Our team retained second top spot in the league Division 1, but only marginally on countback after a rather disappointing 6th place at Kilmarnock on 5 July. Only 13 points covered the four teams between 3rd and 6th, but we were the unlucky ones on 246 (subject to scrutiny). We had a good turnout of 16 athletes plus two guests, but once again we were unable to cover 9 scoring opportunities out of the 36 on the programme, and this cost us dear.It was good to welcome Ashim Burungu, Stephen Bryce, Nathan Merchant and Ruaridh Bryce for their first taste of the Men's League.
Our sprinters were stunning, with near maximum points and an impressive group of guests. Alec Thomas took the A 100m in a legal 10.81, then Ross Maxwell went better with a legal 10.76 in the B. Kade Thomas just edged new member Ashim Burungu (11.00 to 11.02, wind +2.6) in Guest race 2, with Sean Thompson 3rd in 11.42. Stephen Murphy took 2nd in Race 1 with a legal 11.53. John McColl won the A 200m in 22.60 (-0.4), while Kade took 3rd in the B in 23.92 (-5.8). Kade, Ross, Alec and John walzed away with the 4x100 in 42.21, just 0.71 outside our club record of 45 years ago! Our 400 runners and relay team did equally well.
Stephen Bryce sharpened up for Los Angeles with a pb in the 1500 of 4:16.85. Showing no fear against stiff opposition, he really excelled himself.
Pick of our field eventers was Marcus Morton, 2nd in the High Jump with a new pb of 2.05m. Sam Adams took theA Pole Vault off a short run up with 4.40m. We had unexpected success in the Shot, where Paul Wishart won the A with 11.28m and veteran Gerry Farrell was 2nd B with 9.94m.
Other results: 400m 2A Alec Thomas 50.11, 1B Chris Boyle 51.98; 800m 8A Patrick Bowman 2:04.13; 1500m 6B Kieron Rafferty 4:20.43; 4x400m Team 2nd 3:27.40; 110m Hdls 6A Nathan Merchant 21.32; 400m Hdls 3A Nathan Merchant 60.05 (pb); Pole Vault 3B Andrew O'Donnell 2.40m; Long Jump 7A Sam Adams 5.67m, 6B Andrew O'Donnell 5.45m; Discus 5A Gerry Farrell 32.42m, 4B PauWishart 26.24m; Hammer 6A Gerry Farrell 31.34m, 3B Paul Wishart 27.18m; Javelin 7A Ruaridh Bryce 34.80m, 5B Gerry Farrell 31.72m