Scottish athletes were in fine form over the weekend at two track and field international events.
Our throwers competed at the England Athletics Throws Fest event in Northampton while there was also representation at the Combined Events International match hosted by Northern Ireland athletics in Belfast.
At the Throws Fest, Nick Percy took victory in the discus with a best throw of 63.72 in Saturday’s competition and again on Sunday when he reached 63.36.
Meghan Porterfield has had a medal-laden summer and came up with a new Scottish U17 Record in the discus in Northampton.
Meghan threw out to 44.81m to eclipse the mark set by Alison Grey (which had stood at 44.34m in 1989). Alison is now her coach. Meghan then won the competition on Sunday with 44.00m.
In the U18 Hammer events, there were gold and silver medals respectively for Angela McAuslan-Kelly (Aberdeen AAC) with 57.94m and Callum Hendry (VP-Glasgow) at 58.15m.
Both had also won medals at the UK School Games with a first for Angela and third for Callum (Callum’s PB at 60.20m at School Games took him third in the UK U17 rankings).
News from day 1 @englandthrowsc1 Moulton@Megporterfield2 sets a new pb 44.81 also bagging another Scottish u17 record
In Discus subject to ratification well done Meghan happy coach @scotathletics @SALDevelopment @iriaveel pic.twitter.com/rwpquzvlMc
— Duncan Flockhart (@FlockhartDuncan) September 3, 2022
Law and District AAC athlete Jade Gray took bronze in U18 Shot with 12.45 (also won bronze at School Games on Friday with an outdoor PB of 13.31m)
There was silver for Teddy Tchoudja (Shettleston Harriers) in U20 Shot at Moulton with a throw of 13.77m with Amy Kennedy third with an outdoor PB of 13.51m (that U20 event was won by EuropeanU18 Champion, England’s Cleo Agyepong)
And there was a gold for Paige Stevens (Falkirk Victoria Harriers) in U18 Shot with 15.02m, with Meghan Porterfield landing a silver at 14.39m.
With thanks to Alison Grey and Duncan Flockhart
A small Scottish cohort headed to Belfast for the Combined Events Home International.
Four athletes represented Scotland with three other Scots also in action over a weekend which saw wet conditions on Saturday replaced by much better weather for the day two performances.
In the Senior Men’s competition, there was a win for Andrew Murphy as the Kilbarchan AAC athlete tallied 6963 points to win by nine points from England’s Elliot Thompson.
Tom Chandler took fourth with Ewan Bradley fifth. Eden Duff was seventh after pulling out on day two with a foot injury.
In the U20 Men’s competition, there was a third place for William Hodi with 6546 points. William clocked a 400m PB on Saturday and backed that up with solid performances on the second day.
Adam Hoole unfortunately no heighted in the high jump and missed a couple of events but did deliver a javelin PB.
In the U17 Women’s competition, Stroma Fraser represented Scotland for the first time and finished sixth with 4274 points. Stroma threw a javelin PB.
With thanks to Allan Hamilton
Northern Irish Combined Event Championships at the weekend at Mary Peters Track in Belfast, my first time representing team Scotland 🏴 a great experience and proud to be apart of the team @HLHSport @sportscotland #AthleteTravelAwardScheme pic.twitter.com/qwvvLxhbJD
— stroma (@stroma_fraser) September 5, 2022
A number of young Scots competed in the UK School Games at Loughborough last weekend – and there were a number of fine performances.
In fact, our Historian Arnold Black described it was ‘unprecedented success’ in this particular event, albeit it now in a ‘rather contrived non-nation format’ (Scottish athletes do not actually compete as Scotland).
There were no fewer than six individual golds for Scottish athletes and an excellent 1-2-3 on the podium in the Men’s 200m.
Here are our UK School Games winners:
100m – Gkontouin Imante 10.95
200m – Dean Patterson 21.36 (2 Euan Cunningham 22.11; 3 Imante 22.47)
1500 – Jamie Phillips 4:25.01
800m – Hannah Taylor 2:05.52
Triple Jump – Libby White 11.87
Hammer – Angela McAuslan-Kelly 57.37
Well done to all the athletes who competed at the UK School Games and to their families, coaches, schools and clubs. Thanks to the volunteers from the Scottish Schools AA for all their their hard work on this event.
— SSAA (@SSAAschools) September 3, 2022