Central Athletic Club continued this year’s Mens Team Track and Field campaign with the third match in Kilmarnock on Sunday 5th July. The match saw Central finish in third on the day but slip to fifth overall in the League. Once again there were a string of superb performances from the athletes including a number of personal bests.
The first track event, the 400metres hurdles, saw Alex Hendry finish in sixth ‘A’ place (71.15secs) and David Lindsay fourth ‘B’ (69.41secs). The 800metres saw Dale Colley running determinately for third place in the ‘A’ race (1-57.04) with Aidan Thompson also showing good pace to finish fourth in the ‘B’ event (2.01.08). In the 100metre series it was Johnathan McGuire who shouldered responsibility to finish fourth with 11.36secs while Under 17 Andrew Sweeney, making his debut at this level, finished fourth in the ‘B’ race with 11.86secs.
The 3000metres Steeplechase was run in the midst of a severe rainstorm and here Scott Green looked somewhat back to his best finishing in third ‘A’ spot (9-32.49) while Alex Hendry ensured maximum ‘B’ points with 9-54.80. Jamie Paterson underlined his continuing progress with a personal best of 50.46secs for third ‘A’ spot in the 400metres while Dale Colley also reduced his personal best to 52.45secs taking the second ‘B’ slot. Jamie Crowe was another who ran to a new personal best in the 1500metres (3-57.02), just missing out on the overall win and Aidan Thompson ensured top ‘B’ points with a fine 4-06.13 effort. The 200mete series saw Johnathan McGuire running strongly again to finish fifth in the ‘A’ race (23.94secs) while Andrew Sweeney showed good speed endurance for fourth ‘B’ (24.64secs). The 5000metres proved an intriguing race with Scott McDonald running a well-controlled race for victory in 14-41.19 while Conan McCaughey picked up third ‘B’ points in 15-23.28.
Central were again somewhat depleted in the field events but here Ron Todd stepped-up for throwing duties covering javelin (32.06metres); shot put (8.86metres); discus (28.65metres) and hammer (26.57metres) while newcomer Lewis Livingston helped out with a 32.04 javelin best and Jamie Paterson with an 8.17metre shot put.
Ron Todd then cleared 3.30metres in a rain affected pole vault for third ‘A’ with Cameron Wilson taking maximum ‘B’ points with 2.70metres. Cameron then went on to claim a new personal best of 1.75metes in the high jump while Lewis Livingston had a best of 10.83metres in the triple jump. Peter Muirhead proved his worth with a 6.96metre long jump for third ‘A’ points and Lewis Livingston had a best of 4.76metres in the ‘B’ competition.
The 4 x 100metres relay featured Peter Muirhead, Johnathan McGuire, Jamie Paterson and Andrew Sweeney with the team coming home in an excellent third (44.61secs). The 4 x 400 metres quartet of Jamie Paterson, Aidan Thompson, Jamie Crowe and Dale Colley finished fifth with 3min 34.73secs.
As always there was great back-up from the Club’s Officials through John Dickson and Tom McMenemy.
Points on the day were Aberdeen 344; Shettleston 336; Central 259; Kilbarchan 256; Edinburgh 247; Victoria Park Glasgow 246; Falkirk Victoria 176 and Inverness 128. League points are now Aberdeen 23; Victoria Park Glasgow 17 (785 match points); Kilbarchan 17 (782); Shettleston 15 (803); Central 15 (750); Edinburgh 10; Inverness 6; Falkirk Victoria 5.