Hampden hosts island athletes

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Personal bests and medals came in waves for junior athletes from the Western Isles at the Scottish Schools Track and Field Championships.

An eight-strong team flew the flag for schools from Lewis and Harris and the Uists at Hampden Stadium - the home of the forthcoming Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

But far from being overawed by the location or the occasion, the young athletes upped their game and thrived in the spotlight.

The action started with Andrew Horne in the U15 Boy’s Long Jump final. Andrew had made the finals of the Long Jump, 100m, and 200m after progressing through the rounds at the qualifying events for his age group in Grangemouth recently – a great achievement.

He opened his account strongly with his third longest jump ever – 5.43m. He continued with a fine series of jumps over 5 metres, but didn’t top that one, and finished a fine sixth place. Unfortunately though Andrew tweaked a muscle in his back during the event which meant he couldn’t take part in his sprint finals. There will though be plenty of other opportunities later in the season for Andrew.

Meanwhile on the track the U17 boy’s 1500m heats were underway. Representing the Nicolson was Connor MacLean and he controlled his heat to win comfortably and qualify for the final later in the afternoon.

Next up were the sprinters and the 100m heats. First up was Abbie Mackay in the U17 girl’s race and she had an excellent start in her heat and ran well to the line to finish third in 13.34, a season’s best, to qualify for the semi-finals. In the Boy’s U17 heats, Alasdair Rigby representing the Lewis school found himself in a fast race.

To read the rest of the athletics round-up, see this week’s Stornoway Gazette, available now.