Commonwealth dream for jumper Faye

Published: 31 May 2014 08:300 comments

IT’S still a long shot but Borders athlete Faye Nicholson could yet jump her way to the Commonwealth Games.

Faye Nicholson and Bryony Paterson with their long jump medals.

The 20-year-old long jumper claimed a silver medal at the East District Championships on Saturday with a jump of 6.14 metres - just six centimetres short of the Games standard.

And with a fortnight and two competitions still to go before the cut-off, the teaching student will have a few more opportunities to go further.

Coach and mum, Linda, told us: “The Commonwealth Games standard is six metres and 20 centimetres. Faye has to achieve this twice within the next two weeks and she has competitions in Grangemouth and Stevenage.

“Realistically we see this as the start of her campaign for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018 when she will be 24.”

It was a day to remember for the Borders athletes from the Nicholson jump camp.

As well as Faye’s silver in the women’s senior long jump, behind Gillian Cooke, there were five more medals and plenty of personal-bests for the school.

Former Gala Harrier Freddie Rooke, who now competes for Edinburgh, won the Under 17s triple jump with a new best distance of 12.66 metres. And the 15-year-old was pushed all the way by Selkirk’s Henry Clarkson, 14, who claimed silver with a jump of 11.50 metres.

And bronze also went to West Linton 14-year-old Jack Gray with a new best distance of 11.29 metres.

In the Under 17s long jump Rooke also claimed silver with a distance of 6.18 metres - equal to his PB.

And in the Girls Under 15s long jump Bryony Paterson from Innerleithen reached a new best distance of 4.72 metres to claim a bronze medal.

Away from the sandpit Peebles hammer thrower Craig Mullins won in the Under 17s hammer.

The 16-year-old recorded a distance of 51.80m with the 5KG hammer for victory.

Craig now looks forward to the Scottish Schools hammer competition on June 6 at Hampden Stadium in Glasgow.

There is also the possibility of a Scotland call up for the Celtic Games in Dublin if he wins the Schools competition.

With the Scottish and English National championships also coming up he has a busy schedule ahead - and if there are any businesses who would be interested in sponsoring Craig for the season please contact jmull@borderscollege.ac.uk

There was another field gold for the Borders with Josh Dougal from Galashiels switching from his usual sprinting to win the shot putt.

The 12-year-old from Edinburgh AC landed the Under 13s event.

Gala Harrier Rosie Brown narrowly missed out on a medal in the Under 15s high jump with a fourth-placed 1.25 metres.

There was a silver medal on the track for Jedburgh's Jazmine Tomlinson in the Under 17s 200 metres with a time of 26.1 seconds.

And there was also a silver for Chirnside Chaser Josh Abbot in the Under 13s 200 metres. The 12-year-old clocked 27.7 seconds to finish just behind Edinburgh's Max Leslie.

Beth Hobbs from Peebles was four seconds inside her previous 1500m best in taking an excellent bronze medal in the Under 13 Girls race with a time of 5.21 minutes.

And team-mates Calum Johnson and Ethan Elder both smashed their PBs by huge margins in finishing midfield in the boys’ equivalent final, coming home with times of 5.15 and 5.18 respectively.

Lauder's Adam Craig won a bronze in the Under 20s 1500 metres behind Robert Bough.

And New Year Sprint winner, Dylan Ali from Hawick, also claimed a bronze in the Under 20s 200 metres behind Morro Bajo of Edinburgh.

Zaynah Aziz was a bit short of her best and disappointed with her fifth place finish in 5.02 in the U15 Girls 1500m but Ellie O’Hara was delighted with her first ever sub-30s run in the U13 Girls 200m, only just missing out on the final.

On the Saturday, the temperature was only marginally up from the Friday evening but the PBs continued.

Kobe Stevens was third faster qualifier for the final of the Under 17 Men’s 800m with a 4-second 2.06 PB, only just losing out on bronze in the final after a shoulder to shoulder battle from 200 metres out.

Novice Charlotte Clare, having only her second ever race on the track, ran a highly commendable 10-second PB of 2.38 in the U13 Girls 800m to qualify for the final where she came 5th.

Zaynah Aziz qualified for the final of the U15 Girls 800m in 2.29 but was again running well below her best and with something clearly not right she wisely withdrew from the final.

Unfortunately, the Championship rules did not allow for the 7th fastest qualifier, clubmate Ailsa Innes, who had run a 4-second PB of 2.31 in her heat, to step up to take her place in the final.

Niamh Shaw, with 2.32 in the U17 Women’s 800m and Sophie Collins with 2.29 in the U20 version, also both set PBs but just missed out on qualifying for their respective finals as did Ellie O’Hara in the U13 Girls 100m.

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