Kintyre’s Kirstie and Violet are Argyll athletics winners

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Castlehill primary’s girls dominated the U11 and U13 competitions at the Argyll Athletics indoor finals.

Last Sunday the under-11 girls’ contest was the most competitive and of a high standard, with only two points between first and second overall.

Kirstie Renton from Castlehill primary in Campbeltown was the champion ahead of Ellen MacRae from Salen on Mull.

Kirstie won the javelin and speed bounce with an excellent 79 jumps and placed second in four other events scoring 26 points.

Ellen dominated in the running events, setting a new age mark in the two-lap race with 24.7 seconds, almost half a second under the old record.

Ellen later won the four-lap race, this time equalling the record of 54.5 seconds.

Ellen also won the long and triple jumps, and was placed second in the high jump, which was won by Eleanor Dale from Ardrishaig who cleared 1.23 metres on her last attempt.

In the under-13s, Castlehill’s Violet Campbell won five events, including an impressive 53.8 seconds in the four-lap race. Violet also won the two-lap race, shot putt and both the long and triple jumps.

Runner-up Evie Kellett from Salen won the speed bounce and Ruby Jo Phillips from Lochgilphead won the high jump.

Jamie MacIntyre from Rockfield won the javelin and both the long and triple jumps to secure the under-sevens title ahead of two girls from Castlehill, Emma Johnston and Eleyna McEachran.

Eleyna dominated in the running events with her winning time of 65.2 seconds in the four-lap race, only a fifth of a second off the age record.

There was an entry of more than 90 young athletes at the Argyll final of Sports Hall Athletics, held at Atlantis Leisure in Oban.

The final was the last in a series of five competitions held in Argyll over the winter months, promoted by Mid Argyll Athletic Club.

After more than four hours of intense competition, four Argyll age records were broken and one equalled.

The top performance of the day in the boys events was by Donald Campbell from Rockfield primary, Oban, who was the under-nine champion, winning all seven events with some style.

James Muir from Rockfield was the under-11 champion, ahead of Jack Green from Dalintober who won the triple jump.

Jacques Coates from Park primary, Oban, won the under-13 contest, with Oliver Reid from Campbeltown the runner-up.

In the boys’ under-sevens, Charley Gilchrist from Dalintober was third overall thanks to a win in the triple jump.

The organisers thanked all competitors and said special thanks are due to the families from Mull and Kintyre for making the long journey to Oban.

For full results and more athletics news, turn to pages 54 and 55.

Argyll Athletics winners. 17_t13_Athletics01 Photo by David McPhee/Oban Times