ATHLETICS | St Peter’s starlets enjoy their day at track and field event in Ardee

Club takes three of the top four positions in U13 long jump

St Peter’s AC athletes pictured at the Open Sports Day in Ardee

The young athletes of St Peter’s AC enjoyed their afternoon at the Ardee & District AC Open Sports Day on Sunday last.

Lucy Brennan continued her rich vein of form when she won gold in the U12 100m and gold in the U13 long jump. She was joined on the podium by Judith Bell who finished second in the U13 long jump while Ellie Smyth ran very strongly to finish third in the girls U12 800m. Lucy, Judith, Ellie and Niamh Brady then combined to finish third in the girls U13 relay.

Niamh Allen started the medal rush for St Peter’s when she finished third in her U8 sprint, followed by a very close fourth in the 200m race.

Cain Murtagh also ran strongly in the U8 boys races and both these young athletes joined with the O’Reilly twins, Emily and Hannah, to run in the boys U9 relay where they were very unfortunate to finish just outside the medals. This came after Hannah had won silver in the girls U9 sprint.

St Peter’s AC’s Lucy Brennan (1st), Judith Bell (2nd) and Ellie Smyth (4th) who competed in the girls U13 long jump

Orla McLaughlin performed excellently in her sprint to finish second while her training partner Dearbhla Allen performed well in the girls U11 600m and long jump to finish fourth in both.

Harry O’Reilly showed his potential ahead of the upcoming cross country season when he finished a clear second in the U11 600m. Harry, Dearbhla and Orla then combined with a Blackrock athlete to finish third in the U11 boys relay race.

Ronan Deery enjoyed a good day in the field event by taking gold in the U13 long jump and silver in the U14 shot putt while Dean Murtagh also enjoyed success with a bronze in the sprint and bronze in the U14 shot putt.

Sean Allen was third in the boys U13 800m and the three boys then combined with Cian Gorham from Mountpleasant AC to finish second in the boys U13 relay.

The event proved to be very enjoyable and great credit must go to the mid-Louth club for the very efficient manner that the whole day went.

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