Sep 7 2012 by Lizzie Smith, Kilmarnock Standard
YOUNG athletes, wearing the blue and white vest of Kilmarnock Harriers, made it twice on to podium on the first day of the National Age Group championships.
Evie Bartl (Under-14) won a silver medal in the javelin with a new personal best of 25.79m. She also finished an excellent fourth place in the shot put with 8.46m, her second best throw this season.
Cara Baillie (U14) gained valuable experience at her first major competition. She ran comfortably under three minutes for the 800m in a time of 2.58, which is close to her PB. Cara was very unfortunate that two of her throws in the shot put were disallowed, as one of them was well over 7m which would have been a big new PB.
Conditions during the shot put were very difficult as the event had to be stopped temporarily due to heavy rain.
Despite recovering from a chest infection, Roy Shankland (U18) competed well in the 200m and 400m. In the 400m, Roy finished second in his heat with 51.68 and was third in the final with an excellent time of 50.88. Roy was second in his 200m heat with 24.32 and then ran 23.19 in the final, finishing fourth.
Stacie Taylor (U18), running for Glasgow School of Sports, won a silver medal in the 1500m with a time 4.49 and was only beaten by one second into second place.
In the second day of the competition, Reed Wyper (U16) ran the 100m clocking 12.79 in the heats to finish fourth and qualify for the semi-finals where he improved on his time to 12.53 but unfortunately missed out on a place in the final.
In the 400m, Bethany Ross (U20) ran a strong race fading slightly in the last 100m for a new outdoor PB of 59.17 to finish fifth in the final. She was just a tenth of a second off her personal best from the national indoors earlier this year.
Cameron Mackie (U20) set a new PB of 52.55 for the 400m, improving his top time by a tenth of a second to finish sixth in the final.
A number of athletes travelled to Linwood to compete in an open graded competition.
Ross Connelly (U23) and Evan Cornforth (U20) competed in the 800m with Ross winning comfortably in 2.03.2 and Evan finished fourth in 2.08.4.
Four Kilmarnock athletes competed in the 400m. In the first heat, Reed Wyper (U15) ran a new PB in 57.6 for fourth.
In the next race, Matthew McAtyeer (U17) was second in 61.6; Cameron Wilson (U15) third with 61.9 and Amanda Humes (U20) finished fourth in 63.0 – her first race that distance.
In the 100m, Roy Shankland (U20) ran a good time of 11.5s. In the next heat, Cameron Mackie (U20) clocked 12.5s and Bethany Ross (U20) 13.6s. Robert Brady (U13) ran a good 100m in 15.3s.
In the 200m, Robert Brady was third with 31.2s. Bethany Ross won her race in 27.1 and Cameron Wilson came third in 27.7.
Reed Wyper finished second in his heat with 25.5. Cameron Mackie, Ross Connelly and Evan Cornforth competed in the penultimate heat with Cameron second in 24.3; Ross fourth in 25.0 and Evan fifth in 25.1.
Roy Shankland ran in the fastest heat finishing strongly for second in 23.2.
In the field events, Cara Baillie (U13) finished second with a height of 1.25 and Evie Bartl (U13) fifth with 1.15 in the high jump.
The pair also competed in the shot put with Evie winning with a distance 7.44m and Cara in third throwing 5.51m.
Also in the shot put, Cameron Wilson (U15) threw the best distance of the day with 8.04m. In the long jump, Robert Brady (U13) leapt 3.04m.