Head-to-head battles galore at AV Knockout Final

Some of Victoria’s best athletes will go head-to-head at AV Knockout Final this Saturday at Lakeside Stadium.

Yarra Rangers promising sprint hurdler Lateisha Willis will be one watch in the women’s under 16 90 metres hurdles.

Willis will look to maintain her perfect winning record this season, with Box Hills Emily Bertacco and Ringwood’s Jasmine Rowe the most likely to cause an upset.

Ringwood’s Danielle Shaw will have taken plenty of confidence from running a personal best and world youth qualifying standard of 13.53 seconds in the 100 metres hurdles at the ACT State Championships two weeks ago.

The 2014 Australian All Schools 100m hurdles champion will be focused on securing the required second qualifying standard to go one step closer to selection for the IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Columbia from the 15-19 July.

Shaw’s closest rival in the women’s 100m hurdles Celeste Mucci is hoping to overcome an injury sustained at last month’s Simplot Games in Idaho, USA to make the start line.

2015 Victorian 200 metres champion Monica Brennan will be eyeing the 100/200 metres sprint double in preparation for this month’s Australia Athletics Championship in Brisbane from 26-28 March.

Out of the ranked athletes Old Xaverians Calum Dean will be hard to beat with a ranking best of 15.18 metres.

Athletics Chilwell invite athlete Ned Weatherly will be out to close in on the world youth qualifying distance of 19.21 metres.

Off the back of winning the under 18 400 metre hurdles at the 2015 Queensland Junior Championships, Harrison Kimpton-Moss has signalled he will be chasing the world youth qualifying standard of 52.22 seconds this weekend.

In the women’s open 400 metres hurdles all three Victorian championship placegetters from last weekend will feature; Athletics Essendon’s Victorian champion Caitlin Hawks will be hotly chased by Glenhuntly pair Ashleigh Horrobin and Emily Mclean.

The open men’s 400 metres hurdles will be an interesting encounter after Old Xaverians Adrian Sanfilippo came home as an outsider to win the Victorian title in a personal best of 53.66 seconds over the weekend.

With Sanfilippo set to miss the AV Knockout Final, Doncaster quartet Wesley Spargo, Alexander Di Medio, Cameron Blair and Tom Robertson will be focused on podium clean sweep.

Athletics Essendon’s Alwyn Jones will be one to watch in the men’s open triple jump. The 2014 Commonwealth Games representative produced a season’s best 16.22 metres to win the state title and will be eyeing off the 2015 IAAF World Championship qualifying standard of 16.90 metres.

As was the case at the Victorian championships, Wyndham Track & Field jumper Mitchell Fontaine will be the most likely to produce an upset win at the AV Knockout Final.

Reigning Australian and Victorian 400 metres champion Morgan Mitchell should make easy work of the ‘A’ final at AV Knockout.

Mitchell (53.34 seconds) came home strong at the recent Victorian championship to hold off Tasmanian Samantha Lind (53.67 seconds) and the second Victorian across the line Jessica Gulli (53.67 seconds).

Ruyton pole vaulter Phillipa Hajdasz in the last fortnight has secured two world youth qualifying standards of 3.95 metres and will once again go up against Box Hill’s Olivia Carah at AV Knockout Final after the pair in the above order took gold and silver at the Victorian championships.

Commonwealth Games pole vault representative Joel Pocklington will head into the weekends competition as the highest ranked athlete with 5.00 metres and will be hoping to improve on last weekend’s Victorian championships where he failed to record a height.

With Box Hill’s Flavien Basson not competing invite athlete and Victorian championship silver medalist Max Mishchenko will provide strong completion for Pocklington.

Off the back of Knox athlete Tristan Robinson running 47.51 seconds in stacked men’s 400m final at the Victorian open championships there will interest as he faces off with Bellarine athlete Jayden Barmby who tops the AV Rankings with a best of 47.85 seconds.

Barmby also featured in ‘A’ final at the Victorian championship, finishing eighth in 48.71 seconds.

Key information:
Where? Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park (Google Map)
When? Saturday 7 March 2015
Timetable: Provisional (as at 3.03.2015)
Event Page: http://athsvic.org.au/event/201415-av-knockout-final/