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Track and field were the focus at Atlantis Leisure on Sunday when the Oban area Sports Hall Athletics competition went under starters orders.
Promoted by Mid Argyll Athletic Club, this event was the third local area competition to be held this winter with the top five in each section qualifying for a regional finals day next month.
After four hours of competition it was Rockfield and St Columba’s primary schools that provided the overall winners in the girls contests and in the boys events the champions came from Rockfield, Park and Lochnell.
There were no new Argyll age records, but the boys under nine champion Donald Campbell from Rockfield came close in the speed bounce recording 74 jumps in 30 seconds, equalling a record set in 2009.
Donald won five out of the seven events impressing with 27.6 seconds in the two-lap race and 60.6 seconds in the four-lap.
Donald also won the high jump and standing triple jump reaching out to 4.96 metres.
Duncan Hunt from Lochnell Primary School won the standing long jump and finished second on overall points ahead of Joe Hill from Park in third. In the same age group, Innes McKinney from Rockfield won the javelin.
Fergus Hunt from Lochnell was the under seven champion ahead of Rhuraidh Johnstone from Park and Orrim Cumming from Taynuilt. Fergus won the two-lap and four-lap races as well as the javelin, long jump and speed bounce.
James Muir from Rockfield dominated in the under 11 contest winning five events outright and sharing first place in the speed bounce with another Rockfield boy Rufus Hughes.
James won the two-lap race in 25.3 and the four-lap in 57.9 and impressed with his winning marks in the high jump clearing 1.15 metres, triple jump with 5.14 metres and especially in the javelin throwing 17.25 metres.
In the same age group, Daniel Cullen from Rockfield was runner-up just ahead of two other boys from Rockfield primary Rufus Hughes and Marco MacGregor.
Jacques Coates from Park won the under 13 contest ahead of Rhys Millar from Rockfield. Jacques won the two-lap, four-lap, speed bounce and the long and triple jumps, while Rhys won the high jump and shot putt.
Finlay MacLean was the under 15 winner ahead of Gregor Warnock. The boys were evenly matched with Finlay having the advantage by two points at the end of the day after wins in four of the seven events.
There was a disappointing lack of girls in the older age groups but lots of talent on show in the primary school competitions.
In the under seven contest, Jamie MacIntyre from Rockfield won five out of the six events excelling in the running events as well as winning the long and triple jumps and javelin throw. Runner-up Eilidh Shaw, also Rockfield, won the speed bounce.
Isla Muir from Rockfield was the under nine champion but had to work hard to finish ahead of Lexie Harris from Park. Isla impressed in winning both running events, the high jump and speed bounce.
Lexie won the standing long and triple jumps and in the long jump cleared 1.72 metres, only four cms short of the Argyll age record set in 2005. In the same age group Gracie Hill from Rockfield won the javelin.
Mia Mason from St Columba’s was the under 11 champion ahead of Mabel Rodwell from Lochnell. Both girls excelled in a close contest with Mia winning the two-lap race in 26.1 seconds followed by wins in the high jump, long jump, speed bounce and javelin.
Mabel was highly placed in all the events and won the four-lap race in 55.7 seconds and also impressed with a 5.24 metre leap to win the standing triple jump.
The Argyll Final will be held at Atlantis Leisure on Sunday March 24 starting at noon with registration between 11am and 12.
The final will bring together the best young athletes from the competitions at Lochgilphead, Tobermory and Campbeltown plus the qualifiers from last Sunday at Oban.