Pitreavie played host to the Scottish National Senior Athletics Championships and Commonwealth Games Trials last weekend (17/18 June 2010).
Unfortunately the weather conditions put paid to any strong performances on the track with the wind blowing at +6 metres per second, however there were wins for Claire Gibson(800m), Freya Murray(5,000m), Ally Hay(1500m) and Chris Baillie(110mH) on the track and James Campbell, Mark Dry and Angus McInroy in the field.
It was also good to see Kris Robertson(400m), Gemma Nicol(400m), Mark Mitchell(800m), Morag McLarty(1500m), Nony Mordi(Triple Jump) and James Campbell(Javelin) all win titles, while Ross Toole was second in the 1500m. These seven athletes were all part of the Commonwealth youth Games Team in Bendigo in 2004.
In the field, James Campbell the star attraction with a throw of 80.38m in the javelin, breaking the Scottish and Native record. This throw ranks him 4th in the Commonwealth. James was a member of Team Scotland for the Commonwealth Youth Games in Bendigo in 2004 and he was awarded athlete of the Games following his gold medal winning performance. He will now be hoping to go to Delhi in October and enjoy similar success.
Discus thrower Angus McInroy came into the weekend’s competition in a relaxed mood having clinched his second qualifying round last weekend in Italy, smashing the 19-year-old Scottish record with a throw of 58.77metres. His winning throw of 56.76metres was some way off the record but McInroy was delighted to have posted a third qualifying distance given the conditions.
He said, “I am very pleased with a win today and especially pleased with last weekend. I felt I could have thrown further today but you always think that. The more excited I get, the more my technique goes so it’s important to stay focused.”
Hoping to be selected and looking ahead to October’s Commonwealth Games, he continued, “As long as I make the top eight anything can happen in Delhi.”
Mark Dry also achieved a Commonwealth Games qualification distance in the hammer.
The deadline for all athletes aiming for a place in Team Scotland for Delhi 2010 is the 1st August so time is ticking for those still to prove their credentials.