Team Borders young athletes returned from the relocated Glasgow Commonwealth Games track with an overall win in the first of three Forth Valley Division One matches.
The high-spec Mondo surface was relaid at Grangemouth Stadium after being dismantled from Hampden Park, and sunshine and a slight tailwind down the home straight greeted the athletes as Team Borders set out to see if they could go one better than their 2014 runners-up spot.
And the composite team, comprising athletes in the U15, U13 and U11 age-groups from Chirnside Chasers, Gala Harriers, Moorfoot Runners and TLJT – many of whom were having their first taste of this sort of competition – made the best possible start.
A final total of 496.5 points placed them ahead of perennial winners Edinburgh on 443 and Pitreavie on 432.5.
Having always scored well in the track events, a much-improved showing in the field disciplines contributed significantly to the victory.
Indeed, it was in the U15 Girls javelin that Team Borders secured their one and only A-string win, courtesy of an excellent throw of 25.45m from Chirnside’s Keira Waddell, only a few centimetres off the top three throws in Scotland this year.
The team’s overall winning score was accumulated through no fewer than nine individual A-string second places and the same number of B-string wins, demonstrating good strength across the age-groups. The usual strong showing in the 4x100m relays topped things off, with the U11 girls’ team of Emily Martin, Abby Munro, Kacey Taitt and Samantha Dagg earning maximum points with their win.