A strong Central Athletic Club Men’s Team competed at the second match of the Scottish Division One Track and Field Season in blustery conditions, interrupted with heavy rain showers, at Crownpoint, Glasgow. Superb commitment in these trying conditions saw Central finish in second spot, close behind last year’s champions Aberdeen AAC.
The first track event, the 400 metres hurdles, saw David Lindsay finish in fourth ‘A’ place with 65.55secs, equalling his personal best. Dale Colley stood in for the ‘B’ slot and ran a fine 67.45 seconds for first ‘B’ points. The 800 metres saw Dale Colley back on the track and using his finishing speed to great effect in winning with 1min 56.54secs while Matthew Sutherland also ran a fine race to finish in second ‘B’ spot with 2min 1.26secs. It was good to see John MacLennan back in Men’s League action and here he finished fifth in a high quality 100 metres with a tasty 11.25secs clocking. New recruit Neng Wildman, ran to 11.55secs for fourth in the ‘B’ event. Michael Wright again showed great commitment in the 3000 metres steeplechase in perhaps the worst of the day’s rain, to finish second ‘A’ in 9min 58.26secs, while David Lindsay put in a strong effort for second ‘B’ points with 10-41.61. Decathlete Tom Chandler suffered more than most in the difficult conditions but here picked up a personal best of 16.00secs in third place in the 110 metres hurdles. Kai Ligertwood provided the necessary back-up in this event in second ‘B’ place with 19.61secs, another fine effort. Neng Wildman had another strong run in the 400 metres, finishing sixth ’A’ in a quality field while Fraser MacPherson again produced strong running for sixth in the ‘B’ event with 56.78secs. Dale Colley continued his busy day to finish a close-up second in the ‘A’ 1500 metres with 4min 2.40secs while David Lindsay came away with a personal best of 4-41.77 in seventh ‘B’ placing. The 200 metre series saw Peter Muirhead shoulder ‘A’ string responsibility, taking fifth ‘A’ points with 23.24secs, backed up by student Steven Illand in fourth ‘B’ placing with 23.95secs. The 5000 metres saw orienteer Chris Smithard pick-up maximum points with 15min 34.30secs in his first track race while Michael Wright again pushed on for maximum ‘B’ points with 16-01.79.
In the field the throwing duties were covered by Gary Sweeney, Tom Chandler and Graham Porterfield. Tom recorded 45.79 metres in the javelin (third ‘A’) and 31.93 metres in the discus (first ‘B’). Gary weighed in with a win in the shot put with 12.86 metres backed-up with second ‘A’ in the discus with 36.06 metres and second ‘B’ in the hammer (23.39 metres). Graham also produced some fine throws gaining maximum ‘B’ points in the shot put (11.28 metres), third ‘A’ in the hammer (37.48 metres) and third ‘B’ in the javelin (34.54 metres). The heavy rain and blustery wind made the Pole Vault a true trial of character and here Tom Chandler achieved a fourth equal height of 3.60 metres while Ron Todd again managed excellent second ‘B’ points with a best clearance of 3.15 metres. The high jump also proved a real test with Under-20 athlete Cameron McCorgray achieving 1.85 metres for fourth ‘A’ points backed-up by Under-17 James Isgrove with a 1.60 metres effort for third ‘B’. Peter Muirhead recorded a best of 6.74 metres in the long jump for a third ‘A’ place while Neng Wildman filled in for fourth ‘B’ spot (5.40 metres). James Isgrove produced a personal best of 12.30 metres for third ‘A’ points in the triple jump with Peter Muirhead ensuring second ‘B’ points with 11.57 metres.
The 4 x 100 metres quartet of Peter Muirhead, Jack Houghton, Steven Illand and John MacLelland had a storming run to record 45.56secs in third spot. The 4 x 400 metre quartet of Fraser MacPherson, James Isgrove, Dale Colley and Jack Houghton came home fifth, recording a tasty 3min 46.25secs. The Guest 100 metres saw Peter Muirhead record 11.23secs and Kieran Halliday, making his season debut, with 12.38secs.
As always there was great back-up from the Club’s Officials through John Dickson, Stuart MacFarlane and Tom McMenemy.
Points on the day were Aberdeen 389; Central 368; Kilbarchan 317; Victoria Park Glasgow 313; Inverness 218; Lasswade 170 and Pitreavie 181. Overall league points are now Aberdeen 16; Central 13; Inverness 11; Victoria Park Glasgow 10; Kilbarchan 8; Pitreavie 6; Lasswade 4 and Arboath 3.