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