8th June 2007 at 01:00
Highlight of the athletics calen-dar, the Scottish Power Scot-tish Schools' Track and Field Championships take place at Grangemouth Stadium today and tomorrow.

Hundreds of athletes from throughout Scotland will take part, hoping to follow in the footsteps of Allan Wells and Liz McColgan who competed in previous championships before going on to reach the top of their sport. The Scottish Schools' Athletic Association will pick its team after the championships for the British Schools' International in Wales on July 21.

The two-day event in Grange-mouth requires a lot of organisation, and athletics has been hit by a lack of volunteers for officiating purposes. The SSAA has specified that every athlete entered in the championships must have an accompanying adult, school staff or a parent, who may or may not be asked to officiate. Schools can only enter two athletes for any event and athletes cannot compete in more than three events.

The championships open with the hammer event at 9am today, track races start at 11am and 10am tomorrow.

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