It was a busy three days of track and field at Lakeside Stadium for the Victorian Junior Championships 2016, over 1000 athletes, four IAAF world under 20 qualifying standards, two state records and numerous personal bests.
Here are our 10 talking points from the weekend…
- Kathryn Brooks is in the box seat to take the javelin automatic qualifying spot at junior nationals early next month in Perth. The Box Hill thrower produced consecutive world under-20 qualifying standards and won the Victorian title with a best of 51.06m.
- Ned Weatherly confirmed he is the man to beat in Perth after throwing 70.22m to win the Victorian under-20 hammer title, adding to his 70.84m mark in Adelaide late last year. Plenty more to come from the Frankston athlete in Perth.
- Danielle Shaw v Celeste Mucci in the under-20 hurdles will be a must watch at junior nationals, Shaw clinched the qualifying standard with a time of 13.85 sec on Day 3, a nail biting moment after a short delay, the official time rounded down to the magic number.
- Cameron Searle is a jet over 200m. The Athletics Essendon sprinter clocked 21.46 seconds in the under-18 final to claim the state title on Day 3 at Lakeside Stadium. The question is, will he step up to the under-20 age group at junior nationals and have a crack at the world u-20 qualifying standard of 21.34 seconds.
- Mietta Russell looks set for another big junior national’s campaign, last year in Sydney the under-14 athlete went home with three gold and a bronze, the Sandringham athlete on the weekend cleaned up in the under-15 ranks with gold in the long jump (5.28m), 90m hurdles (13.78), 200m (25.97) and silver in the triple jump (10.93) and 100m (12.64).
- Aaron Leferink dominated the under-16 age group with wins in the 100m (11.05 sec), 100m hurdles (13.21 sec) and 200m (22.56 sec) events and will be one to keep an eye on in Perth. The Sandringham athlete will be keen to improve on last year’s 100m and 200m silver medals in Sydney and add to the 100m hurdles victory he had in the under-15 ranks.
- Mia Gross made her presence felt over the weekend, claiming gold in the 100m (12.25 sec), 200m (24.89) and 400m (56.14) and will lead the way for the Big V in Perth next month.
- Lawson Power contended with tough conditions on Day 3 to post 47.76 seconds to win the 400m under-20 final ahead of Liam Procaccino (47.92). Power will head to the Canberra Track Classic this Saturday to line up against IAAF world youth finalist Louis Stenmark, hoping the sprinter friendly Canberra conditions steers him to the 47.33 sec qualification time.
- Lachlan Barber made the most of a fast starting 800m under-20 final to claim his second IAAF world under-20 qualification standard with a time of 1:49.26 min, driving the speed early was Ryan Patterson (1:52.24) and Barber moved clear Patterson with 80m to go to claim the state title.
- Louise Mendes broke her own Victorian under-18 hammer throw record with a distance of 57.05m and watched on as Stephanie Ratcliffe broke her under-17 record with a mark of 54.69m.
Download Victorian Junior Track & Field 2016 results here.
Congratulations to everyone that competed across the weekend. A big thank you to all the clubs and Victorian Officials that made the competition possible.
And, good luck to all the athlete competing at Australian Junior Athletics Championships from Tuesday 8 – Sunday 13 in Perth, Western Australia.
For those wishing the register please visit the event page here for more information. (Entries close at 5:00pm on Wednesday 17 February)