There were a host of new personal best performances for Central AC’s athletes at the Scottish Under-17 indoor championships at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on Saturday. Daniel Ferguson and Molly Cornes were the top performers as Central’s youngsters took on the best in Scotland.
Sprint hurdler, Daniel Ferguson is no stranger to top flight competition. The 16-year-old from Tullibody won a silver medal for Scotland at last year’s Celtic Games international. Daniel was contesting the 60 Metre Hurdles and looked strong in his heat as he qualified in 3rd place equalling his personal best of 8.87 seconds. It was a close contest with 5 athletes qualifying within 0.1s of each other. The final was a fast race and Daniel ran hard but couldn’t quite get into the medals, finishing in fourth place, but was rewarded with an excellent new personal best of 8.74s. Daniel also managed a season’s best 7.68s in the 60 Metres flat, just missing his personal best.
Molly Cornes was contesting the High Jump and Long Jump and had the challenge of a timetable clash between the 2 events. The 14-year-old from Balfron opted to focus on the High Jump and cleared every height up to 1.53 metres after which the bar was then raised to 1.58m, higher than her personal best of 1.55m. After a close first attempt she managed to go clear at the second attempt to set a new personal best. She had some good attempts at 1.63m but was unable to improve further and pleased to finish in seventh place.
Molly then went straight over to the Long Jump and having missed the first 2 rounds had just one jump available to qualify for the top eight. She also had the difficulty of having missed the warm up meaning she had not been able to check her run up so had to trust the mark she had laid out. Thankfully the mark was spot on and she nailed a massive personal best jump of 5.30m to put her in 7th place and qualify for another 3 jumps. She was unable to improve on this position but her 46cm personal best puts her 3rd on the club indoor all-time list and earns her a silver standard on the club awards scheme.
Lois Burch is relatively inexperienced at this level but made big improvements in both the 60 Metre Hurdles and 200 Metres. The 15-year-old from Callander started with 9.71 seconds in the 60 Metre Hurdles which was a massive 0.66s personal best. This put her in 18th place but with eight English athletes ahead of her she was 10th fastest Scot. Also in the 60 Metre Hurdles, Coirilidh Cook was looking to get into the medals having won numerous titles at Under-15 last year including victory at the Celtic Games international. She looked comfortably won her heat in 9.17s, but in her semi-final caught the first hurdle leaving her unable to reach the final. Hurdlers always operate to fine margins and she will learn from this and look to get back to her best when she defends her Scottish Schools title in 2 weeks.
There was more to come from Lois as she took on the 200 Metres where she set another big personal best of 27.50s, knocking 1.2s from her previous fastest. Also setting a new mark in the 200 Metres was Mavia Duncan who ran a personal best 28.83s, a two second improvement on her previous best.
Lucy More sprinted well in the 60 Metres and having qualified for the semi-finals with 8.36s went even faster in her semi-final with 8.29s, just missing her personal best.
There were several other good performances by Central athletes. Kyra Gibb set an indoor best in the 1,500 Metres of 5 minutes 0.6 seconds to qualify for her final. Shona McLay qualified for the 300 Metres semi-finals with a time of 43.99s and Rebecca Cumming took on the Triple Jump, placing a respectable 12th with 8.93m.
It was good to see the Central athletes taking on the best in Scotland and the number being rewarded with new personal bests.