Central AC – Press Report – 27 August 2016
The final meeting in this year’s Scottish Athletics (Mens) League saw Central Athletic Club’s athletes finish in fourth place, again facing strong competition throughout. The almost perfect conditions for athletics assisted in encouraging personal bests and again all athletes contributed to another strong Team performance.
The opening track event of the day, the 400metres hurdles, saw Michael Wright again running through strongly for fourth ‘A’ place (63.77secs) and David Lindsay’s 66.26secs run gaining fourth ‘B’ points. In the 800metres it was Tom Watson who caught the eye with an emphatic winning run of 1min 51.57secs with back-up from Jamie Crowe in second ‘B’ spot with 2-00.20. The 100metre series saw Under 17, John MacLennan come through in fourth place with an excellent 11.37secs run and Michael Currie with a personal best of 11.49secs. Michael Wright and David Lindsay picked up more points for the Club in the 3000metres steeplechase with Michael finishing third in 9-42.98 and David picking up a new personal best as second ‘B’ runner with 10-40.51. Fraser MacPherson shouldered 400metres responsibility coming through in fifth with 54.39secs. Alastair Hay proved to be the top runner in the 1500metres to win impressively with a season’s best of 3min 48.22secs with Ruaridh Miller ensuring maximum points for the Club by winning the ‘B’ event in 4min 11.29secs. The 200mete series saw Michael Currie power to sixth ‘A’ placing in 23.32secs, backed up by Mitchell Graham in eighth ’B’ spot with 25.04secs. The 10,000metres was run in very warm conditions so congratulations are due to Dale Colley who took some 3 minutes from his personal best to record 31min 52.60secs in second ‘A’ placing and Alex Hendry finishing in second ‘B’ place with a classy run of 32-22.31.
This time around the throwing events were picked up by Ron Todd with fifth place in the discus (29.02metres), seventh in the javelin (30.52metres) and eighth in the shot put (7.82metres). Under 17 athlete Matthew Chandler proved his worth with a personal best clearance in the pole vault, an impressive 3.90metres. Ron Todd again provided back-up with third ‘B’ points (2.60metres). Under 20 athlete Cameron McCorgray also brought top jumping skills as he cleared 1.90metres for second ‘A’ place in the high jump while Matthew Chandler weighed in with a best of 1.75metres for second ‘B’ spot. Pete Muirhead soared out to an impressive 6.94metres to finish third in the long jump while Cameron McCorgray finished second in the ‘B’ event with a 6.43metre personal best. Younger brother, Ross McCorgray had a best effort of 10.50metres for eighth ‘A’ place in the triple jump. .
The 4 x 100metres relay featured, Pete Muirhead, John MacLennan, Dale Colley and Matt Chandler, the team finishing fifth with a tasty 44.95secs clocking. The 4 x 400 metres quartet of Dale Colley, Alastair Hay, Ruaridh Miller and Fraser MacPherson were annoyingly disqualified for a slight technical infringement, mirroring the GB Mens Team in the Olympics.
As throughout the season, there was great back-up from the Club’s Officials through Tom McMenemy, John Dickson, and Stuart MacPherson.
On the day Aberdeen continued their winning ways with Victoria Park Glasgow in second followed by Arbroath and Central. Overall match points saw Aberdeen as champions on 32, Central (23), Victoria Park Glasgow (22) and Arbroath (17), while Lasswade (13), Kilbarchan (13), Shettleston (12) and Edinburgh (12) fought out a relegation battle with Shettleston and Edinburgh being relegated. Inverness and Pitreavie were promoted from Division 2.