Aug 272017

Scottish Under 15 Championships

Scotstoun, Sunday 21st August 2017










Central AC’s under 15 athletes were on form as they picked up 5 medals including 2 golds at the Scottsh championships at Scotstoun on Sunday.  The weather was much more benign than for the under 13s the day before with dry windless conditions and they took full advantage with some fine performances.

Lewis Dow dominated his 1500m race hitting the front then holding off the opposition to hang on for gold by a 1 second margin in a fast race.  His time was a superb 4:17.25 which was not only close to a championship record, it smashed the club record that had stood since 1979.

Briagha Cook was chasing a medal double starting with the long jump where she was in a close battle with Nicole Proudfoot of Annan.  Briagha took a joint share of the lead in the second round with 5.07m but Nicole went ahead in round 3 with 5.13m.  Briagha then matched this in the 4th round only for Nicole to improve to 5.20m.  Briagha produced another big jump in round 5 but the distance came up at 5.17m, an improvement but not quite enough for the lead.  A no jump in round 5 confirmed 2nd place in a tight contest but she still had an excellent silver medal for her efforts.  Briagha then contested the 75m hurdles where, as top ranked in Scotland, she aimed to go one place better.  She breezed through her heat in 11.70s but with the other heat won in 11.72s she knew she would face a challenge in the final.  When the final came though she held her rhythm and her nerve as she won by a clear margin in 11.71s for gold and her second medal of the day.

Also on form over the barriers was Daniel Ferguson in the 80m hurdles qualifying 2nd fastest with 12.26s.  In the final he ran superbly as he fought for the lead all the way to the line.  He was pipped for gold by just 0.08s but smashed his personal best with 11.90s to claim silver, his first ever national medal and first ever gold standard on the club awards scheme.

Sprinter Shona McLay was Central’s other medallist from the age group.  Since taking bronze at the Scottish schools last year, Shona has had a string of 4th places in championships and had a busy day in the 100m and 200m with both events requiring 3 rounds.  After qualifying comfortably for the 100m final she ended up in 4th place once more in spite of an excellent 12.84s time.  But she finally managed to get on the podium in the 200m, her 6th race of the day, as she sped round in 26.49s to claim bronze.

There were some other great performances in the sprints.  Eric Escala had to run hard in his 300m heat setting a personal best 40.83s to claim the last fastest loser spot.  But in the final he managed to go even faster with 40.81s to improve to 5th place.  Eric showed his versatility as he also set a personal best in the shot with a throw of 10.51m for 7th.  Jack Haughton also had a busy day progressing to the semis of the 100m with 12.08s, just off his pb, then getting through heats and semis in the 200m to take a respectable 5th place in the final with 24.54s, another near pb.

In the girls 1500m Central were well represented in the final with both Kyra Gibb and Carrie Banks qualifying from the heats.  In a fast race they stuck together all the way round with Kyra finishing 7th in 5:01.86 minutes and Carrie 8th in a personal best 5:02.15.

Daniel Bruce opened his day with a pb in his long jump with 5.00m for 10th then reached the final in the 80m hurdles after 12.68s in the heat, missing his pb by 0.01s.  He was unable to improve on this but can still be proud of 8th place in a Scottish final.

Andrew McLay set a personal best 23.32m in the javelin as he took a respectable 11th place.  There were further personal bests for Sandy Buchanan in the 800m (2:19.41) and Kyle Howie in the 1500m (4:55.90).  Lucy More progressed to the 100m semis with 13.82s.

Also gaining experience in the endurance events were Finlay Muir, a Scottish schools medallist earlier this season, who ran  2:23.47, Thomas Woods managed 4:57.38 in the 1500m and Naomi Howlieson 2:43.83 in the girls 800m.

This was a great turnout for the club and hopefully the athletes can continue their progress in years to come.

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