Central AC – Press Report – 8 May 2016
Central Athletic Club Mens Team started their Scottish Division One Track and Field Season with a second placing behind last year’s champions Aberdeen AAC. The match, held in sunny conditions at Grangemouth on Sunday 8th May, saw another superb Team effort from athletes across the Club, some excellent early season performances and two Under 17 athletes making their debut at this level.
The first track event, the 400metres hurdles, saw Michael Wright in third ‘A’ place (65.31secs) and David Lindsay third ‘B’ (68.68secs). The 800metres saw Tom Watson ‘A’ (1-53.74) and Dale Colley ‘B’ (1-57.27) taking maximum points with dominant performances. The 100metre series saw Mitch Graham clock 12.27secs for seventh ‘A’ spot and Sean Clark take fifth (12.47secs) in the ‘B’ race. Michael Wright took control of the 3000metres Steeplechase to win in 9-54.17; while David Lindsay had another strong run for second ‘B’ place (12-08.03). Tom Watson never looked out of place against a top field in the 400metres and came through in fourth ‘A’ with an excellent 50.26secs effort while Dale Colley also produced a strong run for fourth ‘B’ spot with 54.02secs. Jamie Crowe has been running well of late and here he produced another fine run to win the 1500metres (4-02.21) and Aidan Thompsons’s 4-04.21 effort ensure maximum points in the ‘B’ event. The 200mete series saw Michael Currie taking on a high class field to take seventh ‘A’ points with 23.55secs, backed up by Mitch Graham coming home fifth in the ‘B’ event (25.02secs). The 5000metres saw Cameron Milne running a well-judged race to win with 15-10.38 while Conan McCaughey ensured maximum points with a 15-26.93 effort.
In the field the throwing duties were mainly covered by Donavan Webster 9.73metres Shot Put, 32.96metres Discus and 32.26metres Hammer and Ron Todd 8.97metres Shot Put, 27.72metres Discus, 22.68metres Hammer and 30.66metres Javelin. Under 20 athlete Lewis Livingston had a best Javelin throw of 32.83metres. Under 17 athlete Matt Chandler proved to be the Club’s top Pole Vaulter on the day to record 3.30metres with further back-up from Ron Todd (3.10metres) and a guest performance from Matthew Meredith with a 3mtres clearance. Under 20 athlete Lewis Livingston (5.06metres) and Under 17 Jack Houghton (5.02metres) picked up useful points in the Long Jump while Lewis (10.99metres) and Jack (10.47metres) again combined in the Triple Jump. Under 17 Matthew Meredith picked up more points in the High Jump with a best of 1.50metres in sixth place.
The 4 x 100metres relay featured Michael Currie, Jack Houghton, Aidan Thompson and Mitch Graham with the team coming home sixth in 46.63secs. The 4 x 400 metres quartet of Dale Colley, Mitch Graham, Michael Wright and Jamie Crowe came home fifth with 3min 46.69secs to round off the day’s efforts. Guest events saw Under 17 Jack Houghton record 61.39secs in the 400metres hurdles and 12.22secs in the 100metres while another Under 17, Sean Clark, ran 25.22secs for 200metres.
As always there was great back-up from the Club’s Officials through Tom McMenemy, Gillian Marchant and Kenny Hislop.
Points on the day were Aberdeen 390; Central 286; Lasswade 248; Arbroath 243; Edinburgh 236; Shettleston and Victoria Park Glasgow tied on 172 and Kilbarchan 80.