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Glasgow stars set to shine at AV Knockout

With Zatopek: 10 2014 run and won attention now turns to round one of AV Knockout competition this Sunday 14 December.

Based off the new AV Rankings system Victoria’s best will compete across two venues in graded competition at Lakeside Stadium and Tom Kelly Athletics Track.

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Eleanor Patterson will have her first serious hit out in Victoria (Lakeside Stadium) after her season opener late last month in Bankstown (NSW) at the Treloar Shield clearing 1.90m in the high jump before failed attempts at 1.95m.

The 1.90m clearance was Patterson’s best ever start to a season.

Fellow Glasgow Commonwealth Games team members Jess Gulli and Morgan Mitchell will go head-to-head in the women’s 400m at Lakeside Stadium.

2014 world juniors representative Joel Baden will be one to watch in the men’s high jump; the Old Melburnians athlete since jumping 2.17m in the final at Hayward Field (Oregon, USA) is one of the inform athletes early in the summer; taking his personal best to 2.29m back in October at the Associated Public Schools combined athletics meet.

Ringwood sprinter Danielle Shaw will resume her battle with Williamstown athlete Celeste Mucci in the women’s under 18 100m hurdles after the pair went one and two in the final at the Australian All Schools Track & Field Championships in Adelaide last weekend.

Emerging long jumper Henry Smith started the season at the APS Athletics Finals in mid-October with a distance of 6.72m ahead of Baden who jumped 6.67m.

Earlier in the year Smith missed out on the trip to Oregon for world juniors after facing injury and will be in the mix on Sunday.

After the first two rounds of AV Knockout are complete the Final will be a select meet based on the top 16 AV ranked performances in each event operating under ‘A’ and ‘B’ Finals on Saturday 7 March 2015 at Lakeside Stadium.

AV Knockout has been created to assist athlete development and provide an inclusive opportunity for all Athletics Victoria members to participate in a graded based competition for all ages, events and genders.

AV Knockout will operate under IAAF rules of competition.

What? AV Knockout – Round 1

When? Sunday 14 December

Where? Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park and Tom Kelly Athletics Track, Doncaster

For more event information please check out the AV Knockout – Round 1 webpage.

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Robinson comfortably wins, Wellings back to the top at Zatopek:10

In form Eureka athlete Brett Robinson showed plenty of class on Thursday night to win the Zatopek:10 10,000m Australian championships at Lakeside Stadium.

While Robinson’s focus might be on the 5000m distance, he was more than comfortable across the 25 lap journey to record a personal best of 28:45.36.

“It was a little bit back and forth, I didn’t lead at all, I didn’t want to and everyone was looking around at me too,” Robinson said.

“I worked pretty hard, on and off, to test everyone, to really try and grind and then sprint at the end.”

Fellow Eureka distance runner Duer Yoa went with Robinson until the bell and gave everything in the last lap to record a personal best of 28:46.46 and claim second ahead of Eritrea runner Samsom Gebreyohnnes (28:49.42).

New South Wales athlete Eloise Wellings claimed her third national 10,000m title in a time of 32:26.59 and secured her first across the distance since 2010.

“I just tried to really settle in early and relax as much as I could.  Always (follow) coach’s orders in the 10k, like just try and relax in the first 10 to 15 laps as much as you can and cover any moves and hope that it will slow down eventually and it did. It was fast-slow-fast-slow, which is good because that’s what I’ve been practicing in training. Just that change of speed,” Wellings said.

“I’m happy with the race.  It’s my third national 10k title on the track. It would have been really good to win but just the sprint finish gets me.”

Kenya’s Veronicah Wanjiru in her first attempt at 10,000m on the track claimed line honours in 32:22.22.

Only in Australia for two days Wanjiru made the most of her trip staying with a lead group of four including Commonwealth Games marathon medalist Jess Trengove for the first 8 laps of the race before moving clear with Wellings.

On the bell Veronicah made the decisive move with 300 metres to kick clear of Wellings to be the first Kenyan to win the women’s Zatopek:10 since Joyce Chepkirui in 2011.

Earlier in the night it was national 800m record holder Alex Rowe who continued his impressive build up to the summer of athletics with a time of 1:46.91 in windy conditions in Albert Park.

“I ran strongly in difficult conditions and came out here and did what I wanted to do,” Rowe said.

“Exactly what I wanted, it’s good to know that in those adverse conditions I can still run 1.46.”

Pre-race favourite Zak Patterson claimed the De Castella under 20 men’s 3000m race in 8:15.64. The Victorian 5000m champion held off New South Wales athlete Jack Stapleton (8:15.83) and Eureka middle distance runner Jack Davies in 8:20.57.

New South Wale’s Kate Spencer lead from start to finish in the women’s under 20 3000m event to claim victory in 9:10.82. Box Hill and world junior representative Courtney Powell finished second in a time of 9:23.42 with New South Wales rounding out the podium with Annabel McDermott finishing in 9:27.98.

Athletics Essendon’s Amelia Mazza-Downie claimed the IAAF World Youth qualifying time of 9:32.90 with an outstanding time of 9:29.16 considering the windy conditions.

Old Melburnians Athletics Club with Commonwealth Games representative Sam Baines running the second leg went back-to-back in the men’s 4x400m Victorian Relay Championship final in a time of 3:11.82

Doncaster Athletics Club was to strong in the women’s 4x400m with an impressive 3:46.80 win ahead of Knox Athletics Club (3:49.61) and last years winner Sandringham placing third in 3:50.99.

Melbourne University sprinter Simon Greig claimed the David Baxter 100 yard open title in 9.87 ahead of up and coming talent Luke Stevens of Western Athletics (9.98) and East Melbourne Harriers Will Johns third in 10.22.

In the women’s 100 yard battle it was New Zealand’s Kelsey Berryman who won in a time of 10.97 while Ringwood’s Kendra Hubbard was the first Victorian across the line in 11.32. Off the back of a big weekend of racing at the Australian All Schools Championships in Adelaide Nana-Adom Owusu-Afriyie claimed third in 11.36.

Starting off the Zatopek:10 program was the 3000m Steeplechase which was won comfortably by South Australian Jacob Cocks in 9:10.71 ahead of Melbourne University’s French athlete Romain Donneux in 9:16.15 and Australian All Schools double gold medalist and Knox athlete Nathan Percy in 9:19:31.

In the under 15 boys 1500m event Wendouree athlete Sam Williams claimed victory in 4:24.11 while Nunawading athlete Zoe Brito-Babapulle won the girls race in 4:40.36.

In the field events Corinna Minko claimed victory in the women’s open long jump with a distance of 6.36m and Phillipa Hajdasz and Cameron Sherry took out the Steve Hooker Team Challenge with a best of 8.20.

For full results click here

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Spencer and Patterson Eye Records in the U20 3000

By the nature of things, young athletes have limited chances to perform at their peak in the U20 3000 metres races. The majority don’t even get the chance to compete more than once.

In this context, the 2014 men’s Robert de Castella and women’s Lisa Ondieki 3000s could be exceptional with the respective favourites, Zak Patterson and Kate Spencer, looking at multiple achievements on Zatopek night.

World junior championships representative Spencer will be chasing a second win in the women’s race, a feat achieved only by Melissa Rollison in the 18 editions of the race.

To achieve that, Spencer must first see off the challenge of Courtney Powell. Indeed, it looms as a similar competitive challenge to when Rollison set the record in defeating Georgie Clarke and Eloise Wellings (then Eloise Poppett) in 2001.

Spencer’s 9:18.64 last year was exactly 15 seconds shy of Rollison’s record. She has already run 9:09.29 in taking the New South Wales Open title last month, so any further improvement would put her within touch of Rollison’s mark.

On track times, Spencer has a clear edge – 9:09.29 to 9:25.28 – on Powell, but the latter performed better at the World Junior Championships (7th v 11th in the 5000 metres) and has won the senior titles at the Australian and Oceania cross-country championships since.

It should be a cracker of a race.

Zak Patterson has placed second in each of the last two men’s races, losing narrowly to Declan Wilson (NZL) in 2012 and to Jacob Birtwhistle last year. This looks to be his year.

Patterson has the twin targets of Ryan Gregson’s meeting and national records in sight. Gregson holds the national U20 mark at 7:57.45 while his 2009 race record stands at 8:02.56.

Gregson holds a marked edge on Patterson for times at junior 1500 metres, but both finished fifth in the world junior championships. Patterson is in good form, having won the Victorian senior title at 5000 metres last month and then run in the 4×800 relay at the Victorian state relay championships 10 days ago when his Jeff Riseley-anchored Knox team won a thrilling victory over a St Kevin’s quartet anchored by co-Australian record holder Alex Rowe.

In short, Patterson is certainly capable of running a pace which would take him to either of Gregson’s records. Whether that would bring him the win at his last chance in junior ranks and against quality opposition led by the likes of Jack Stapleton, Luke Matthews and Reilly Shaw is another matter.

Key Information:

Where?
Lakeside Stadium – 31 Aughtie Drive, Albert Park, 3206

When?
Gates open: 4:00pm – First event – 5:45pm, Thursday 11 December, 201

What else?

The 2014 Zatopek:10 is Australia’s premier track distance meet attracting the nation’s best distance runners; supported by events showcasing the best up and coming talent from around Australia.

Tickets available via www.ticketmaster.com.au or at the gate.

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Glasgow Stand-Outs in Zatopek Women’s Race

Three of Australia’s best distance performers at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games headline the women’s race at this year’s Zatopek: 10.

Marathon bronze medallist Jess Trengove, 3000 metres steeplechase fourth placegetter Madeline Heiner and 5000 metres fifth finisher Eloise Wellings will all have eyes on the dual prize of a win in Australia’s most prestigious distance race and qualification for next year’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing.

The IAAF has introduced a single qualification standard for Beijing, which adds some complexity into most events. The pathway into to the 10,000 metres remains straightforward, however – simply achieve the qualifying standard of 32 minutes (women) and 27:45 (men).

For Australian athletes, first step is to win their national championship. For the 10,000 metres, this is once again the Zatopek: 10.

Wellings is no stranger to either the national title or the international stage. She is a two-time Zatopek: 10 winner and a member of three Commonwealth Games teams, a London 2012 Olympian and a world championships team member.

Trengove, too, has been a regular contender in recent Zatopek races. Along with Lisa Weightman, she has been Australia’s leading female marathoner over the past five years.

Heiner, though, will be making her debut in a track 10,000 metres, crowning a comeback which has seen her on the track in 2014 for the first time since 2006.

After narrowly missing the Melbourne Commonwealth Games team in the steeple, injuries and studies kept Heiner off the track for eight years. She returned to make the Glasgow team where she and Genevieve LaCaze took on three Kenyans among the very best in the world – Purity Kirui, reiging world champion Milcah Chemos and Joan Chepkemoi.

The two Australians were still in contention in the last lap of the gruelling race, with Heiner only denied the bronze medal in the final 50 metres. She was rewarded with a personal best.

Despite coming so close to a medal, Heiner was satisfied with the result.

“My immediate response when I crossed the line was: ‘Is that it’,” she says, “but I’m happy with the performance. It would have been great to have those extra few metres, but when I think where I was a year before, I’m very happy.”

Heiner also achieved the Glasgow qualifying standard in the 5000 metres and feels that now is the time to try the longest track distances. She has yet to run a track 10,000, but has run 15:27.75 for 5000 earlier this year and has a road 10km best of 32:50 (also this year, in Launceston).

“I feel better prepared than for Launceston,” she says, but is not planning to step up to the 10,000.

“No plans for a career change, I’m intending to step back down to the steeple and even the 5000.”

What if she wins in a qualifying time? “I’d probably re-assess.”

In top form, Wellings would be the one to beat. She, too, was a medal contender against high-class opposition in the Commonwealth Games, finishing fifth in the 5000 metres behind world champion Mercy Cherono, Janet Kisa (both Kenya), England’s Jo Pavey and Kenya’s, Margaret Muriuki.

Trengove has finished in the top four in the past four Zatopek races, with a personal best of 33:08.26 for second behind Nikki Chapple last year. Both Steve Moneghetti – her chef de mission in Glasgow – and Kerryn McCann were marathoners who were highly competitive at 10,000 metres. It would be good to see Trengove push herself into that company.

Last year’s third placegetter Milly Clark returns while others include Celia Sullohern, winner of the Lisa Ondieki U20 3000 metres in 2011 and Casey Wood.

Eritrea’s Nazret Weldu Gebrehiwet ran 15:42.71 for 5000 metres in 2013 and has a road personal best of 33:22 for 10km but the bigger international threat may come from Veronica Wanjiru of Kenya.

Wanjiru has just one listed performance on statistics site All-Athletics, a 34:19 road 10km. As that was in Bogota, Colombia, 2640 metres above sea level, it could be indicative of something considerably faster.

Commonwealth Games 800 metres representative Brittany McGowan and world junior championships 800 bronze medallist Georgia Wassall take on the women’s 1500 metres where there main opponents include Coreena Cleland and Amanda Paulin.

Key Information:

Where?
Lakeside Stadium – 31 Aughtie Drive, Albert Park, 3206

When?
First event – 5:45pm, Thursday 11 December, 2014

What else?

The 2014 Zatopek:10 is Australia’s premier track distance meet attracting the nation’s best distance runners; supported by events showcasing the best up and coming talent from around Australia.

Tickets available via www.ticketmaster.com.au

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Men’s Zatopek:10 – Who will emerge the victor?

Some years there is an obvious favourite – in prospect, anyway – to win the men’s Zatopek: 10.

The year 2014 is not one of those years. The race, and with it the national title and inside running for world championships selection, is wide open.

A case could be made for any of half-a-dozen athletes to win the 54th running of the men’s Zatopek. Even then, you would not be overly confident about what will happen on the night.

One thing appears certain. With just one former winner in the field – David McNeill, no highly-ranked international visitors, and leading Australian contenders of recent times in Collis Birmingham and Ben St Lawrence absent, a new face appears certain to appear on the victory dais.

Brett Robinson is one of the more intriguing prospects. Though his only track 10,000 is a fifth place finish in the 2012 race, he has a bit of Zatopek night history. As a junior, Robinson finished third in the 2008 de Castella U20 3000 behind James Nipperess before winning two years later in the second-fastest time in race history.

Robinson comes in in good form, too, off a victory in the Burnie 10km road race at the start of November and then fastest time on the opening 5km leg of the Chiba International Ekiden relay on 24 November.

Interestingly, both the man who beat Robinson in the de Castella 3000 – Nipperess, and the man whom Robinson beat to record his win – New Zealander Aaron Pulford, are in Thursday night’s field.

Nipperess, a Glasgow Commonwealth Games steeplechase representative, will be making his debut at 10,000 while Pulford is return for his third crack at the race having run a personal best each of the past two years.

Though it will be his first 10,000, Nipperess has solid cross-country credentials having won both the Australian championship and the New Zealand championship race in recent years.

Collis Birmingham is the only man to have won both the U20 3000 and the Zatopek 10,000 to date. Either Robinson or Nipperess could match that feat with a win in this year’s 10,000.

As the only former winner in the field McNeill commands respect. He won the 2008 race, beating a handy trio in Bobby Curtis of the US, Commonwealth games marathon champion Michael Shelley and Birmingham and was second Australia finisher behind St Lawrence when Kenyan trio Ammanuel Bett, Bitan Karoki and Micah Kogo swept the places in the 2011 race.

McNeill’s most recent track race was paradoxically run as part of the Chiba Ekiden road relays. He won the 5000 metres track event for reserve runners in 13:51.58, which is as good as lead-in form as almost any other Zatopek entrant other than Robinson.

Samson Gebreyohannes of Eritrea is the only African entrant in this year’s race. He has a best track time of 28:28.05 run in Hengelo in the Netherlands two years ago. IN that form, he could be well up in the race.

Ben Moreau, third two years ago, returns for another crack at the race. Based in Sydney, but representing Great Britain, Moreau ran for England in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games marathon.

Liam Adams finished fifth in last year’s race and has been around the top half-dozen finishers in recent years. Seventh in the Commonwealth Games marathon, Adams defeated Athletics Essendon teammate Mitch Brown over 5000 metres recently. Anything near his 10,000 best of 28:11.76 would make him highly competitive on Thursday.

Brown, fourth in the Zatopek two years ago, could also feature prominently in this year’s race as could Duer Yoa, who ran one of the 10km legs for the Australian team in the Chiba Ekiden.

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#AllSchools14 – Day 3

On the final day of competition at the 2014 Australian All Schools Track & Field Championships in Adelaide, the Big V claimed 20 medals to add to its strong performances across the weekend at Santos Stadium.

Early on Sunday Weezoor Lovegrove made it a 400m / 800m gold medal double and then backed up to anchor the boys 1000 Swedish Relay  Under 16 team to victory in 2:00.37.

It was gold for both the Big V captains, Kathryn Brooks claiming victory in the under 18 girls javelin with a throw of 52.68m while Nathan Percy added to his gold on Friday by winning the mens under 18 3000m in 8:40.37.

Amelia Mazza-Downie out classed the women under 16 3000m field, breaking clear of the pack in a group of three, Mazza Downie hit top gear with a lap to go and with 300m left had gone well clear to win in 9:41.48.

Again Victoria showed its depth in the Swedish Relay’s claiming two golds in the under 16 boys and under 18 girls, while also taking silver in the girls under 16 and boys under 18 races.

A great weekend of results, with a number of big personal bests and over 60 medals to finish third on the overall points tally.

Well done to all athletes who competed across the weekend.

Note: Still awaiting confirmation on results for some events.

Day 3 Results

Boys 100 Metre Under 16 Para 1 Liam Richardson F35 16.82 98.87%
Girls Long Jump Under 18 3 Rebekah Corney  5.72m
Boys Javelin Throw Under 14 3 Darcy Edgerton 43.50m
Girls Discus Throw Under 14 3 Leia Varley  37.73m
Girls Javelin Throw Under 18 1 Kathryn Brooks  52.68m
Boys 800 Metre Under 16 1 Wezoor Lovegrove    1:58.36
Girls 3000 Metre Walk Under 16 1 Eliza Clarke  13:41.13
Boys 1500 Metre Under 14 2 Adam Spencer  4:16.37
Boys 200 Metre Hurdles Under 16 3 Harvey Murrant 26.18
Girls 200 Metre Hurdles Under 16 1 Nicole Reynolds 28.37
Boys 400 Metre Hurdles Under 18 2 Andrew McGrath 54.06
Girls 3000 Metre Under 16 1 Amelia Mazza-Downie  9:41.48
Girls 200 Metre Under 16 2 Nana-Adoma Owusu-Afriyie 24.70
Boys 200 Metre Under 16 2 Cameron Searle  22.17
Boys 400 Metre Under 14 1 Melvin Monleh  52.75
Boys 3000 Metre Under 18 1 Nathan Percy  8:40.37
Girls 1000 Swedish Relay Swedish Under 16 2 Celeste Mucci, Jemima Russell, Jessie Andrew, Ciara Losty 00  2:15.94
Boys 1000 Swedish Relay Swedish Under 16 1 Tolu Lavea, Harvey Murrant, Cameron Searle, Wezoor Lovegrove 2:00.37 
Girls 1000 Swedish Relay Swedish Under 18 1 Danielle Shaw, Alexia Loizou, Jessica Fitzpatrick, Sarah Billings 2:12.15
Boys 1000 Swedish Relay Swedish Under 18 2 Jackson Miller-Gage, Lawson Power, Michael Hansford, Liam Procaccino 1:55.79

Gold – 10
Silver – 6
Bronze – 4

 Day 2 Results

Boys Long Jump Under 14  2 Liam Mullen 6.14m
Girls Discus Throw Under 16 2 Bianca Hansen  43.43m
Boys Hammer Throw Under 18 1 Ned Weatherly 77.39m
Boys 800 Metre Under 14 1 Adam Spencer 2:01.45
Girls High Jump Under 16 3 Celeste Mucci  1.69m
Boys Pole Vault Under 16 1 Jemuel Pryse 4.40m
Boys Triple Jump Under 16 2 Kyle Murphy  13.77m
Boys 90 Metre Hurdles Under 14 1 Aaron Leferink 12.58
Girls 90 Metre Hurdles Under 16 2 Nicole Reynolds 13.35
Boys Discus Throw Under 16 Para 2 Liam Richardson F35 21.90m  72.78%
Girls 100 Metre Hurdles Under 18 1 Danielle Shaw  14.22
Girls 100 Metre Hurdles Under 18 2 Celeste Mucci   14.29
Girls 100 Metre Under 16 3 Nana-Adoma Owusu-Afriyie
Boys 100 Metre Under 16 2 Cameron Searle 10.88
Boys High Jump Under 14 3 Timothy Dodd     1.69m
Boys Discus Throw Under 18 2 Ned Weatherly   52.53m
Girls 3000 Metre Walk Under 14 2 Zahra Hayes 15:21.23
Boys 200 Metre Under 14 1 Melvin Monleh   23.86
Boys 200 Metre Under 14 2 Aaron Peter-Budge 24.05
Girls Shot Put Under 14 3 Leia Varley   11.98m
Girls 400 Metre Under 16 2 Jemima Russell 56.78
Girls 400 Metre Under 18 1 Sarah Billings  55.69
Boys 400 Metre Under 16 1 Wezoor Lovegrove  49.90
Boys Long Jump Under 18 3 Thomas Wilson  7.19m
Girls 5000 Metre Walk Under 18 2 Jemima Montag  23:58.88
Boys 5000 Metre Walk Under 18 2 Adam Garganis  22:54.47
Boys 200 Metre Under 16 Para 1 Liam Richardson F35  35.58 95.17%
Girls 200 Metre Under 18 Para 3 Paige Greco F37 33.24 91.94%
Boys 4×100 Metre Relay Under 14 1 Aaron Leferink, Aaron Peter-Budge, Timothy Dodd, Melvin Monleh 45.27
Girls 4×100 Metre Relay Under 14 1 Mietta Russell, Khoeby Holohan, Grace Goldsworthy, Mia Gross  49.42
Girls 4×100 Metre Relay Under 16 1 Lily Bayes, Celeste Mucci, Ella Squires, Nana-Adoma Owusu-Afriyie 47.54
Boys 4×100 Metre Relay Under 16 3 Riley Caines, Cameron Searle, Harvey Murrant, Tolu Lavea  43.95
Girls 4×100 Metre Relay Under 18 3 Jessica Fitzpatrick, Sarah Billings, Sarah Fitt, Danielle Shaw 47.55
Boys 4×100 Metre Relay Under 18 3 Jackson Miller-Gage, Michael Hansford, Thomas Wilson, Thomas Knapper 42.35

Gold – 12
Silver – 13
Bronze – 9

 Day 1 Results

Boys Hammer Throw Under 16 2 James Joycey 60,19m
Boys Pole Vault Under 14 1 Cooper Saunders  3.00m 
Boys Hammer Throw Under 14 3 Oliver Courtnay                          41.29m
Boys Shot Put Under 18 Para 3 Blake Chisholm F20                       7.47m 51.98%
Boys 800 Metre Under 16 Para 1 Liam Richardson F35 3:22.73 116.47%
Boys 800 Metre Under 16 Para 2 Jaryd Clifford T12 2:04.60 107.30%
Girls 2000 Metre Steeplechase Under 16 1 Maxine Paholek  7:02.62
Boys 2000 Metre Steeplechase Under 18 1 Nathan Percy  5:54.89

Gold – 4
Silver – 2
Bronze – 2

For full 2014 Australian All Schools Track & Field Championships results click here

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#AllSchools14 – Day 2

2014 Youth Olympics representative Ned Weatherly produced a meet record in the men under 18 hammer with a throw of 79.03 to claim a stake for selection on the Australian team for the IAAF World Youth Championships next year.

The Big V showed their teams depth by claiming three relay gold medals in the 4×100 under 14 men, women and under 16 women events.

It was business as usual for Sarah Billings who was all class to win the under 18 400m final in 55.69.

In the men 400m ranks Wezoor Lovegrove was impressive claiming gold in a time of 49.90.

On day two Liam Richardson (F35) secured gold and silver with victory on count back in the para under 16 men 200m (35.58 – 95.17%) and second place in discus throw (21.90m – 72.78%).

In the sprints Nana-Adoma Owusu-Afriyie was a standout claiming bronze in the under 16 women 100m final and anchored the under 16 women 4x100m gold medal win.

The Big V claimed first and second in the women under 18 100m hurdles with Danielle Shaw winning in a time of 14.22 ahead of Celeste Mucci who recored a time of 14.29.

Overall on day two Victoria took home 12 gold medals, 13 silver and nine bronze.

For full 2014 Australian All Schools Track & Field Championships results click here

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#AllSchools14 – Day 1

All 170 Big V athletes came together in Adelaide before the afternoon session started at Santos Stadium to hear from Commonwealth Games athlete Margaret Gayen on the transition from school/junior competition to competing at major international meets.

Along with a track awareness session, team briefing and the Big V team photo Nathan Percy and Kathryn Brooks were named team captains.

Xavier College athlete James Joycey kicked off Victoria’s medal telly with silver in the men under 16 hammer with a throw of 60.19m at the 2014 Australian All Schools Championships in Adelaide.

After being named one of the Victorian team captains, Ringwood Secondary College distance runner Percy secured the gold medal in the men under 18 2000m with a time of 5:54.89.

Percy’s outstanding run came close to Martin Dent’s 1995 meet record of 5:54.80.

Crusoe athlete Cooper Saunders kept the Big V gold medal tally moving after claiming first place in the men under 14 pole vault with a height of 3.00m.

Fellow Victorian from Eltham College, Rhys Rigoni joined Saunders on the podium in second with a vault of 2.80m.

Seymour College multi athlete Blake Chisholm (F20) at his first school championships claimed bronze in the men under 18 para shot-put.

Fellow para athletes Liam Richardson (F35) from Griton Grammar School and St Helena Secondary College athlete Jaryd Clifford (T12) impressed in the men under 16 800m.

On count back to the world record percentage Richardson took gold with a time of 3:22.73 and Clifford continued his strong progression at the middle distance events to claim silver in 2:04:60.

More gold came courtesy of Seymour College’s Maxine Paholek in the women under 16 2000m steeplechase with a time of 7:02.62.

It was a good sign of things to come with Big V athletes posting 18 personal best’s from 26 events on day one.

For full 2014 Australian All Schools Track & Field Championships results click here

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AV Knockout Round 1 start lists available

The first round of AV Knockout is to take place next Sunday 14 December at both Lakeside Stadium and Tom Kelly Athletics Track.

We ask all athletes to double check the start lists for each venue and if you have any concerns to contact Athletics Victoria via summer@athsvic.org.au or call the office on 03 8646 4500.

Athletes will have until 3:00pm Wednesday 10 December to make Athletics Victoria aware of any issues and raise any required amendments.

For more details on AV Knockout – Round 1 please check out the event page here.

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Big V set to go in Adelaide

All focus turns to Adelaide as 170 of Victoria’s best school athletes are set to compete at the Australian All Schools Track & Field Championships from Friday 5 to Sunday 7.

Kicking off the Big V’s campaign today will be thrower James Joycey in the men under 16 hammer at 4:30pm local time.

On the track the Big V will be well represented in the 400m with Ryan McNamara, Lawson Power, Liam Procaccino, Sarah Billings, Jesse Bonnici and Hilary McAdam all in action on day one.

In the middle distance events Jaryd Clifford (T12) will be a strong chance in the men under 16 800m along side Liam Richardson (T35).

This competition also provides those athletes born in 1998 and 1999 the opportunity to qualify for the World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia from 15-19 July 2015.

Click here for full Selection Policy

Athletics Victoria wishes all athletes competing this weekend the best of luck, no matter your personal goals enjoy the experience, it is sure to be a fantastic three days of competition.

Don’t forget to check out the Big V team profiles and keep an eye on our social media channels for daily updates.

Click here to Check out Big V team profiles here

Further event information can be found on the Athletics Australia website.

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AV Knockout closes Mon 1 Dec 11:59PM

As AV Rankings is going to be used to help with eligibility for AV Knockout the closing date to apply for Round 1 of AV Knockout until Monday 1 December at 11.59pm.

Athletes must have competed in at least one (1) round of AV Shield competition to be eligible for AV Knockout. Athletes wishing to be eligible for the AV Knockout Final MUST have competed in either round 1 or 2 of AV Knockout – AV Knockout Final is on a selection basis and free of charge to those athletes selected from the top 16 ranked performances.

The AV Rankings takes performances from AV Shield and AV Knockout competition and ranks the top best performance over the 2014/15 season.Athletes will be ranked to align with state and national age groups, therefore athletes will be ranked in their D.O.B as at 31st December 2015.
 
Those athletes that have posted an invite performance at AV Shield to be eligible for AV Knockout will still be included in the start list and notified of their eligibility based on the AV Rankings.This is to allow AV Rankings to be updated this week so that members can then apply for Round 1. There will be NO LATE ENTRIES. If you are experiencing any problems entering online then you must advise summer@athsvic.org.au or phone us on 03 8646 4500 before 11.59pm on Monday 1 December 2014.

After entries close for Round 1 AV Knockout (Monday 1 December 2014 at 11.59pm), AV will then confirm eligibility and prepare draft starting lists for all disciplines. The draft starting lists will then be published online at 3.00pm on Monday 8th December. 
Members will then have until Wednesday 10th December @ 3.00pm to request any changes or resolve any issues from the draft starting lists.

The FINAL Starting Lists for Round 1 AV Knockout will be posted online by Thursday 11th December 2014 at 3.00pm ready for competition.