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SRAC Juniors excel in Dundee!
On the opening weekend of May a selection of some of the best young athletic talent from Lewis and Harris were striving for team and personal goals in Dundee at Match 1 of the Scottish Young Development League North East division. A group of nine SRAC athletes represented TEAM NORTH, a select team picked from up to 8 athletics clubs based in the North. It was another hugely successful day with no fewer than 14 PBs recorded on the day across sprints, middle distance, throwing and jump events!
Stornoway’s younger sprinters Sian MacDonald (U13 Girls), Ellie Maclean (U13 Girls) and Evan Trayner (U13 Boys) ran superbly with PBs across the board. In the A races Sian finished fourth with a time of 11.2 over 75m, and 21.9 over 150m to finish third. In the B races Ellie clocked 12.2 and 23.50 over the same distances. Meanwhile, over 100m and 200m Evan clocked 15.9 and 33.6 and claimed two fifth places.
At U15 level Ross Budge had a fine run in the 300m B race finishing 3rd with a PB time of 50.9; on a blustery day that saw many athletes of all ages struggle with the sprint hurdles, Ross showed real composure and determination to cross the line 2nd over 75m in a time of 16.8.
Alasdair Rigby (U15) produced two hugely impressive runs to win both the 100m and 200m A races with PB times of 12.1 and 25.6 respectively. Although the 100m was a tighter affair, the 200m was extremely comfortable; perhaps too comfortable, as Alasdair wrongly believed that the race was a heat and eased off in the closing stages.
Peigi McKellar (U17 Girls) lined up on the start line of the less familiar 100m and had a superb run to finish third in the B race with a PB of 14.2; Peigi obviously gained confidence from this run and later ran a blistering opening leg in the relay.
SRAC’s middle distance runners also showed the strength in depth that the club has across the age groups. In the U13 Girls 800m A race Ellie Maclean, who ran most of the race from the front, finished second in 2:48.1. Rory Mighton (U15 Boys) had a determined run to finish 6th in 2:51.7 in the 800m B race. Over the grueling 1500m young Scott Maciver (U13 Boys) put in a gutsy performance to finish 3rd in the B race with PB of 5:43.5. Next up Peigi McKellar (U17 Girls) finishing a strong 3rd in the 800m B race in a time of 2:32.4
The SRAC juniors also did well in the field events. At the Long jump pit Sian MacDonald finished 5th in U13 Girls A competition with 3.57m. Alasdair Rigby completed a hat-trick of PBs for the day with a jump of 4.79m to finish 2nd in the U15 Boys A competition. Rory Mighton (U15Boys) competed in the B competition and jumped to third place with 3.39m; earlier in the day he had achieved a PB of 1.34m to finish 2nd in the high jump B competition. Meanwhile, Caitlin MacKenzie (U15 Girls) put in two impressive and encouraging PB performances; firstly throwing 6.39 to finish 3rd in the shot put A competition, and then a 3rd place in the high jump B competition clearing 1.25m.
The finale of the day as always were the relays and all the young SRAC athletes again played their part for the TEAM NORTH cause with fine runs.
Overall, this was yet another fantastic display from these young athletes performing at a high level in extremely strong competitions. All will have benefited from this invaluable experience, and it is worth noting that many were competing against older athletes and will be eligible to compete in the same age categories next year.
Next up, Inverness for the second meet of the three match series on the opening weekend of June; the overall challenge for the team is to achieve a top 2 finish and qualify for the Scottish finals later this summer.
As always, TEAM NORTH will have a strong SRAC representation, and this will be another great development opportunity for these young athletes, once again proving that that wee stretch of water is no obstacle to sporting success! Go TEAM NORTH !