Lasswade athletes go for gold

A NUMBER of Lasswade athletes were selected to represent the East Region team in the National Inter Regional Championships Matches at Wishaw last weekend, and their performances helped the region complete a clean sweep of victories, winning the U16, U18, U20 and Senior trophies.

Highlights on the Saturday were the gold medal winning performances from Rachel Robertson – U16W long jump (5.29m), Katie Purves – U16W 80m hurdles (12.08s), Sophie Elder – U18W 300m (42.15s), and Gareth Fleming – U16M javelin (41.04m).

Gareth also collected a bronze medal in the U16M pole vault (2.80m) and finished sixth in the shot putt (10.09m), while Rachel and Katie claimed another first place when they both ran in the winning U16W 4 x 100m relay team (52.08s).

Collecting silver medals were Jordan Charters – U18M high jump (1.75m), and Katherine Szymanski – U18W triple jump (9.93m).

Katherine also finished second B and seventh overall in the javelin (20.86m).

Other Lasswade Athletics Club members who were competing for the team were Amy Smith – U18W 800m, Sophie Collins – U16W 1500m, Jack Learmonth – U18 triple jump, Frankie Benham – U18W javelin, shot putt and discus, Jamie Cousin – U16M 400m, and Erin Feeley – U16W hammer and discus.

The following day, the club’s older athletes also played their part as the East Region added the U20 and Senior trophy to the previous day’s successes.

Greg Louden won the men’s 400m (49.67s), and came second in the 200m (22.55s), while Ross Matheson took first place in the 1500m (3:59.53). Scott Anderson finished fourth in the 800m (2:01.86) and Niall Sheehan won the 5000m B race (15:38.14).

Greg and Scott were also part of the winning East 4 x 400m relay team.