The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Top-level athletes who graced re­gional league


Aberdeen AAC’s Zoey Clark, Dundee Hawkhill’s Eil­ish McCol­gan and In­ver­ness Har­ri­ers’s Kirsty Law are among a long list of top-level com­peti­tors who cut their teeth in the RAM ath­let­ics league which opens for its 39th sea­son this weekend.

The re­gional com­pe­ti­tion for all age groups gets un­der way with an East Di­vi­sion meet­ing at Aberdeen Sports Vil­lage and a North Di­vi­sion meet­ing at Queen’s Park, In­ver­ness, both on Sun­day.

Clark, who helped Scot­land set a new na­tional 4x400me­tres re­lay record at the Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games this month, still holds the league un­der-17 girls’ 300m record of 39.44sec set in 2010. McCol­gan, a double Olympian who was sixth in the 5,000m at Gold Coast, set a league un­der-15 800m mark

The long­est stand­ing league records were both set in 1982

of 2:15.4 in 2004 which hasn’t been beaten.

Law, who rep­re­sented Scot­land at the 2014 Glas­gow Com­mon­wealth Games, set an as yet un­chal­lenged un­der-17 girls’ dis­cus record of 39.04m in 2003.

The long­est stand­ing league records, both set in 1982, were achieved by Aberdeen AAC sprint­ers Kathleen Madi­gan and Michelle Bruce.

Madi­gan, coach for some of Aberdeen’s cur­rent crop of young­sters, holds the un­der-13 girls’ 100m mark of 12.9 while Bruce holds the un­der-15 girls’ 100m record of 12.6.

Dundee Hawkhill are the de­fend­ing men’s and women’s cham­pi­ons in the East Di­vi­sion, while Ross County are the north title-hold­ers and In­ver­ness Har­ri­ers are the women’s cham­pi­ons

Mean­while, In­ver­ness Har­ri­ers host an open graded track and field meet­ing at Queen’s Park tonight at 5pm.

 ??  ?? Zoey Clark: Cut her teeth in the re­gional league
Zoey Clark: Cut her teeth in the re­gional league

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