Saturday, June 24, 2017

Mens League - Fourth Again

MEN'S LEAGUE 11 JUNE 2017 - FOURTH AGAIN

Match 2 of the Scottish Athletics League returned to Crownpoint after an absence of over 15 years and we had a good turnout of 18 athletes compared to only 8 at Match 1 in Aberdeen. We also scored lots more points (313 to 208) but still finished in 4th position again! Like us, the other clubs were able to field much stronger teams and we were a frustrating 4 points behind 3rd placed Kilbarchan. We just could not raise 4 fit athletes for the last event, the 4x400 relay, which would have yielded us 5 points even for last position. Our athletes had given their all on a miserably rainy day and some had picked up or exacerbated minor injuries.

The good news was that we had some fine performances, starting with the Thomas twins in the sprints. Alec took the 100m after a thrilling ding dong with Aberdeen's Ojei (10.83 to 10.86, wind +2.3mps), then just lost out to Kilbarchan's Anthony Young in 200m (22.01 to 22.05, legal wind +0.4). Kade impressed with a B sprint double (10.95 +2.3 and 22.32 +2.9). They teamed up with Cian O'Donnell and Steven Beattie to finish a close 2nd to Aberdeen in the 4x100 relay in 44.48. Cian posted 11.38 (+2.5) and Steven 11.42 (+2.5) and 23.37 (+2.0) in the guest sprints, so they might have won if changeovers had been slicker.

Captain Martin Hayes couldn't have done better, with maximum points through wins in the 400 hurdles (58.98) and steeplechase (9:46.72), making it look easy despite a problem with shin soreness.

Once again decathlete Gordon Belch was our top scorer. One of only 2 Aberdeen survivors, he amassed 40 points from 4 events but the foul weather prevented him from setting any new pb's.

Alexander Lewis was only 7cm below his best ever in taking 2nd in the Javelin (49.93m), splitting the Inverness throwers in a close tussle over the final 3 trials. Marcus Morton took 2nd in the High Jump with 1.90m and just needs a bit more competition in good conditions to match his indoor pb of 2.06m. His mate Lewis McGuire of Pitreavie soared to victory with 2.07m, so the final two meetings could provide great opportunities.

Jax Thoirs, our Scottish record holder and GB internationalist, back from USA, turned out in the Pole Vault but his efforts were frustrated by the worst downpour of the day; he entered at a modest 4.05m to take top points before the event was stopped. Gordon took the B event with 3.30, equalling his best from Aberdeen. Jax used the strength he has gained in training to take 2nd in the Shot with 12.16m. Our only other survivor from the first match, veteran Gerry Farrell was reliable as usual and amazingly consistent throwing 31.82m in both Hammer and Discus for 4th in each.

It was good to have a decent showing in middle distance races. Allan Ramsay took valuable points in 800 and 1500m, while Kieron Rafferty in a rare outing reaped the harvest of hard track training with a fine pb of 4:06.68 for 3rd in 1500m. Lewis Priest made his League debut at age 17 in the 5000m and took 3rd in 16:47.78, a great start and surely a marker for more improvement.

Euan Urquhart, Cory O'Hara Iain Wilson and Tim Chan all did well in their events, and Calum Innes was a surprise but welcome entrant after his return from N America to turn out in the 110 hurdles. It was a day he'd prefer to forget, as he had to cede his early lead to upcoming runners when he stiffened up in the closing stages; but his A string 4th place enabled Gordon to win the B race and post a high score in the event.

After two matches we are 4th overall behind Aberdeen, Central and Inverness. A strong turnout like this can move us up a bit. Thanks not only to the athletes who braved the elements and lack of shelter at Crownpoint but also to our officials who took a soaking throughout the afternoon with little respite and to the band of faithful supporters who lent their voice.

 

Hugh Stevenson, Team Manager

Youth Development League

Match 2 of the Scottish Youth Development League (LAG) and the U17 T & F Challenge took place at Kilmarnock on Sunday 21st May 2017 in dry and sunny conditions.  Performances of note are listed below.  Well done to all athletes who competed and took VP-Glasgow into 4th place in the SYDL LAG match and 3rd place in the U17 T & F match.

 

U13G

Valencia Wright was 1st “A” in the 1200m with a time of 4:02.3 (Grade 1 AAA performance).

Meghan Porterfield was 1st “A” in the Shot Putt with a distance of 9.37m and 1st in the Javelin with a distance of 20.49m.

Holly Kirkwood was 1st “A” in the Long Jump with a distance of 4.59m.

Jenna Hilditch was 1st “B” in the Long Jump with a distance of 3.90m.

Evie Greig was 1st “A” in the High Jump with a height of 1.40m (Grade 1 AAA performance).

Catriona Scott was 1st “B” in the High Jump with a height of 1.30m.

 

U13B

Russell Barnett was 2nd “A” in the 800m with a time of 2:28.96.

Jake Speirs was 1st “B” in the 800m with a time of 2:34.49.

 

U15G

Lily Jane Evans-Haggerty was 1st “A” in the 1500m with a time of 4:42.2.

JoJo Littlefield was 2nd “B” in the 1500m with a time of 4:57.4.

Skye Turner was 1st “B” in the 300m with a time of 43.22s.

Katie Burr was 2nd “A” in the Javelin with a distance of 22.77m,

Abbey Orr was 1st “A” in the High Jump with a height of 1.50m.

Emma Williams was 3rd “B” in the High Jump with a height of 1.30m.

The 4 x 300m Relay team was 1st in a time of 2:57.32.  Team consisted of Amy Kirkpatrick, Lisha Carruth, Skye Turner and Katie Burr.

 

U17 T & F Challenge

Gavin Wilson was 3rd “A” in the 100m Hurdles with a time of 16.44s.

Aaron Belkewitz was 1st “B” in the 100m Hurdles with a time of 17.89s.

Emily Miller was 1st “A” in the 200m with a time of 26.49s.

Rebecca Love was 2nd “B” in the 200m with a time of 27.68s.

Adam Orr was 1st “B” in the 200m with a time of 24.28s and 2nd “B” in the 100m with a time of 12.09s.

Adrienne Murray was 1st “A” in the 800m with a time of 2:19.24.

Amy Bissett was 2nd “B” in the 800m with a time of 2:29.82.

Jessica Mendonca-Gray was 2nd “A” in the 100m with a time of 13.30s and 2nd “A” in the Long Jump with a distance of 4.56m.

The U17W 4 x 100m Relay team was 2nd in a time of 47.87s.  Team consisted of Emily Miller, Rebecca Love, Jessica Mendonca-Gray and Erin Moran.

The U17M 4 x 100m Relay team was 1st in a time of 51.88s.  Team consisted of Max Yvan, Liam O’Hear, Adam Orr and Sean McGraw.

Linda Innes

 

UK Womens League

We only took a small team to the UKWAL league match at Wigan on 7 May and it could have been even smaller because some of our athletes were stuck in traffic because of the road works at Strathclyde Park.  However, everyone managed to get there and we were only held up for about an hour.

It was a great team effort with most athletes covering unfamiliar B string  events to maximise our points total and in the end we finished in third place.    Individual winners were Chloe Lambert ( A 100m 12,18), Julie Dobbin ( A 800m 2:11.72), Erin McIlveen (B 800m, 2:12.35) and Lindsey Young (B 400m, 58.50)    There were also PBs for Julie in the 800m, Katie Ord (Hammer 47.95), and Anna Tait (3000m 9:36.84).   As well as a good number of second and third places, we picked up lots of valuable points with our middle distance runners covering B string throws and jumps– Rhian Dawes in Discus, Steph Lawrie in Long Jump and Anna Tait in Javelin.   Our Triple Jump specialist, Louise Anderson also did a very respectable Shot Putt.

The 4x100 relay team of Lindsay Young, Erin McIlveen, Julie Dobbin and Chloe Lambert gained a creditable fourth place but just  ten minutes later demolished the rest of the field in the 4x400 by winning in just over seven seconds.

It was difficult to decide on the athlete of the match but we gave it to Anna for her 3000m PB and impressive Javelin throw.  Julie was an emphatic winner of the Points Princess award for her three track events and two relays.   Thanks also to our officials – Liz, Donald, Isobel,  Lynn and Mike for their contribution on the day.

The next match is June 4 in Rugby and with the main exam period being over, we should have an even stronger team.

 

Sandra Branney

Track and Field Secretary

Scottish Mens League

The men's team travelled to Aberdeen on Sunday the 6th of May for the first of the four Scottish Athletics League meetings of the season with only eight scoring athletes, but came away with an encouraging 4th place out of 8 in Division 1.

We have a new star in decathlete Gordon Belch, who did the permitted maximum of six events and scored 66 of our total of 208 points, setting four new PBs in the process. Starting off at noon in the Javelin, he broke 40 metres for the first time with 41.54 for 4th place, then zipped over to the Pole Vault, where he cracked 3 metres for the first time with a brilliant 3.30 for 1st in the B event. He astounded us and maybe himself with victory in the 110 Hurdles in his first ever attempt at the distance, posting 17.97secs with wind assistance of +3.8mps. He rounded off the day by breaking another barrier in the Discus with 30.48m for 1st B. He also scored in the Long Jump and Shot.

Not to be outdone, U17 debutant Adam Orr posted PBs in both his events, taking 3rd in the Pole Vault with 3.60m, and improvement of 5cm. He is definitely on the way up. He was pleasantly surprised by his new PB in the Triple Jump, 3rd with 12.24m (legal wind of +2.0mps), his first time over 12metres.

A strong wind favoured the sprinters, with some impressive times. Our young men took full advantage to set new PBs, albeit with illegal readings. U20 debutant Ewan McArthur was 5th A 100m in 11.25 (+5.3) and 5th A 200m in 22.81 (+4.4). Ramesh Sapkota was 3rd B 100m in 11.41 (+4.2) and 2nd B 200m in 23.37 (+2.8).

Another league debutant, U20 James Stewart, took 4th in High Jump with 1.75m, a bit short of his best, but he ensured a good placing in the 4x100 relay, taking over from Ramesh and Ewan and passing on to the experienced David Clark, who held on the cross the line 3rd in 46.15s.

Callum Heirs was our only middle distance competitor, bravely doubling up in 800 and 1500metres and delivering 4th and 3rd places respectively with well judged performances in windy conditions.

M50 Gerry Farrell has been scoring reliably for us for many a season and still delivers the goods. He was our second top scorer with 32 points in the throws, his best effort being his 33.41m for 2nd A Discus. Long may he continue!

The first match is always difficult, not only for our club, with exams and in this case a clash with a BAL match taking precedence and depriving us of many of our stars. But the 'Magnificent Eight' rose to the challenge to secure a solid start to the campaign, one on which we shall build as the season progresses.

Thanks as usual to those who supported the team in Aberdeen, Sheila (Field Referee) and Hugh Baillie, who were our all important officials, and Adam Orr's dad for transport and encouragement.

 

Hugh Stevenson

Team Manager