ATHLETICS --- Inverclyde In Action At Scottish Men's League

INVERCLYDE AC contested the second match of the Scottish Athletic League at a wet Crownpoint stadium in Glasgow.

Scott McCluckie once again set the standard for his team mates to follow when he made it two wins out of two over the 400-metre hurdles. Scott had a steady start and got into his stride pattern at the halfway mark as he moved clear of the field. With a very strong home straight, he crossed the line victorious in a new best, dipping under the 60-second barrier for the first time to add his name to the very few local athletes to reach this standard.

Also impressive was Mark Magee in the second-string 400-metre hurdles. Mark was dominant from hurdle three as he ran clear negotiating the remaining hurdles to ensure IAC had their second two-out-of-two in the opening event.

Mark Holliman, pictured above, who is putting together some fine performances over the 400-metre flat race, was another athlete who made it two wins in two matches. Mark was challenged on the back straight before injecting pace around the final bend which saw him pull clear and head toward the finish to claim maximum points in a very fast time.

In the field events, the weather was causing problems for some jumpers but not the best local long and triple jumper Robert Graham. Robert was one of the few athletes to manage the wind and rain launching himself along the runway before catapulting himself well over the six-metre mark to add to his impressive jumps score in previous matches.

Robert Graham

With a change of dry clothing Robert headed back on to the runway for the triple jump. Using all his experience, his hop, skip, jump was efficient enough to add to his tally as a major points scorer for the team.  

Adam Hay, fresh from his Scottish Schools successes, was always in contention in the 800 metres. As his more experienced competitors raised the pace, Adam was determined to keep in contact but was edged out of the top places. However, he will build on the experience for the remaining events this summer. 

Masters champion Gary McKendrick contested the 1500 metres. A strong supporter of the younger athletes, Gary was in no mood to allow them to dictate the race and relied on all his maturity to shadow their every move before claiming some fine scalps at the finish.

The 5,000-metre trio of John Bell, Sean Gaffney and David Tamburini made up part of the very large field that was soon spread along the track as the race progressed. John, experiencing his first taste of track competition, was within the leading pack using his road and cross country talents to tackle the country's top 5,000-metre athletes. In the final few laps, John was into his endurance reserves as he crossed the line ahead of his team mates to add his part to the scoring. With Sean and David having their own personal battle for bragging rights, it was Sean who was successful on the day to add to his portfolio of endurance victories.

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