Feb 122019

Scottish Indoor Under-13 Championships

Emirates Arena, Saturday 2 February 2019

For Central AC’s Under-13 athletes the Scottish indoor championships were all about experience as for most of them it was their first taste of national championship action. While no medals were won there were a few near misses and 2 club records broken.

Top performers were Carys Gibb from Dunblane and Magnus Bryce from Balfron. In the 1,500 Metres, the race started fast and gradually the lead group whittled down with Carys in a group of just six. Three athletes broke clear towards the final lap and Carys wasn’t able to follow but she picked up an excellent fourth place in a time of 5:18.10 minutes, breaking a 20-year-old club record.

Also just outside the medals in fourth was Magnus Bryce in the 200 Metres, running an excellent 27.93 seconds. He had run even faster in his heat with 27.78 seconds which broke a 15-year-old club record.

Magnus also took on the High Jump where he was joined by Central teammate Tom Campbell. Both athletes cleared 1.28m but couldn’t quite manage the 1.33m height required to get in the medals. Tom placed sixth and Magnus seventh, respectable positions in a national championship. Tom also placed 10th in the Shot Put with a throw of 5.94m.

There were further sprint personal bests from Emily Guest and Danielle Abel. Emily ran a big personal best 8.73 seconds in the 60 Metres to qualify for the semi-final where she was joined by Danielle who also ran a personal best of 9.20 seconds. In the semi-final Emily was just run out of a place in the final after placing 10th fastest to miss out on qualification by two places.

Emily then set another personal best in the 200 Metres sprinting 29.46s in the semi-final for 10th quickest again. Danielle went on to Long Jump where she set a season’s best 3.96m for 10th.

Elsewhere, Loren Stewart placed 11th in the High Jump with a personal best 1.18m and Alice Cameron ran an indoor best 34.03s in the 200 Metres.

Well done to all the youngsters that took part.

Scottish Indoor Under-15 Championships

Emirates Arena, Sunday 3 February 2019

There were 2 gold medals for Central AC athletes in the Scottish indoor Under-15 championships as Scott Hopper and Dorottya Csuta stepped on top of the podium.

Scott, from Callander, started at the High Jump and after needing 3 attempts at 1.63m he then soared clear at a new personal best 1.68m at the first time of asking, to join 4 other athletes attempting 1.73m. Scott was unable to go higher, but with only two athletes clear, countback was required to determine the bronze medal between the three athletes tied on 1.68m. When the number of failures was tallied Scott unfortunately missed out on the bronze by just one jump at lower heights, but still finished in a respectable fifth place.

However Scott was not finished yet and continued onto the Shot Put event where he opened with a personal best 12.35m to open up a big lead. He went on to improve this with a superb throw of 12.51m in round three to increase his lead which was never challenged, earning Scott the Scottish gold medal. Scott has won previous medals outdoors at Javelin and High Jump but this was his first ever Shot Put medal and first indoor medal. His distance also earned him a gold standard on the club awards scheme.

Central’s other gold medal came from Dorottya Csuta who has recently joined Central AC from Hungary. Competing in the 1,500 Metres, Dorottya led from start to finish to win clearly in 4:54.49 minutes.

Just missing out on the podium was Louise Carroll in the Triple Jump. The 14-year-old from Balfron smashed her personal best with an excellent first round jump of 9.88m. Ultimately she had to settle for fourth place in a high standard event which was won in a new Scottish record, however she can be proud of her new personal best and new club record which earned her a silver standard on the club awards scheme.

Katherine Fowler was also on good form in the High Jump where she jumped a new personal best 1.48m, but missed the bronze medal on countback, having taken one more attempt than her opponents to clear 1.48m meaning she had to settle for fifth place.

Jack Campbell set 2 new personal bests, firstly in the 60 Metre Hurdles with 10.39s to qualify for the final where he finished seventh, then in the Long Jump where 4.64m earned him another seventh place finish.

Also progressing through the rounds were Finlay Marchant and Amy Cully. Finlay set a new personal best in the 60 Metres with 8.33s to reach the semi-finals and Amy ran 29.22s in the semi-finals of the 200 Metres.

There were numerous other personal bests. Ella Wilson set new best marks at both 60 Metres with 9.05s and 200 Metres with 30.46s, Erin Millar ran an indoor best 48.54s in the 300 Metres and Shannon Glen also set best marks at Shot Put (5.99m) and 300 Metres (55.03s). Brogan MacMillan ran 9.42s in her first 60 Metres, Ellen Montgomery tested herself at 60 Metre Hurdles (11.07s) and 300m (50.10s) and Hannah Tams took on the Long Jump (3.67m) and 200 Metres (29.91s).

Well done to everyone for testing themselves against the best in Scotland.

Scottish Indoor Under-20 Championships

Central AC had three Under-20 athletes competing at Scottish indoor championships, all of whom are experienced championship performers with Scottish titles and internationals vests on their CVs.

Ben MacMillan was stepping up to the Under-20 age group and 3,000 Metres distance after winning the Scottish indoor Under-17 1,500 Metres title last year. The 3,000 Metres championships took place in January at a British Milers Club event, when Ben found himself up against European Youth 1,500 Metres champion Kane Elliot of Falkirk. Ben stuck to the task and went round the 15 laps in 8:38.16 minutes to win an excellent bronze medal. Ben was over the moon with his performance which knocked half a minute off his personal best and broke the club Under-20 record. Afterwards Ben said “I went into the race not expecting anything. I just wanted a personal best racing as an Under-20, was extremely pleased with my time and the medal was the icing on the cake.” A happy young man!

Elizabeth Thompson was returning to defend the Scottish junior 400 Metres title she won last year and was also celebrating her 17th birthday. She looked comfortable in her heat as she cruised through in 60.04s to book her place in the final. After a fast paced first lap in the final, she found herself in fourth place at the break from lanes. She fought hard in lap two but was unable to force her way past the third placed athlete and had to settle for fourth in 58.93s.

Decathlete Matt Chandler was also just out of the medals in the High Jump. Matt was clear at every height up to 1.88m, but with three other athletes left in would have required a new personal best 1.93m to get on the podium. He had some good attempts but had to settle for fourth place. Matt will return for the Scottish combined events championships next weekend.

The fourth positions will be frustrating for Elizabeth and Matt relative to their own high standards but are excellent performances at Under-20 level where the standard to get on the podium is much higher. They will both look to bounce back at their next competitions.

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