Athletes impress at two events on mainland

SIXTEEN Shetland athletes competed in the recent open graded athletics match in Inverness, which incorporated the HIPPO initiative the club has been participating in this season.

Sophie May Leyland followed her Scottish Schools high jump performance with a first time clear­ance at 1.40m to equal her newly-set personal best to finish first.

Megan Smith took second place in the 100m and all five athletes competing in the 150m recorded new personal bests. Inga Woods and Emma Leask fought out their race with Emma narrowly winning on the line, Caitlin Watt fourth and Allie Elphinstone seventh. Connor Wiseman took third in his age group over the same distance.

Gareth Robertson took a comfortable first place in the 150m and Michael Heubeck took third place. Megan went on to finish second in her 200m.

Katie Bristow completed her winning performance in the 1,500m to a cheer as she crossed the line in four minutes 59.77 seconds, a new personal best and inside the qualification standard for the NatWest Island Games.

Sophie Kelman threw a new personal best in the discus with a distance of 19.49m, finishing second. Bobby Bristow also finished in first place in his 1,500m with a time of four minutes 37.84 seconds.

Sean Maver and Jordan Morrison had a hugely successful triple jump, both jumping new personal best distances of 11.74m and 11.10m respectively, taking first and third.

In the women’s event Eilidh Peterson and Victoria Duthie took first and second places respectively with distances of 9.69m and 9.51m.

Michael took second place in his triple jump competition while in the girls’ 300m Emma took first place, Inga second, Caitlin fourth and Allie fifth in one exciting race. Connor and Gareth competed over the same distance, setting new personal best performances, Connor diving for the line to take second place and Gareth taking a comfortable first place.

The day finished with a four by 200m relay race with Shetland entering times teams. First was the team of Connor, Eilidh, Sophie and Gareth, second was the team of Inga, Allie, Caitlin and Emma and fourth was the team of Megan, Victoria, Sophie May and Katie.

Meanwhile, as their team mates competed in Inverness, three Shetlanders lined up against the top athletes in the under-20 and under-23 age groups for the National Age Group Athletics Championships.

Lee Williamson, competing in the under-23 group, ran well in the 100m and the 200m, taking the bronze medal in the 200m.

ST26 athleticsLee Williamson with his 200m bronze medal.
Photo: Elaine Park

Scott Lawson, competing in the under-20 group, mirrored the events that Lee competed in, running solid times just outside his personal bests.

Joshua Morrison took on both the 1,500m and the 5,000m, recording a new personal best of 16 minutes 27 seconds for the latter distance.


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