Multiple success for pentathlete

Joel Mcfarlane, Scottish Schools Athletics Under 15s Pentathlon Champion 2014.
Joel Mcfarlane, Scottish Schools Athletics Under 15s Pentathlon Champion 2014.

A young Carnoustie athlete has emerged at the top of his field after a highly successful few weeks of competition.

Joel McFarlane, an S1 pupil at Carnoustie High School last weekend claimed first place in the Under 15s Pentathlon Boys section at the Scottish Secondary Schools Athletics Pentathlon and Primary School Relay at Grangemouth Stadium on June 14.

His father Ian said: “Joel has had an excellent few weeks at various levels of Secondary Schools Athletics competition.

“He has broken several of the schools S1 records and has also gone on to break two County records at the recent Angus County Sports, where he reduced the 80m hurdles record by almost two seconds to 11.5s and extended the long jump record to 5.41m.

“Joel has now gone on to continue this success to a national level.”

At Grangemouth he recorded: hurdles - 12.5s, 652pts; long jump - 5.39m, 459pts; 200m - 25.27s (pb), 583pts; shot putt - 10.21m (pb), 498pts; and 800m - 2m 19s (pb), 498pts.

Ian added: “Despite this being Joel’s first year in this age group, his winning points total of 2,644 was the highest score for five years and a target he will look to improve on, when he returns to this age category again next year.

“Joel’s success has also seen him selected to represent Scotland at the International Indoor Pentathlon event to be held later this year.”

The youngster had more success at the weekend at the Scottish Schools Track and Field Championships at Hampden Park.

He took gold in the long jump, setting a championship record with 5.81m and another gold and championship record in the javelin with 44.33m.

Joel also became the youngest person to be awarded the Ross Baillie Trophy for best hurdles performance of the championship, running the 80m hurdles in 12.20s.

This was the first competition to use the newly revamped stadium at Hampden Park which will be hosting the Commonwealth Games later this summer.

Joining Joel from Carnoustie High School in competing at Hampden at the weekend was fellow S1 pupil Daniel Smart who contested the 200m final as well as under 17 athletes Liam Fotheringham, Donnie Gunn, Kieran McLaren and Allie Townsend who were competing in the their age group heats and finals.

Joel has been involved with Arbroath Athletics Club for around three years and in that time has set nine individual records and four relay records at the club.