Although it might not have been a golden day, Hawick athletes were still very much to the fore at Morebattle Games on Saturday.
None more so than the crop of Teri youngsters in the junior and youths’ 90m handicap.
Following her excellent victory in the junior 200m handicap at Lauder Games, Keeley Womack (16m) buzzed to a heat win in the junior 90 metres handicap, as did Ellis McKean (18m).
In the youths’ 90m handicap, Darcy Graham powered home from the scratch mark.
These wins earned the Hawick trio a semi-final place in the joint junior/youths’ 90m sprint championship, which already included Hawick youngsters Charlie Rae (22m), Phillipa Robertson (8m) and Ronan McKean (10m).
Graham and McKean, in turn, surged to impressive victories which put them into the final of the event. And what a thrilling showdown it turned out to be, with Chirnside’s Archie Fuller taking the tape in 10.72 seconds. McKean was placed second, while Graham dead-heated for third with Emma Brus of TLJT (26m).
Although not the outright winner of the championship, McKean received a splendid trophy for being the first youth over the line.
Speaking to the Hawick News, McKean, who is coached by Billy Edgar, said: “I’ve been trying hard all season and until winning the youths’ 90m handicap at Lauder Games, hadn’t managed to win anything. So it’s brilliant to have won something again today. It’s just a shame that the season is coming to an end now that I’m starting to do well.”
In the heats of the youths’ one-lap handicap, Darcy Graham (scratch) showed the field a clean pair of heels through a powerhouse win.
In the final, which also included Hawick’s Matthew Bell (18m), who had emerged second in his heat, Hawick Wanderers rugby player Graham was runner-up to victor Cameron Clamp of TLJT (14m).
David Lauder (11m), Ryan Elliot (5m) and John Paxton (14m) all put victories Hawick’s way when soaring to heat wins in the 110m handicap.
The Teri threesome, however, were eliminated from the events in the cross-ties.
Jedburgh teenager Craig Smith (8m) emerged the winner of the sprint.
Giving his all from a tight handicap of 30m, Rory Anderson came in third in the 800 m handicap, which was won by Jedburgh’s Andrew Thomson (50m.
Anderson (60m) was also third in the 1,600m handicap, in which Ryan Milligan of Langholm (160m) took pride of place.