SMITH SCORCHES UP TRACK AS BLACKFORD BURNS
The 2009 season got underway at boiling Blackford as sweltering temperatures brought out the Perthshire meetings biggest crowd for a number of years.
Someone else who was on fire was sprinter Cameron Smith, who took the 90 metres title for the third successive year, that was despite getting penalised for a false start in his heat where he finished runner-up.
He made no mistake in the final however storming through from the backmark of  metres to pip one of the front markers Sarah Ross [2 0]metres who had beaten Smith in the heat, third place went to 16 year old Martyn Paterson,Clackmannan [5 ]metres in his first race in Open competition.
The same trio reached the final of the 200 metres, with this time victory going to Sarah Ross who held off the late thrust's of Jack Beattie,Rosyth and Martyn Paterson with Smith fourth.
The winning time for Ross was 22.13.
Visitor from South of the border Matt Tilletson,Liverpool  took the 400 metres in 51.40 ahead of Fraser Davidson,Torphins and Willie Bates,Tullibdy.
10 runners lined up for the 800 metres where victory went to Borderer Dean Whiteford,Innerleithen in 2:00.06 who got to the line just ahead of Andrew Gibson,Polmont and the fast finishing backmarker Matt Tilletson.
The Liverpudlian had to settle for third place again in the 1600 metres where he ran from scratch, victory went to 2008 winner Coaltown of Balgonie veteran John Thomson who stopped the clock at 2:45.60. with Dean Whiteford in second place
In the Youth's 90 metres there was a clean sweep for the runners from East Kilbride, Ross Maxwell took the tape in 10.63 ahead of training companions Nicholas Coupland, Laura McCracken and Shannon McMahon.
The Youth's 200 was again an East Kilbride 1-2 with this time Coupland getting home first in 23.90 ahead of Maxwell with Lesley Nicholson, Glasgow in third.
The Youth's 800 saw a comfortable win for Central AC's Rachael Adamson who followed up her win from the previous year in a time of 2:00.81 just a fraction slower than the Open winners time.
Runner up was Lauren Arbuckle from the Lothian Running Club with Julie Cook[180[ in third.
The overall cycling champion on the day was Alan Clark,Thurso who won both the 3200 metres and Deil tak the Hindmost races and was runner- up in the 800 and 1600 behind Neil Withington ,Carlisle and Tim Allan,Glenrothes respectively.
Published: 2009-06-09 19:52:09