FORTY young Helensburgh AAC athletes recently competed in the final outdoor track and field athletics meeting of the season at Kilmarnock, and athletes and coaches were delighted to finish the season on a high in winning the overall event, placing first of the six teams in Division 3.

With a very strong head wind in the home straight, it wasn’t a day for personal best times, but the Helensburgh squad took a number of top three places.

In the U11 age group Kerr Tokeley was first in the 80m, Emily Ferguson was second in the long jump, with Lottie Horrocks taking third in the 80m sprint and Libby MacLean in third place in the 600m.

For the U13 age group Holly Kenhard and Naeve Southgate-Mozely taking the top two placings in the 100m, with Ewan McCartney and Matthew Gall also taking a one-two for Helensburgh in the javelin.

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Matthew was also first in the 800m and Ewan took second in a closely fought 100m, while Catriona McAllister was second in the javelin with Molly Ferguson third in the shot putt.

The U15 age group saw a double first place for Robert Court in the 400m and also the high jump, with Lexy Kenhard also first in the high jump and third in the 100m.

Maddie Rooney was third in the 800m with Andrew McNair battling his way through the wind to third place in the 800m and a rare personal best time for the day.

The U17 squad faced fewer competitors than the other age groups, which resulted in a strong showing of top placings: Amy Court was first in both the 100m and the discus, and Al McCartney was first in the 800m and javelin along with second in the 400m.

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Oliver Greetham was first in the 100m and long jump and took third place in the 400m, Amirah Hassan was first in the 80m hurdles and third in the 800m, and Sophie Michie was first in the javelin, with Ellie Johnstone taking second place.

Jenny Scott was second in the 800m, with Katie Flett in third place, and Milly Thackray was third in the 100m in her first competition for the club.

Bryn Davis competed in the senior men’s category and took third places in both the 400m and 800m events, with John Ritchie competing as a master and earning some valuable points for the club, finishing first in the 800m and third in both the shot putt and 100m.

A club spokeswoman said: “Well done to all athletes who took part. The club is now looking forward to the cross country season and also the indoor track and field league.”

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