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ATHLETICS MEETINGS REPORTS 2022

 

OUTDOOR U12 SUPERTEAMS

18th June 2022,

Ayrshire Athletics Arena,Kilmarnock

The ever popular U12 Superteams made were staged at Kilmarnock last weekend with three DTFC teams heading down the M77 to compete. The format was teams of 4 who would all complete a 75m sprint, long jump , turbo javelin and a 4x100m relay. Points awarded according to performance and the totals added to give the winners.


There was an early blow to the only boys team when unfortunately one of the team had to withdraw due to illness and it was too late to find a replacement. Being a man down made it impossible to win the event with a relay in the programme however the boys put up some magnificent individual performances.


The girls A team of the more experienced Lottie Thomas, Murron Kane, Sophie Jenkinson and Poppy warner finished a very creditable 5th out of the 37 teams. Indeed they were 10 points from a 3rd spot and only 80pts from 1st spot such was the competitiveness of the event. Sophie Jenkinson was the teams highest points scorer with 229 points making her 46th overall. Her best performance being a 11.81secs for her 75m sprint although a 3.86m long jump was also very impressive. Murron Kane on 228pts  was 53rd with 11.43secs for her 75m and a javelin throw of 7.94m whilst Lottie Thomas was 67th with 222pts and an excellent 75m in 11.23secs and 3.93m long jump. The team were certainly producing a stunning show and Poppy Warner was not missing out. She was 133rd with 199pts with a 13.09secs SB for her 75m which is excellent considering she is a middle distance athlete. To conclude the day the Team won the relay in  a blistering run of 59.18secs. When the scores were finalised the team just missed out down to an unfortunate performance in the turbo javelin however this could have been down to the fact the DTFC girls were made to throw their javelins into the wind while others had the advantage of having the wind behind them. It was a controversial end to the day.


The girls B team finished a very creditable 14th out of all the 37 girls teams. The younger and more inexperienced team saw Briony Argo top scorer with a 97th place overall and 213pts, Molly Robinson 116th and 205pts, Lily Pritchard 159th with 190pts and Caitlin Chalmers 174th with 184pts. There were PBs for Lily , Briony and Caitlin in the 75m although Molly was the best out of the four sprints in 12.31secs she just missed a PB. Lily and Briony can be happy with their throws in the turbo javelin  where they reached over 8m.


The boys as highlighted earlier were unfortunate to lose a man however Sean Asamoah was 28th overall with 237points with a blistering 12.36m in the 75m, Lewis Young was 146th with his highlight a 8.90m javelin throw and Innes Barnett 246th with 121pts and a 75m PB of 16.2secs.


Despite some disappointments from the athletes the event was overall a very enjoyable day with our younger athletes producing some excellent performances. A huge well done to them all.

SCOTTISH SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIPS

04th & 10th-11th June 2022

Grangemouth Stadium

The DTFC athletes donned their school vests as they competed in the Scottish Schools Championships at Grangemouth recently.


The first weekend saw the Pentathletes in action and best placed after his 5 events in the U17 category was Callum Newton who secured a 2nd spot. Callum netted a PB in his 200m and 80m Hurdles with an SB for his long jump. His final total of 2962 points was just 400 points behind the winner Ben Heron from North Ayrshire. Darcie Black U17G failed to secure any PBs in her 5 events and her overall 5th spot was disappointing. Her overall total of 2495 was a PB though and just 1 point short of the DTFC club record for U17G. Kirstin Penman also had a rather uneventful day in the U17G category with only a shot putt PB however her overall total of 2373pts was a PB for her and saw her finish in 7th spot. Rachel Barnett was the only DTFC athlete in the U15G section where she scored PBs in her hurdles and shot put whilst also scoring 1675pts overall which was also a PB. She finished solidly in 8th spot.



The following weekend saw the Scottish schools Track and Field Championships and this time there was an increased representation from DTFC. Winners were Darcie Black and Callum Newton in the U17 hurdles and Matthew Tait in the high Jump. There were runners up places for Sophie Thomas in the U15G 100m and 200m where she set a 25.5secs PB, Callum in the high jump and Darcie in the long jump. Shayna Asamoah finished 3rd in the 100m and 200m U17G event. There were also PBs for Amy Jenkinson in the U15G 200m where she ran 27.26secs and Oliver Morrison where he ran a 56.43secs 400m PB.


Well done all who competed in what was undoubtably very stiff competition.

EAST DISTRICT TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

14th-15th May 2022,

Grangemouth Stadium

The East District Championships had been missing from the Athletics Calendar for 2 years however they made a return at Grangemouth in mid-May with DTFC well represented. The haul of 19 medals was very impressive for such a relatively small club with 9 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze.


In the 100m events Sophie Thomas took gold for DTFC with an U15G  age group Club record as well as a PB in 12.33secs. There was in impressive 4th spot for Amy Jenkinson in the same final whist she set a PB in her heat of 13.26secs. There were excellent 5th and 6th place finishes respectively in the U13G final for Lottie Thomas and Murron Kane both setting PBs in the process. Hopefully we will see them again next year when they are both 2nd year U13G.


The 200m also saw gold success for Sophie Thomas in the U15G with a PB of 25.9secs in the final. Lottie Thomas was 4th in the U13G with a time of 30.8secs whilst the U17G 300m race there was only 1 DTFC entrant with Kirstin Penman securing 4th spot with an Seasons best (SB) of 45.58secs.


The hurdles were however a very happy hunting ground for DTFC. In the U13G section Molly Robinson took silver in a PB of 14.72secs and Lily Pritchard 3rd again with a PB this time of 16.4secs.The U15G race was a straightforward gold for Amy Jenkinson in 12.54secs whilst Darcie Black took gold in the U17G with a SB of 12.18secs  and to complete a 1/2 for DTFC in the same race Kirstin Penman took silver with a PB of 12.8secs. Callum Newton won DTFC’s 3rd gold in the hurdles when he took the U17B crown in a PB of 14.37secs.


Although the middle distance events didn’t bear any medals there were some outstanding performances by the DTFC athletes. In the U17B 800m the club had 4 finalists with Oliver Morrison finishing 4th, Mark Harley 6th, David Cuthbert 7th and Munro Strachan 8th -Oliver and David set PBs in both heats and the final. The U13G DTFC trio of Poppy Warner, Briony Argo and Lily Pritchard all set PBs in their timed finals with Poppy also securing an impressive 6th spot. Caitlin Chalmers was the only DTFC entrant in the U13G 1500m timed final and she finished a very creditable 7th with a PB of 6.00mins.


The field events were also providing a source of podium finishes for the club. There was a DTFC 1/2 in the U17B high jump with Matt Tait securing gold in 1.92m with Oliver Morrison taking the silver. There was further HJ gold for DTFC for Caitlin Chalmers in the U13G section with a 1.24m PB jump and an impressive 4th spot for Lottie Thomas again with a PB.

There were joint silver medals in the U17G section for Darcie Black and Ellie Candlish with jumps of 1.52m whilst in the U15G Amy Jenkinson took a silver medal with a 1.32m jump while team mate Rachel Barnett was just outside the medals in 1.22m


The long jump has historically been a strong discipline for DTFC athletes and this reputation continued over this weekend. There was a gold for Darcie Black for the U17G whilst team mate Kirstin Penman secured bronze with a PB final jump of 4.88m. Callum Newton took a silver for the U17B with a 5.74m leap. There was an excellent bronze for Sophie Jenkinson in the U13G setting a PB of 3.77m , Molly Robinson also leapt a PB of 3.43m to secure a very creditable 5th whilst Briony Argo was just behind her with 3.10m. There was an excellent 3.43m PB from Finlay Gaughan where he finished in 7th spot in a very competitive field.


Finally only 2 DTFC athletes in the shoot putt fields however Sarah Kane took home an excellent bronze with a 7.52m PB in the U15G and Lily Pritchard was just outside the medals in 4th Spot with a 4.04m PB in the U13G section.


A terrific 2 days competition for the club. A very well done to all our athletes that competed and a huge thanks to our Coaching Staff and Team Managers who are now seeing excellent results after a winter and spring of hard training.

U13 & U15 & U20 NATIONAL INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Emirates Arena ,

Glasgow

19th-20th February 2022

It was the turn of the U13,U15 and U20 DTFC athletes to contest their National Indoor Championships during late February. 


There were podium finishes and plenty of PBs for the athletes over the 2 days. 


Sophie Thomas secured a silver medal in the U15G 60m sprint in a time of 8.0secs although she ran a quicker race  of 7.94secs in the semi-final which equalled her PB. In the same age group Sarah Kane made the semi final after an excellent run of 8.49secs in the heat however she just missed the final cut.


The U13G section in the 60m saw a large representation from DTFC. Sophie Jenkinson, Lottie Thomas , Hollie Lynas, Freya Kiernan, Ana Stobie,  Lily Pritchard and Murron Kane were all in action. There were PBs in the heats for Freya Kiernan, Murron Kane and Hollie Lynas with a SB for Lily Pritchard.There were 3 DTFC athletes who made the semi-final with Lottie Thomas edging out Sophie Jenkinson and Murron Kane to book a final slot. Lottie ran a superb 8.85secs PB and a 6th spot in the final however as a 1st year U13 she can be very happy with her performance. 


In the U15G 200m Sophie Thomas and Sarah Kane were in action again. Sarah ran an excellent 28.77secs PB in the heats but just missed out on the final after a slower semi final. Sophie raced her way to another final with a 26.9secs semi final run but just missed out on a medal finishing 5th in the final.


The U13G 200m saw a similar pattern to the 60m race with PBs in the heats for Murron, Briony Argo and  Lottie Thomas. Sophie and Ana just missed a semi final berth but Lottie and Murron made it through however neither girl was fast enough to make the final but Lottie ran an excellent PB of 30.25secs as a consolation.


The middle distance events saw Rachel Barnett in U15G action in the 800m however Rachel just missed out on the final. The U13g 800m entrants were in good form with Macy Wainwright running an excellent 2.45mins SB to finish 7th overall with Poppy Warner 10th in 2.48mins . Molly Robinson for her first competitive 800m ran a solid 3.01mins which was a PB for her. Lucus Alexander ran an excellent race in the U13B 800m timed final with a SB of 2.41 to ensure a top 10 finish. In the U13G 1500m there was an excellent PB run for Lucy Gibb where she recorded 6.11mins.


The U13B 60m hurdles saw the in-form Charlie Hunter take the floor and he didn’t disappoint. He took a silver medal  with a PB of 10.7secs and added to his haul in the high jump where this time he took gold with a PB leap of 1.38m. For the U15 girls Amy Jenkinson made her final for the 60m hurdles and ran an excellent 9.86secs to finish 6th . In the U13 girls hurdles Briony Argo and Lucy Gibb  were in action where both produced PBs in the semi final with Briony’s time just enough to secure a final place where again she recorded a PB this time of 12.56secs but missed out on the medals. Darcie Black stepped up age groups to the U20 hurdles however missed out on a podium finish despite a 10.81secs PB.


In other field events Darcie Black and Mya McMahon were stepping up in age group to compete in U20 age group. Darcie finished 7th in high jump clearing 1.54m and Mya 6th with a 5.09m long jump. Molly Robinson was in the U13G high jump but was short of her best only clearing 1.14m. Lucas Alexander was also in long jump but the U13B where he produced a SB of 3.08m. Matthew Tait just missed out on a medal in the U17B high jump finishing 4th with 1.95m whilst In the U13 long jump Lucas Alexander leapt a SB of 3.08m whilst the U13 girls duo of Freya Kiernan with 3.24m and Lily Pritchard with 3.08m also registered SBs.


A very worthwhile 2 days at the Emirates for our athletes and some excellent performances. Well done to all.

NATIONAL INDOOR RELAY CHAMPIONSHIPS FINALS

13th February 2022,
Emirates Arena,Glasgow

The Finals of the National Indoor Relay Championships at the Emirates in Glasgow saw 2 DTFC teams making the final 6 in their age groups in the 4x200m format.


First up were the U13 boys team of Gregor Fraser, Finlay Gaughan, Luke Hamilton and Lochlan Walker. After a competitive run the boys finished 5th however after another club’s disqualification they were promoted to 4th and with a time of 2.06 they were ultimately only 2 seconds from a bronze medal.


The U17 girls team of Ellie Candlish, Shayna Asamoah, Kirstin Penman and Darcie Black originally finished 4th in their race but in similar circumstances to the boys a disqualification resulted in the girls being promoted to 3rd and ultimately only half a second from a gold. A bronze medal this time was the reward for their efforts.Their time of 1.49mins took a further second off the previous age group and club record they had set only 2 weeks ago.


Well done to both teams for competing so well amongst some of the best relay teams in the country.

DNA KIDS

5th February 2022
Emirates Arena, Glasgow

The reward for a third spot at the recent Super teams was an invitation for DTFC to enter 2 teams for the DNA kids event at the Emirates which was a curtain raiser for the main DNA Athletics event. It was a wonderful experience for the young athletes which was made all the better when the DTFC A team lifted the winner’s trophy.


The teams this time were mixed with the A team of Sophie Jenkinson, Sean Asamoah, Lochlan Walker and Lottie Thomas and a B team of Murron Kane, Finlay Gibson , Jaden MacKay and Abby McAndrew heading along the M8 to Glasgow. The format was each team member doing a 60m , long jump, Shot Putt and a relay. The 60m was happy hunting ground for the DTFC athletes with 6 PBs and 2 SBs out of the 8 athletes. Two of the A team athletes Sean Asamoah and Lottie Thomas recorded blistering runs of 8.87secs which saw them finish 1st and 2nd overall with Murron Kane for the B team not far behind with 9.18secs finishing 5th. The long jump saw another series of excellent performances from the DTFC athletes. This time 7 out of the 8 athletes recorded PBs with Sean Asamoah again 1st overall this time with a jump of 3.92m.Lottie Thomas again for the DTFC A team was 2nd with a jump of  3.84m and Sophie Jenkinson a solid 5th with 3.36m. The B team athletes all registered PBs with Abby McAndrew recording a jump of 2.73m and Jaden MacKay 2.99m.


The B team shone in the shot putt where Finlay Gibson threw an excellent 3.55m PB and Murron Kane 4.44m again a PB. Abby McAndrew was also finding her range with a throw of 3.67m and Jaden 3.59m. The A team continued their impressive performances with Sean Asamoah leading the team finishing 2nd overall with a PB throw of 5.29m.There were also PBs for Lottie throwing 4.33m and Sophie with 4.17m. Lochlan recorded a SB throw of 4.47m.


The relays were to provide the finale for the match and a blistering run by the DTFC A team saw the team finish 1st and as a result take the winners trophy home with a total of 817 points. Shettleston were runners up with 806pts and Giffnock third with 793pts. The B team finished a very impressive 10th for such a young team with 16 teams in the overall competition.


The club recognised their young athletes achievements by awarding them engraved medals at a ceremony at a training night. Well done all 8 athletes who were an absolute credit to the club .

NATIONAL INDOOR COMBINED EVENTS CHAMPIONSHIPS

29th & 30th January 2022

Emirates Arena, Glasgow

It was congratulations to Charlie Hunter who claimed a silver medal in the U13 boys National Combined Events Championships at the Emirates on the first day of competition.

It was a stunning performance by Charlie who set 4 new PBs out of the five Events with an 11cm improvement on his high jump the most impressive. He also added PBs in hurdles, Shot Putt and 800m. It was an excellent performance overall which saw Charlie claim 1259 points in total. 

It was also excellent to see four of our 1st year U13 Girls competing as well. Lottie Thomas, Murron Kane, Molly Robinson and Caitlin Chalmers were fantastic in their first attempts at Combined Events National Championships. Lottie ran an impressive PB of 11.31secs in the 60m hurdles and also recorded a shot putt PB of 4.12m. Molly recorded 4 PBs  with an excellent 1.22m in the high jump the pick of the bunch. Murron threw an impressive 4.52m in her first competitive shot putt and recorded 3 other PBs whilst Caitlin can be delighted with her 5.14m PB in the shot putt whilst adding a PB to her high jump.

On the second day it was the turn of the U15 and U17 age groups to perform and once again there was a DTFC athlete on the podium.


Darcie Black secured a silver medal in the U17G section with an excellent performance which included a Club record and PB in the Shot Putt. She was just short of her PBs in the other disciplines however her 800m time was not quite good enough to overtake Storma Fraser of Inverness in a strong field of 20 athletes.


Kirstin Penman was also in action and was quickly on the PB trail. She produced PBs in her 60m hurdles, Shot Putt and high jump where she cleared 1.39m whilst putting 4cm on her PB. She was in the top 10 for most of the afternoon however like Darcie she was undone with her 800m time which saw her finish 12th.

In the U15G section Rachel Barnett and Sarah Kane were in action. Rachel struggled to find her form but could be reasonably happy with her shot putt and 800m where she produced solid performances. Sarah Kane produced a PB of 4.09m in her long jump but injured herself in her hurdles race and withdrew before the end.

Well done to all who competed in what were tough and competitive competitions.

NATIONAL INDOOR RELAYS QUALIFYING

29 January 2022
Emirates Arena , Glasgow

DTFC have an excellent history of success in the National Relay Championships and today saw 4 DTFC teams begin their quest for glory in the Indoor Championships.
The U13 girls quartet of Briony Argo, Hollie Lynas, Ana Stobie and Sophie Jenkinson ran an excellent 2.07mins but finished just outside the top 6 qualifiers.
The U13 boys team made up of Luke Hamilton, Lochlan Walker, Finlay Gaughan and Gregor Fraser can look forward to the final after a run of 2.08mins saw them 6th fastest qualifiers.
The U15 girls team of Sophie Thomas, Amy Jenkinson, Milly Mackenzie and Sarah Kane were very unfortunate to miss out on the final by 0.1secs after an excellent run saw them finish 7th fastest out of 19 teams.
Finally the U17 girls quartet took to the track. The team of Kirstin Penman, Ellie Candlish, Darcie Black and Shayna Asamoah stormed into the final with a stunning performance recording a time of 1.50mins which took 2 secs off the previous club and age group record. The final leg run by Shayna is as good a 200m run as many of us at the Club have ever witnessed.
Well done all and good luck to our 2 teams heading for the finals in a fortnight.

INDOOR U12 SUPERTEAMS

23 January 2022

Emirates Arena , Glasgow

The U12 athletes in DTFC are always keen to compete in the Indoor Superteams events and this time 3 teams headed along the M8 to the Emirates Arena in Glasgow to compete. The competition is regarded as a stepping stone towards competitive athletics for many of our young athletes and gives them the first taste of team competition. There are 3 disciplines that all 4 athletes in each team have to complete. These are a 60m sprint , a long jump and a shot putt with a team 4x200m relay completing the events for the day.


There was medal success for the girls A team with a 3rd place and a bronze medal amongst 35 other girls teams. The DTFC Girls A team of Lottie Thomas, Sophie Jenkinson, Murron Kane and Abbey McAndrew scored a total of 997 points which was only 10 points behind the winners  Giffnock A and 6 points behind the runners up Airdrie A. It was a terrific showing from the girls with all four looking strong in the 60m sprints where Lottie Thomas running a 9.15 secs, Sophie Jenkinson a PB of  9.37secs, Murron Kane 9.39secs and Abbey McAndrew 10.18secs. Lottie continued strongly with a 3.46m long jump and a shot putt of 3.98m. Her points total of 194 was the best from her team and she was 7th highest placed girl overall amongst almost 180 athletes. Sophie Jenkinson threw an impressive 4.07m in the shot putt and recorded a long jump of 3.35m to see her finish with 188 points and her reward was a 10th spot in the overall placings. Murron was strongest out of all the girls in the shot putt with a terrific throw of 4.57m with Abbey producing an excellent long jump of 3.00m. The relay was very impressive with the team winning by almost 50m in a time of 2.09mins which was first and gained 73 points for that event alone. Their overall 3rd place finish and bronze medal was a fitting reward for their fantastic performances.


The DTFC girls B team of Poppy Warner, Caitlin Chalmers, Ana Stobie and Lily Pritchard finished a very creditable 13th out of the 36 teams with again all 4 athletes contributing equally to the teams points total. Ana Stobie’s 9.77secs in the 60m gained an impressive 76 points and with all 3 other recording times around 10secs it was a very profitable event for the girls. Poppy and Caitlin were strongest in the long jump with 3.13m and 3.12m respectively. In the shot putt Caitlin threw a very impressive 3.94m with Lily not far behind with 3.42m. Only 8 points separated all four girls at the end of the day and with a relay time of 2.21mins the team can feel very satisfied with their performance.


There was only one DTFC boys team which consisted of Sean Asamoah, Lochlan Walker, Jayden MacKay and Callan Lennie and amongst 25 other teams they finished a very creditable 11th . Sean was the highest placed boy in 16th spot out of almost 130 athletes where as expected his 9.38secs in the 60m was a heavy points scorer with 83points.Sean continued with his strong performances in the long jump where he leapt 3.50m and shot put where he threw a mighty impressive 4.87m giving him a personal points total of 203. The other boys were contributing to the cause with Jayden running a solid 10.28secs in the 60m his highlight as was Lochlan’s  where he ran the 60m in 10.1secs. Callan was the youngest and least experience but can be very please with his shot putt of 3.49m where he gained 42 team points. Their relay performance of  2.20mins completed a solid and satisfying day for the boys.


The Clubs reward for the girls 3rd place finish is an invitation to compete in a new event Dynamic New Athletics (DNA) on the 5th February which is a mixed-gender, fast-paced, compact team event which takes place over just two hours. What an opportunity for our young athletes on an international stage.

INDOOR NATIONAL U17 CHAMPIONSHIPS

22 January 2022

Emirates Arena, Glasgow

The DTFC athletes produced the medals and excellent performances at the U17 National Indoor Athletics Championships at the Emirates in Glasgow during late January.


There was a gold for Matthew Tait in the high jump where he cleared 1.95m breaking the club indoor record by 20cm in the process. In the same event Callum Newton secured a silver with a PB of 1.79m with the successes for both securing a DTFC first and second in the Scottish rankings for high jump. Callum added a bronze in the hurdles in a time of 8.94secs. Oliver Morrison was on 800m duty and ran an excellent PB of 2.08mins but just missed out on the final


In the girls section Darcie Black took silver in the hurdles with a time of 9.35secs where a poor start resulted in her just having too much work to do to catch the winner Jenna Hilditch from VP Glasgow. There was also silver for Darcie in the long jump again behind Jenna however she also broke the indoor Club Long Jump record with a leap of 5.27m. Shayna Asamoah took bronze in the 60m where again a new club record was set this time in the heats where she clocked 7.98secs. Ellie Candlish added a silver to the DTFC  medal haul in the high jump by clearing 1.54m and was extremely unfortunate to miss out on a gold via the countback. Kirstin Penman was in triple Jump action and leapt 8.88m however the standard of competition was extremely high with Libby White from Ayr Seaforth breaking the National U17 record whilst winning gold with a jump of 12.31m


Well done to all our athletes who competed today. To mix it with the best in the country is an achievement enough but to win a medal at this level is phenomenal.