Kintyre athletes selected for finals in Oban

The winners of each age group at the Kintyre heat. Back row, from left: Niamh Quinn, Erin Ralston, Caryn Kerr, Jack Green and Robert Kerr. Front: Kian Campbell, Eleyna McEachran, Millar MacKay and Niamh McSporran.
The winners of each age group at the Kintyre heat. Back row, from left: Niamh Quinn, Erin Ralston, Caryn Kerr, Jack Green and Robert Kerr. Front: Kian Campbell, Eleyna McEachran, Millar MacKay and Niamh McSporran.

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There was an entry of 55 young athletes for the Kintyre competition of Sports Hall Athletics held for the first time in the games hall at Campbeltown Grammar School last Sunday.

This is the 27th year this form of indoor athletics has been held in Kintyre and was the last of four local area competitions held in Argyll this winter.

After three hours of intense competition, Castlehill Primary School dominated in the girls’ age groups, with Dalintober and Drumlemble primary schools successful in the boys’ events.

Niamh McSporran from Dalintober was one of the top performers on the day winning five out of the six events in the under-seven section and she was very impressive in the two running events, recording 27.1 seconds for the three-lap race and an amazing 61.7 seconds in the six-lap race. Niamh also won the long and triple jump competitions and soft javelin.

Eva McKinven from Dalintober was runner-up, just one point ahead of Abigail McAllister from Castlehill who won the speed bounce.

Eleyna McEachran from Castlehill was the winner of a very competitive under-nine contest, only one point ahead of fellow Castlehill pupil Carla Renton, who in turn was one point ahead of third placed Emilija Kirmuska from Dalintober.

Eleyna dominated in the running events winning the three-lap in 27.9 seconds and the six-lap in 58 seconds, going on to win the speed bounce. Emilija excelled in winning the three jumping events, while Louise Ralston from Castlehill won the javelin.

Erin Ralston from Castlehill was a clear winner in the under-11 section, winning four events – javelin, speed bounce, high and triple jumps. Ayla Campbell from Dalintober placed second on overall points thanks to an exceptional display of running, recording 25 seconds in the three-lap event and 55 seconds in the six-lap race.

It was success again for Castlehill in the under-13 age group, with Niamh Quinn the champion just one point ahead of Beth Johnstone from Tarbert Academy. Niamh won the three-lap race in 24.5 seconds and the triple jump, leaping out to 5.40 metres.

Beth won the long jump and high jump in which she cleared 1.27 metres, arguably the top individual performance of the day. In the same age group Emma Millar from Castlehill was third on overall points thanks to a win in the shot putt, throwing 5.06 metres, while her twin sister Hannah won the speed bounce and six-lap race.

In the boys’ events, the MacKay twins from Drumlemble dominated in the under-seven contest, with Millar the champion four points ahead of Murray. Millar won the javelin, long jump and triple jump and Murray was first in the speed bounce.

The track judges were stressed in deciding the places in the three-lap time trials due to an exceptionally close finish in the second of three races. Jamie McPhee from Castlehill was given the points just inches ahead of Millar MacKay.

In the six-lap race it was Max Grumoli from Dalintober who won in another close finish, in 60.5 seconds, a fraction ahead of Murray MacKay.

Kian Campbell from Dalintober was outstanding in winning the under-nine age group, with first places in five out of the seven events. Kian won the six-lap in 55.4 seconds, which followed earlier wins in the javelin, speed bounce and both the long and high jumps. Runner-up Craig MacMillan from Castlehill won the three-lap race in 24.9 seconds and Lewis Shields from Dalintober impressed in the standing triple jump winning with 4.74 metres.

Jack Green from Dalintober was the under-11 champion thanks to outright wins in six of the seven events. Jack won the three-lap race in 24.7 seconds and the six-lap race in 53.9 seconds, and impressed by winning the javelin and all three jumping events including a 1.14 metre clearance in the high jump.

Jack’s mum Laura Paterson was the Argyll under-nine champion in 1994 which was the first year the indoor competitions were held in Argyll. Laura did not win the Kintyre contest in 1994 as Leighann Ramsay was the local champion, but Laura won at the final in Lochgilphead. Both Laura and Leighann attended Carradale Primary School in 1994.

Jake McKechnie from Castlehill was runner-up to Jack thanks to success in the speed bounce.

Robert Kerr from Dalintober was the under-13 winner and his older sister Caryn the under-17 winner.

Successful athletes from Sunday’s competition are now invited to compete in the Argyll final to be held at Atlantis Leisure in Oban on Sunday March 22, starting at noon with registration between 11am and noon.