Athletics: Scottish Schools’ Athletic Association indoor athletics success for Dunfermline Athletics

ATHLETES with Dunfermline Track and Field topped the class as they excelled at the Scottish Rotary International Schools Athletic Association (SSAA) Indoor Athletics Championships.

No less than nine medals were won by members of the club at the event, which took place at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on the weekend of February 9-10, including gold for Callum Newton.

The Kinross High School student, who also won a silver medal in the men’s under-16 high jump with a jump of 1.70 meters, took first place in the 60-meter hurdles in his category of age, improving his qualifying time by 8.79 seconds to cross the winning line in 8.65.

This race also saw Brook Ferguson of Inverkeithing High place fifth in 9.77, while Shayna Asamoah and Sophie Thomas both reached discovery in the women’s under-16 200m.

Shayna, who attends Dollar Academy, came through her heat, then her semi, clocking 26.96 and 26.62 before bettering those with an effort of 25.80 – a new girls’ club record under 17 years old – in the final, which gave him a silver medal.

There were improved times for Sophie, who also attends Dollar, en route to the final of 27.46 and 26.65, with her run of 26.56, a new PB, in the final giving her a fifth place finish, which she improved to the 60m.

With a time of 7.94 – which broke her own club age group record – Sophie won bronze, while Shayna took silver in 7.92 which also saw her beat her own age group and club record.

Elsewhere on the track, Darcie Black, who attends Dunfermline High, set a new club record of 9.06 to win silver in the girls over 16 60m hurdles, while Munro Strachan set a new record boys’ club indoor under 17 years old 4: 37.47 in the men’s 1500m over 16 years old.

Medals continued to be won in the field events, where Mya McMahon continued her impressive form, with the Dunfermline High pupil winning silver in the girls over 16 long jump with a club record effort 5.33m.

In the high jump, Matthew Tait of Lasswade High equaled his own club record of 1.95m to win silver in the boys’ 16-year-old category, a medal color also won by Queen Anne’s Ellie Candlish in the event for girls under 16, with a jump of 1.55 m.

There were a number of other strong performances from club athletes throughout the competition, as well as new best times.

A time of 2:41.39 was a season best in the women’s under-16 800m for Queen Anne’s Rachel Barnett; Sarah Kane of Dunfermline High ran just outside her PB in the Girls Under-16 Semi-Finals; while Woodmill High’s Oliver Morrison was fifth in the under-16 800m ‘A’ final and seventh in the high jump.

Darcie Black finished sixth in her age group long jump, while Amy Jenkinson (Dollar), who also competed in the high jump, and Kirstin Penman (Queen Anne) were unlucky not to compete in the Girls Under 16 60m hurdles final, as did David Cuthbert and Mark Harley (both Kinross) in the Boys Under 16 800m, but managed to clinch PBs of 2:14, 66 and 2: 17.88.

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