DUNFERMLINE Track and Field Club's under-13 girls produced an odds-defying performance to claim gold at the recent Scottish Athletics Indoor League (SAIL) finals.

The quartet of Aaliya Adebisi, Sophie Thomas, Kirstin Penman and Shayna Asamoah raced to glory at Glasgow's Emirates Arena during a weekend that saw club members at the forefront in the competition.

First on the timetable was the relay qualification and, with only the fastest six teams making the final, qualification was a tough proposition, with as many as six heats taking place in some age groups.

After they were all completed, Dunfermline had four teams in their respective finals, in which the under-13 girls took pride of place.

Despite finishing fourth-fastest in qualifying, the team ran a blistering time of one minute 55 seconds to cross the line first, almost one second ahead of Giffnock North, and create a new club record by almost two seconds.

That was followed by the under-15 girls' team of Rachel Robertson, Hayley Penman, Darcie Black and Rebecca Grieve joining them on the podium as they claimed a fine bronze medal with a run of 1.51, three seconds behind winners Edinburgh AC 'A', while the under-13 and under-15 boys' teams just failed to make the medals after also reaching their finals.

In the SAIL team finals, the under-13 girls medalled again, this time claiming silver.

PBs for Kirstin Penman and Shayna Asamoah in the long jump and shot putt respectively gave them the ideal start, which was added to by fine performances in the 60m hurdles and 200m.

Aaliya Adebisi added points in the 60m with a PB and with Ellie Candlish producing 1.35m in the high jump, assisted by Gracie Robertson with a PB in the 800m, the team secured a silver medal just behind North Ayrshire AC.

There was also a team final silver for the under-13 boys, which saw Jack Reid (60m) and David Cuthbert (800m) posting PBs, while Callum Newton (hurdles and long jump), Oliver Morrison (200m and high jump), and Brooke Ferguson (shot putt) also providing vital points that secured second spot.

The other two club teams that made finals competed admirably, while under-11s Charlie Potter (60m) and Bradley Moffat (600m), and under-15s Rebecca Grieve (60m) and Hayley Penman (300m), all secured PBs.

A club spokesperson added: "There were a remarkable 12 PBs out of the 26 events competed in by the DTF athletes so it's fair to say the DTF athletes gave an outstanding performance."

Meanwhile, a selection of the club's middle distance group were in action at the Scottish Young Athletes Road Race Championships at Edinburgh's Royal Highland Centre and acquitted themselves well.

There were a number of excellent performances, notably by Ellie Candlish in the under-13 girls' 3K race, in which she placed 29th from 99 runners in 11:33; David Cuthbert, who in the boys' event was 42nd out of 111 finishers in 10:57; and Mark Harley (11:12, 55th), and Alexander Wilson, who posted a time of 12:14 in his first competitive middle distance race.

In the 5K under-17 races, Malcolm McLure led the way with a time of 17:26 while, for the girls, Daisy Cumming clocked 18:21, and Katy Lancaster 18:43, as they were unlucky not to win a team bronze medal.