Saturday, August 18, 2018

Mens League - Match 3

SCOTTISH MEN'S LEAGUE, GRANGEMOUTH 9 JULY 2017

The club maintained its run towards a mid table finish in Division 1 of the Scottish Men's League at Grangemouth on the 9th of July with a close 5th place in match 3. The team of 13 athletes was depleted by long term injuries, unavailability and minor setbacks on the day, so our position is a bit disappointing given our strength.

Star of the team was Alec Thomas, with a mightily impressive double sprint victory, 100m in 10.78 (wind assistance +2.4) and 200m in 22.04 (legal wind +1.5); in the latter he turned the tables on Ant Young of Kilbarchan, who had stolen victory from him in Match 2, Alec holding on to the lead after a great bend.

Our top points scorer was decathlete Cian O'Donnell, with 33.5 from his efforts in Pole Vault (2nd B with a pb of 2.40m), Javelin, Shot, Discus and relay. He also posted a pb of 11.39 (legal +0.5) in winning the Guest 100m. A good day out, Cian!

The jumps were our most profitable area on this occasion. Marcus Morton took 3rd in the High Jump at 1.95, with James Stewart winning the B at 1.80. We had two good seconds in the Triple - David Wilson in the A on 13.27m (+2.2) and Corry O'Hara in the B on 10.95 (+0.9). They also scored well in the Long Jump, Corry 4th A on 6.35 (+2.2) and David 2nd B on 6.24 (+1.9). With our star vaulters missing we still put out two impressive reserves in Adam Orr who was 5th A, equalling his pb of 3.60m and Cian O'Donnell (see above).

Gerry Farrell overcame a minor injury he picked up in the masters Championships to contest 3 throwing events and scored a useful 24 points, his most satisfying effort being his 31.46m in the Hammer. Alex Lewis was down on his usual performances, still looking for his first 50m Javelin throw, managing 42.18 for 4th A      .

It was good to see a League debut in this match from Jamie MacKinnon, who was given a tough task in the A 800m and performed solidly for 5th in 1:58.78. Max Ralston took 3rd B in 2:01.18, but we could not raise anyone for the remaining middle distance events, nor any hurdlers, so lost valuable points.

We did quite well again in the 4x100. Steven Beattie, after good runs in 100m (3rd B, 11.28secs +1.2) and 200m (3rd B, 23.15 +1.6) led off, the Wilson twins David and Iain (after his 5th A 400m, 53.03) took over and Cian O'Donnell anchored us to 2nd in 44.32. Our tale of woe in the 4x400 continued, however, for the third match in a row, as the day's events again took their toll on the team and we had to scratch. No points again, and we finished just one point behind the team above when the final count was added up!

We hope to do better in match 4 on 13 August, to fill more places in the team sheet and most of all to field a 4x400 quartet. 

Hugh Stevenson, Team Manager

Youth Development League

Match 3 of the YDL LAG and U7 T & F Challenge took place on Sunday 18th June at Grangemouth Stadium on a warm and sunny afternoon.  Well done to all athletes who competed and enabled us to be placed 3rd on the day and a position of 4th overall.  Performances of note are listed below.

U15B

Ben Chatham was 2nd “A” in Discus with a throw of 24.82m and 3rd “A” in the 80m Hurdles with a time of 12.73s (AAA Grade 4).

Jay Livingstone was 2nd “B” in the 80m Hurdles with a time of 14.32s.

Josh Sumpter was 2nd “A” in the Hammer with a distance of 14.24m.

U15G

Katie Burr was 3rd “A” in the 200m with a time of 26.47s;  2nd “A” in the 75m Hurdles with a time of 11.86s (AAA Grade 1);  3rd “A” in the Javelin with a throw of 21.46m.

Skye Turner was 1st “B” in both the 200m and 300m with times of 27.21s and 43.76s respectively.

Ellie Davidson was 2nd “B” in the 75m Hurdles with a time of 12.48s (AAA Grade 3) and 2nd “B” in the Discus with a throw of 16.09m.

Ava Smith was 2nd “B” in the 800m with a time of 2:30.41 and 3rd “B” in the Hammer with a throw of 16.05m.

Lucy Gardner was 2nd “A” in the Discus with a throw of 23.08m and 2nd “B” in the Javelin with a throw of 18.37m.

The 4 x 300m Relay team was 1st in a time of 2:57.54.  Team consisted of Abbey Orr, Lisha Carruth, Skye Turner and Katie Burr.

U13B

Connor McNally was 2nd “A” in the 100m with a time of 13.15s (AAA Grade 2) and 1st “A” in the High Jump with a height of 1.55m (AAA Grade 1).

Fraser Gilmour was 3rd “A” in the 1500m with a time of 4:59.23.

Saul McGlennan was 1st “B” in the 1500m with a time of 5:06.97.

Brodie Wright was 3rd “A” in the 75m Hurdles with a time of 13.96s.

Fraser Wright was 2nd “B” in the 75m Hurdles with a time of 15.46s.

Cameron Weir was 2nd “B” in the High Jump with a height of 1.30m (AAA Grade 4) and 3rd “A” in the Javelin with a throw of 24.20m.

U13G

Evie Greig was 3rd “A” in the 150m with a time of 20.85s and 1st “A” in the High Jump with a height of 1.46m (AAA Grade 1).

Rachel MacLean was 2nd “B” in the 150m with a time of 21.62s and 1st “B” in the 70m Hurdles with a time of 12.62s (AAA Grade 4).

Holly Kirkwood was 2nd “A” in the 800m with a time of 2:30.89 and 1st “A” in the Long Jump with a distance of 4.67m (AAA Grade 1).

Sophie Sinclair was 3rd “B” in the 800m with a time of 2:39.76.

Valencia Wright was 1st “A” in the 1200m with a time of 4:01.42 (AAA Grade 1).

Catriona Scott was 2nd “A” in the 70m Hurdles with a time of 11.82s (AAA Grade 1) and 1st “B” in the High Jump with a height of 1.40m (AAA Grade 1).

Meghan Porterfield was 1st “A” in both the Shot Putt and Javelin with throws of 9.87m (AAA Grade 1) and 17.06m (AAA Grade 4) respectively.

U17M

Gavin Wilson was 3rd “A” in the 100m Hurdles with a time of 15.77s.

Aaron Belkevitz was 1st “B” in the 100m Hurdles with a time of 17.98s.

Jamie Stevenson was 2nd “A” in the 100m with a time of 11.53s.

Liam O’Hear was 1st “B” in the 100m with a time of 12.26s.

The 4 x 100m Relay team was 3rd with a time of 48.99s.  The team consisted of Fergus Blyth, Aaron Belkevitz, Liam O’Hear and Jamie Stevenson.

U17W

Emily Miller was 1st “A” in the 200m with a time of 25.99s.

Adrienne Murray was 1st “A” in the 800m with a time of 2:21.20 and 3rd “B” in the 200m with a time of 27.67s.

Beth Gibbons was 3rd “B” in the 800m with a time of 2:37.45.

Robyn Taylor was 1st “A” in the 100m with a time of 12.88s.

Rachel Hunter was 3rd “B” in the 100m with a time of 13.62s.

Emma Gilmour was 3rd “A” in the 1500m with a time of 5:13.37.

Amy Bissett was 2nd “B” in the 1500m with a time of 5:20.64.

The 4 x 100m Relay team was 2nd with a time of 52.54s.  The team consisted of Emily Miller, Rachel Hunter, Amy Bissett and Robyn Taylor.

 

Linda Innes

CSSAL Match 1

Match 1 of the CSSAL, Division 1 was held on Sunday 28th May at Kilmarnock.  Well done to all athletes who competed, often in events which would not always be their choice.  We were placed 6th on the day.  Performances of note are listed below.

U11G

Cara Kirkwood was 3rd “A” in the Long Jump with a distance of 3.49m.

Rachel Hughes was 2nd “B” in the Long Jump with a distance of 3.22m.

U13B

Connor McNally was 3rd “A” in the 100m with a time of 13.65s and 1st “A” in the Long Jump with distance of 4.77m.

Jamie McKeever was 3rd “B” in the Long Jump with a distance of 3.64m.

Cameron Weir was 2nd “A” in the Javelin with a throw of 22.95m.

The 4 x 100m Relay team was 3rd with a time of 57.70s.

U13G

Evie Greig was 1st “A” in the 100m with a time of 13.72s;  1st “A” in the High Jump with a height of 1.53m;  1st “B” in the Long Jump with a distance of 4.12m.

Catriona Scott was 1st “B” in the 100m with a time of 14m .52s and 1st “B” in the High Jump with a height of 1.50m.

Holly Kirkwood was 1st “A” in the Long Jump with a distance of 4.58m.

 

Holly Kirkwood was 1st “A” in the 800m with a time of 2:31.23.

Sophie Sinclair was 2nd “B” in the 800m with a time of 2:41.0s.

The 4 x 100m Relay team was 1st in a time of 55.93s.

U15B

Ben Chatham was 1st “A” in the Discus with a throw of 25.28m.

The 4 x 100m Relay team was 2nd with a time of 51.53s.

U15G

Emily Corrigan was 1st “A” in the 100m with a time of 13.83s.

Skye Turner was 1st “B” in the 100m with a time of 13.71s.

Abbey Orr was 1st “A” in the High Jump with a height of 1.61m.

Ellie Davidson was 1st “B” in the High Jump with a height of 1.44m.

Lucy Gardner was 3rd “A” in the Javelin with a throw of 22.10m.

The 4 x 100m Relay team was 1st in a time of 53.39s.

U17M

Lewis Grimmer was 3rd “A” in the 400m with a time of 54.44s.

Blane Jones was 1st “A” in the Shot Putt with a throw of 8.61m and 1st “A” in Discus with a throw of 27.62m.

The 4 x 100m Relay team was 3rd with a time of 48.71s.

Senior Men

Steven Bryce was 3rd “A” in the 800m with a time of 2:05.01.

Senior Women

Jade Nimmo was 1st “A” in the 100m with a time of 12.65s:  1st “B” in the Javelin with a throw of 28.44m;  1st “A” in the Shot Putt with a throw of 10.14m.

Charlotte Steele was 1st “A” in the Javelin with a throw of 33.20m.

Masters Men

Craig Clark was 3rd “A” in the 100m with a time of 13.02s.

Masters Women

Lisa Doyle was 2nd “A” in the 100m with a time of 14.20s;  1st “A” in the 800m with a time of 2:26.87;  2nd “B” in the Shot Putt with a throw of 6.50m.

Julie Barnett was 1st “B” in the 100m with a time of 16.75s and 2nd “A” in the 800m with a time of 2:53.50.

 

Linda Innes

Mens League - Fourth Again

MEN'S LEAGUE 11 JUNE 2017 - FOURTH AGAIN

Match 2 of the Scottish Athletics League returned to Crownpoint after an absence of over 15 years and we had a good turnout of 18 athletes compared to only 8 at Match 1 in Aberdeen. We also scored lots more points (313 to 208) but still finished in 4th position again! Like us, the other clubs were able to field much stronger teams and we were a frustrating 4 points behind 3rd placed Kilbarchan. We just could not raise 4 fit athletes for the last event, the 4x400 relay, which would have yielded us 5 points even for last position. Our athletes had given their all on a miserably rainy day and some had picked up or exacerbated minor injuries.

The good news was that we had some fine performances, starting with the Thomas twins in the sprints. Alec took the 100m after a thrilling ding dong with Aberdeen's Ojei (10.83 to 10.86, wind +2.3mps), then just lost out to Kilbarchan's Anthony Young in 200m (22.01 to 22.05, legal wind +0.4). Kade impressed with a B sprint double (10.95 +2.3 and 22.32 +2.9). They teamed up with Cian O'Donnell and Steven Beattie to finish a close 2nd to Aberdeen in the 4x100 relay in 44.48. Cian posted 11.38 (+2.5) and Steven 11.42 (+2.5) and 23.37 (+2.0) in the guest sprints, so they might have won if changeovers had been slicker.

Captain Martin Hayes couldn't have done better, with maximum points through wins in the 400 hurdles (58.98) and steeplechase (9:46.72), making it look easy despite a problem with shin soreness.

Once again decathlete Gordon Belch was our top scorer. One of only 2 Aberdeen survivors, he amassed 40 points from 4 events but the foul weather prevented him from setting any new pb's.

Alexander Lewis was only 7cm below his best ever in taking 2nd in the Javelin (49.93m), splitting the Inverness throwers in a close tussle over the final 3 trials. Marcus Morton took 2nd in the High Jump with 1.90m and just needs a bit more competition in good conditions to match his indoor pb of 2.06m. His mate Lewis McGuire of Pitreavie soared to victory with 2.07m, so the final two meetings could provide great opportunities.

Jax Thoirs, our Scottish record holder and GB internationalist, back from USA, turned out in the Pole Vault but his efforts were frustrated by the worst downpour of the day; he entered at a modest 4.05m to take top points before the event was stopped. Gordon took the B event with 3.30, equalling his best from Aberdeen. Jax used the strength he has gained in training to take 2nd in the Shot with 12.16m. Our only other survivor from the first match, veteran Gerry Farrell was reliable as usual and amazingly consistent throwing 31.82m in both Hammer and Discus for 4th in each.

It was good to have a decent showing in middle distance races. Allan Ramsay took valuable points in 800 and 1500m, while Kieron Rafferty in a rare outing reaped the harvest of hard track training with a fine pb of 4:06.68 for 3rd in 1500m. Lewis Priest made his League debut at age 17 in the 5000m and took 3rd in 16:47.78, a great start and surely a marker for more improvement.

Euan Urquhart, Cory O'Hara Iain Wilson and Tim Chan all did well in their events, and Calum Innes was a surprise but welcome entrant after his return from N America to turn out in the 110 hurdles. It was a day he'd prefer to forget, as he had to cede his early lead to upcoming runners when he stiffened up in the closing stages; but his A string 4th place enabled Gordon to win the B race and post a high score in the event.

After two matches we are 4th overall behind Aberdeen, Central and Inverness. A strong turnout like this can move us up a bit. Thanks not only to the athletes who braved the elements and lack of shelter at Crownpoint but also to our officials who took a soaking throughout the afternoon with little respite and to the band of faithful supporters who lent their voice.

 

Hugh Stevenson, Team Manager