A WEE COUNTY athletics star showed why he is so highly regarded as he performed at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow at the weekend.

Daniel Ferguson was among the top performers as Central AC's youngsters took on the best in Scotland at the prestigious competition.

Sprint hurdler, Daniel, who is from Tullibody, is no stranger to top-flight competition.

The 16-year-old was contesting the 60m Hurdles and looked strong in his heat as he qualified in third place equalling his personal best of 8.87s.

It was a close contest, however, with five athletes qualifying within 0.1s of each other. The final was a fast race and Daniel found himself in fourth place.

He ran hard but couldn’t quite get into the medals although he was rewarded with an excellent new personal best 8.74s.

Meanwhile, fellow youngster Molly Cornes was contesting the high jump and long jump and had the challenge of a timetable clash between the two events.

The 14-year-old from Balfron opted to focus on the high jump and cleared every height up to 1.53m after which the bar was then raised to 1.58m, higher than her personal best of 1.55m.

Molly then went straight over to the long jump and having missed the first two rounds had just one jump available to qualify for the top eight.

She also had the difficulty of having missed the warm up meaning she had not been able to check her run up so had to trust the mark she had laid out.

Thankfully, the mark was spot on and she nailed a massive personal best jump of 5.30m to put her in seventh place and qualify for another three jumps.

She was unable to improve on this position but her 5.30m distance was not only a 46cm personal best, it puts her third on the club indoor all-time list and earns her a silver standard on the club awards scheme.