Alessandro Schenini leaping to a new Scottish U 17 Long Jump record
[Photos courtesy of Peter Jardine at Scottish Athletics ]
Scottish National Open Report by Ryan McAllister
The National Open was hosted at Emirates on Saturday 16 January, where Giffnock North were represented across a variety of age groups and events. The athletes competing for themselves, displayed great maturity and passion for the sport; many achieving personal best performances.
The highlight of all the performances was that of Alessandro Schenini, who in his second year of the Under 17 category, leapt to a Scottish and Club Record of 7.00m in the Long Jump. Alessandro conducted himself superbly, encouraging the crowd to support him in his jumps; which the strong Giffnock contingent were more than happy to do so. More staggering was the fact that Alessandro is still working off a slightly shorter approach that normal indicating that there is more to come in his performances over the next coming weeks.
Other notable performances on the day came from Erin Wallace in the 1500m, who ran a staggering time of 4:25.75 to smash the Club Record. In addition to this, David Lambie successfully cleared 2.00m in the High Jump; a target which he had set himself for the indoor season.
On the track personal best performances came from Alyson Bell (under 13) 60m with a club record of 8.39 seconds, Niamh Smith (under 13) 60m, Amy Donaghy (under 17) 60m, David Allen (under 20) 60m, Eve Donaghy (under 15) 200m, Eve Denholm (under 15) 200m, Andy Moses (under 17) 200m, Reuben Nairne (under 15) 60m hurdles, Freya Menzies (under 17) 60m hurdles and Iona Menzies (under 20) 60m hurdles.
In addition, there were many seasons best which can only bode well for the National Championships which are fast approaching.
PS Editor addition : Full results at this link
Item from Scottish Athletics website notes that Alessandro’s LJ Record is subject to ratification and further that
“ Giffnock were celebrating another superb display by Erin Wallace, as well. Erin’s 1500m run at 4.25.75 is certainly a ‘Scottish best’ performance for an U17 Woman – with the record held by Karen Hutcheson at 4.34 – but mixed races are not usually accepted for records. ”
Discussion will follow but no doubts whatsoever about the strength of these performances at Giffnock on Track and Field with more Indoor Championship events coming soon.