New record at Mull sports hall ath­let­ics

The Oban Times - - Sport -

JUST fewer than 60 young ath­letes com­peted in the Mull con­test of sports hall ath­let­ics held last Satur­day in Tober­mory High School. The Mull event was the sec­ond of the four lo­cal area com­pe­ti­tions in Ar­gyll this win­ter pro­moted by Mid Ar­gyll Ath­let­ics Club.

Pupils from Salen Pri­mary School dom­i­nated in the morn­ing ses­sion for the three younger age groups, win­ning five out of the six age groups and eas­ily tak­ing the schools tro­phy ahead of Bunes­san, with Tober­mory in third place.

Twelve girls con­tested a very com­pet­i­tive un­der-nine age group, with Salen girls fill­ing the top four places. Lexie Dal­gleish was the cham­pion thanks to wins in the high jump and javelin. Ellen MacRae was run­ner-up and pro­duced the top per­for­mance of the day in win­ning the stand­ing triple jump, leap­ing to an amaz­ing 5.01m which is a new Ar­gyll age record, im­prov­ing on the old record of 4.86m set in 2005 and held by Kate Cameron from Southend.

Such was the high stan­dard set in this con- test that the four fastest girls in the four-lap race im­proved the Mull age record of 28.3 sec­onds with Ellen MacRae win­ning in 26.2 sec­onds and only a tenth of a sec­ond ahead of Lexie Dal­gleish. Lexie set a new Mull age record in the high jump clear­ing 1.05m win­ning on count­back ahead of Ca­tri­ona Cameron and Gemma MacRae, who also cleared the same height.

Keira Munro from Salen was the un­der-11 cham­pion ahead of Lily Howitt from Salen and Rachael Gal­lagher from Tober­mory. It was a close con­test in the un­der-sevens with Palmo Jones from Bunes­san win­ning over­all but only one point ahead of Flora Thorne from Salen. Flora set a new Mull age record in the stand­ing long jump clear­ing 1.47m.

Amy Gib­son from Bunes­san was the un­der-13 cham­pion, win­ning five events in­clud­ing a new per­sonal best of 1.32m in the high jump. Two other Bunes­san girls had a close con­test in the un­der-15 age group, with Ab­bie Cato win­ning over­all just ahead of Katie Ed­mund­son.

Ruaraidh Dal­gleish from Salen was a clear win­ner of the boys un­der-seven con­test, win­ning four events in­clud­ing the four-lap race in a time of 29.5 sec­onds equalling the Mull age record and he also broke the lo­cal record in the triple jump with 4.04m. An­other Salen boy, Lo­gan Gib­son, was the un­der-nine cham­pion and Salen once again dom­i­nated in the un­der-11s, with Ewan MacPhail win­ning four events in­clud­ing a 1.20m high jump and a score of 79 in the speed bounce, set­ting a new Mull age record.

Struan Ra­m­age from Lochdon won the un­der-13s and it was a tie in the un­der-15s be­tween Al­fie John Ri­ley and Hec­tor Delle-Piane, both from Tober­mory.

Suc­cess­ful ath­letes from the Mull com­pe­ti­tion will now be in­vited to com­pete in the Ar­gyll fi­nal to be held at At­lantis Leisure in Oban on Sun­day March 19. Qual­i­fiers will be ad­vised by let­ters through their schools in early March.

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