Youngsters show their class at Oban Sports Hall Athletics

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A sports hall athletics competition for the Oban area was held at Atlantis Leisure last Sunday.

This was the second area competition to be held in Argyll this winter. The series of competitions is promoted by Mid Argyll Athletic Club.

After three hours of competition, Rockfield and Achaleven primary schools were the overall winners in the girls contests and in the boys events the champions came from Rockfield, Park and Dunbeg with Oban High School providing the winners in the under 13 contests.

There were no new Argyll age records but the boys under 11 champion Donald Campbell from Rockfield came close in the speed bounce, recording 78 jumps in 30 seconds. Donald was the Argyll under 9 champion last year and on Sunday won the under 11 age group by three points after a close contest with Marco MacGregor, also from Rockfield. As well as winning the speed bounce, Donald won the high jump while Marco won the long jump and excelled in the running events winning the two-lap race in 25.8 seconds and the four-lap in 59.2 seconds. In the same age group, Finn McKechnie from Lochnell won the triple jump with 5.41 metres and Innes McKinney from Rockfield won the javelin, throwing 13.50 metres.

Oban High School’s Jacques Coates and Kia McKechnie were equal on overall points in the under 13 contest. Jacques won the two-lap race in 25.8 seconds and went on to win the high, long and triple jumps.

Kia was highly placed in all the events and won the shot putt with a 6.90 metre throw. In the same age category, Rufus Hughes from Rockfield won the speed bounce and James Muir from the high school impressed by winning the four-lap race in 53.5 seconds. Luke Taylor from Dunbeg was the under 7 champion ahead of Oliver Gillies from Rockfield and in the under 9 age group, Ciaran Johnston from Park was overall winner, just two points ahead of another Park boy Ruairidh McKechnie. Ciaran won the two-lap race in 27.3 seconds and then won the speed bounce, long jump and standing triple jump recording a leap of 4.77 metres. Ruairidh won the javelin and was first equal in the high jump with Euan McCracken from Rockfield. Fergus Hunt from Lochnell won the four-lap race.

There was a disappointing entry of girls but no shortage of talent and a close contest in the under 9 age group in which Jamie MacIntyre from Rockfield finished a point ahead of Quinn McKechnie from Park. Jamie was the Argyll under 7 champion in 2019 and on Sunday won all three jumping events including a 4.37 metres effort in the standing triple jump. Quinn impressed by winning both running events, the javelin and speed bounce.
There was a tie in the under 7s between Hayley Ronald from Achaleven and Dannin MacDonald from St Columba’s.

Both girls scored 22 points ahead of Niamh Johnston from Park in third place and Ellie Brogan from Achaleven in fourth place.
Islay Muir from Rockfield dominated in the under 11s winning all seven events with her best event being the javelin, throwing 12 metres. Gracie Campbell from Rockfield was second overall just one point ahead of Grace Stewart from Lochnell.

Mia Mason, a first year pupil at Oban High School, was the clear winner in the under 13s with wins in six of the seven events. Mia’s winning time of 25.8 seconds compared well with the winning boy in the same age group and her speed bounce effort of 78 reps also impressed. Mia’s mother Carolyn, then Campbell, was a member of the Argyll team competing at the Scottish final of sports hall athletics in Edinburgh in 1998.

In the same age group, Rowan Gemmel from Park Primary School won the shot putt with an impressive 5.91 metres.

Many of the athletes taking part qualify to take part in the Argyll Final to be held at Atlantis Leisure on Sunday March 22. The final will start at noon with registration between 11am and noon. The last two area competitions take place on Sunday March 1 with the Kintyre event at Campbeltown Grammar School starting at noon and the Mull event in Tobermory High School starting at 11.30am.