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MacAngus leads the way to Kilbarchan success; Athletics Youngsters outperform rivals in national athletics competition.

Byline: Craig Ritchie

Kilbarchan AAC's Kerry MacAngus was the club's big winner at the scottishathletics Age Group Champs at the Emirates Arena.

It was success at the double for the longdistance runner as she claimed gold in the Under-20s 1500m and bronze in the Under-20s 800m.

Her run of 4.32.53 was enough to take gold, finishing three seconds ahead of Rebecca Eggeling of Aberdeen AAC, while Pitreavie AAC's Zoe Nicholson wound up in third spot. Elsewhere, Falkirk Victoria's Olivia Vareille took gold in the 800m, with Eggeling taking second once again, and MacAngus having to settle for bronze with a run 2.11.47.

There was also success in the Under-15s 1500m competition for the Habbies as Louise Hastie clinched gold with a run of 4.53.39.

Zoe Flower of Giffnock North AC closely followed with a time of 5.04.27, while Niamh Riggins of Cambuslang Harriers was third in 5.11.22.

Erin Campbell brought home another medal for the club as she took silver in the Under-20s 60m hurdles, finishing less than a second behind Bethany McAndrew of Pitreavie AC, and just ahead of Beth Tobin of Cumbernauld AAC.

And Ellie Fulton rounded off the medal count with a bronze in the Under-20s shot putt, with a throw of 11.45m The competition has been heralded as a huge success by scottishathletics head of development, Colin Hutchison.

He said: "Not only are we continuing to see record numbers across U13 and U15 events but with an incredible 110 teams competing in the FPSG SUPERteams event at the Emirates Arena in February, the strength of the development work being done by clubs across Scotland is clear to see.

"The emergence of some more unfamiliar vests during the last couple of indoor seasons is also very encouraging and another sign of the growth of track and field and development of the wider club network.

"On behalf of scottishathletics I'd like to extend our thanks to all our volunteers, coaches and officials that make our events possible and enable athletes to compete."

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Leading from the front Kerry MacAngus was in fine form at the Emirates Arena

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Publication:Paisley Daily Express (Paisley, Scotland)
Date:Mar 19, 2018
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