The North Leinster Schools’ Championships were staged on Wednesday and Friday last week at the Morton Stadium in Santry, Dublin, and athletes from St Peter’s AC were well to the fore. Representing their secondary schools, they won a most impressive total of nine gold, one silver and four bronze medals.
Three of the Dromiskin-based club’s athletes had winning doubles. Chloe Finley (Bush Post Primary) impressed to win both the 200m and Long Jump at U16 level, the latter with a massive personal best of 5.50m.
The other two golden doubles came in the Senior Boys’ category. Mark Rogers (St Joseph’s, Drogheda) equalled his personal best of 1.90m to win the High Jump and also triumphed in the 400m Hurdles.
Conor Durnin (Marist, Dundalk) was crowned champion in the Long and Triple Jumps with very solid performances of 6.22m and 13.62m respectively.
The three other regional titles went to Lauren Finegan (Greenhills, Drogheda) in the Intermediate (U17) Javelin with a throw of around 26 metres, Niamh Fussey (Scoil Uí Mhuirí, Dunleer) in the Senior 100m Hurdles, and Emily Rogers (Greenhills, Drogheda) in the Senior High Jump with a 1.60m clearance.
Daniel Finley (Bush Post Primary) took silver in the Senior Shot Putt and bronze in the Javelin. Heather Rogers (Greenhills, Drogheda) won a brace of medals at Junior (U15) level with bronze in both the High Jump (1.35m) and Shot Putt (7.16m).
Liam Fussey (Scoil Uí Mhuirí, Dunleer) acquitted himself very well in his first competitive outing with the 700g Javelin, as he took bronze in the Intermediate category with a throw of 37.46m.
Martin McGrane (Castleknock Community College) was also in action in Santry last week. He finished 9th in the Intermediate Discus in the West Leinster Schools’ Championships, recording a best throw of 21.00m in what was his first competition with the 1.5kg implement.
The club’s annual Flag Day took place on Thursday last, and sincere thanks are extended to all who contributed in both Dundalk and Dromiskin.
The funds raised will undoubtedly be put to good use, as the club seeks to maintain and enhance training and competition opportunities for its members, while keeping costs at a reasonable level, so that nobody will be placed under undue financial strain in these difficult times. Thanks are also due to those club members and parents who collected on the day, and especially to Geraldine Fussey for her key organisational role.
Cooley Credit Union Races
The annual Cooley Credit Union Races took place at Glenmore AC, Bush on Thursday last with approximately 800 children taking part in over 50 events.
Congrats to all who participated in the track and field or essay/poem competitions from the 12 schools.
The weather stayed dry and a great evening was had by all. Thanks to the continuing generous sponsorship of Cooley Credit Union, Carlingford, Omeath Red Cross, the schools, teachers and helpers and most especially to all the children who participated.
The Liam Clifford Shield for smaller schools went to Mullaghbuoy (23 points) presented by Rose Clifford. This was hotly contested by Rathcor (15 points) who came a close 2nd with Ardahgy (9 points)in 3rd place.
The Jim Savage Cup was won by Dulargy (37 points) who were closely pursued by Bellurgan (26 points) in 2nd place and Monksland (25 points) in 3rd place.
Dunleer AC are teaming up with Scoil Ui Mhuiri post primary school to host a timed 3km run at White River Karting, Collon on Wednesday May 8 at 8pm. The event has an AAI permit with a €5 entry fee. This race supports the Dunleer AC and Scoil Ui Mhuiri athletes who are travelling to the Ocean State Cross Country in the USA in September. Fun run for kids, joggers and walkers also, priced at €1.
Well done to all Glenmore AC Secondary school students who participated in the North Leinster Track AND Field Championships in Santry. Training continues at the track every Tuesday and Thursday from 7-8pm and Fit for Life every Wednesday. Please see www.glenmoreac.com.
Scoil Ui Mhuiri
The Scoil Ui Mhuiri athletics team were in action at the North Leinster Schools Athletics Championships last week and acquitted themselves very well at a range of events.
6th year student Niamh Fussey had an outstanding run once again to win the senior girls 100m hurdles and earning her a place in the Leinster schools finals.
Kaitlinn Smyth and Liam Fussey both competed in the javelin receiving bronze medals in the junior girls an inter boys competitions respectively, both going through to the Leinsters also.
There were some great performances also from the other team members with Seyi Akintunde finishing 4th in the inter boys 200m and Shauna McConnoran 4th in the junior girls javelin.
The minor boys and girls competed very well at sprints, hurdles, high jump, long jump and shot putt with the minor girls 3rd in their 4x100m relay heat narrowly missing out on a place in the final.