Defending their Forth Valley Athletics League Division 1 title from 2015, Team Borders made a strong start to the 2016 campaign at a very chilly Meadowbank Stadium on Saturday.
And for the very first time it was the field events in which Team Borders proved very marginally the stronger.
Undoubted star of the day was Chirnside’s Keira Waddell who not only took maximum points in the U15 girls javelin, but smashed the league record by well over six metres with her winning throw of 32.48m. Keira is currently ranked top Scot and third in the UK.
Also taking maximum points in the U15 girls shot putt was Gala’s Rhiannon Gerrard with a throw of 8.64m.
Across all the Field events on Saturday, Borders were placed second of the eight teams, a mere two event points behind Edinburgh and only one half an event point ahead of Dunfermline.
On the track there were ‘A’ race wins for Chirnside’s Hannah Hamilton-Meikle, who won the U13 girls 800m by four seconds in 2.41.44, Moorfoot Michael Girdler the U15 boys 800m, Gala’s Sam McAneny in the U11 boys 100m and the U11 boys 4 x 100m relay in which Sam was joined by ‘B’ race winner Matthew Beaton (TLJT), Kyle Taylor (Chirnside) and Angus Carlyle (Moorfoot).
Across all the track events, subject to final scrutiny, Borders again finished second team by another very close margin, three event points adrift of Dunfermline. So, in what proved to be an incredibly close contest, only seven and a half event points separated the top three of the eight participating teams, and it was Dunfermline who came out on top with 457.5 points ahead of Team Borders in second with 455 points and Edinburgh third on 450 points. The action resumes with at Grangemouth on May 21.