ATHLETES with Dunfermline Track and Field have had a busy summer of competition, with impressive results at national level.

Members took part in the Scottish Secondary Pentathlon Championships, Scottish Secondary Track and Field Championships, Scottish Combined Events and Superteams competition, all hosted by Scottish Athletics.

In the first of those, under-17 competitor Callum Newton secured a second-place finish – just 400 points shy of top spot – thanks to a points haul of 2,962, helped by a season's best in the long jump and personal bests in the 200 metres and 80m hurdles.

Darcie Black, who was one point short of the club record for the under-17 girls' age category, set a new PB on her way to fifth place, with a total of 2,495, while Kirstin Penman placed seventh with 2,373, securing a shot put PB along the way.

Rachel Barnett was the club's only competitor in the under-15 age group, where she scored new bests in both the hurdles and shot put as she scored 1,675, enough for eighth place overall.

In the Track and Field Championships that followed, Darcie and Callum took victories in the hurdles, and runners-up spots in long jump and high jump respectively, while Matthew Tait was on form to top the high jump standings.

Sophie Thomas, in the under-15 girls' age group, was second in both the 100m and 200m – setting a new PB of 25.5 seconds in the latter – while under-17 athlete Shayna Asamoah finished third in the 100m and 200m.

Additionally, there were new PBs for Amy Jenkinson, in the under-15 girls' 200m (27.26), and Oliver Morrison, in the 400m (56.43).

The combined events competition was held at Dundee's Regional Performance Centre, and two of the three Dunfermline Track and Field competitors returned home with medals.

Charlie Hunter, in the under-13 boys' category, won a silver medal after collecting 1,840 points, as well as four new PBs from five events, in the 70m hurdles (13.12), long jump (1.34m), shot put (6.43m) and 800m (2:50).

Joining him on the podium was Callum Newton, who won under-17 men's bronze – with Pitreavie AAC's Caleb McLeod, won won silver – with a points total of 4,740, and included a 14.27 best in the 100m hurdles, while Kirstin Penman finished sixth in her first heptathlon, recording a total of 3,379 points.

Dunfermline Track and Field were also well represented at the under-12 Superteams competition, in which teams of four completed a 75m sprint, long jump, turbo javelin and 4x100m relay.

Two girls' and one boys' team took part and, although the latter suffered a blow as they lost one of their number through illness, that did not prevent them from producing some fine individual performances.

Those included Sean Asamoah with 12.36 in the 75m; Lewis Young throwing 8.90m in the javelin; and Innes Barnett running a PB of 16.20 in the 75m.

An experienced girls' 'A' team of Lottie Thomas, Murron Kane, Sophie Jenkinson and Poppy Warner finished fifth out of 37 teams, just 10 points from third, and 80 from first, in an excellent effort within a competitive field.

Sophie was the team's highest points scorer with 229, added to by Murron, who scored 228, Lottie, who collected 222, and Poppy, who scored 199 and secured a season's best of 13.09 in the 75m.

The quartet also ran a superb relay of 59.18 but, when the scores were finalised, they just missed out on the medals due to an unfortunate performance in the javelin, in which they found themselves throwing into the wind, while others had the advantage of the wind behind them.

The 'B' team finished a creditable 14th overall, with Briony Argo their top scorer with 213 points, with a PB in the 75m.

Molly Robinson scored 206 points and was followed by Lily Pritchard, with 190, and Caitlin Chalmers with 184, with the latter two also scoring PBs in the 75m.