Central AC – Press Report – 12 June 2016
Central Athletic Club Mens Team travelled to Aberdeen on Sunday for their second Scottish Division One Track and Field Match of the Season and journeyed home having finished second to home Club and last year’s champions Aberdeen AAC. The match was held in benign conditions and saw another superb Team effort from athletes across the Club with a few personal bests to boot.
The first track event, the 400metres hurdles, saw Michael Wright in fourth ‘A’ place (65.15secs) and David Lindsay’s personal best gaining third ‘B’ points (65.55secs). In the 800metres it was Dale Colley who finished in second ‘A’ spot with 1min 54.71secs and Robert Russell in fourth ‘B’ with 2-06.21. The 100metre series saw Johnathon McGuire clock 11.68secs to finish sixth ‘A’ and Sean Clark take sixth ‘B’ with an improved 12.02sec run. Aidan Thompson and Michael Wright picked up maximum points for the Club in the 3000metres Steeplechase with Aidan winning with 9-38.44 ahead of the fast finishing Michael, 9-40.63. Michael Currie shouldered responsibility in the ‘A’ 400metres and was rewarded with a personal best time of 51.65secs while under 20 league debutant Fraser MacPherson clocked 54.75secs to pick up more useful points as fifth ‘B’ runner. Scott Green was always to the fore in the 1500metres and finished a close-up second with 3-59.1 ahead of Dale Colley’s first ‘B’ placing in 4-08.0. The 200mete series saw Michael Currie power to fifth ‘A’ placing in 23.41secs, backed up by Sean Clark in sixth ’B’ spot with 24.84secs. In the 5000metres it was Conan McCaughey who underlined his endurance credentials to come through in fourth place 15-07.36 while Robert Russell hung in for third ‘B’ spot with 16-10.92.
Throwing events were mainly covered by Gary Sweeney and Donavan Webster with both athletes claiming personal bests. Gary won the shot put with a new best of 13.88metres then went on to take third in the discus (35.65metres) before finishing first ‘B’ in the hammer with a best of 33.64metres. Donavan picked up first ‘B’ points in both shot put (10.85metres) and discus (35.40metres) and gained a new best in the hammer, finishing second ‘A’ with 35.24metres. Under 20 athlete Lewis Livingston again helped out in the javelin with a best throw of 33.88metres before clearing 2.40metres in the pole vault. Under 20 athlete Cameron McCorgray added a touch of class to the high jump as he cleared 1.91metres to finish second overall. Peter Muirhead also proved his worth to the Club as he won the long jump with a fine jump of 6.80metres while Michael Wright picked up more useful points in the triple jump.
The 4 x 100metres relay featured Sean Clark, Johnathan McGuire, Michael Wright and Peter Muirhead with the team finishing in a more than useful fourth place with 45.84secs. The 4 x 400 metres quartet of Dale Colley, Scott Green, Aidan Thompson and Fraser MacPherson finished seventh with 3min 36.7secs only to be disqualified for a slight technical infringement.
There was great back-up from the Club’s Officials through Tom McMenemy and Stuart MacPherson.
On the day Aberdeen were run away winners with Central in second. Overall match points now see Aberdeen on 16, Central (14), Arbroath (10), Victoria Park Glasgow (8), Lasswade (7) Edinburgh and Shettleston (6) and Kilbarchan (5).