Day One Report from West Districts

Some Photos courtesy of Bobby Gavin and Scottish Athletics.
Report from Sara Lang
For once the sun shone on the West Districts. Many of our u13/15/17s competed at Kilmarnock on Saturday bringing with them many PBs and even some medals.
U13 boys ..a gold medal from the speedy Felix Chan (13.78) over 100m powering his way to a convincing win. Ryan Davie with bronze in the long jump . As always there’s spring in his step!
The U13Boys had a clean sweep of the podium places in the 800m with Craig Shennan, Jack Wallace and Cameron Harris as 1/2/3.
U13 girls of which there were quite a handful…..always well drilled! It’s lovely to watch these girls warm up as a team and carry out their drills independently and know that this ritual will stay with them through their athletic career. Three of the squad (Madeleine MacKenzie, Emily Williams and Katie Orr ) got through to the 100m semifinals with almost all pbs on the way.
Unfortunately, all 3 were in the same semi-final with only the top 3 progressing. We’re delighted that Madeleine in her first year as u13 made it to the final, proving herself a worthy 5th place.
We had Holly Slater in the long jump, no Pb today but relief from Dad and coach that ankles weren’t sore.
U15 boys were early out of the blocks with gold and silver medals in the sprint hurdles from Daniel Martin and Ross Gourlay …well done boys. Three boys in the 100 heats with Aidan Cunning progressing to the final later on. How nice to see Liam Duggan back competing ! Aidan ‘s 100 m final came seconds after and he stormed around the bend to get a bronze medal in 300m. It’s never over till it’s over …which is why you’ll find the coaches hanging round that last 30m!
Congratulations Aidan.
Pole vault kings and queens at u15 we had Daniel Martin and Mark Herbert Ruiz winning gold and silver and Isla Fotheringham winning gold.with a Championship Best Performance ..how lucky are we as a club to have these technical athletes.
And so to our u15 girls ,.commendable in their numbers.
We had 9 girls all bursting off the start line in the 100m…. 5 of them ( Josie Reilly Eilidh Hunter , Angelica Mayer, Erin Ramsey, Amy Greene all winning places in semifinals. From there despite the increasing head wind , Angelica , Erin and Amy progressed to the final with Angelica winning the gold medal in brilliant style. Congratulations to Erin our newly transferred athlete on winning bronze.
And not settling with one medal Angelica added a silver to her collection in the long Jump with a leap of 5.20.
U15 girls 300 is always interesting because for many they have never run this distance before. Ella McGregor however is a veteran of this distance and it was great to see her make the final.
In the U15 Girls 800m Isla Scott took the silver.
U17 girls as to be expected, led by Alyson Bell from the front, with a more than convincing win over her rivals in the 100m. Matched only by Finlay Waugh who posted a similar result in the u17 men’s 100m. Katie Foss not to be outdone proved her worth as always with gold in the 300m and Rachel Callan, despite carrying an injury wining bronze!
For U17 Men,Reuben Nairne took the Gold medal and a brilliant CBP in the hurdles. Murray Fotheringham took the gold in the discus sharing the podium with Blayne Wright who took the Bronze.
U17 men’s 800m saw Jacob Luc take the Silver with Ross O’Brien just missing out for 4th

Best prize of the day though goes to the two mums who found the suntrap..out of the wind with a view of the track. And where?!.. the choice location at the back of the chippy van! Nice one !
Thanks Sara
We want to congratulate all our athletes who took part today, gained PBS and some their initial experience of taking part in Championship events . Well done to all. We will have missed some performances but hope to catch up tomorrow.

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