Central had a full age range of athletes in the Scottish indoor Heptathlon championships with Jack Campbell in the Under-17 event, Erik Escala in the Under-20s and Ron Todd in the Masters’ championships. This event is the seven event indoor version of the ten event decathlon event and tests the athletes’ all round ability over two days of competition.
Erik has made big improvements in the last year and competed for Scotland in November at the schools’ pentathlon international. The 17-year-old from Dunblane knew the competition was going to be tough as he was up against Scott Brindlay of North Ayrshire and Calum Newby of Edinburgh who had taken the top two places at the UK championships in January. Erik had been forced to withdraw injured from the UK championships with one event remaining so was looking to finish on a good score. He opened well with a personal best 7.48 seconds in the 60 Metres then performed consistently for the rest of the day as he came close to his personal best in the Long Jump with 5.90m and Shot Put with 11.77m then High Jump with 1.77m. This put him in fourth place overnight on 2,480 points. A strong 60 Metres Hurdles of 9.07m maintained his position then he soared to a new personal best in the Pole Vault with 3.57m. He finished his weekend with a 1,000 Metres run of 3:15.18 to score a personal best 4,234 points and place fourth against a top quality field.
Jack Campbell was competing in his first ever Heptathlon and finished the first day with a complete set of personal bests as he sprinted to 8.30s in the 60 Metres, a Long Jump of 5.16m, threw the Shot Put 7.86m and a High Jump of 1.47m for a first day score of 1,614 points. He then continued this with a personal best 10.38s in the 60 Metres Hurdles, cleared 2.37m in his first ever Pole Vault and finished with 3:08.32 minutes in his first ever 1,000 Metres. This gave him a final score of 2,884 points and a respectable seventh place meaning he had set eight personal bests in seven events.
Ron Todd was taking on the Masters’ event and with age gradings used where performances are adjusted according to the athlete’s age, it makes it difficult to predict who will win. Ron opened with 8.64m in the 60 Metres, 4.41m at Long Jump, 10.16m at Shot Put and 3.07m at Pole Vault. This gave Ron an overnight lead on an age adjusted score of 2,539 points. On the second day he continued strongly with 10.54m at 60 Metres Hurdles then rolled back the years with an excellent High Jump of 1.51m, his best jump for many seasons. This gave Ron a lead going into the final 1,000 Metres event but he knew he was up against it as endurance isn’t his strongest area. He dug in to finish in 4:28.45 but this wasn’t enough to hold on to the lead. But Ron was happy with his second place and score of 4,245 points and particularly pleased with his High Jump. Afterwards he commented on what a great event it is with the camaraderie amongst the competitors during the event.
Under-17 Girls Pentathlon
Central had three competitors in the Under-17 Girls Pentathlon with Katherine Fowler, Molly Cornes and Ellen Montgomery taking on the five discipline event.
Katherine was in her first Pentathlon since making her international debut for Scotland in the schools pentathlon international in November. It was also her first pentathlon in the Under-17 age group. The 15-year-old from Callander started well with a personal best 8.01m in the Shot Put. In the 60 Metres Hurdles she looked to be heading for another personal best before she clipped a hurdle, but held her stride to finish in a decent 9.60s. There was joy for her in the Long Jump she leapt over the 5 metre mark for the first time ever jumping a personal best 5.03 metres. And there was further success for her in the High Jump where she jumped to another personal best 1.54m. This put her within sight of the medals. However, she was tired by the time of the 800 Metres and finished with 2:41.58 minutes which gave her fifth place overall, managing to set an excellent new personal best score of 2,977 points.
Molly Cornes opened well with 8.56m in the Shot Put, a new personal best 9.91s in the 60 Metres Hurdles and a respectable 4.90m at Long Jump. In her strongest High Jump event she was back on form and went clear at a season’s best 1.57m then came very close to her personal best 1.60m. Molly finished with 2:47.82 in the 800 Metres for a score of 2,884 points, just 56 points short of her personal best and tenth place overall.
Ellen Montgomery came close to her personal bests with 7.52m at Shot Put, 10.68s in the 60 Metres Hurdles, 4.24m at Long Jump and 2:56.85 at 800 Metres for a score of 1,717 points and 22nd place.
Under-15 Girls Pentathlon
Danielle Abel, Brogan MacMillan and Zosia Paddon took part in the Under-15 Girls Pentathlon. Danielle opened with a personal best 1.25m at High Jump then a respectable 10.35s in the 60 Metres Hurdles. She then set an excellent Long Jump personal best of 4.45m then followed this with 6.44m at Shot Put. She finished with 3:05.91 in the 800 Metres to score a personal best 2,039 points for 18th place.
Brogan MacMillan achieved a High Jump of 1.13m and ran 12.71s in the 60 Metres Hurdles. A respectable 6.55m in the Shot Put was followed by 3:02.57 in the 800 Metres for a final score of 1,286 points and 31st place.
Zosia Paddon did not have the luckiest of starts. A delay on arrival meant she was too late to take part in the High Jump but was allowed to continue in the event. Her bad luck continued in the 60 Metres Hurdles where she was well placed and heading for a big personal best when she caught the last hurdle badly and took a tumble. She had the presence of mind to get back up and finish in 13.75s but this cost her a fast time. She carried on and came close to a personal best in Long Jump with 3.46m, set a personal best in Shot Put with 6.46m and ran well in the final 800 Metres event, her strongest event to finish with 2:42.44. In spite of missing an event and her mishap in the hurdles she still set a personal best score of 1,212 points for 32nd place.
Under-15 Boys Pentathlon
The Under-15 Boys event saw Ruaridh Burns, Dylan McCulloch returning after taking part last year and Douglas Fleming in his first ever pentathlon.
Ruaridh started with an excellent personal best 5.47 metres, adding 40cm to his previous best, to put him in third place overall. Dylan McCulloch set a personal best 4.50m and Douglas jumped 4.11m. In the 60 Metres Hurdles Douglas ran 12.00s in his first ever race then in the final, top-seeded race Ruaridh ran a personal best 10.57s to narrowly hold off Dylan who also ran a personal best 10.68s.
In the High Jump Dylan cleared a personal best 1.27m, Douglas cleared 1.45m and Ruaridh went on to a season’s best 1.57m for fourth highest jump of the day. In the Shot Put it was Douglas’s chance to shine as he threw 8.25m, the fifth top throw of the day. Ruaridh managed 8.19m and Dylan set a personal best 6.66m.
The final 800 Metres event came upon them and the first heat saw Dylan and Douglas set personal bests with Dylan running 2:30.84 and Douglas 2:49.85. Ruaridh was in the final heat for the event leaders and in a strong event for him finished third in a season’s best 2:16.47 minutes. This gave Ruaridh a final score of 2,234 points for an excellent fifth place. Dylan also set a personal best score 1,540 points for 11th overall and Douglas scored 1,310 points in his first pentathlon for 13th place.
Under-13 Girls Pentathlon
Central were well represented in the Under-13 Girls Pentathlon with Loren Stewart, Niamh McKinlay, Amelia Campbell and Fia Watkin taking part. Loren and Niamh were returning after taking part in this event last year. Amelia and Fia were attempting their first ever Pentathlon. For Amelia it was her first ever competition for the club.
The opening High Jump event saw a personal best 1.17m for Niamh and Amelia clear a respectable 1.23m. Loren went on to an excellent season best 1.32m for third place. In the 60 Metres Hurdles Fia was fastest in her first ever race with 12.13s followed by Loren who ran a personal best 12.52s. Amelia managed 13.83s in her first ever race. Niamh looked to be heading for a personal best in her race but unfortunately hit the final hurdle and took a tumble. She managed to get herself straight back up and finish in 13.75s but her time would have been much quicker had she stayed on her feet.
In the Long Jump Fia jumped a personal best 3.26m, Niamh a personal best 3.55m, Amelia an excellent 3.61m in her first competition and Loren set a seasons best mark of 4.05m. In the shot there was personal bests all round with Loren throwing 6.05m, Amelia 5.05m, Fia 4.17m and Niamh 5.02m.
In the final 800 Metres Fia managed fourth in the first heat with 3:02.90, Niamh was a clear winner of the second heat in 2:38.48, just missing her personal best. Amelia followed behind in 3:04.62. Loren took part in the third heat where she ran 2:48.60 for fourth in a close race.
When the scores were added up Loren had set a new personal best 1,814 points for 10th place overall. Niamh also had a new personal best 1,457 points for 17th. Amelia scored 1,263 points for 20th and Fia 1,015 points for 28th overall.
Under-13 Boys Pentathlon
The Under-13 Boys Pentathlon saw Lewis Miller, Jamie Connor and Cameron Moore all attempting their first ever pentathlon. In the opening Shot Put event Lewis placed fifth with 6.45m, Cameron was 10th with 5.52m and Jamie 13th with 5.52m.
In the 60 Metres Hurdles there were personal bests all round with Lewis third quickest overall with 10.85s, Jamie ran 11.79s and Cameron managed 12.60s. The High Jump also saw new personal bests all round with Jamie clearing 1.20m, Cameron 1.23m and Lewis 6th highest at 1.29m. In the Long Jump event Lewis jumped 4.07m, Jamie set a new personal best 3.73m and Cameron also set a new personal best 3.54m.
This left just the 800 Metres where Cameron ran a personal best 3:10.28 to finish on 736 points and 16th place. Jamie also ran a personal best 2:43.12 to score 996 points for 12th place. Lewis was in the final heat and in the hunt for the medals. He pushed hard and managed a personal best 2:51.64 however this was not quite enough for a podium place. He can be proud though of fourth place and a score of 1,240 points.
Overall the combined events championships saw 19 Central AC athletes competing which is a great turnout. Eight athletes were competing for the first time ever and eight more set personal best scores. The athletes all had a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Well done to all our competitors.