Scottish Under-20 Championships
Central AC’s Molly Cornes was in seventh heaven as she picked up her first ever Scottish medal at the Scottish Under-20 championships. The 15-year-old from Balfron has been a Central AC member for many years and had numerous high placed finishes at Scottish and Scottish schools championships over the years at Long Jump, High Jump and Combined events. However a podium finish has always eluded her. After missing out again at the Scottish Under-17 championships in January then another fourth place at the Scottish schools in February, Molly decided to test herself against the older Under-20 age group in the High Jump. She was feeling on good form after a season’s best 1.57m in the recent pentathlon championships and went clear at her opening height of 1.49m and then cleared 1.54m at the second attempt. With four athletes still in the competition Molly still had work to do to guarantee a medal. This came with an excellent 1.59m clearance at the second attempt for a season’s best jump, just below her personal best of 1.60m set a year ago. Just one other athlete went clear leaving Molly a guaranteed top two finish and in a straight battle for the title. The bar was then raised to a lofty 1.64m and Molly came very close to taking the lead on her second attempt but just took the bar off. Ultimately Molly had to settle for second but was proud as punch to finally step up on the podium for the first time in her long career and collect her silver medal.
In contrast Ben MacMillan has been a regular visitor to the podium at the Emirates arena with medals stretching back to Under-15 in 2016. Having already taken silver in the 3,000 Metres in January, Ben was taking on the 1,500 Metres. He kept pace with the leaders and was part of a group of three that broke clear from the pack. Sitting in third place going into the final lap Ben attacked with 100m to go and moved into second place but was unable to catch the leader and took second place and a silver medal. His time was an excellent 3:59:23 which broke the club Under-20 record.
Briagha Cook was taking on the 60 Metres Hurdles and managed a respectable fourth place overall and second placed Scot across the line in 9.40s after 9.32s in the heats.
In the sprints, hurdler Lois Burch stepped up from the Under-17 age group to set personal bests in the 200 Metres with 27.18s in the heats and 27.13s for ninth in the semi-finals. She ran a personal best 8.43s in the 60 Metres. Lucy More also took on the 60 Metres where she managed a season’s best 8.31s for 12th.
Scottish Under-15 Championships
Tyler Hunter was on superb form at the Scottish Under-15 championships as he picked up two medals at the Emirates Arena on Sunday 1 March. The 14-year-old Central AC athlete from Dollar had never previously won a medal at a national level event but came close at the Scottish schools in February when he reached his first ever Scottish final in the Under-16 60 Metres hurdles. Tyler started in the High Jump where he was joined by Central teammate Ruairidh Burns. Ruairidh came into the competition also looking for a first national medal and had good reason for optimism as he was fourth in the Scottish rankings with a best of 1.60m. Tyler however was coming into the event with a best of only 1.44m so had no expectations here. Tyler and Ruairidh both started at 1.39m. Both athletes had first time clearances all the way to 1.54m, already a personal best for Tyler. Tyler then went clear at the first attempt at 1.59m, and Ruairidh joined him after the second attempt. At 1.64m there were only four athletes left. Tyler went clear again at the first attempt to guarantee a medal. Ruaridh was unable to go any higher than his season’s best 1.59m but with just Tyler and one other going clear, Ruaridh had done enough to secure third place and bronze. Tyler was now in a straight head to head and continued his run with a clearance at 1.67m. He then thought he had cleared 1.70m but even though the bar stayed on, the uprights had dropped on one side. After a consultation with the rule book the jump was judged faulty due to equipment failure meaning it didn’t count as either a clearance or a failure. Tyler was unable to go clear in three further attempts but he had done enough to secure an excellent second place and superb personal best 1.67m. This gave Central AC a medal double with Tyler taking silver and Ruaridh bronze. This was a proud moment for both boys as they received their first ever national medals together.
Tyler did not have long to wait for his second medal as he was quickly in action in the 60 Metres Hurdles where he took third place with 9.61s. He also set a personal best in the flat 60 Metres with 7.97s for 12th fastest in the semi-finals.
Central’s other medal was more expected as Connor Bell went into the 800 Metres as clear favourite after a club record run of 2:04.97 in January. Connor cruised through his heat in 2:11.53 then was challenged in the final but ran away in the end to finish in 2:05.06, missing his club record by 0.09s, to take gold. Ruaridh Burns just missed out on the 800 Metres final, running 2:16.75 in the heats for ninth fastest.
Catriona Kane was on great form in the 1,500 Metres as she took an excellent sixth place in a time of 5:10.55. Zosia Paddon was 15th in the heats with a personal best 5:43.56.
In the 60 Metres Hurdles, Danielle Abel set a personal best 10.06s for 12th place in the semi-finals. Brogan MacMillan also set a personal best 11.79s in the heats and ran 49.42s in the 300 Metres then threw 6.58m in the Shot Put.
In the 60 Metres Kate Gilvear ran a personal best 8.75s in the heats to qualify for the semi-finals then went even faster with 8.68s in the semis for 19th overall. Hannah Tams managed 8.98s, Sophie Morgan a personal best 9.15s and Scarlet Roy a personal best 9.58s. Hannah then ran 31.05s in the 200 Metres and Sophie another personal best 31.12s.
In the 800 Metres Scarlett Roy ran a personal best 2:47.93 and Jamie Oldham managed 2:29.05 after jumping 3.71m at Long Jump.
In the field Dylan McCulloch was 12th in the Long Jump after jumping 4.50m and 13th in Shot Put with 5.00m.
Scottish Under-13 Championships
Central AC’s Under-13 athletes produced a host of personal bests as they took part in the Scottish Under-13 indoor championships at the Emirates arena on Saturday 29 February.
Niamh McKinlay celebrated her first ever Scottish medal in the 800 Metres as she followed the leaders all the way round to smash her personal best and take third place for bronze. The 12-year-old from Aberfoyle took a huge 7 seconds off her personal best with a time of 2:32.27.
Niamh had earlier set a new personal best in the 60 Metres Hurdles as she placed tenth in the semi-finals with 10.78s.
Lewis Miller just missed out on the podium twice in the day. The 12-year-old from Dunblane was edged into fourth place in the 60 Metres but was rewarded with a new club record in a superb time of 8.43s. He then experienced another fourth place in the Long Jump as he jumped a personal best 4.44m. Lewis also set a new best in the 200 Metres semi-finals with 28.71s as he just missed the final where he was joined by Jamie Connor who ran a personal best 30.07s in his heat to progress to the semi-finals. Earlier Jamie had just missed the final in the 60 Metres Hurdles with 11.80s.
Leya Gibb also narrowly missed a medal in the 1,500 Metres as she set a new personal best 5:28.01 minutes for fourth place. In the 800 Metres Ossian Arkotxa ran a season’s best 2:34.24 minutes for ninth place.
In the field Loren Stewart cleared a season’s best 1.34m in the High Jump for sixth place after jumping 4.01m at Long Jump for 12th. Connie Bateman threw a personal best 6.36m in the Shot Put for a respectable seventh. There were further personal bests for Dara Clarke in the High Jump with 1.24m for 11th and Finlay MacGregor in the boys High Jump with 1.14m for 10th.
The 60 Metres heats saw personal bests for Emma Anderson 9.48s, Sophia Waring 9.54s, Fia Watkin 9.70s and Finlay MacGregor 9.62s. Emma and Fia also took on the 60 Metres Hurdles where Emma ran 12.73s and Fia 12.79s.