Records tumble at Scottish Indoor Senior Championships

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High jumpers Allan Smith and David Smith raised the bar at Glasgow Emirates Arena – with Championship Best and Scottish Native Record indoor performances.

The pair, who are not related, each cleared 2.25m with Allan taking the gold medal on the day on countback as he went over on his first attempt.

Giffnock North AAC athlete David represented Scotland at Hampden last summer and was pleased with his 2.25m clearance but disappointed to miss a Euro Indoor qualifier with both men failing at 2.29m.

‘I would have been happy if you had told me beforehand I would get 2.25 and it was a good competition with Allan and Ray Bobrownicki (third in 2.20m),’ said David.

‘But I wanted that 2.29 Euro qualifier and I felt it was there, certainly on my last attempt. I had tensed up for the other too because I started to think it would mean something but I sorted that out.

‘I had a foot injury three weeks ago, though, so it is decent to be at this kind of height. I’d love to represent GB at the Euro Indoors so I have to believe I can make that qualifying height and get there.’

Aberdeen athlete Zoey Clark, a Team Scotland relay runner last summer, won a 60m and 200m sprint double – setting PBs in both.

Clark dipped under 24 seconds for the 200 for the first time as she held off Beth Dobbin of Edinburgh AC in a good race to win in 23.96 and earlier had beaten teenager Alisha Rees in the 60m final with a run of 7.58.

‘I shaved a wee bit off my PB for the 60m but it was the first time I have been under 24 for the 200 so that feels brilliant,’ said Zoey, with that the fourth best time indoors by a Scot on the all-time list.

‘I had to work hard to get it because I could hear everyone pounding on the boards behind me! I am delighted. We have done a fair bit of speed work this winter towards a better 400m time and that’s clearly helped me today with the 200.

‘It is always nice to win gold medals so it has been a great day for me in Glasgow. I won the 60 before, a couple of years ago, but the main thing is the 200m PB.

‘It all bodes well for the summer outdoor season and I only really have BUCS indoors now because I don’t want to try and do too much.’

Other Team Scotland athletes picking up gold medals were the likes of long jumper Sarah Warnock, with an indoor PB of 6.21m, shot putter Kirsty Yates and former footballer Grant Plenderleith in the 200m.

Scotland international Cameron Tindle, 16, had to pull out of the 60m final, unfortunately, but it was another teenager, Alec Thomas, who won gold instead at 6.98 with a big PB. Thomas also won a 200m silver and is now being coached by Commonwealth Games medallist, Chris Baillie.

Myles Edwards followed up his 1500m run for Scotland the week before with victory while it was the same story with Sam Adams in the pole vault.

There was a big triple jump PB for Chukwudi Onyia in the triple jump at 15.40m while David Martin won the men’s long jump. The 800m titles went to Donald MacLeod and Fife AC’s Jenny Tan won the Women’s 1500m gold.

Warnock’s win in the women’s long jump came on a day when five women were over 5.75m with good PBs for Rachel Robertson and 16-year-old bronze medallists, Rachel Alexander of Giffnock North.

There were sprint hurdles wins for Mhairi Patience of VP-Glasgow and Jack Lawrie of Pitreavie AAC.