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Impressive Results for SRAC Juniors at NDTF and SYDL

Finlay Summers receiving his gold medal
Finlay Summers receiving his gold medal

SRAC juniors continued their excellent track and field form with impressive results on consecutive trips to Inverness on the 25th of May and 3rd of June.

At the North District Track and Field Championships on 25th May a total of 17 medals returned home to Stornoway following a string of “personal best” performances.

Under 14 Mary MacLeod took the silver medal in the 100m with a PB of 14.55s, following up with a bronze medal in the long jump. Catriona Rigby took bronze in the 200m, completing a successful day with a PB of 2.48.95 in the 800m. Meanwhile Caitlin MacKenzie proved her talent for the throwing events with three bronze medals in discus, javelin and shot putt, achieving PBs of 18.12m and 6.75m in javelin and shot putt respectively. Under 14 boys, Ross Budge and Rory Mighton, were also in the medals. Ross first hurdled his way to a gold medal before achieving a PB of 31.08 in the 200m. Rory took bronze in high jump.

Fellow high jumper, under 16 Eilidh MacLeod, took silver with a PB of 1.45m while Abbie Mackay took long jump bronze. On the track, Abbie achieved a PB of 28.53s in the 200m, with Amy Hutchison also achieving a PB of 49.01 in the 300m. Sprinters, Alasdair Rigby and Jonathan Morrison both achieved 100m PBs of 12.62 and 14.26, with Alasdair also taking 200m bronze. Meanwhile on the field Finlay Summers took the javelin gold medal with a spectacular PB throw of 30.74m.

Michael MacMillan receiving his gold medal
Michael MacMillan receiving his gold medal

Following Finlay’s success team-mate Michael MacMillan took to the track and followed up with, in his own words, his “best ever day in athletics”. Against top class opposition, Michael achieved double gold in the 400m and 800m with personal best times of 55.10 and 2.07.33 respectively and a pair of photo finishes that had the crowd on the edge of their seats.

Under 18 Peigi MacKellar won silver in the 800m with a PB of 2.27.48. Connor MacLean took 3k gold with a PB of 9.29.48, missing out on a second medal with a PB of 56.60 in the 400m.

Match 2 of the Scottish Youth Development League, North East Division, followed on 2nd June and many of the same athletes were in action again along with some younger colleagues. Representing Team North, the cream of SRAC’s athletes were selected to compete again in Inverness.

This time it was all about team points across the under 13 and under 15 age categories. Youngsters Sian MacDonald, Ellie MacLean, Evan Trayner and Scott MacIver made up the under 13 representation and achieved several creditable performances. Scott MacIver won the “B” category long jump and took 5th in the “A” 1500m, while Evan Trayner came 4th in the “B” 200m. Sian MacDonald, in three “A” competitions took 3rd in the 150m, 4th in the long jump and 5th in the 75m. Ellie MacLean came 4th in the “B” 75m and 2nd in the “A” 800m.

Under 15 Alasdair Rigby came 2nd in both the 100 and 200m and 3rd in the long jump, all in the “A” category. Ross MacTaggart was 1st in the 300m and Ross Budge was 2nd in the 80m hurdles. Rory Mightom was 2nd in the “A” high jump, 3rd in the “B” 800m and 5th in the long jump. Sole under 15 girl from Stornoway, Eilidh  Macleod was 1st in the high jump and 2nd in both the 100 and 200m.

After 2 of 3 matches, Team North are a close 3rd in the league with 596.5 points behind Aberdeen on 640 points and Inverness on 632.5 points. 4th are Dundee on 270 points. With only the top two teams progressing to the Scottish final, there is everything to fight for in the 3rd and final league match in Aberdeen later in June. Sadly there will be no SRAC athletes in the Aberdeen event as the club has had to pull out for logistical reasons, however the club and all of the athletes wish Team North every success in the remaining competition.