Under 17 Boys Report by Gerry Duggan
A small but determined group of Giffnock U17 boys competed in the National Championships this year. Daniel Martin hurdled to 60m Hurdles gold in a PB of 8.44. Daniel then went head-to-head with Giffnock team-mate Mark Herbert-Ruiz in the Pole Vault. Mark came out top on winning the Gold, with a PB equalling 3.70m and Daniel taking the silver with 3.19m. Ryan Davie also competed in two events – the Triple and High jumps. Ryan leapt to bronze position in the Triple Jump (9.63m) and just missed bronze in the High Jump but did manage a new PB of 1.69m. And finally, newcomer Ewan Cornfoot put in strong performances in the 60m and 200m and Jack Wallace was fifth in the 1500m Final.
U17 Girls Report by Stephen Goulay
We had a small representation from the U17 women’s group, mainly 1st years, competing at the nationals this weekend.
On the straight track, Chelsea Maclean (60m) and Emily Watson (60 hurdles) performed well but didn’t manage to progress beyond the heats.
On the circular track, Holly Slater, Courtney Barbour, Kate Seenan, Sophie Ferguson and Chelsea Maclean all competed at 200m with Courtney, Kate and Holly progressing to the semifinals. Holly also PBed with 27.33. She then just failed to make the final, pipped on the line.
Emily Watson and Rhuna McCartney had solid runs in the 300m as did Emma McLennan in the 800m. Esme Dougall then pulled out all the stops in the 1500m coming in 3rd to pick up the bronze medal.
The field athletes had an excellent competition. Cara Weir picked up the silver in the pole vault, in only her second competition adding 34cm to her PB. Courtney Barbour then managed to claim the bronze in a very strong field at the shot put with a best throw of 11.23m. Cara was then competing again in the high jump with Cara Slater. Both had a good competition with Cara Slater just missing out on the medals on count back, very unlucky. Finally, Holly Slater and Kate Seenan fresh from the 200m semifinals put in strong performances in the long jump but no medals today.
An excellent performance from a team of mostly first year athletes. Hopefully next year will be theirs!
Their were some excellent performances from our senior athletes too. Murray Fotheringham continued his rich vein of form to take the 200m title in a time of 21.56. Reuben Nairne won the Pole Vault with 4.90m. Alessandro Schenini equalled his own club record in the long jump leaping 7.56m to take Silver with Murray Fotheringham in thrid place with 7.55m. Erin Campbell took Silver in the 60m Hurdles in 8.82.
In a 400m Invitational event, Kyle Alexander was second in a club record time of 48.62.
Photos by Bobby Gavin