Full Marks for Kate Richardson and Jill Carswell in the 1200 metres.
Report by Alison Fotheringham
Hopes of a repeat of the great weather enjoyed at the West District Championships were well and truly dashed by the return of the wind, rain and hail…….more of what we’re used to at Kilmarnock! The wind measured +/- 9 at times which had an impact on the athletes competing during these gusts. Well done to all for battling through….
Despite the weather, there were still some stand out performances across the age groups.
Reuben Nairne (U13 boys) continues to impress, winning the 75mHurdles with a time of 12.66s. Freya Menzies also put in a sterling 75mHurdles performance of 12.84s, representing the U15 Girls.
Many of the U13 Girls performed very well, with a few particularly notable results. Kate Richardson put in a great performance in the 1200m with a time of 4.01.61 and winning, convincingly, for the A string. Jill Carswell also brought home maximum points (for the B string) in a time of 4.15.48.
Rosie McKay Long Jumped to 1st place with a distance of 4.24m.
Jennifer Dallas (1st year U13) won the Shot Putt gaining a distance of 7.09m. Jennifer is proving to be a strong contender at the throwing events (also gaining 3rd place in Javelin) and was ably supported by Emma Gaston who brought 3rd place to the B string shot putt (Rachel Kelly with 2nd in Javelin B).
Moving to the U17s (Taking part in the Challenge Match), 3 of the Womens’ performances stand out. Iona Menzies running 80mHurdles in 12.78, taking 1st place (with Sophie Haldane giving the team 2nd place in Bstring). Sara Eunson ran twice round the track to finish 1st in the 800m in 2.20.73, taking the double with a winning time of 4.53.58 in the 1500m. Catriona Reid High Jumped her way to a win with a height of 1.57m (with Iona Menzies taking 2nd in the Bstring).
At the end of a busy match for the U13 boys, many of them doubling up across the events, Murray Fotheringham, Fraser Lipp, Max McHarg, Reuben Nairne turned in a great 4x100m relay performance, getting the baton safely round in a winning time of 54.07. With Reuben winning the 100m, Fraser the 200m and Max providing 1st and 2nd place in the Bstring for the sprints, they were going to be hard to beat!
Other winners on the day were Robert Brady in the U15 100m (12.97), Calum Alexander in the U15 80mH (12.82) and Alyson Bell in the U13G 75m (11.05). For the U17s, Amy Donaghy won 200m and Ross Montgomerie won 100m.
The final result for the Club was not what we had hoped for, losing out to Edinburgh by nearly 100 points – but clear of the next placed club, Central, by a similar 100 points. Everyone who, yet again, braved the weather of Kilmarnock should be proud of their efforts and thanks go, especially, to all those athletes who helped to fill the gaps in some of the events. It’s great to see the athletes put the club first, competing for points in a variety of events. We filled A and B strings in all of the YDL events, performing well on the track. Edinburgh are pretty dominant in the field events, but our girls managed to hold our own against them!
Thanks, as ever, to all the officials who turn out – without them these events would not take place. Our own Gill Menzies put in a brilliant performance on the microphone all day! Thanks also to the team managers and coaches – selection is not always an easy task, filling all the events.
And also thanks to the parents/families who continue to turn out in miserable weather to cheer on all of the athletes and support the Club.