JIC Athletics Report

The sun on the track at Picky on Thursday for the Junior Inter-County Athletics and with a reasonable size of crowd spectating the athletes did not disappoint.

First on the track was the 1500m, with last years record breaker Joshua Morrison lining up for Shetland it was always going to be a hard run for Callum Stevenson and youngster Jason Cook. Shetland took 1st and 2nd with Callum and Jason taking 3rd and 4th respectively. The lasses were up next with Rhian Mackay and Anna Tait also taking 3rd and 4th respectively. This was Jason and Anna’s first year of JIC and they showed huge potential for the future years to come.

Moving on to the field events the lasses were in the Shot circle and proved an enviable force with Claire Wilson taking 1st and setting a new record of 11.42 and Carley Kirkpatrick taking 2nd and a new PB (personal best). The boys were across at the Javelin with Steven MacPhail setting a new PB of 40.02 and taking 2nd while Jamie Firth took 4th place – a very courageous effort considering his other arm was broken.

Back on the track again it was the first of the sprints, 200 m. Orkney’s Gordon Mowat and James Flett stormed through with a 1st and 2nd with James just missing out on a record. The girls took their marks with Carolynn Leslie and Morna Brown taking 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Back to the field it was a family affair in the boys shot with the Croy Boys, Tom and Andy out in force. Tom took 2nd and Andy took 4th. Shetland’s Maurice Williamson throwing an incredible 14.99 m and setting a new JIC record, previously held by Orkney’s Keith Shearer. Over in the girls Javelin event, still on a high after her Shot performance, Claire claimed another 1st with Carley taking 3rd.

On the track it was time for the middle distance runners to get ready for the 800m. Shetland’s duo Joshua and Bobby were up against Mark Cursiter and Callum. With Callums legs still recovering from the earlier 1500m it was up to Mark to stir the Shetlies up, and that he did with a superb run taking home 2nd place. In the girls, fatigue did not seem to be effecting Rhian who took 2nd place and smashed her PB by 7 secs, Alice Tait took 4th and ran a respectable race considering her achillies strain.

Just as if the track couldn’t get anymore exciting the 100 m’s were next. Gordon and Iain Nelson running for Orkney. Gordon smashed both his PB and claimed a new record over the distance, the previous record holder was Orkney’s Neil Gray. With hearts racing all over the track, from athletes and spectators alike it was the lasses up next. Carolynn and youngster Evie Peace took their spot on the blocks with Carolynn storming home with 1st place and a new PB while Evie claimed an incredible 3rd, not back for 13 years old.

The boys long jump saw Shetland taking 1st and 2nd with only 1 cm difference between their jumps and Gordon and Andrew Rodgers taking 3rd and 4th respectively. Huge exciting was brewing at the girls High Jump with the crowd not knowing how high the bar was – this was at the request of the Orkney lasses that the heights were not shouted out. Orkney’s Brit Ward jumped a PB and the same height as both the Shetland lasses, but after count-back was awarded 4th place. Morna only became aware of the height of the bar when Norman announced that in the next jump she would be jumping for the record. After her initial shock and with a huge volley of support from the crowd she cleared 1.53 and now has a record to go along with her PB.

On to the track for 400m and James F and Tom took their places. Both ran very well with James taking 1st and Tom just being pipped on the line took 3rd place. In the girls, Signy Spence and Sarah MacPhail took their marks and both ran worthy performances taking 3rd and 4th respectively, not bad considering Sarah is only in P7 and has another 6 JIC years ahead of her.

The final field events were the girls long jump where Morna and Susan Boyd took 3rd and 4th respectively. The boys finished their field with high jump. Steven jumped a pb of 1.70 and Andy jumped a pb of 1.60, securing a 2nd and 3rd for Orkney.

The final event and climax was the 4 x 100 m relays. The Orkney boys were led by Gordon, Iain, James Flett and anchored by James Watson. The boys ran suberbly and came home in 1st place. A great finale for Gordon, Iain and James last year. The girls were led by Morna, Signy, Evie and anchored by Caroylnn but Shetland proved too fast and took 1st place. Thanks must go to Nigel Thomson who put a lot of work into the Orkney relay squads.

A huge thankyou must go to all the officials who helped out and all the spectators who supported on the day and a especially to the Shetland team who supported our youngsters as if they were their own.

The final score was Orkney 90 – Shetland 104.

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