Scottish Indoor Combined Events Championships
Emirates Arena, Glasgow, 13th & 14th February 2016
Central AC athletes were on form at the Scottish indoor combined events championships at the Emirates Arena at the weekend as Lucy Davison picked up a superb gold while Lucy Smith and Matthew Chandler took bronze medals.
The under 15 girls event was a Scotland versus England battle with the Scottish challenge led by Central AC pair Lucy Davison and Lucy Smith against two visitors from the North of England. They started well in the opening High Jump event as Lucy Smith took 4th with 1.49m and Lucy Davison set a personal best 1.46m for 5th. Lucy Davison then had an excellent run in the 60m Hurdles setting another personal best 9.59s to move up to 3rd place overall while Lucy Smith ran 9.89s to maintain 4th place. Lucy Davison then literally leapt into the lead in the long jump after setting a club record 4.98m to win overall and overtake the opposition in the overall standings. Lucy Smith maintained 4th with an equal pb 4.48m. The shot was always going to be Lucy Davison’s strong event after she smashed the club record earlier in the season with a 3rd Scottish all time 11.33m. She wasn’t quite able to match this distance on this occasion but she produced a superb 10.56m effort well ahead of the opposition putting her 130 points ahead. Central AC teammate Lucy Smith threw the 2nd furthest of the day with a personal best 8.74m to move up to joint 3rd place and into the medals.
Going into the final 800m event the overall positions were still wide open though as the two English athletes challenging were both accomplished 800m runners and could easily snatch the title away. The 800m provided a dramatic finish as Steph Driscoll of Kendall AC, who was joint 3rd with Lucy Smith, was first home in an excellent 2:20 minutes to guarantee a medal. Lucy Smith followed in with a personal best 2:32.48 minutes but looked to have missed out on the medals. However the drama took place behind her as the top 2 athletes battled it out. Lucy Davison knew she had to run the rae of her life and hung onto her opponent close enough to retain the lead smashing her personal best by over 6 seconds in the process to finish in 2:36.56 and take the gold medal. The drama was not finished there though as the officials judged the 2nd placed athlete had run out of her lane resulting in a disqualification. Whilst this was an unfortunate end for the athlete concerned it meant Lucy Smith was promoted into 3rd place and a bronze medal. Lucy Davison’s final score for gold was 3104 points which is not only a new club record but also places her 8th on the Scottish all time list for under 15 girls. Lucy Smith set a new personal best as well with 2875 points which earns her a gold standard on the club awards scheme.
Matthew Chandler was also on form in the under 17 mens Heptathlon. This was the first time he had taken on the 2 day indoor equivalent of the decathlon and he opened well with a personal best 7.84s in the 60m. He followed this up with 5.78m in the long jump for 6th place overall. Another pb 9.33m in shot then 1.75m high jump moved him up to 4th at the end of the first day. He opened day 2 well with 8.97s at 60m hurdles then equalled his club record in the pole vault with 3.40m to pull up to 3rd and into the medals. Matt then finished with another personal best 3:00.49 minutes in the 1000m to safely finish in 3rd place and claim the bronze medal with an excellent score of 4045 points.
Central were well represented overall. Molly Cornes was on form in the under 13 girls pentathlon producing 1.24m at high jump, personal bests at 60m hurdles (12.05s), and shot (6.17m), a seasons best 3.69m in the long jump then another personal best 2:53.82 minutes in the 800m to finish just outside the medals in 4th place scoring a personal best 1673 points.
The under 13 boys pentathlon saw Harris Almass in action. He set a personal best score 979 points to finish a respectable 5th place. Daniel Bruce contested the under 15 boys pentathlon setting a personal best in the long jump (4.74m) as he scored a personal best 1234 points for 10th.
Well done to all of Central’s representatives.