A TRIO of Inverclyde Athletic Club stars celebrated medal success at the National Indoor Track and Field Championships in Glasgow.

Blasting to glory first was Drew McIntyre, currently the fastest schoolboy in the country and one of the area’s fastest ever sprinters. 

He set his stall early with a quick time in his heat before running a lifetime best in his semi-final.

Drew then stepped out for the final some 20 minutes later. As he left his blocks driving through his acceleration zone, Drew was covering the ground at an amazing rate and crashed through the finish line alongside an Irish athlete which required a photo to separate both athletes. 

After much debate, Drew was awarded silver medal and a fabulous new best of 7.03, less than a 10th of a second from victory.

Scott Hannaway, more akin to shorter sprints, moved to the 300m and qualified for the final with a new personal best in the heat.  

At the final a more aggressive Scott had him among the top placings approaching the back straight. Scott held his ground and dug deep with his determination carrying him home to secure bronze and yet another personal best, which eclipsed the previous championship best time for the event.   

Scott also followed this up by lowering his 200m best and will focus on bringing his times down in the coming summer competition.

Fresh from leading the under-15 girls to cross country glory, Nuala McCheyne commanded her 800m heat to qualify with ease for the final later in the afternoon.  

A more cagey affair saw cat and mouse tactics take place with the girls. Nuala shadowed the leaders through the first few laps.  

As the bell sounded for the final 200m onslaught the pace lifted as athletes sought national glory.

In the final straight Nuala used her strength to hold off the chasing athletes, crossing the line for another trip to the podium to win bronze.

The 800m was a quality event for IAC, with Georgia Morrison producing another fine display in her heat to win a place in the final where the learning curve was a foundation to build on in the coming months.

Ben Nicol was chasing personal glory in his 800m and after a gutsy run stopped the clock in a new best some three seconds faster than ever.

Andrew Winter knocked the largest time of his 800m, recording a fast 2.30m for the young athlete.

In the girls’ 300m, Zoe Renfrew was another athlete to leave with personal glory, having lowered her time in a competitive race.  

Zoe in her normal efficient style sailed round to break 46 seconds — a big step in the right direction.

In the youngest age category Niamh McIntosh gave her older club mates a fright. Niamh sprinted over the 60m and got closer to the magical nine-second barrier with a 9.10 for the youngster.  

She followed this with another lifetime best this time over 200m, clocking a fine 31 seconds.

All IAC track athletes will now look forward with confidence to the outdoor events come April with a wish for better weather conditions.