Ruyton pole vault star Phillipa Hajdasz confirmed automatic qualification for the world youth championships in July on day one of the 2015 Australian Junior Athletics Championships with a jump of 3.40m.
Due to the extreme weather conditions causing competition to be suspended Hajdasz’s one completed vault was enough to clinch the under 18 national title.
Hajdasz completed the two required qualifying standards of 3.95m in a four day period earlier this year at Rare Air and the Victorian Junior Athletics Championships.
Victoria claimed gold in both the under 17 and 18 women’s 2000m steeple at the end of a testing night of competition; Athletics Essendon athlete Katie Webb claimed line honours in the younger age group with a time of 7:06.61 minutes and Whittlesea City athlete Maxine Paholek ran a personal best of 6:52.57 to be in the frame for a Youth Commonwealth Games spot later this year.
Victorian under 16 javelin record holder Chelsea Owen-Smith kicked off the Big V medal tally by winning bronze with a throw of 42.29m.
In the under 16 para long jump Casey Cardina’s Dayna Crees won with a personal best jump of 2.70m.
It was a Victorian double in the men’s under 15 3000m with Western Athletics Matthew Hussey claiming gold with a time of 9:23.41 and Wellington athlete George Lancaster silver in a time of 9:27.72 minutes.
Ringwood athlete Bianca Hansen outclassed the under 17 long jump field to win with a leap of 5.58m.
Bendigo Harriers Leia Varley impressed with a distance of 39.49m to win the under 14 discus well clear of Queenslands Su’emai LyVante (36.64m) and Western Athletics Aliyah Canepa rounded out the podium with a distance of 33.94m.
Doncaster distance runner Abbey Caldwell fought off a strong battle with Western Australian pair Mikaela Dickson and Melany Smart to claim gold in the under 15 3000m with a time of 10:07.41 minutes.
Sandringham athlete Meg Oakley Kerr stayed strong in the final 100m to claim bronze in the under 16 3000m with a time of 10:17.49 ahead of fast finishing Tasmanian Ebony Webb who clocked 10:17.53 minutes.
In the under 14 400m heats South Melbourne athlete Gigi Maccagnini was the top qualifier with a time of 59.82 seconds.
Deakin athlete Sam Reiser stayed composed after heat 2 of the under 20 400m was delayed to record the best qualifying time of 48.12.
World junior representative Reiser will be joined by Diamond Valley athlete Jarrod Michael Robinson (48.77) and Bendigo Harriers Luke Rowlatt (49.03) in the under 20 400m final.
Yarra Ranges sprinter hurdler Lateisha Willis again showed her dominance in the 200m hurdles as the best ranked athlete in the heat rounds with a time of 28.18 seconds.
Whittlesea City sprinter Lachlan Lamb was the best of the Victorian’s in the under 16 200m hurdles heats with a time of 27.67 seconds.
Due to the suspension of competition for close to an hour there has been a number of event changes on Day 2.
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