Central AC – Press Report – 14 June 2015
With holidays, illness and other competitions over the weekend taking its toll it was a somewhat depleted Central Athletic Club Mens Team that travelled to Inverness for the second Division One Track and Field Match of the Season. Once results were totalled Central’s team finishing in a lowly sixth place on the day and are now fourth overall in the League. There were however a string of superb performances from the athletes who made the journey as they took advantage of the excellent weather conditions.
The first track event, the 400metres hurdles, saw Liam Halliday finish in sixth ‘A’ place (66.47secs) and newcomer Sam McGuigan fourth ‘B’ (70.35secs) in his first ever track outing. The 800metres saw Tom Watson dominate a quality field to win the ‘A’ race (1-54.17) with Dale Colley likewise controlling the ‘B’ event (1.55.12) to take maximum points. In the 100metre series it was Under 17 John MacLennan who matched himself against some of Scotland’s best as he finished fifth with 11.76secs while another Under 17 Sean Clark, made his debut at this level, to come home fifth in the ‘B’ race with 12.26secs.
Aidan Thompson made his 3000metres Steeplechase debut running a well-controlled race to win an exciting race with a superb sprint finish in 9-34.02secs; while Lewis Millar proved his credentials with a gritty performance for second ‘B’ (10-13.07). It was Tom Watson who shouldered responsibility in the 400metres against a top field finishing a close-up second ‘A’ with an excellent 50.21secs effort.
Jamie Crowe and Scott McDonald were always in contention in the 1500metres in yet another high class race as Jamie finished fourth ‘A’ (3-58.65) and Scott first ‘B’ (4.02.03). The 200mete series saw John MacLennan running strongly once again to finish seventh ‘A’ (24.12secs) while Jamie Paterson showed all his speed endurance in second ‘B’ (23.50secs) and given the same time as the winner. The 5000metres proved an intriguing race with Cameron Milne making his league and finishing a close third (15-01.61) while Conan McCaughey also ran a strong race to take top ‘B’ points with 15-18.73.
It was the field events where the Central team were most depleted but here Gary Sweeney stepped-up for the throwing duties to finish third in the shot put with a best of 12.91metres but was less pleased with a discus throw of 28.19metres for eighth while his hammer best of 32.33metres for sixth somewhat redeemed his day. Colin Christie proved his worth once again with a pole vault clearance of 2.60metres for third and a 1.40metre high jump clearance while Sam McGuigan, also making his field debut, cleared 1.45metres in the high jump and had a best of 5.24metes in the long jump. Under 17 athlete Keiran Halliday long jumped to 5.43metres before retiring from the day with an injury sustained in warming up for the triple jump an event which saw his brother Liam record a best jump of 10.10metres.
The 4 x 100metres relay featured Jamie Paterson, Sean Clark, Liam Halliday and John MacLennan with the team coming home sixth (46.09secs). The 4 x 400 metres quartet of Jamie Paterson, Aidan Thompson, Dale Colley and Tom Watson finished fourth with 3min 29.62secs only to be disqualified for a slight technical infringement.
As always there was great back-up from the Club’s Officials through John Dickson, Tom McMenemy, Meg Sweeney and Kenny Hislop.
Points on the day were Aberdeen 384; Kilbarchan 278; Victoria Park Glasgow 249; Shettleston 241; Inverness 238; Central 224; Edinburgh 216 and Falkirk Victoria 170. League points are now Aberdeen 15; Victoria Park Glasgow 14; Kilbarchan 12; Central 9; Shettleston 8; Edinburgh 6; Inverness 5; Falkirk Victoria 3 with all to play for in the last matches at Kilmarnock (5th July) and Meadowbank (30th August).