Sep 21 2012 by Lizzie Smith, Kilmarnock Standard
Kilmarnock Harriers Evie Bartl and Cara Baillie are real examples of girl power.
The Under-14 athletes are powerful throwers as well as track stars.
Evie has remarkably improved her shot put by two metres in one season. Her personal best throw has gone from 6.88m to 8.90m. She recently won the shot put and the javelin, with a new PB throw of 26.75m, at Grangemouth.
Cara has also made excellent progress in the shot put this season with throws of 6.01m (Linwood), 6.68m (Dundee), 6.80 (Ayr) and 7.20m (Grangemouth).
At Grangemouth, Cara ran her first 70m hurdle race in a fast 15.06secs.
The girls’ proud coach Harald Bartl also competed at Grangemouth, throwing 8.05m in the shot put and 28m in the javelin.
The girls were invited as special guests to the closed Tayside and Fife Track and Field championships held at Caird Park, Dundee.
Cara was second in the shot put with 6.68m, finished third in the high jump at a height of 1.25m and was fourth in the 800m setting a new personal best of 2mins53secs.
Evie won the javelin competition comfortably with 24.05m, was second in the discus with 18.56m and second in the long jump with 3.82m.
Four out of the five Harriers who competed at the 21st Pitreavie Young Athletes Trophy Meeting made it up on the podium.
Erin Connelly (U11) won gold in her two sprint events 75m (11.66) and 150m (22.68).
Evie won the discus (18.50m) and set a new 1.30m PB in the high jump for fifth spot.
Cara was third in the high jump with a new PB of 1.38m, narrowly missing out on second place.
Evie and Cara finished off their competition with a 800m race. Cara again ran comfortably under three minutes in 2.56 and Evie clocked 3.07.
David Stark (U13) was third in his 200m heat. He also ran not far off his PB in the 1500m. The race was a mix of U13 and U15 boys and David had a tough draw, running against Scottish number one and national cross country champion Ryan Gray from Inverclyde (U13).
Kuda Tapatapa (U15), Kilmarnock’s fastest young sprinter came third in the 200m final running 25.34 and was second in the 100m in 12.50.
A dozen men and two ladies ran in the Glasgow half marathon. Iain Conell was the first Harrier over the finishing line in an excellent time of 1hour 15 mins (23rd overall) with Scott Martin close behindd in 1.18 (47th overall) and next Connel Drummond 1.23 (105 overall). Other times were David McLeod 1.24, Alasdair Murray 1.31, Gerry Dodds 1.32.47, Richard Skillen 1.33, Brian Darroch 1.34.47, David Lowdon 1.35.57, Derek Middelton 1.46.55, Alex McGhee 1.50, Eve McClurg 1.55 (first Harrier lady home), Jacqueline Neil 2 hrs, Ian Logan 2.12.
Aimie Rankin and Roy Shankland competed in the Glasgow10k earlier that day with times of 53.28 and 54.28 respectively.
Further afield Susan Beattie competed the Golspie 10k in 50mins.
In the nation’s top hill race at Ben Nevis, Colin Glencorse had a stormer to finish a few seconds outside the two-hour barrier, and also well inside the top 100. David White (2.13.42) also fared very well.
The good doctor Roddie Pugh has completed the Ben a number of times and continues to impress coming home in 2.20.38.
As the nights draw in, racing will switch from the track and road with the start of the cross country season. This year, Kilmarnock will have the honour of hosting the West District Relay Championships.
Relays are a great day out and as distances are on the shorter side, something new members can aim for. The relay season starts with a 2.7-mile road race at Houston in Renfrewshire next Saturday (September 29). Teams of four for men and three for women. Anyone wanting to run, give your name to Kara Tait, Scott Martin, or a club representative.
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