2012 North District Track and Field Championships
World Island Games Standard Achieved
Stornoway travelled to Inverness’s Queen’s Park with a small squad of 20 for the North of Scotland Championships last weekend but returned with a good medal haul after a busy day of track and field competition.
A handful of SRAC juniors from the under 12’s development group travelled with the team to get their first experience of the Championships and all participated in the 75m sprint and 800m race. Ellie MacLean and Emily Munro performed best in the 800meters coming over the line in third and fourth places respectively, while Sarah Murray showed fighting character in the home straight with a storming sprint finish! In the 75meter sprint Evan Trayner won his race and clocked the third fastest time in the boy’s event.
SRAC’s athletes competing for Championships medals competed in the under 14, 16 and 18 category, with Murdo MacKenzie the sole senior competitor. Podium places were constant throughout the day with top three placings in sprints, high jump, sprint hurdles, long jump and the endurance running events!
The top performers of the day were double gold medallists Connor MacLean and Abbie MacKay. Connor has demonstrated good form coming into the championships and particularly at the longer distances. However 1500m is the longest event possible in his category and he ran a very clever race with neighbouring Ross County rival Luke Shaw. The two ran clear from the field early in the race and at 250m out from the line Luke made a break for victory! The race looked beyond Connor as he tried and failed to pass Luke with 150m to go, but keeping his work rate up in the home straight just pipped Luke on the line for a good win! Earlier in the day young Uist runner Paul Morrison had led Connor in the 400m, but another dramatic dash for the tape ensured that it was double gold joy for the Stornoway athlete. Coaches Tom and Jonny would certainly have revelled in the two performances!
Abbie MacKay also competing in the under 16 events also had a double gold day after just missing out on a long jump medal! Abbie’s results in the heats were just good enough to make the finals of the 100m and 200meters. But two really strong races resulted in a double gold performance with times getting closer to the magical World Island Games qualification standards!
In the under 14 age group SRAC picked up medals through Eilidh MacLeod in the Sprints and High jump, Kyle Munro and Rory Mighton in the high jump, Alasdair Rigby in the long jump, Hugh McKenzie in the 800m and Ross Budge in the sprint hurdles. All can be pleased with their efforts! Great to see Hugh McKenzie’s form returning with his bronze medal run while Ross Budge showed confidence in the hurdles taking silver but, oh so close to a big win!
Medals aside we’re thinking Alicia MacSween’s gold in the long jump for under 18’s meant less to her than jumping out past the World Island Games Standard! Training had shown a number of the club’s girls have the ability to make the grade in the Island Games, but the mark of 4meters 95 still had to be achieved in competition. In a good series of jumps Alicia nailed an absolute beauty in the final round touching into the sand pit at 5.02m! A great jump for the championship win, with her SRAC team mate Jenny McTaggart in second place with a good jump of 4.84m. So while only 11cm down from the WIG qualification for Jenny at the pit (and having all ready jumped over 5 last season) there was success in the 100m. Jenny’s season ended abruptly last season with injury so it was good to see her racing over 100 to take the gold at U18. Don’t be fooled into thinking she was 2nd or 3rd by any online photos of this race - as the race include U20 and senior athletes!
It was a good day’s competition for SRAC with a total medal count of 7 Gold’s, 4 Silver and 6 Bronze. Also a good day for neighbours N. Uist AAC with many good performances including a win for Laurence Donkers in the long jump with a personal best jump. It was also good to see the newly formed S. Uist and Eriskay club make their debut at the Championships!
Stornoway Half Marathon, 10K and fun Run Saturday May 26th.
Club “Time Trials”, field events Tuesday 22nd May, track events 29th May.
Athletics Coaches Course 1st and 2nd June, any interested parties please contact email@example.com .
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