YDL U17/U20 MATCH 2 REPORT
Central athletes headed south to Doncaster last weekend to compete as part of Team Forth Valley in the second match of this season’s Youth Development League for under 17 and under 20 athletes. Although missing some athletes due to clashes with exams the team continued it successful season finishing in second place on 611 points just nine points behind top English club, City of Sheffied & Dearne AC.
The day began well for TFV with an early win for Nathan Rix in his debut at the hammer leading the U17M B event with a throw of 20.16m. He later won the U17M discus B event with a new personal best of 20.16m. Cameron McCorgray was on form topping 1.90m to win the U20M high jump A event. He later took third place in the U20M discus with a pb throw of 24.16m. Younger brother, Ross, not to be outdone, jumped a pb of 10.63m in the U17M triple jump to finish in second place, and was third in the U17M javelin (25.19m). The women field athletes matched this with Caitlin Edgar winning the U20W long jump (5.08m) followed by second place in the U20W javelin B event with a throw of 23.51m. Enjoying her YDL debut, Laura McKenzie jumped 1.45m for third in the U17W high jump and was fourth in the U17W shot put (8.35m).
First on track was Jack Houghton who won the U17M 400m hurdles race in 62.1s. He later completed a hurdles double winning the U17M 100m hurdles in 15.1s. He was followed by Sarah Pearson who had two close seconds in the U20W 400m hurdles (67.2s) and 100m hurdles (15.8s).
Central’s endurance runners were out in force with Iain Davies winning the U20M’s 1500m (4:04.9) and Keir Howlieson, in a well-judged race, finishing strongly to take second place in the U17M 1500m (4:22.05). The 3000m men’s races saw a quartet of Central athletes racking up points for the team with wins for Iain Davies in the U20M A race (9:12.7), Sandy Holl in the U17M A race (9:43.2) and Tom Graham Marr in the U17M B race (9:51.0). Jamie Wastling, returning to competition after exams, finished second in the U20M B race (10:27.3), all four athletes running personal best times. In the 800m Keir Howlieson repeated his second place in the U17M A race (2:07.8) and Sandy Holl took fourth place in the B race (2:25.1). Completing the middle distance races Jamie Wastling took on the challenging 2000m steeple chase for the first time to finish fourth in 7:55.6.
The sprinters also enjoyed success with John MacLennan winning both the U17M 100m (11.5s) and the 200m (23.6s) A races, Lydia Simpson winning the U20W 200m B race (26.4s) and Fraser MacPherson winning the U20M 400m B race in a pb of 53.9s. Jamie Paterson clinched two second places in tough races in the U20M 200m (23.1s a new pb) and 400m (51.6s) A races, and Johnathan McGuire, back after injury, ran strongly to take third in the U20M 100 A race (11.8s). Laura Mckenzie also ran a pb of 43.6s to finish fifth in a very fast U17W 300m.
The day concluded with an exciting set of relays with Central athletes featuring in all the teams. The women clinched two victories in the U17W 4x300m in a new team record of 2:57.7 and in the U20W 4x400m (4:23.0). The U17M were also first home in the 4x100m (47.0), but the U20M 4x100m team just missed out in a tight finish which saw the first three teams cross the line within less than half a second. The relays were completed with two further second places in the U17M 4x400m (3:50.3) and the U20M 4x400m (3:40.8)
Despite the second place finish, Forth Valley remain first overall in the league after their win in match 1, and the team are looking forward to their next match at York on 26 June.