Capital hammer thrower Kimberley Reed (Edinburgh AC) shrugged off the stresses of a week of exams, an eight-hour car drive and an unhelpful official to bag a personal best of 61.77 metres and a vital second Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games qualifying standard in finishing runner-up to fellow Scot Rachael Hunter in the British Universities Championship at Bedford.
Both threw lifetime bests to dominate the event with a seven-metre gap to third.
West of Scotland’s Hunter came from behind in the fifth round to clinch gold by reaching 63.43 metres, 67 cms more than her previous best and her fourth Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games qualifying standard.
Edinburgh University’s Reed, still only 19, began superbly with a first-round throw of 61.77 metres, which also gave her a second CGQ for Glasgow 2014, and for a time Hunter struggled to respond.
But just when Reed was looking to increase the pressure, she was timed out of her fourth throw by an official who had previously said it was fine to wait until after a nearby track race had started. “There was a false start and they must have started the clock again without warning me,” said an indignant Reed.
She was unable to regain her rhythm and Hunter took full advantage to stake a further claim to join the already chosen Susan McKelvie (Edinburgh AC) in the Glasgow 2014 team.
High jump champion Ray Bobrownicki’s (Edinburgh) timing was off as he failed three times at 2.10m, a height normally well within his ambit. The title went to Glasgow 2014 choice David Smith (Strathclyde) with a leap of 2.16 metres.
Edinburgh’s European junior 1500 metres champion Jake Wightman (Loughborough) set the fastest outdoor time by a Scot this season of 1:48.69 in winning his 800 metres heat on Saturday, but that is still more than second outside the Glasgow 2014 qualifying standard.
Club-mate Chris O’Hare ran in Kingston on Saturday night in the Jamaican Invitational, where he finished third in 3:42.55 behind Will Leer (USA), who won in 3:41.31 from Ciaran O’Lionary (Ireland), 3:41.74.
Meanwhile, Lynsey Sharp (EAC) ran her first 800 metres for a year and finished sixth in 2:06.26 in Bloomington, Indiana. However, she was quick to say that this was intended to be a relaxed race in the 2:05.0 to 2:07.7 range, but a number of top-level Americans turned up at the last minute and injected a lot more pace. “I just need more low-key races at the moment,” said the 2012 European champion, who had foot surgery last winter.