Central AC athlete, Dorottya Csuta was on medal winning form as she took a fine silver at the Scottish Under-17 indoor championships. The 15-year-old Hungarian based athlete was back in Scotland three weeks after winning the Scottish 3,000 Metres title in a European Youth Championship qualifying time. This time she was taking on the 1,500 Metres distance where she found herself up against top class Edinburgh athlete Katie Johnson who had finished just behind Dorottya in the 3,000 Metres event. Dorottya took the lead at the start and ran from the front but with 400 metres to go Katie attacked and took a lead she never relinquished. Dorottya dug in all the way and finished second in an excellent new club record time of 4:38.24 for silver. Such was the quality of the race, both Katie and Dorottya had run inside the previous championship record.
Also in the 1,500 Metres final was Summer MacLean who took a respectable seventh in 4:55.56 after knocking a huge 18 seconds off her previous best.
Elsewhere the standard was high as the Emirates Arena is getting a reputation as the fastest indoor track in the Britain, resulting in a large influx of competitors from the rest of the UK in the sprints, hurdles and jumps. This made some events effectively a UK championship.
Coirilidh Cook ran an excellent personal best in the 60 Metres Hurdles as she dipped below nine seconds for the first time with a time of 8.99s in both the semi-final and final. This placed her the top Scottish competitor but was only enough for fourth in a high class race. Also in the 60 Metres Hurdles, Lois Burch has made big strides recently and continued this with a big personal best 9.27s in her heat. She followed this up with 9.30s in the semi-final which left her in ninth place, just missing a place in the final. However she was sixth placed Scottish athlete so will look to build on this and get into the medals in future.
Katherine Fowler sprinted to a new personal best 8.11s in the 60 Metres placing 12th overall and sixth fastest Scot as she reached the semi-finals. Katherine and Lois also both progressed to the 200 Metres semi-finals, with Katherine running 26.90s and Lois 27.61s. However, their earlier efforts left them tired for the semi-finals and unable to progress further.
Molly Cornes was on form in the Long Jump as she leapt to a season’s best 5.13m for seventh overall and fifth Scot. She had to settle for 10th place at High Jump with 1.54m after she just missed 1.59m. Louise Carroll placed 18th at High Jump with 1.44m and then 12th at Triple Jump with a season’s best 9.74m. Jumping alongside her was Ellen Montgomery who placed 15th with 8.89m and Rebecca Cumming who was 16th with 8.64m. For Rebecca this was her first step back into competition after a year out with injury.
In the 800 Metres Amy Cully fought hard to reach the final but faded to finish in 2:28.74. There was a personal best run for Naomi Howlieson who ran 2:31.99 minutes. Finlay Marchant was the only Central AC boy taking part and ran 8.23s in the 60 Metres and 26.97s in the 200 Metres.