Tweed Leader Jed Track athletes excelled at the National Schools Indoor Championships at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena last week.
Club athletes came away with a haul of one gold medal, two silver and a bronze, in addition to three other finalists.
Cameron Clamp, representing Jedburgh Grammar School, took the honours with gold for the two-lap 400m event. Coming up against Scotland’s number three in his preliminary round, Cameron produced a personal best to secure a place in the semi-final, then consolidated with an economical run to book his place in the final. The 14-year-old then furthered his lifetime best by producing a lung-bursting second lap to take the gold medal, in a time of 53.94 seconds.
Jed Grammar may only have been represented by two athletes, but it’s quality that counts, not numbers. Sixth-year pupil Jaz Tomlinson set about her task of going through the heats and semis of the girls’ over-16 200m in fine style before storming out from her starting blocks to come in second behind a record-breaking performance from Banchory High School’s Alisha Rees in the final. Jaz’s time of 25.74 seconds takes her to number two in Scotland for under-20 women.
Matt Dougal of Galashiels Academy gave a fine performance in the Under-16 1,500m to produce two pbs in both heat and final. He looked to have gone off too quickly, but this was his tactic to unsettle the rest of the field.
Matt was unable to hold off the challenge from Adam Scott, but his tactic paid dividends as he stood up to a strong challenge from behind. Managing to pick up the pace whenever anyone got near, the 14-year-old landed himself the silver medal in 4min, 23sec, moving him into the top five in the Scottish rankings.
The academy came away with further honours when relative novice sprinter Cameron Caldwell won the bronze medal in the Under-16 200m.
The steadily-improving 14-year-old produced a pb of 23.66 in the final to land the bronze, elevating him to fourth in the under-17 rankings.
Cameron also featured in the 60m final on day two, but found the competition for medals very stiff in the short sprint and had to settle for one of the minor places in his sixth run over two days.
Further great performances came from Earlston High School’s 13-year-old Laura Munro, who ran 7.29 seconds, taking her into the final of the under-16 60m and placing her second fastest under-15 in the country. Emily Dagg, also of Earlston High School, produced three very credible performances in the over-16 class to make the final. Both girls had to settle for the minor placings, however, in two hotly-contested races.