The weekend saw the East District Championships take place across the full range of age categories, with Central athletes producing strong performances throughout.
Aidan Thompson was Central AC’s star performer at the East District championships taking a superb golden double in the 1500m and 3000m steeplechase. The 20-year-old Stirling University student has been an integral part of Central’s all conquering cross country team over the winter but has turned his attention to the track for the summer.
The 1500m on the Friday evening session was a tactical affair with nobody taking the pace on but Aidan had the sprint for the important final straight as he held off Ben Potrykus of Pitreavie to cross the line first in 4:03.29 minutes. Matthew Sutherland followed in 3rd in 4:14.50 minutes to make it two Central athletes on the podium.
Aidan returned for the Saturday session to take on the 3000m steeplechase and was in full control as he took his second gold in 9:37.31 minutes leading home his Central teammate Michael Wright who finished in 9:43.13 minutes. Central AC’s top senior field event athlete, Peter Muirhead, took on the long jump against a high class field and took a respectable 3rd place with 7.11m.
Central were well-represented in the 200m event. Michael Currie was on great form not being put off by a headwind to take 4th in the 200m in a personal best 22.78s, just 0.18s off the bronze. Joining Michael in the 200m field were Central AC stalwarts Cameron Smith (24.67s) and Ian McDonald (25.60s) who showed they still had a turn of pace in their heats.
Catriona Laing was in superb form as she dominated the 400m event. The 17-year-old from Dunblane led from start to finish to take gold in a season’s best 58.42s. Also on form in the race was Madeleine Woods who looked like she might join Catriona on the podium entering the home straight in 3rd place. However, she was just overtaken in the final run-in, ending up in 5th place, but can still be proud as she set a new personal best 62.31s.
Lauren McCulloch was also on the podium in the 800m after running a season’s best 2:23.18, and another season’s best for Lauren in the 1500m (5:04.75) was enough for 7th.
Central’s Under-17s were on great form taking a total of 9 medals.
Emma Mailer set an excellent personal best 45.15s to take the gold in the 300m Hurdles leading home a Central 1-2 with Katie Sharkey 2nd in 46.01s. Emma went on to add a bronze in the 300m running 41.68s ahead of Elizabeth Thompson who took 5th in 42.55s. Katie also went on to add another medal with silver in the 80m Hurdles in a season’s best 11.97s.
There was another Central 1-2 in the Pole Vault as Matt Chandler took gold with 3.80m ahead of Matthew Meredith who won silver. The event was interrupted by heavy rain meaning Matt was unable to go higher. Rachel Methven took 2 medals in the throwing events with a silver in the shot (9.53m) and bronze in the discus (23.09m).
Anna Cameron added another bronze in the long jump. She left it late but a final round jump of 4.96m lifted her into a podium position. She had earlier taken 4th in the 100m with 13.27s into a stiff breeze. Lucy Smith set a personal best in her new triple jump event with 9.92m for 5th, just 6cm from the bronze. Skye Henderson set a season’s best 2:26.04 minutes for 6th in the 800m and Rosie Eckersley was 7th in the 1500m with 5:04.38 minutes.
Another 4 medals came from Central’s Under-15 contingent. Coirilidh Cook dominated the 75m hurdles taking gold in a personal best 11.76s.
Lewis Dow was also on dominant form as he won his 800m by a 5 second margin in 2:05.90 minutes. Daniel Bruce was proud to win his first ever district medals with a bronze medal double in the long jump with a personal best 4.79m and in the 80m hurdles with 13.59s. Shona McLay was also on the podium running 43.1s for bronze in the 300m.
Thomas Woods took 6th in the long jump (4.02m) and ran 2:30.40 minutes in the 800m. Naomi Howlieson was 8th at high jump with 1.29m and ran a season’s best 800m (2:45.97 minutes). Tasting championship action for the first time was Rosanna Savoury, who just missed the 200m final after running 28.79s and reached the semi-finals in the 100m with 13.96s. Also in her first ever championship was Eilidh MacKenzie who set two personal bests in the 300m (47.27s) and 100m (14.86s).
Central’s Under-13s were mainly tasting championship action for the first time ever and were rewarded with many new personal bests.
The girls 800m saw 4 Central athletes competing, all setting new best performances. Amy Cully placed 6th overall with 2:40.31 minutes. Anna MacKinnon was 2nd in the B race for 8th overall in 2:47.69, followed by Brogan McMillan who was 3rd in the B race with 2:48.20 and Ellie Ross 5th in the B race with 2:54.54.
Curtis Dennison was on form taking 6th in the 100m final with a season’s best 14.49s having set a personal best in the 200m with 29.54s earlier. He then added another personal best in the long jump (3.95m) for 8th. The chances of personal bests in the sprints was reduced by strong headwinds but Lucy Hensman (200m, 34.00s), Marissa Welsh (200m, 36.51s) and Megan Dunlop (100m 15.36s) all performed well.
Overall it was excellent to see these Central athletes stepping up to test themselves at championships. Well done!