Press report – Youth Development League, Scottish final
Central AC’s young athletes took many plaudits at the season finale of the Scottish Youth Development League at Grangemouth Stadium. Overall the team finished fifth, and there were fine individual performances finished off by a set of relay win.
With medals awarded for first three places in the A events and first place in the B event, it was a day for individual achievement as well as team performance. Overall fifth place in the competition was a disappointment to the current aspirations of the club for the top step of Scottish athletics, with the team result blighted by unavailability and late call-offs which severely limiting the team’s overall points tallies.
Nothing though could take away the commitment of the performing athletes, though the boys teams in particular found it hard to get amongst the podium spots. Jack Haughton took second in u13 200m in 27.96 to follow on his earlier fourth place in the 100m and Aiden Grevenburg also got second spot in the under 13 shot put with 8.10m.
The strength across the events for Central’s girls still showed. Anna Cameron won both the 100m in 12.88s and the long jump with 5.02m both fractionally outside personal best territory. There were hurdles win for Katie Sharkey in 12.20s in the A race , with Emma Mailer winning the B race in 12.09s, a new best time that pushed her up the Scottish rankings to number four. Emma truly came into her own with the 300m where she already top the Scottish lists, winning in 43.11s. Skye Henderson took a step forward in showing racing skill as she took third place in the 800m in 2:30.27 with a great last lap.
In the throws, Lucy Davison won the shot with 10.05m with Rachael Methven winning the B event with 8.59m. Rachael then took second in discus with a fine throw of 23.56m.
The Central under 13 girls are starting to show similar levels of confidence to their older counterparts. Shona McLay second in both the 150m with 20.86m and 75m in 10.56. Ciorstadh Ainsworth was just pipped for top spot in the 800m with her 2:32.82 and Kyra Gibb second in 1200m with 4.03.85. Briagha Cook came second in hurdles with 12.21s and won the long jump with a new personal best of 4.67m
There were top level performances in the relays. The under 13 girls team set a new season’s best as they beat a strong Edinburgh squad with 54.58s. The under 15 girls quartet again dominated with the same team winning a remarkable double with winning the 4 x 100m relay and twenty minutes later taking the 4x300m. The sprint relay was won in a new season’s best of 51.56s remaining firmly on top of Scottish rankings with the 4 x 300m giving a time of 2:53.75, just two hundredths outside their early top time which stands at the UK’s second best time of the season.
Overall points were Edinburgh AC 784; Giffnock North 598.5; Inverness Harriers AAC 528.5 ; Pitreavie AAC 486.5 ; Central AC 466.5; Ayr Seaforth AAC 459 ; Team North Lanarkshire 455; Aberdeen AAC 428.
Passing on the winning tradition; Central’s under 15 girls who won two relays in succession with Abby Davison,Katie Sharkey, Emma Mailer, and Anna Cameron with under 13girls; Ciorstadh Ainworth, Shona McLay, Amy Kirkpatrick and Briagha Cook following suit.
Relay action: Katie Sharkey takes the baton and the lead from team mate Emma Mailer after the first leg of the 4 x 300m relay.