Youngsters for the long jump

GRANGEMOUTH. Grangemouth Stadium. Forth Valley Active schools athletics championships.
GRANGEMOUTH. Grangemouth Stadium. Forth Valley Active schools athletics championships.

Braes High school was the schools winner at the Grangemouth Stadium as Forth Valley Active Schools held their annual athletics championship for secondary school pupils.

Last year the sun split the sky, this time around it wasn’t quite so nice, but the youngsters still excelled - particularly Hollie Lister.

Braes topped the schools competition with 416 points, followed by Falkirk High in second and Denny High in third.

The school was helped on by winners in the 4x100m relay race for S1 and S2 boys.

Hollie Lister, from St Mungo’s secured first in all but two of the individual events - taking gold in the 100m, 200m, 800m races plus the high and long jump.

School-mate Kevin Woods almost matched her, winning the boys races in 100m, 200m and the long jump.

Braes’ Nic Hammerton excelled in the Javelin, throwing more than 102m and gaining 12 points for the school in the S3/S4 category. Heather Young also threw 13.75 winning distance in the S1/S2 girls event.

The other winner for Braes was Ross Callaghan who jumped 4.7m in the long jump. He also shared top spot in the S1/S2 boys 200m race, tying with Denny High’s Blair Forbes on 28 seconds.

However it was Braes’ runners up and performances outwith the gold medal position that pushed their tally up.

St Mungo’s High had the most winners - with 12, followed by Denny High’s seven and Falkirk High’s five.

Some of the comeptitions went right down to the wire.

Charles Baird from Falkirk High edged the S3/S4 high jump by five centimetres over St Mungo’s Lee Shanks. In the girls’ equivalent Hollie Lister was a clear winner by 20cm.She also eased to the 800m race, winning by more than 27 seconds from Braes’ duo Sophie Anderson and Nicole Paterson.

Just three centimetres split Callum Forrest of Denny and Andrew Morrison of Braes ion the S1/S2 shot. The former winning with 10.74cm.

It was even closer in the S3/S4 shot putt when Falkirk High’s Emma Murray threw 6.97m and Emma Main from Graeme High who scored 6.96m.

Other winners: S1/S2 Javelin Heather Young, Liam Sutherland. Long Jump: Nicola Milne, Ross Callaghan. High Jump: Alison Black, Grant Kemp. Shot: Abigail Black, Callum Forest. Relay Denny High girls, Braes High boys. 100m: Claire Anderson and Regan Milne. 200m: Claire Anderson, Blair Forbes/Ross Callaghan. 800m: Leah Glading, Ross Weir. S3/S4: Javelin: Emma Murray, Nic Hammerton. Long Jump: Hollie Lister, Kevin Woods. High Jump: Hollie Lister, Charles Baird. Shot: Emma Murray, Ciaran Wright. Relay: Denny High girls, Falkirk High boys. 100m: Hollie Lister, Kevin Woods. 200m: Hollie Lister, Kevin Woods. 800m: Hollie Lister, Aidan Hilton. n PICTURES BY MICHAEL GILLEN