Hockey, Patterson and Hall shine at Victorian Milers Meet 3

Middle distance pair Isaac Hockey (3:46.49) and Ryan Patterson (3:46.89) delivered IAAF world u/20 championships 1500m qualification standards on a night that attracted over 400 athletes to Victorian Milers Club Meet 3 (AV Knockout Round 2) at Box Hill Athletics Track.

The men’s A race produced 10 times sub 3:50 minutes with line honours going to St Kevins Peter Bol in 3:44.93 minutes ahead of Ringwood’s Tom Fawthorpe (3:44.95) and Hockey rounding out the top three.

In the women’s A 1500m race Victorian 5000m champion Linden Hall was in a class of her own, stopping the clock at 4:12.64 minutes. Hall’s time was faster than any Victorian woman has run to win the Open Victorian 1500m championships. New Zealander Anne McKenzie ran 4:10 to win in 1985, but the fastest Victorian win was by Anne Cross with a 4:12.67 in 1990.

In the same race, Athletics Essendon’s Lauren Ryan (4:22.50) smashed her personal best to come close to the IAAF world u/20 championships 1500m qualification standard of 4:21.8 minutes and finished second. Rounding out the top three was Frankston’s Gemma Maini in 4:24.29 minutes.

Box Hill’s Sarah Billings also came close to an IAAF world u/20 championships 800m with a time of 2:07.52 minutes. Sandringhams Rosie Kelly took out the women’s A 800m race in a time of 2:05.48 minutes.