Another Golden Weekend
Sunday 17 February saw Ayr Seaforth athletes again making the trip up the M77 to compete in National Championships at the Emirates indoor arena in Glasgow.This time it was the National Senior Indoor Championships, the National Under 16, 4 x 200m relay for boys and girls,and also the National Under 14 Combined Championships for Boys where athletes compete in 5 disciplines,60m Hurdles,Shot Putt,High Jump, Long Jump and 800m.
A small contingent of Seaforth athletes took part in the Senior Indoor Championships.Neil Burnside continued his return to competition with a credible run in the 800m of 2:00:01m,just missing out on a place in the final.Jonathan Thompson ran 7.73s in the heats of the 60m, and in the 200m heats ran 23.17s to qualify for the semi final where he ran 23.5s.
In the womens high jump Hazel Jamieson finished 6th clearing 1.55m.
In the boys National Combined Championships Fraser Angus and Calumn Meldrum competing in the event for the first time exceeded their parents and coaches expectations by finishing first and third respectively. Fraser’s winning score of 1572 points consisting of Long Jump 4.57m, 60m hurdles 10.52(pb), High Jump 1.36m(pb), shot putt 7.67m(pb) and 800m 2.42.92m(pb). Calumn’s 1383 points consisted of Long Jump 4.30m, 60m hurdles 11.90s(pb), High Jump 1.36m(pb), shot putt 9.2m(pb) and 800m 2.45.66m(pb).
In the U16 4 X 200M relays the Ayr Seaforth girls team of Ailee Shanks,Nadia Simpson,Aimee McGinley and Rebecca Spence qualified second fastest for the final.In the final they ran magnificently as a unit and when Rebecca Spence running the anchor leg was handed the baton and a slender lead she maintained this all the way to the finishing line finishing in 1:48:07.
The boys U16 relay team of Conan McGhee,Lewis McMillan,Ewan McCracken and Ben Lomako ran extremely well for a young team to make the final where they finished agonisingly just outside the medals in 4th place in a time of 1:44:41m.