Mid Ar­gyll record break­ers light up Oban ath­let­ics fi­nal

Argyllshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

AF­TER five hours of in­tense com­pe­ti­tion, four Ar­gyll age records were bro­ken and one equalled at the Ar­gyll sports hall ath­let­ics fi­nal in Oban on Sun­day March 25.

The fi­nal, held at At­lantis Leisure, was the cli­max of five com­pe­ti­tions held in Ar­gyll over the win­ter months and pro­moted by Mid Ar­gyll Ath­letic Club.

With an en­try of just over 100 young ath­letes, com­peti­tors from the Oban and Kin­tyre ar­eas dom­i­nated the boys’ events, while Mull and Mid Ar­gyll were to the fore in the girls’ events.

The top per­for­mance of the day was ar­guably by Jodie Robert­son from Ar­dr­ishaig, who be­came the un­der-17 cham­pion by break­ing the Ar­gyll age record in two events, and was also close to break­ing the record of 1.52m in the high jump when she made a good at­tempt to clear 1.55m.

Ear­lier in the day Jodie broke the record – set in 1996 – in the stand­ing long jump, clear­ing 2.33m and then went on to break a more re­cent record by five cen­time­tres in the stand­ing triple jump by reach­ing out to 7.03m.

Twin sis­ters Jemma and Jorja MacDon­ald from Lochgilp­head were the other record break­ers, com­pet­ing in the un­der-nine age group. Jemma was the cham­pion but only two points ahead of her sis­ter. Jemma won four events and ex­celled in the triple jump, set­ting a new Ar­gyll age record with her 5.11m leap. Jemma won the two-lap race and later won the high jump and long jump com­ing very close to the age records in both these events. Jorja won the speed bounce and the javelin throw­ing 15.25m and adding al­most two me­tres to the Ar­gyll age record. In the same age cat­e­gory, new­comer Eleni Pis­tonas from Skip­ness won the fourlap race in 60.5 sec­onds.

Mull girls from Salen Pri­mary won both the un­der-seven and un­der-11 con­tests. Si­enna Munro was the un­der-seven cham­pion, win­ning three of the six events. Si­enna won the two-lap race, speed bounce and triple jump. In the same con­test run­ner-up Emma Innes from Lochgilp­head won the long jump. Carla Ren­ton from Castle­hill in Camp­bel­town won the javelin and Neve Bow­den from Lochgilp­head was the win­ner in the four-lap race.

Ellen MacRae from Salen was the un­der-nine cham­pion last year and suc­ceeded in win­ning the un­der-11 con­test on Sun­day. This was a very com­pet­i­tive age group and Ellen’s dom­i­nance in the run­ning events en­sured over­all vic­tory. Ellen won the two-lap race in 25.3 which was only a fifth of a sec­ond slower than the record and then the four-lap race in 56.1 sec­onds. Mia Camp­bell from St. Columba’s was run­ner up, just ahead of Vi­o­let Camp­bell from Castle­hill. Mia won the javelin with a 14.50m throw and Vi­o­let won both the long jump and triple jump. Other event win­ners in this sec­tion were Ni­cola Dun­can from Park Pri­mary, Oban, in the speed bounce and Ruby-Jo Philips from Glas­sary Pri­mary in Mid Ar­gyll won the high jump.

Kirstin Blair from Cri­nan was the un­der-13 win­ner just ahead of another Mid Ar­gyll girl, Izzy Craw­ford from Fur­nace, with Anna Gem­mill from Car­radale third on points. Kirstin ex­celled in win­ning the high jump and both the long and triple jumps and shared first place in the speed bounce with Eilidh Cameron from In­ver­aray. Izzy im­pressed in win­ning both the two-lap and four-lap races and was not too far off the record in the shorter event. Anna Gem­mill was the win­ner in the shot putt.

Ab­bie Cato from Fion­nphort was the un­der-15 cham­pion, ahead of two girls from Ar­dr­ishaig - Karis Kidd in sec­ond place and Hazel Sel­fridge in third. Ab­bie im­pressed in win­ning all her events .

Lewis Cat­tanach from Tober­mory won three events to en­sure be­ing un­der-seven cham­pion ahead of Ethan Kerr from Tighnabru­aich. Lewis won the long and triple jumps and speed bounce and Ethan im­pressed in win­ning the four-lap race in 65.4, just 0.2 of a sec­ond slower than the age record. Kian Gib­son from Salen Pri­mary and Ri­ley An­der­son from Rock­field shared third place on over­all points. Ri­ley won the two-lap race and javelin.

Jack Green from Dal­in­to­ber Pri­mary in Camp­bel­town was top in the un­der-nine con­test, win­ning both run­ning events in ad­di­tion to the long and triple jumps. Jack was the un­der-seven cham­pion last year and did well to re­peat his suc­cess in the older age group. Jack’s mother – then Laura Pater­son from Car­radale – was the un­der-nine Ar­gyll cham­pion back in 1994 which was the first year these in­door com­pe­ti­tions were held in Ar­gyll.

Lewis Gilchrist from Rhu­na­haorine Pri­mary in Kin­tyre was the win­ner of the un­der-11s, with suc­cess in five out of the seven events. Lewis won both run­ning events and the long and triple jumps and also the shot putt. Run­ner-up Mur­ray MacDon­ald from Lochgilp­head won the speed bounce and third placed Fin­lay Ma­cLean from Oban won the high jump.

Fraser Inglis from Oban won the un­der-15 con­test and Shaun Doy from Lochgilp­head was the un­der-17 cham­pion.

Young ath­letes proudly dis­play their tro­phies won at the fi­nals.

Ath­let­ics coach and event or­gan­iser Bill MacCal­lum with Mid Ar­gyll ath­letes, from left, Mur­ray MacDon­ald, Jorja MacDon­ald, Jodie Robert­son and Jemma MacDon­ald.

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