Central AC’s Under-17 Girls sprinters finished the outdoor season in style as they took a superb silver medal at the Scottish National Relay Championships. The team of Coirilidh Cook, Briagha Cook, Lucy More and Shona McLay came into the 4×100 Metres event with high hopes. Coirilidh and Briagha Cook had taken a superb sprint hurdles 1-2 at the Scottish championships in August and Lucy More had won her first ever medal at the district championships in May over 200 Metres and then dipped below 13 seconds for the first time at 100 Metres. Shona McLay was returning after an injury-interrupted season however had also run the 100 Metres below 13 seconds at the Scottish schools in June. The team safely negotiated the heats, winning their heat in 50.53 seconds to qualify second fastest overall behind a top class Giffnock team running 48.67s.
Come the final, Giffnock proved too strong, but Coirilidh, Briagha, Lucy and Shona got the baton round safely and held off a fast Pitreavie team to take second place and silver medals in 50.84 seconds.
Such is the strength in depth in this age group, Central almost had two teams in the final. The B team was composed of a mix of hurdles and combined events specialists. Molly Cornes, Mavia Duncan, Rebecca Cumming and Lois Burch had real ambition of making the final, however illness hit three of the team and they almost never made the start line. However, they pulled together to run of 52.91s and place fourth in their heat meaning they had to wait and see. Unfortunately, their time put them seventh fastest overall, and with only six lanes available this meant they just missed out on the final.
And it was a similar story elsewhere with teams just missing out. The Under-13 Boys team of Dylan McCulloch, Sam Gardiner, Jamie Oldham and Lewis Miller ran a respectable 57.03s for seventh quickest in their heats and the Under-15 Girls team of Ellie Beavan-Whitty, Hannah Tams, Ella Wilson and Katherine Fowler got the baton round in 54.50s to also place seventh just 0.1s off making the final.
In the Under-13 Girls 4×100 Metres, Leah Brown, Niamh McKinlay, Laura Matthews and Jessica Hanson ran 62.80s in their heats.
Central also had one team in the longer relays with Erin Miller, Brogan McMillan, Ellen Montgomery and Amy Cully taking on the 4×300 Metres placing a respectable sixth in 3:11.64 minutes.
It was good to see so many Central teams out. Well done to everyone who took part.