Keira tops off dream season with Scots title

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The culmination of the Scottish athletics track and field season was held at the weekend in Grangemouth where the national age group titles were decided.

After a fantastic season for Keira Waddell in the under-15 javelin, which included records at a number of events, a Scottish record and a Scotland selection, Keira completed the set by winning the gold medal and becoming Scottish Champion for 2016.

Despite not quite throwing her best distance of the year, her throw of 37.09 metres was enough to win by about three metres in front of the next best thrower. With that throw she also beat the previous championship best performance in the event.

It was also an excellent silver medal for Hannah Meikle-Hamilton in the under-13 girls shot put.

Hannah threw 10.40m, which was a new personal best for her and is also the secnd best throw in the UK for her age group this year.

It took the best throw in the UK this year to beat her and in fact the three medallists in the event all rose to the top of the UK rankings showing the strength of the shot put in Scotland.

Hannah also showed her versatility by finishing sixth in the 800m in a time of two minutes, 35 seconds.

Chirnside Chasers are extremely proud to have two throwers who are currently ranked second in the UK for their respective events and age group.

Also competing at the Scottish Championships for Chirnside Chasers at the in the under-15 age group was Ryan Middleton in his first major event and he made the semi-final of the 100m (12.55sec) and ran a new PB of 25.92sec in the 200m, just missing out the final.

Josh Abbott ran 40.72sec in the 300m. Harry Fuller ran 16.47sec in the hurdles and threw 20.12m in the javelin, and in the same competition Ben Evans threw 23.50m and ran 13.72sec in the hurdles.

Erin Moran jumped 4.08m in the long jump and 8.98m in the triple jump.

In the under-13 age group, Daylan Eden, also competing in his first major event, made the semi-final in the 100m (14.09) and only missed the final on the 100m by 1/100th of a second (ninth fastest) – unfortunately he was disqualified in the 200m.

Tammie-Louise Hunter made the semi-final of the 100m, was fifth in the discus and finished eighth in the javelin. Charlie Stewart (2:41) and Daniel Ross (2:51) ran the 800m, while Oliver Stewart ran 5:20 in the 1500m.

Archie Fuller was unlucky as he finished fourth not once but twice, just missing out on a medal. First in the shot he threw 8.09m and then the discus with a best throw of 18.47m. He was also sixth in the high jump.