Ayr Seaforth hammer thrower Rachel Hunter produced a personal best throw at the British Under 23’s Championships at Bedford in June where she threw a personal best of 56.78 meters which resulted in her taking the bronze medal.
This in turn then led the 19 year old to receiving an invitation from British Athletics to compete at the British Senior Championships which were being held on 12/14th July at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.
Rachel went into the competition as the youngest athlete and seeded 9th. Some of the best athletes in Great Britain were competing over the weekend but this didn’t phase young Rachel at all. She was totally focused on her own performance and she had to be as after the first 3 rounds only the top 8 would qualify to throw in the final 3 rounds. Rachel and coach Chris Black’s aim was to make the final which was a big ask due to the caliber of athletes that had entered. Her coaches and parents nerves were relieved slightly when she threw another personal best of 57.44 meters in the 1st round. This proved enough to make the top eight and into the final. A truly fantastic result for the youngster.
Not resting on her laurels, Rachel then went to throw another personal best of 58.31 meters in the 5th round, which was enough for her to finish in an astonishing 5th place. Rachel was the only female thrower in all 4 throwing events, hammer, discus, javelin and shot put to throw a lifetime best.
Not only a great result for Rachel, Chris and her family, it has also put her very close to the Commonwealth Games Standard of 61 meters. There are 5 competitions left this season where Rachel can achieve the qualifying standard. One of these is the Scottish Senior Championships in August at Glasgow, with the other 4 being down south. The qualifying period ends in June 2014 and with Scottish Athletics head coach, Stephen McGuire and assistant Michael Johnson watching from the side lines at Birmingham, young Rachel is definitely heading the right way towards Glasgow 2014.
Ayr Seaforth had 3 girls teams entered in the u12 superTEAMS competition which was held on Saturday 13 July at Grangemouth Stadium. In excellent summer weather the girls did extremely well and all seemed to have enjoyed the day. There were a total of 28 teams entered from all over Scotland and Seaforth ‘A’ team finished in 7th place, the ‘B’ team in 13th place and the ‘C’ team in 10th place on equal points with Pitreavie ‘A’ team who were awarded 9th place on countback.
The competition consisted of 4 events with these being 100m, long jump, shot putt and 4x100m relay with each athlete participating in each event and gaining points for their respective team.
The ‘A’ team members were Charlotte McDowall, Carla Blockley, Jena Anderson and Gemma Bruce, the ‘B’ team Eilidh Morrison, Emma Struthers, Sophie Oxenham and Melissa Miller, the ‘C’ team Robyn MacDonald, Stephanie Craig, Abby Woodall and Laura Paisley.
Ayr Seaforth had 5 multi eventers taking part in the Scottish Combined Events Championships at Grangemouth on Saturday and Sunday 13/14 July. In the U18 Womens Heptathlon Carolyn Harvey came away with an excellent 3rd place finish amassing 3393 points over the seven disciplines, the results as follows. Long Jump 4.95m, Javelin 14.78m, 200m 28.62s, 100m hurdles 16.48(pb), High Jump 1.32m and shot putt 8.04m.
U16 Boy Lewis McMillan competing in his first ever pentathlon finished a creditable seventh. His results being, High Jump 1.53m (pb), 100m hurdles 20.03s (pb), Long Jump 4.15m, shot putt 8.34m (pb) and 800m 2:25:74m, for a total of 1657 points.
U14 girls Caitlin Chilton, Katie McAlpine and Kirsten McClymont were also competing in their first pentathlon and finished in 9th, 15th and 19th place respectively. Their results being, Caitlin Chilton, High Jump 1.25m, 75m hurdles 14.01s (pb), Long Jump 3.83m (pb), shot putt 5.28m (pb) and 800m 2:4:69 (pb) for 1857 points. Katie McAlpine High Jump 1.37m, 75m hurdles 15.30s(pb), Long Jump 3.88m, shot putt 5.28m (pb) and 800m 3:08:67 m (pb) for a total of 1641 points. Kirsten McClymont, High Jump 1.19m, 75m hurdles 19.23s (pb), Long Jump 1.83m, shot putt 5.44m (pb) and 800m 3:14:19m (pb) for a total of 924 points.
Entries are now being taken for the annual Irvine Athletic Club Marymass 10k Road Race which takes place in Irvine on Wednesday 21st august 2013. details of the event can be found here, entries can be made by clicking the following link http://www.entrycentral.com/index.php?raceID=100844