Central AC Press Report
The main focus of the weekend’s athletics action was on the Celtic Games International at Grangemouth where Scotland’s Under 16 and Under 18 athletes were competing against teams from Wales and Athletics Ireland with a Scotland Futures team adding to the interest. It was a day of close competition so it was great to see five of Central’s youngsters vying with their talented counterparts. High Jumper Cameron McCorgray was the first of Central’s athletes to climb to the top of the podium with a best clearance of 1.90metres. Sarah Pearson was next to take a win with a 62.73secs timing in the 400metres hurdles with her Welsh rival pushing her all the way to the line. Sarah rounded off a busy day with a third leg run in the Under 18 4x400metres just missing out on gold to the Irish team. Bevhan Trevis shouldered her shot put and discus responsibilities well with throws of 12.18metres and 34.10metres respectively both efforts close to her personal bests and close to her rivals but having to settle for bronze medals in both events. John MacLennan competed in the Under 16 competition and was another athlete close to his personal best with 11.30secs for silver in the 100metres. John went on to anchor a mixed Scottish Under 16 boys and girls team to victory in the 4x100metres. Katie Sharkey was the youngest Scottish athlete on show, pulling on a Scotland’s Future vest in the Under 16’s 80metres hurdles, her first outing in this event. Katie did herself proud with a fine run in a time of 12.52secs. At the end of the day Scotland won the overall match with 170points ahead of Ireland (156) and Wales (147).
Saturday also saw excellent performances in the Rasschaert Memorial event in Ninove, Belgium including a further move forward by Andrew Butchart as he progressed to fifth on the Scottish all-time list for 5000metres with a superb run of 13min 29.49secs. Alastair Hay had another strong run to clock 14-21.34 while Dale Colley again proved his talent with 3-49.76 in his 1500metre race.