In the final event on the track program at the 2015 Victorian All Schools Track & Field Championships Kardinia International College athlete Lachlan Barber clinched a 2016 world junior qualification standard of 1:49.30 in the 800m under 20 event at Lakeside Stadium on Sunday 8 November.
With only three athletes on the start line Barber turned the race into an individual time-trial and powered clear at the first bend to go under the qualifying time of 1:49.50 minutes.
2015 world youth hammer throw bronze medallist Ned Weatherly was at his best and showed early season form to eclipse his own Victorian record with a final attempt of 79.34m in the under 18 hammer throw competition.
After fouling his first two attempts Weatherly threw consistently with attempts of 74.97m, 76.42m, 74.12m before unleashing a distance 31 cm’s over the 2014 record of 79.03m.
Frankston High School athlete Lawson Power indicated he was in for a big season with line honours in his pet event the under 18 400m in a time of 47.79 seconds.
Breaking the 48 second barrier was cause for celebration on the finish line and Power is now 0.46 seconds outside the 2016 world junior qualification standard.
Power earlier in championship showed his speed to claim victory in the under 18 200m final, stopping the clock on 22.14 seconds ahead of Maribyrnong College sprinter Cosimo Mucci (22.53 sec).
Geelong College’s Oliver Courtnay had a championship to remember after claiming two Victorian records in the under 14 shot put and hammer throw.
Newhaven College thrower Raffael Laurins 1999 record of 17.86m in the shot put was passed by Courtnay with a throw of 18.03m on his first attempt. The next record to drop was Luther College’s Bejamin Voogd’s 2015 record of 47.98m, when Courtnay’s threw 52.61m on his final attempt.
Voogd’s finished the competition in silver with a mark of 47.15m and will no doubt be looking to reclaim his Victorian record.
More records broke in the field when under 14 Zoe Cunningham of Mentone Girls threw 40.28m in the hammer to beat Kianhna Evans 2014 record of 37.83m, Chloe Beovich of Huntingtower School produced a mark of 45.07m in the under 15 age group to record a Victorian record.
Maribyrnong College thrower Louise Mendes also added her name to the Victorian records list with a throw of 53.15m in the under 17 hammer competition.
Girton athlete Joseph Baldwin recorded a personal best clearance of 2.10m to win the under 18 high jump competition.
Baldwin surprised himself as he attempted the 2016 world junior qualification standard of 2.16m without success on the three attempts.
In the under 14 age group Salesian College athlete Lachlan Jorgensen was prominent on the medal podium across the weekend with gold in the 400m (53.72), javelin throw (41.65m) and 200m hurdles (29.27). Along with silver in the 100m (12.08), 200m (24.41), 90m hurdles (13.93) and high jump (1.65m).
Mooroolbark College sprinter Lateisha Willis was dominant in the under 16 age group with wins in the 100m (12.32 sec), 90 metre hurdles (13.06 sec) and 200m hurdles (28.76 sec).
Willis’s training partner and 2015 world youth championships representative Danielle Shaw has had a good start to the season with a convincing win in the under 18 100m hurdles, in a time of 13.99 seconds, and claimed bronze in the under 18 100m sprint final in 12.50 seconds.
The battle between Canterbury Girls Zoe Brito-Babapulle and Sacred Heart’s Heidi Demeo in the under 16 800m was one of the highlights of the championships with the later setting the pace early before Brito-Babapulle showed her turn of pace to kick on the home straight and stop the clock at 2:09.26 to take the victory ahead Demeo who finished in 2:10.18.
The 2015 Victorian All Schools Track and Field Championships attracted over 1,000 athletes and 2,200 event entries across the three days of competition at Lakeside Stadium.
Congratulations to all athletes that participated in the championships and a big thank you to the schools, officials and volunteers for making it such a great weekend of track and field.
Victoria will have a team of over 200 athletes compete at the 2015 Australian All Schools Track & Field Championships here in Melbourne from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 December at Lakeside Stadium.
The popular Zatopek:10 is being held on the evening of Saturday 5th December , featuring the national 10,000m championships and 2016 Rio Olympic Games qualifiers, along with the exciting Victorian 4x400m relay finals.
For more information on the 2015 Australian All Schools Track & Field Championships visit: http://athsvic.org.au/event/2015-australian-all-schools-track-field-championships/
Results from the weekend’s competition can be found here: http://athsvic.org.au/event/2015-victorian-all-schools-track-field-championships/
For highlights and various track and field event video check out the athsvicTV YouTube page over the next couple of days: www.youtube.com/user/athsvictv
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