ATHLETES from Pitreavie AAC shone as they helped Kingdom Athletic to fine performances in the first match of the National Upper Youth Development League, North East Premier Division.

The squad, which comprises athletes from different clubs locally, travelled to the University of York athletics track for the event, and it proved to be memorable for debutants Maisey and Mirabelle Meade.

The twin siblings claimed a double victory in the under-17 women's 1500 metres, with Mirabelle winning the 'A' race in a time of five minutes and 13.09 seconds, whilst Maisey was victorious in the 'B' race in 5:25.06, both of which were personal bests.

In addition, Mirabelle ran a 52.01 second best over 300m in the 'B' race, placing fourth, whilst Maisey added to her PB count to place second in the 800m 'B' race in 2:37.16.

Another debutant, Nieve Hannell also ran the under-17 300m and 800m.

In the 300m, she ran a PB of 44.70 to finish third place in the 'A' race, and then ran 2:19.28 for third in the 800m 'A' race.

Acelynn Acheampong and Isla Millar were further athletes making their Kingdom Athletic bow, and the former Acelynn claimed two PBs.

Her first came in the 100m, where a time of 14.70 saw her finish fifth in the under-17 'A' race, which was followed by a throw of 6.26m for third place in the 'B' shot putt event, whilst she also jumped 3.61m for fourth in the 'A' long jump.

Isla, meanwhile, ran a new best in the 80m hurdles, where a time of 14.30 saw her place fourth in the 'A' race, whilst she also ran 30.45 in the 'A' 200m, placing finish, and threw 11.38m for third place in the 'B' javelin event.

Hannah Gray also enjoyed a good day of competition, finishing fourth in the under-17 100m 'B' race with a time of 14.30, before finishing fifth in both the 'A' shot putt and javelin, throwing distances of 7.18m and 15.56m respectively.

In the men's races, Alex Thomson was another debutant and, in his first-ever 400m hurdles, finished second in the under-17 'A' event in 62.33.

He also went on to finish third in the 200m (23.80), and second in the shot putt, in which he threw a distance of 9.41m.

Jack Devanny was another athlete making his Kingdom Athletic debut and he enjoyed a pair of second-placed finishes, in the under-17 'A' discus (33.69m), and the 'A' shot putt (12.74m).

Team captain, Caleb McLeod, won the under-20 'A' 400m in 51.46 before throwing the discus 13.66m for fourth place, and the javelin 16.92m for fifth place.

Jack McInnes jumped 4.37m to finish third in the under-17 'B' string long jump, ran 13.28 for fifth in the 100m 'B' race, and then placed third in the 'B' 400m, his first race over that distance, in 66.97.

Alex and Jack formed half of the under-17 men's 4x100m team that finished third in 48.26, whilst Caleb, Nieve and Maisey were in the under-20 mixed 4x400m team.

A new event, they helped Kingdom place fourth in a time of 4:07.72, with Caleb running a split of 50.21, Nieve 62.54 and Maisey 71.69.

On a day of tough weather conditions, Kingdom placed fifth overall, and team manager, Paul Allan, said: "The weather may have been poor but the athletes shone all day."