Banchory’s Alisha Rees today admitted surprise at smashing a 35-year-old track record.
Rees broke the 200m mark for an athlete under 20 that had stood since 1982 with a time of 24.18 seconds to secure Scottish title glory.
The 17-year-old also won the 60m gold with a personal best time of 7.51 seconds at the Scottish Indoor Athletics Championships at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena.
The previous 200m benchmark was set by Olympic bronze medallist Linsey MacDonald.
Banchory Stonehaven AAC athlete Rees said: “I wasn’t expecting that.
“I didn’t realise the 200m indoor record would be in my sights.
“I think that was a good thing, so I was just going to run my own race.
“It’s massive for me, especially as Linsey MacDonald was an Olympian.
“It really sets your hopes high for what I can do in the future and try to follow in the steps of previous great athletes.”
Reigning Scottish senior 200m title holder Rees is using the domestic indoor season to prepare for an assault on qualifying for the European Under-20 championships in Grosseto, Italy, in July.
The Aberdeenshire sprinter will have to better that new best of 24.18 seconds to make the Euro U20s.
The qualifying standards of 11.65sec and 23.80 were announced last week.
A 200m silver medallist in last summer’s European youth championships in Tbilisi, Georgia, Rees achieved those times last year.
Her best 100m time of 11.63 is a Scottish Under-20 record and was the fastest by a Scottish athlete of any age last year. Her 200m mark of 23.57 also topped the national senior rankings.
The rising track star must go under those qualifying times again before July 10 to be considered for Euro selection.
Qualifying for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, next April is also a target for the teen.
The qualifying times will have to be achieved this summer.
To be considered for a place on the Scotland team, Rees would have to run the 100m in 11.44 and the 200m in 23.30.
She said: “Last year didn’t go to plan so this year I was really hoping to do well and make up for that.”
Another impressive victory at the Scottish Indoor Athletics Championships saw Heather Paton win the 60m hurdles in a new national record time of 8.37 seconds.
Paton, of Birchfield Harriers, said: “Running the record and a new personal best is a massive confidence boost with the trials in mind.”