Hawick athletes’ rich vein of success on this season’s open athletics circuit continued with a hat-trick of wins at Oxton Games on Saturday.
The in-form Ellis McKean, who has really excelled throughout the term, gained the honours in the junior 200m handicap.
From the Davie Grieve school, McKean was beaten in her heat but qualified for the final by emerging second.
Running from a mark of 46 metres, she came out with a vengeance in the last showdown by blitzing to an excellent victory for what was her third triumph of the season.
A thrilled McKean told the Hawick News: “After being beaten in my heat I didn’t think I would have a chance in the final but thought I might get second or third. I didn’t expect to win and was quite surprised when I did. It was the best I’ve ran in a 200m race and I was really pleased.”
Ronan McKean, the elder brother of Ellis, won his heat in both the youths’ 90 and 200m handicaps. McKean then gained place spots in the finals of the respective events.
Cian Riddell (22m) nailed his colours to the mast in doing the business in the junior 90m handicap.
A member of the David Rae stable, 11-year-old Riddell showed up well when surging home in his heat in 10.20 seconds.
The youngster then did it all again in the final with another top-notch run to break the tape in the exact same time as his first outing.
Riddell said of his victory: “I’ve been in a few finals before but never managed to win before so I’m really pleased to have won at last. I was the only boy in the final as all the other runners were girls so I had to try even harder.”
Coached by Alan Scott and David Rae, Derek Scott emerged the winner of the 1,600m handicap. Front-runner Scott (260m) lead from start to finish.
Commenting on his win, he said: “I’ve been bothered with knee injuries and haven’t won a race since I won at Morebattle Games two years ago, so it was just brilliant to win again after such a long wait.”
Hawick’s Corey Wilson (11.5m) gained second place in the 110. handicap. Northeast of England sprinter Connor Hedley of Ellington (8.5m) was the winner.
n Hawick runners made a big impression at St Andrews Games on Sunday.
Kyle Potts and Jordan Taylor chalked up wins for the Alex Corbett school by triumphing in the 200m and 1,600m respectively.
Youngster Jai Patterson excelled in winning the youths’ 1,600m in fine style. And Patterson also gained second place in the youths’ 800m handicap.
Derek Scott also got into the winning frame when emerging first in the 3,200m handicap.
The latter pair are from the David Rae stable.
In midweek, Jordan Taylor came out on top in the 400m at Inverary Games, while Rory Anderson gained the winning honours in the 1,600m at Mull Games.