Sunday, November 28, 2021

Scottish Athletics League - Match 2

2nd Match, Grangemouth, 16th June 2019


Jax Thoirs, Scottish record holder in the Pole Vault, was the star of the show at a rain soaked Grangemouth. A heavy downpour at the start of the meeting threatened the viability of the event, but it went ahead eventually, with Jax waiting a long time before his opposition was eliminated, during which time he switched over to the Long Jump, where he took 2nd with an impressive 6.88m. Back at the Pole Vault, he dealt well with a slippery runway and a damp landing area to soar to a season's best of 5.25m, a huge 40cm in excess of his own League record, which had stood since 2011. He ended the day by anchoring our sprint relay team to 3rd place. Thanks, Jax!

Our hopes of a high finish in the match were dashed by several key withdrawals caused by minor, and we trust short lived injuries to key athletes. Ten athletes covered 12 of the 19 events and all performed up to our optimistic wishes.

We took maximum points in 2 events, the Pole Vault, where Adam Orr was 1st B with 3.60m and the High Jump, where Lewis McGuire, 1st A  (2.00m) and Gavin Wilson, 1st B (1.85m) did the business. The other jumps were strong too, with David Wilson 2nd B Long Jump (6.04m) and 4th A (12.71m) Triple, with brother Gavin 2nd B (11.67m).

The sprints were also a fertile source of points. New member Christo Hristov made the best possible debut, winning the 100m A in 11.19  while David Wilson took 5th B in 11.65. In the 200 Christo took 3rd A in 23.00 and David stormed round the bend in lane 8 to enter the straight in the lead, holding on impressively under pressure to cross 1st B in 23.05, only 0.01 outside his pb. All times and horizontal jump marks noted above were inside the legal wind limit. Christopher Boyle opted for the 400m and performed to expectation, 3rd A in 51.77.

We were almost non existent in middle distance and hurdles with the exception of Steven Bryce, who rose to the occasion in 800m when switched up to the blisteringly fast A race. He ran wisely and strongly to take 7th in a fine 2:02.61, a fraction outside his new pb set earlier in the week.

Andrew Peck, who had won the Discus at Match 1, was up against stiffer opposition this time, slipping to 3rd with 40.53m, still a good points-earning throw. Ever faithful Gerry Farrell took 2nd B with 30.20m and also contested Hammer (4th A, 28.48m) and Shot (7th A, 9.22m) 

Christo, Gavin, David and Jax wound up their busy day with a solid 3rd in the 4x100m relay on 44.7 secs. Our late surge of strong events took us well above Falkirk but short of 2 or 3 teams above us, whom we may have caught with just a couple of our missing members. We finished 7th on 210 points and lie 8th after 2 matches on 3 league points. There is still a chance of lifting ourselves up out of the 2 relegation spots if we can perform to this standard while covering more of the events. Spread the word, we need you for Aberdeen on 21 July and Grangemouth on 31 August!

Thanks again to our officials Sheila (field referee) and Hugh Baillie for their hard and lengthy stint in wet conditions and also to our coaches and supporters for their commitment.

Hugh Stevenson

Men's Team Manager