Sprint Squad’s Stunning Start

National Indoor Championships.  12th January 2019, Emirates Arena

Pictures courtesy of Bobby Gavin; Mark Magee (472) leading the field to 800 best and Scott Hannaway breasts the line.

The Harriers new senior sprint team opened their account at the first National Indoor Championship of the 2019 season at the Emirates Indoor Arena, Glasgow.

Under 20 athlete ‘Flying’ Scott Hannaway joined the very select group of local athletes who have recorded sub 50 seconds for 400m.  Scott took the race on from the gun and had a clear lead going into the second 200m lap of the indoor arena, sticking to his race plan Scott gradually increased pace as he hit the home straight driving toward the line stopping the clock 49.82 seconds.  A few hours later Scott returned to the track to contest 200m and again displayed quality sprinting to record his second personal best of the day with 22.70 seconds.

Lifetime bests were the order of the day for the team in their new colours with Mark Magee taking two seconds off his previous 800m best.  Mark lead the race from the gun and as the laps went past Mark was within his personal target and despite hitting fatigue in the last lap Mark powered on to record his personal triumph.

Drew McIntyre returned to competitive action after his medical enforced lay off and did not disappoint as he displayed his class over the shortest of sprints, 60m.  With his traditional explosive start Drew was stride for stride with the fastest sprinters in the country with a photo required to differentiate the placings. In the fastest race of the day, Drew recorded one of his fastest starts to a season.

Scott McCluckie completed the sprint quartet with a competitive double over 200m and 400m just missing out on lowering his best times in both races.

The team now look forward to the coming weeks with the National Championships in February.

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