Aug 17 2011 by Jean Pedder, Stirling Observer Wednesday
CENTRAL Athletic Club Men’s Team had to fight every inch of the way to hold off a determined Aberdeen AC effort, but retained the Scottish Division One Track and Field title.
Central went into the last match of the Season with a two point advantage but Aberdeen powered into an early lead in this final match and at one stage Central had slipped to third overall leaving the title in some doubt.
Strong performances from Calum Brown, Ron Todd, Kenny Pearson and Gary Sweeney across a variety of technical events ensured Central were stoutly defending their title A 17.14secs run in the 110m hurdles by Calum; a 33.38m Hammer throw by Ron; a 35.96m Javelin effort by Kenny and a 11.78m shot put by Gary the pick of the performances.
Kyle Henderson, tired from mid week competition in Copenhagen, contributed with a 12.46m effort in the Triple Jump.
Highlights on the day were from Under 20 athletes with Peter Muirhead winning the Long Jump (6.64m) and Scott Green taking the 3000m Steeplechase (9min 46.12secs), having earlier shown some promise in the 400m hurdles. Andrew Butchart picked up good points from a tough 800m/1500m double while Martyn Paterson and Alex Hendry provided strong back up in these events.
Tom Watson sped to a 50.46secs clocking for second in the 400m while Craig Ritchie put in a good days work tackling both the 400m hurdles and the 400m. Alastair Beaton provided his normal high quality sprinting 11.40secs and 23.43secs in the 100 and 200m respectively. Ian McDonald also showed good form in the 100m and Peter Muirhead in the 200m while Alex Milne put in another fine effort in the Steeplechase.
For the first time in many years, the League Programme offered a 10,000m with Lewis Millar and Ross Milne (17) accepting the challenge. Twenty-five laps of the track is always a daunting prospect but the two Central athletes came through admirably with Lewis in second 'A' spot (32min 34.98secs) and Ross in third 'B' (35-17.07) his effort holding off an experienced Aberdeen athlete in the race to the finish.
A quartet of Ian McDonald, Kyle Henderson, Peter Muirhead and Alastair Beaton brought the baton home in third in the 4 x 100m relay while Craig Ritchie, Tom Watson, Martyn Paterson and Andrew Butchart managed one last effort from their tired bodies in the 4 x 400m to come home fourth overall with 3min 31.27secs.
Points on the day were Aberdeen 357; Central 319; Pitreavie 300; Lasswade 268; Victoria Park Glasgow 258; Giffnock North 209; Arbroath and District 182 and Edinburgh 127. Final League points were Central 29; Aberdeen 28; Edinburgh 20; Victoria Park Glasgow 17; Arbroath and District 14; Giffnock North 13; Lasswade 12 and Pitreavie 11 so intrigue at both ends of the League as Lasswade and Pitreavie were relegated while Shettleston Harriers and Falkirk Victoria were promoted from Division 2.
Central's Kathryn Gillespie strode to an emphatic victory in the Under 16 Girls 1500m at the Celtic Games in Antrim in an excellent time of 4min 38.98secs, assisting the Scottish Team to victory over Wales, Athletics Ireland and Ulster.