Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games 800 metres choice Emily Dudgeon (Edinburgh AC) is coming into form nicely as the big challenges of the summer approach.
The 21-year-old Cambridge University medical student, who joins clubmate and European champion Lynsey Sharp and the Glasgow University vet student Laura Muir in the line-up for the two-lap Games challenge at Hampden next month, set a personal best of 2:01.89 in a British Milers Club meeting at Watford, nearly two seconds clear of her nearest rival.
Dudgeon hopes to get nearer two minutes if she can secure a place in an invitation meeting, possibly the Diamond League at Hampden next month.
Edinburgh University hammer-thrower Kimberley Reed, who narrowly missed out on a place in Scotland’s Commonwealth Games team, has gained a consolation prize, ensuring selection for the British team for next month’s World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon when she won the AAA under-20 title at Bedford on Saturday.
Though disappointed with her winning distance of 58.13m, only 13cms better than her nearest rival, the 19-year-old Edinburgh AC member was delighted to clinch her place.
“As I’d already thrown the standard, all that mattered today was winning,” she said.
“But I’m embarrassed by the poor distance.”
Reed, whose best is 61.77m, had achieved the Glasgow 2014 distance three times but lost out to Falkirk’s Myra Perkins for the third and final place.
Rachael Hunter (Ayr) is already in the Games women’s hammer and added the women’s under-23 title with a throw of 62.81m, another Glasgow 2014 pick South Queensferry high jumper Allan Smith took the under-23 high jump title with 2.14m, ahead of Jack Lochans (2.02m) and Hampden 4 x 400 relay choice Greg Louden (Lasswade) set a personal best of 47.48 secs in taking the under-23 400m silver.
Other silver medals went to Faye Nicholson (EAC) in the under-23 long jump (5.88m), Mhairi Patience and Jack Lawrie (both under-20 400m hurdles) and Anna Gordon, whose 3.85m in the pole vault is an under-20 outdoor record, while Madie Murray (EAC) set a personal best of 4:20.86 in taking the bronze in the under-23 1500m.