Central pair Erik Escala and Coirilidh Cook were on international duty at the weekend as they represented Scotland in the annual school track and field international. This event brings together the top schools athletes from England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland and this year was hosted by Wales at Swansea.
Coirilidh Cook was competing in the 80 Metres Hurdles and 4×100 Metres Relay after winning the Scottish schools hurdles title in June. The 15-year-old from Balfron has previously represented Scotland in both these event at the Celtic games last year where she won double gold, but this was her first international for Scottish schools. In the 80 Metres Hurdles she placed an excellent fifth place in a top class field with 12.08 seconds. She then won bronze as part of the 4×100 Metres Relay team as her third leg run helped the team to third place. Coirilidh has another year in this age group so will look to make more impact next year.
For Erik it was a particularly proud moment as he made his international debut. The 16-year-old from Dunblane was selected in the Shot Put event after winning silver at the Scottish schools in June. Erik managed 12.38 metres for seventh place overall, a respectable result for a multi-eventer up against a field of top class shot put specialists. Erik will be aiming to make more of a challenge in the combined events international later this year where he will be able to show his prowess, not only in throwing but in jumps and sprints as well.