clear of the best of her opposition.
Niamh Fussey was very close to her personal best times in both the 100m Hurdles and 400m Hurdles. She took 3rd in the shorter race in a time of 16.17, and crossed the line in 4th place in the one-lap event, stopping the clock at 1:11.80.
Frances Rogers was competing in her first track and field event for over a year, and contributed valuable points with her performances in the Shot and Discus. In the former she threw 9.10m for 4th place, while in the latter she recorded 21.72 for 7th place. Niamh Fussey and Emily Rogers were also part of the Louth 4x100m relay team.
Last Thursday night Tom McGrane had warmed up for the Irish Masters’ Championships by competing in the Lagan Valley AC Open Meet in Antrim.
He actually performed a little better there, as he won both his events in the Senior Men’s category. At the start of the evening he recorded a season’s best of 17.24m in the Hammer, while later on, as the rain pelted down, he threw 8.96m in the Shot.