2011 Scottish Schools Track & Field Championship Success

On Friday 10th and Saturday 11th June, 9 students from Kirkwall Grammar School (KGS) and 4 students from Stromness Academy(SA) travelled with Orkney Athletic Club coaches to compete in the Scottish Schools Track and Field Championships in Grangemouth Stadium. 216 schools were represented over 2 full days of competition and all Orkney athletes have to be congratulated on achieving the championship entry standard set to compete in these prestigious championships.

Sunny calm conditions were perfect for the highlight of the first day of competition when Thora Cant(KGS) became the Scottish Schools Champion in U15 Javelin throwing 30.90m. Thora is now awaiting news on possible international schools selection. Sarah MacPhail(KGS) had a superb U15 high Jump of 1.45m and narrowly missing out on 1.50m placing 5th out of 16 girls and strong running in her 800m gave her a well-deserved pb of 2.34m. After waiting all day Taylah Spence (SA) had her 2 U14 events at the same time! Following a fast 200m(28.89s)setting a new pb time she just missed out on 200m semi-final placing. However, her High jump of 1.40m gave her a fantastic 3rd place out of 29 girls. Dana Sutherland (KGS) gave a powerful U14 200m performance achieving a pb time of 29.5s narrowly missing semi-final placing. Other sprinters Evie Peace(KGS), Liam Drury(KGS), and Magnus Blair(SA) were in the 15-17 age group with the highest number of competitors and sprinting standards were high. Evie (13.59s)and Liam(12.4s) 100m times missed out on semi-final placing however Magnus(11.99s) was successful and progressed to the semi-final. Magnus also ran a tough 400m with a heat time of 57s. In the older age group of 17+ Carolynn Leslie(KGS) had a competitive 400m race with Morna Brown(SA) with Carolynn marginally stronger with times of 1.03.51 and 1.03.97 respectively. Carolynn’s 100m heat time 13.42s took her to a 100m final 6th placing. Gauis Bews(KGS) competing in only his second major championship had a Long Jump of 5.30m and a strong 400m of 54.48s gave him a well-deserved seasons best pb. James Watson hampered by injury had 100m time 12.35s.

Saturday 11th June was a day of heavy showers but calm conditions which suited endurance athlete Ellen Clyde(KGS) achieving a seasons best time of 5.32m in the U15 1500m. Alex Stevenson(KGS) was lucky to get dry conditions for his long awaited U15 javelin and High Jump coming a fantastic 4th place with a throw of 32.2m and 5th with a jump of 1.50m. Taylah Spence(SA) achieved a very creditable semi-final placing in 100m of 13.88s out of 46 athletes. Dana Sutherland(KGS) was unlucky not to be podium placed coming a close 4th in her U14 Long Jump 4.47m after a strong performance. Liam(25.69s), Magnus(24.56s) , Evie (28.67s) and Gauis(24.49s) all just missed out on semifinal placings but all enjoyed being part of the fast (all be it rather wet)200m heats. Carolynn Leslie (KGS) had the most determined performance of the day placing a fantastic 4th place in her 200m final with a seasons best time of 27.6s.

All athletes and Orkney Athletic Club coaches would like to thank the respective schools Kirkwall Grammar School and Stromness Academy for giving all athletes leave of absence to compete and for paying their entry fees; Kirkwall & St Ola, Evie & Rendall, Birsay, Westray and Holm Community Councils for funding of athletes competing in the Scottish Schools Championships; The Dounby Centre for the hire of their minibus; and to all the athletes’ very supportive parents and families. KGS students would also like to thank the KGS Enrichment Fund for their substantial donation to them.

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