BORDERS athletes proved to be top class over the weekend at the Scottish Schools Athletics Championships.

The region's best runners, throwers and jumpers, representing their schools, took on the cream of young athletes from across the country at Grangemouth.

Michael Girdler from West Linton smashed his personal best in the C-age-group 200 metres to bring gold back to Peebles High.

The 13-year-old from West Linton clocked 22.93 in the final.

Kelso High's Ben Lyall finished 7th in the same final.

Adam Leighton from Melrose, who is a pupil at Merchiston Castle, cleared 1.70 metres to win the C-age-group high jump.

The 14-year-old, fresh from breaking Under 15s high jump record at the Edinburgh Schools Championships last Wednesday, went on to finish fourth in the C-age-group long jump with a new best distance of 5.45 metres.

Berwickshire High's Rosie Browne claimed yet another gold as she cleared 2.60 metres for gold in the B-age-group pole vault.

And her class-mate Kiera Waddell also returned to the Duns school with gold after reaching a distance of 41.51 metres to easily win the B-age-group javelin.

Biggar High's Leah Keisler was the impressive winner of the C-age-group 300 metres with a time of 48.36.

Peebles High's Ethan Elder was just run out of gold in the C-age-group 1500 metres in a thrilling finish with Woodmill's Lewis Dow.

Earlston High's Faisal Khursheed earned a bronze medal in the senior 5,000 metres behind clear winner, Joe Arthur of George Watson's College.

Selkirk's Henry Clarkson, who competes for Merchiston Castle, was a little down on his best when finishing second in the senior long jump.

The 17-year-old reached 6.67 metres in the sand pit.

And he also won a silver in the triple jump with a distance of 13.19 metres.

Ellie O'Hara brought home a bronze in the B-age-group long jump with a distance of 5.09 metres.

The 14-year-old from Cardrona, who competes for Peebles High, also claimed a silver medal in the 75 metres hurdles.

Peebles High's Bryony Patterson finished fifth in Friday's senior long jump with a distance of 5.12 metres.

But she returned to the track on Saturday to claim silver in the senior triple jump with a distance of 10.85 metres.

Innerleithen's Eve Huxley put the disappointment of finishing fifth in the senior 100 metres behind her to claim a silver medal in the 200 metres, crossing the line just a metre down on Prestwick's Kirsten McClymont.

And Hannah Little, also from Peebles High, was just run out of a medal in the final of the C-age-group 800 metres, crossing the line fifth in a blanket finish.

Hannha returned to the track on Saturday to claim seventh in the final of the 300 metres.

Mia Downie from Peebles High also went agonisingly close to a medal when she finished fourth in the final of the C-age-group 100 metres.

It was a similar story for Peebles High's Ailsa Inness who was edged into fourth in the final of the senior 800 metres.

Galashiels Academy's Cameron Caldwell finished sixth in the final of the senior 100 metres.

And fellow Gala pupil Robert Fox ran well to cross the line in 7th in the final of the senior 400 metres.

Earlston High's Samantha Dagg reached the final of the D-age-group 200 metres, where she finished 8th.

Kelso High's Angus Bryce did well to progress through the rounds of the B-age-group 100 metres and finish 6th in the final.

And fellow Kelso pupil Ben Lyall finished fifth in the final of the C-age-group 100 metres.

There was also a sixth place finish for Galashiels Academy's Rosie Mclennan in the B-age-group shot putt.