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Central AC – Press Report – 30 August 2015

Central Athletic Club completed this year’s Mens Team Track and Field season at Meadowbank, Edinburgh on Sunday 30th August. The match saw Central finish fourth on the day but move to third overall in the League. There were however a number of Central’s youngsters on show which may augur well for the future.

The first track event, the 400metres hurdles, saw the welcome return of Michael Wright finishing in style to finish in sixth ‘A’ place (64.23secs) while David Lindsay again provided solid back-up as third ‘B’ (67.88secs). The league normally doesn’t allow Under 17’s to compete in hurdle evets but gave special dispensation to Jack Houghton to compete as a guest in his first venture over senior heights with Jack acquitting himself well to finish in 63.20secs. The 800metres saw Alastair Hay coming through for second (1min 54.00secs) in a close race against some quality opposition. Iain Davies ran a conservative early race but showed his significant and well-judged sprint finish to win the ‘B’ 800metres with 1min 59.53secs. In the 100metre series it was Under 17 John MacLennan who underlined his late season form with victory in a close finish with 11.10secs while Michael Currie produced a strong run in the ‘B’ race to finish second with 11.53secs, holding off some quality opposition.

The 3000metres Steeplechase saw Michael Wright and David Lindsay return to the track and here Michael came through well in third ‘A’ spot (9-42.44) while David captured second place ‘B’ points with 11-38.14. Dale Colley stepped up in the ‘A’ 400metres showing some useful form to clock 52.90secs in third while Under 17 Jamie Price looked strong throughout his ‘B’ 400 venture to finish fourth in 53.67secs. Alex Hendry and Aidan Thompson also had to contend with some quality opposition in the 1500metres, including Scottish Champion Myles Edwards. In the final shake out Alex produced a fine finish for third ‘A’ spot (4min 2.10secs) while Aidan came through for third ‘B’ place with 4-14.23. The 200mete series saw Mitch Graham storming through for third in the ‘A’ race (23.19secs) while Under 17 prospect Andrew Sweeney showed improved form for second ‘B’ placing (23.51secs) in the closest finish of the day. This is the one league meeting of the season to feature the track 10,000metres, an attritional race at any time. On this occasion it was Alex Hendry and Dale Colley who stepped up to run the 25 laps for Central taking respective second ‘A’ and ‘B’ points with Alex timed at 31-49.77 and Dale at 34-52.60.

Central were again somewhat depleted in the field events with Ron Todd taking much of the throws responsibilities with performances covering javelin (33.09metres); discus (28.72metres) and hammer (26.45metres) to capture a bundle of points while newcomer Owen Honeyman helped out with a 31.13 javelin best. Ron then showed his versatility in clearing 3.20metres in the pole vault for third place.

It was great to see Under 17 Scottish High Jump Champion Cameron McCorgray stepping out for competition against senior opposition. Cameron powered through his early heights to record a best of 1.90metres on his way to a second ‘A’ placing. Owen Honeyman again provided back-up with a best of 1.55metres for fourth ‘B’ points. It was yet another Under 17, Keiran Halliday, who picked up more useful points with 5.43metres for sixth ‘A’ in the long jump and 11.69metres for fourth ‘A’ in the triple jump. Older brother Liam came through well for sixth ‘B’ long jump points with a best of 5.15metres and fourth ‘B’ triple jump points with 11.03metres.

The 4 x 100metres relay featured Michael Currie, Mitch Graham, Sean Clark and John MacLennan with the team coming home in an excellent 44.49secs in fourth spot. The 4 x 400 metres quartet of Andrew Sweeney, Aidan Thompson, Alastair Hay and Dale Colley finished fifth with 3min 36.95secs.

There were further guest appearances during the day with the feature being a 100metre race including eight Central athletes. Winner here was Mitch Graham (11.70secs) followed in by Andrew Sweeney (11.77), Liam Halliday (11.81), Kieran Halliday (12.07), Sean Clark (12.20), Jack Houghton (11.20), Euan Lambert (12.32) and Jamie Price (12.33). Euan Lambert also ran a more than useful 200metres 24.98secs in a guest 200metre spot.

As always there was great back-up from the Club’s Officials through John Dickson, Tom McMenemy and Xavier Cid.

Points on the day were Aberdeen 357; Victoria Park Glasgow 291; Edinburgh 285; Central 272; Shettleston 223; Falkirk 213; Kilbarchan 179 and Inverness 144. At the end of the season Aberdeen were champions with 31 league points followed by Victoria Park Glasgow 24, Central 20, Shettleston 19 (1025 match points), Kilbarchan 19 (962), Edinburgh 16, Falkirk 8 and Inverness 7 with Falkirk and Inverness relegated to Division 2 for next season.

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