The Scottish Athletics U12 Outdoor SUPERteams took place at Inverness Athletics Stadium on Sat 17 Jun 17. It is a national event with clubs from all over Scotland entering teams of 4 x boys or girls to compete in the 75m Sprint, Long Jump, Turbo Javelin and the 4 x 100m. The top 3 competitors in each team scored with the 1st boy or girl in each event scoring 100 pts, 2nd 99 pts and so on. Moray Road Runners entered both a boys and a girls team.
The boys team consisted of Lewis Paterson, Roy Taylor, Luca Sutherland and Brodie Buchan.
4 x 100m. The boys first event was the 4 x 100m, with a couple of middle distance runners, they were always going to struggle but they went around in a very respected time of 1:09.20.
Long Jump. Roy achieved the longest MRR jump of the day with a very good jump of 3.32m. Lewis was 2nd with 2.89m, Luca just behind with 2.83m. Brodie, new to LJ, scored a respectable 2.09m.
75m Sprint. The boys performed well in the 75m. Roy was top scorer again finishing 4th in H5 in 12.54, Luca finished 4th in H4 with 13.51, Lewis 4th in H3 in 13.68 and Brodie following on with the respectable time of 14.19.
Turbo Javelin. Lewis came 3rd in Pool 2 with a very impressive throw of 13.24m. Roy was behind him with 10.47m, Luca 8.22m and Brodie 7.10m.
The girls team consisted of Nicole Taylor, Lauren Abbott, Aaliyah McCloud and Mica McCloud.
75m. The girls started the day with the 75m Sprint. Mica achieved the fastest MRR sprint of the day finishing 3rd in her fast heat in 11.65. Mica’s time was also the 6th fastest Girls 75m of the day scoring 95 pts. Aaliyah won H3 in 11.99. Lauren (aged 9!), with her textbook dip for the line, achieved 2nd in her heat with a great time of 12.28. Nicole (a middle distance runner) ran a very respectable time of 13.38.
Long Jump. The girls struggled with their speed and run ups in the LJ due to running into a very strong headwind, all sadly jumping well below their best. Mica had the longest jump with 2.80m, Aaliyah 2.71m, Lauren 2.26m and Nicole 2.24m.
Turbo Javelin. The girls did well in the Turbo Javelin, especially considering they were all inexperienced with it. Aaliyah scored best with 11.01m, then Mica with 8.80m, Nicole 7.16m and Lauren 6.87m.
4 x 100m. The girls finished the day on a high with a really good performance winning their heat of the 4 x 100m in the very impressive time of 1:02.46. Lauren ran yet another fantastic first leg handing over 1st to Aaliyah at the 300m point, who ran hard down the back straight. She handed over to Nicole who ran a great bend handing over to Mica to bring it home for the team. They were overjoyed with the win.
All in all, our boys team did very well considering they were not experienced in the field events and were more middle distance runners than sprinters finishing 14th overall. Ross County AC won the boys cup.
The young girls team, who were in with a chance of a medal, performed extremely well on the track but sadly lost vital points in the field events. Despite this, they still did exceptionally well finishing 8th overall against some very stiff national competition. Inverness Harriers won the girls cup.
All in all a really good performance by both teams.
Report by: Peter McCloud