Last weekend’s Louth Juvenile Championships for the U9 to U19 age groups at the Bush track yielded a huge medal haul for St Peter’s AC.
16 different athletes from the Dromiskin-based club won a total of 25 county titles, setting nine new championship best performances in the process.
Gabriel Bell was the most impressive of the club’s younger athletes, as he rewrote the championship best figures in winning the U12 High Jump (1.25m).
The U15 age group is currently a strong one for St Peter’s AC. The Girls’ 4x100m relay team of Chloe Finley, Nikayla Hamill, Orlaith McMahon and Heather Rogers raced home clear of the field for gold.
Chloe also recorded three individual victories in the 100m, Long Jump (4.83m) and Shot Putt (10.77m), with both her field event performances representing new championship records.
Before helping the relay team to victory, Nikayla had also won the 800m title. Martin McGrane was another athlete in good form at U15 level, as he claimed victory in the Shot Putt (10.41m).
Three golds were won at U16 level, with Lauren Finegan setting a new championship best in the Javelin (30.30m). Liam Fussey also took gold in the Javelin (32.34m), while Luke Finley won the High Jump (1.20m).
The U17 Boys’ category also proved a very strong one for the club. The 4x100m relay team of Conor Durnin, Daniel Finley, Éamonn McManus and Mark Rogers sped to a convincing victory.
Conor also won four individual golds – the maximum possible under the rules – in the 100m, 200m, 400m and Long Jump (6.11m), with his Long Jump performance rewriting the record books.
Mark set a new championship best in the High Jump (1.80m), and also won the 800m and 100m Hurdles titles. He was also first across the line in the 400m, although he was competing as a guest in this event.
Daniel was victorious in the Shot Putt (11.13m), where he had the added satisfaction of establishing a new county record.
There were six further golds for St Peter’s AC in the U19 age group, in which U18 athletes also competed.
Niamh Fussey had an impressive treble, winning the 100m, 100m Hurdles and Long Jump (4.46m). Aaron Finley was a double title winner in the High Jump (1.55m) and Javelin (37.66m), the former being a new championship best. Emily Rogers was also a gold medallist and record breaker, as she leapt to victory in the High Jump (1.60m).
Several other athletes from the club competed in these championships, and they produced a host of fine performances.
Among those who won silver and bronze medals were Sarah Larney, Emma McDermott, Pádraic McGinn, Ciara Murphy, Katie Murphy and Marie-Claire Rogers, while Dean McDermott, Hazel McDermott, Claire McKenna and Katie Morris also impressed.
Last Sunday week Judith Bell and Chloe Finley both recorded 3rd place finishes in the Boyne Juvenile Road Races in Drogheda.
In the Senior race over 10km, Shenda Rijnders finished 44th out of 188 finishers in the Over 40 Women’s age group, with Kay Morris 63rd in the same category.
Shenda recorded a chip time of 54:54 (and a gun time of 55:59), while Kay recorded chip and gun times of 57:15 and 58:21 respectively.