Thirteen New Athletes Added To Gold Coast Relay Program

Athletics Australia has bolstered its Gold Coast GOLD Relay Program today, with 13 new athletes extended the offer of membership as the 2018 Commonwealth Games fast approach.

Proudly supported by Commonwealth Games Australia, membership to the program ensures enhanced daily training environment and medical support for the nation’s best sprinters as they prepare to stake their claim for nomination to the Australian Commonwealth Games Team.

“The Gold Coast GOLD Relay Program has been made possible thanks to the continued support of Commonwealth Games Australia. We are very appreciative of their continued contribution to athletics,” Alison Campbell, Acting High Performance Director at Athletics Australia, said.

“Their investment ensures Athletics Australia’s ability to be able to provide the best possible environment for relay preparation and success at Gold Coast 2018, with the Program in the coming 12 months to feature multiple opportunities for athletes to train and develop their relay prowess together.”

Nick Andrews (NSW), Aaron Bresland (WA), Rohan Browning (NSW) and Olivia Tauro (NSW) have been added to the men’s 4x100m and women’s 4x400m relay squads after their contribution to green and gold success at the IAAF World Relays last month.

While Australian 100m record holder Melissa Breen (ACT), joins the women’s 4x100m team of seven alongside Commonwealth Youth Games team members Riley Day (Qld) and Ella Connolly (Qld).

Rounding out the expanded squads are a mix of Australia’s best young sprinters including Christian Davis (Vic, 4x400m), Jackson Collett (NSW, 4x400m), Daniel Mowen (Qld, 4x400m), Maddie Coates (Vic, 4x100m), Mia Gross (Vic, 4x100m) and Bendere Oboya (NSW, 4x400m).

Jodi Lambert and Adam Larcom will continue in their roles as Squad Coach, with Matt Beckenham to join the Program as coaching lead for the men’s 4x400m relay.

“The outstanding results we saw in Nassau from the men’s 4x100m and women’s 4x400m relays indicates the performances that result from the establishment of a high performance culture and a commitment to relay running from athletes and their personal coaches. It is our intention to make every effort to extend this success across the other teams, with a sound mix of youth and experience providing opportunities for development of young athletes via mentoring that is led by our most senior charges,” Campbell said.

The men’s 4x100m relay team have been invited to compete at the London (GBR) instalment of the IAAF Diamond League in July, while the women’s 4x400m relay teams will next come together at the IAAF World Championships Preparation Camp in Tonbridge (GBR).

Membership to the Gold Coast GOLD Relay Program will be reviewed in September 2017, with domestic preparation opportunities to follow in early 2018 as the Commonwealth Games approach.

M 4x100m Relay: Nick Andrews (NSW), Aaron Bresland (WA), Rohan Browning (NSW), Tom Gamble (Qld), Jack Hale (Tas), Alex Hartmann (Qld), Trae Williams (Qld), Josh Clarke (NSW)*

M 4x400m Relay: Alex Beck (Qld), Jackson Collett (NSW), Christian Davis (Vic), Daniel Mowen (Qld), Steven Solomon (NSW), Luke Stevens (Vic)

W 4x100m Relay: Brianna Beahan (WA), Melissa Breen (ACT), Maddison Coates (Vic), Riley Day (Qld), Mia Gross (Vic), Sally Pearson (Qld), Ash Whittaker (Vic)

W 4x400m Relay: Ella Connolly (Qld), Caitlin Jones (QLd), Morgan Mitchell (Vic), Ella Nelson (NSW), Bendere Oboya (NSW), Anneliese Rubie (NSW), Olivia Tauro (NSW), Jessica Thornton (NSW), Lauren Wells (ACT)

*program involvement commences in September 2017


Courtesy: Athletics Australia

Credit: Cody Lynch

Kathryn Mitchell Throws A London Qualifier

Kathryn Mitchell (Vic) looks set to compete in her third world championships team after producing a London 2017 qualifying throw of 63.23m at the Golden Grand Prix meet in the Japanese city of Kawasaki on Sunday.

The Rio Olympic finalist produced her best throw since August last year to place second behind Chinese athlete Shiying Liu.

Well over the 61.40m qualifying standard required, Mitchell is relieved with the performance but admits it is still below her best.

“I have a lot of work to do,” Mitchell said.

“It was great to get the qualification mark out of the way, but I’m actually not in that great shape at the moment.”

Mitchell has recently been preparing in China where training has been a “hard environment, both physically and mentally”.

“I think the level [of competition] is on the way up and 63 metres won’t guarantee a good place in the top meetings. I would like to step up a level this year.”

If, as expected, she is selected for the team that will travel to London in August it would mean the 34-year-old would effectively become Australia’s eldest female field athlete to compete at a world championships.

Though it’s a statistic Mitchell isn’t likely to get caught up in.

“I am enjoying the best years of my career, albeit a decade late!” Mitchell said.

“I still believe in achieving big things so while I can… I hope I can inspire persistence for younger athletes who may think things will turn out just as they imagine.

“Age is just a number, is it not?”

Mitchell is likely to join fellow javelin thrower Kelsey-Lee Roberts (ACT) in London after she secured her spot on the team by taking out the Australian Athletics Championships earlier this year.

Set to travel to the United States for the Eugene Diamond League this coming weekend, Mitchell will then head to Germany to base herself in Jena, where Olympic gold medallist Thomas Rohler (GER) is based.

In the men’s javelin at Kawasaki, London-bound Tasmanian Hamish Peacock threw 80.13m to finish 5th in a competition that was taken out by Rohler with a 86.55m throw.

In other results from Japan, Brandon Starc (NSW) cleared 2.25m in the high jump for the first time since July last year to finish in 6th place. Although it wasn’t the 2.30m he requires for world championship team selection, the jump signalled a long-awaited return to competition for the 23-year-old who recently undertook ankle surgery.

On the track, Rio Olympic semi-finalist Jenny Blundell (NSW) missed out on a world championships qualifier by less than a second in the women’s 1500m, running third in 4:07.72, while Brittany McGowan (Qld) has returned to competition after a lengthy stint on the sidelines due to injury to record 4:12.28 and finish in 5th place.

Four-time national champion James Nipperess (NSW) recorded a season’s best of 8:40.29 in the 3000m steeplechase, not far outside the 8:32.00 qualifying standard he was chasing. Stewart McSweyn (Tas) finished just behind in 8th place with 8:44.66.

Elsewhere, James Gurr (NSW) ran 1:48.98 to place 5th in the men’s 800m, while Naa Anang (Qld) jumped 6.32m in her first overseas long jump competition this season.


Courtesy: Athletics Australia

Athletics Victoria Target Talent Program – Session 1 – Wrap

The first of Athletics Victoria’s 2017 Target Talent Program days kicked off to a flying start on Saturday at Lakeside Stadium.

The day saw over 100 athletes and coaches take part in a series of event specific coaching, lead by our Team of AVTTP State Coaches. Sessions varied from event specific technical coaching, training and testing, to discussions around winter training loads and injury management.

The day continued with two education sessions – ‘Complete Clean’, presented by Athletics Australia’s Integrity Unit Education Officer – Lynda Gusbeth and ‘Making the most of your Support Team’, presented by AVTTP State Coaches Warren Hill and Steve Cain. Athletes where taken through a step-by-step guide to ASADA and the importance of competing clean, along with the benefits of forming and knowing how to get the most out of your personal Support Team.

The day was capped off with lunch, followed by a guest appearance by athlete and coach duo, Brooke and Russell Stratton. With the assistance of guest interviewer, Sean Whipp. Brooke and Russell openly shared their pathway from grass roots athletics, all the way to an Olympic final in Rio 2016. It was such a wonderful opportunity for our AVTTP athletes and coaches to discover the making of a champion athlete, along with an honest account of the highs and lows of being an elite athlete and competing on the world stage.

Athletics Victoria would like to take this opportunity to thank our guest throws coach, Mike Edwards, Brooke and Russell Stratton, the AVTTP State Coaching Team, our AVTTP athletes and coaches, parents and helpers for your contributions and attendance. We very much look forward to welcoming back our AVTTP athletes and coaches to the next session, which has been scheduled in June.

Please follow the link to learn more about the Athletics Victoria’s Target Talent Program.

XCR Schools – Albert Park Road Relays – Wrap

To say we’ve been lucky with the weather so far during the XCR Schools season would be an understatement!

On Saturday (20th May) Albert Park played host to what is generally regarded as one of the fastest ‘cross country’ courses in Victoria. Schools from across the state descended on Formula 1 heartland with determination and hunger to be crowned 2017 Road Relay Champions.

The first event of the day was the Girl’s U14 / U16 and Boy’s U14 /U16 – 4 x 2km relay.  Ruyton Girls’ Schools team #1 (Aisha Kasaby, Lottie Calhaem, Ruby Schultz and Dee Dee Deng) were a cut above the rest, finishing just ahead of Wesley College (2nd place – 34:14) with a time of 00:34:03. In the U16 Division, it was Maribyrnong College who just managed to edge out Wesley College, in what was very tight contest throughout the whole race. Yara Taylor finished with the fastest time for the morning, crossing the line in 7:59, with her teammates Bianca Puglisi, Georgia Muller and Janae Mackrell all posting exceptional times as well. the Boy’s U14 Division saw Haileybury College team #1 featuring Tom Wilcock, Charlie Rogers, Xavier Scott and Declan Mankoita, take out the top prize with a time of 31:02. Kunyung Primary School weren’t far off, fishing just over a minute behind with a time of 32:09. Up an age group, and it was Haileybury College (Romin Kodikara, Harrison Scott, Sam Bunnage and Nikolaj Djordevic) who again (by the smallest of margins) secured first position with a time of 28:30. Peninsula Grammar were only 8 seconds behind!

The second event of the day was the Girl’s U18 / U20 and Boy’s U18 / U20 – 4 x 3km relay. Wesley College were again dominant throughout the whole race, snatching gold from Sacre Coeur with a time of 43:47. Sophie O’Sullivan who ran anchor, finished with the fastest time for her age group in 10:36. Her teammates Meg Oakley-Kerr (10:43) and Tea Wittey ( 10:50) both cracked the 11 minute mark as well, with Juliet McBerney finishing in 11:38. Up in the U20 Division, it was Methodist Ladies’ College (Holly Hart, Louise Ton, Christienne Ashton and Amy Riuse) who were far too strong, crossing the line 3 minutes ahead of their rivals in Caulfield Grammar. Over in the Boy’s U18 Division saw Wesley College back on the winners podium, after showing a solid display of running, with Kang Nyoak leading the charge with a time of 8:41, and his teammates Seamus Graham, Ed Marks and Adam Spencer all posting quality times. However, it was James Lightfoot (Carey Grammar) who posted the fastest 3km for the morning (including the U20 Division) with a time of 8:36. Peninsula Grammar have always been solid when it comes to athletics, and on Saturday it was no different with their U20 team narrowly beating Trinity Grammar by only 5 seconds. Jessie Dunsmore, Dylan Burrows, Lackie Enno and James Paton all put in brilliant performances, with Jessie posting the quickest time in 8:45.

A huge congratulations to all schools who competed on the day. The atmosphere was electric, and the racing was at an all time high. We can’t wait to see everyone at the Victorian All Schools Cross Country Championships out at Bundoora on Saturday 17th June.

For a list of full results click here.

Cathy Freeman Appointed as GC2018 Ambassador

Legendary Australian sprinter Cathy Freeman OAM became the sixth official Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Ambassador in Brisbane today.

The announcement was made by Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation Chairman, Peter Beattie AC and Premier of Queensland, the Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP at a public event in the Queensland capital.

Speaking with rising sprint star Riley Day at the media event, Freeman was excited to be a public face for the Games after an extended period in the background of Australian athletics.

“The Commonwealth Games provided special moments for me as an athlete and to be involved in GC2018 as an ambassador at this time is exciting,” Freeman said.

“I know the excitement and pressures of competing in an Olympic Games on home soil. It was an amazing period in my life and Sydney 2000 was a special moment for sport in Australia and I can only imagine the Gold Coast will provide the similar experience for the current group of Australian athletes,” she added.

Freeman became a global household name after her historic 400m gold medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games which 17 years on is still regarded as one of Australia’s most significant sporting achievements and an iconic Olympic moment.

The first female Aboriginal athlete to win gold at a Commonwealth Games, at Auckland 1990 at age 16, Freeman announced herself as one of the world’s best in 1994 when she won gold in both the 200m and 400m at the Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada.

She retired from international competition in 2003 and founded the Cathy Freeman Foundation in 2007 to help broaden horizons and inspire Indigenous students to experience their full potential in school. Freeman has also played a mentor role for some of Australia’s best athletes, including 400m champion Morgan Mitchell.

The Olympic and Commonwealth Games gold medallist joins Sally Pearson OAM, Cameron McEvoy, Anna Meares OAM, Laura Geitz and Kurt Fearnley OAM as a welcome member of the GC2018 Ambassador family.

Commonwealth Games Australia CEO Craig Phillips was delighted with the appointment of Freeman as an ambassador.

“Cathy has a proud Commonwealth Games history and it’s only fitting she is involved with GC2018,” Phillips said.

“The Commonwealth Games marked her arrival on the international sporting stage in 1994 and was the launch pad for one of Australia’s greatest sporting stories. More than anyone, Cathy understands the unique opportunity of being able to compete at a home games, in front of a home crowd.”

Freeman is the sixth of a select group of high-profile figures who will assist GOLDOC with the promotion of the 4-15 April 2018 Games to Australia and the rest of the world.

To mark the occasion, Freeman was presented with a commemorative surfboard – an iconic keepsake of the Gold Coast lifestyle.

GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie was delighted to welcome one of Australia’s greatest ever sportspeople to represent the Games.

“Cathy holds a special place in all Australian hearts; she embodies the Commonwealth spirit and is a welcome addition to the GC2018 family.

“The appointment of Cathy as a GC2018 Ambassador comes at an important time for the Games as we approach the end of the ticket request phase next Monday 22 May. I encourage fans all over Australia to request tickets for the best chance to secure their place at the biggest event Australia will see this decade.”

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Courtesy: Athletics Australia

XCR Schools – Albert Park Road Relays – Preview

We’re back for XCR Schools tomorrow at the notoriously quick Albert Park course, where athletes will use the Formula 1 pit lanes as inspiration to fun fast! As it stands Mercellin College, Haileybury College, St Kevin’s College, Wesley College and Trinity Grammar School make up the top five for the Men’s Division. In the Women’s Division, it’s Ruyton Girls’ School, Wesley College, Melbourne Girls Grammar, Haileybury College and Caulfield Grammar School who are sitting comfortably in that top five position.

Going into tomorrow’s competition, there will be a lot of quality athletes out on the track. In the Under 18 Women’s Division, Sophie O’Sullivan (Wesley) was a clear standout at Jells Park, recording a time of 14:28 which happened to be the quickest of the day for her age group. Sophie was also at her best at this year’s Australian Athletics Championships up in Sydney! Her fellow teammate Meg Oakley-Kerr will also be one to watch. Meg was not far off Sophie’s 14:28 at Jells, posting the second fastest time in 14:44. If Wesley roll into tomorrow with the same team they will certainly be the one to beat.

Up a Division for the Under 20 Women, it’ll be Caulfield Grammar who will go in as favourites. Georgie MacDonald was a class above the rest at Jells, handing the baton over in the fastest time for her age group with a time of 14:15. Heidi Demeo (Sacred Heart College) was part of a third placing team at Jells, and will no doubt be wanting an event better result, along with teammate Gabby Deller who recorded the second fastest time in 14:57.

Over in the Men’s Draw, for the Under 18’s it will be Adam Spencer leading his Wesley teammates to hopefully another win. Adam recorded a time of 12:17 at Jells, which was the fastest for this age group. Ed Marks wasn’t too far off, with a time of 12:28. Having Adam and Ed running as 3 & 4 is definitely a deadly combination, and they’ll be looking at another first place finish. St Kevin’s finished under a minute behind Wesley at Jells, and will go in hungry to get one back on them. Josh Collins and Matthew Hussy were both standouts for ‘Skevs’ both cracking the thirteen minute mark with times of 12:50 and 12:55 respectively.

The Men’s Under 20 Division at Jells Park was won convincingly by Trinity Grammar School who were two minutes faster than their rivals in Marcellin College and Melbourne High School. Tristan Day and Tom Sellwood were standouts for Trinity both posting sub-thirteen minute times. Although, it was Yaun Chow Lui from Melbourne High who had the quickest time for the day, handing over the baton in 12:23. With nothing separating 2nd, 3rd and 4th places at Jells, tomorrow’s podium finish could be anyone’s.

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We’ll be on the ground with our social media in full swing. That means Facebook and Instagram! So if you have your phone with you and you’re taking photos or recording videos, make sure you tag @athleticsvictoria and use the hashtag #XCRSCHOOLS. We want everyone to be connected at what is going to be an awesome day of competition!!!


Weather forecast:

Clearing showers with a top of 19 degrees. There will be a 20% chance of any rain (it won’t happen). However, if it does, expect there to be under a mil, so best leave your umbrella at home. UV index will be hovering around the low mark, but if you have fair skin it might be a good idea to chuck on some sunscreen. The is zero chance of there being a frost risk, which is great news. Wind speed and direction will be around 17km/h and hitting Albert Park from a NNE direction. And finally the relative humidity will be sitting around 90%, but will cooler temperatures, it doesn’t really mean anything.


Car parking:

Car parking is available in the allocated parking area only. These are located along Aughtie Dr, Canterbury Rd and surrounding streets. Please click here for a Car Parking Map. Areas highlighted in orange are all available parking areas.
Please Note: This is a ticketed carpark and will require a ticket to park in designated areas.

There is strictly no parking in the parkland area. Athletics Victoria is not responsible for any parking tickets that may be issued.

#XCRSCHOOLS

London World Qualifiers Update

Five years after the 2012 Olympic Games, the athletics world is ready once again to focus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium as London plays host to the 2017 IAAF World Championships from 4-13 August.

For an elite athlete to qualify for the world championships, they must satisfy the criteria as outlined by Athletics Australia, which includes equalling for bettering a nominated qualifying time, distance or height. For more information on qualification, click here.

As it stands, 16 women and 12 men have achieved qualifying standards in the track, field and walks disciplines with an additional 15 women and 6 men in the marathon events.

The initial list of confirmed athletes bound for London was announced after the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships and includes a mix of experienced world championship talent and exciting young athletes hungry for a taste of elite global competition.

Headlining the current team is 2011 100m hurdles world champion Sally Pearson (Qld), who made a triumphant return to the Australian athletic scene following a lengthy time on the sidelines due to injury.

Running 12.75 (w: +1.6) in the heats of the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships, the London 2012 Olympic champion was unmatched in the final where she crossed the line in wind-assisted 12.53 (w: +2.3) to win her eighth national crown.

Pearson’s time in the heat was her best run since the Doha Diamond League in the days before her season ending wrist injury in 2015, with her final result her fastest performance since winning silver at the Moscow 2013 IAAF World Championships.

Joining Pearson on the plane will be fellow world championships gold medallist Dani Stevens (NSW, nee Samuels) in the discus. Stevens is having one of her most consistent seasons to date, with her performance at the NSW Open Championships her second best of her career reaching 66.78m.

Just last weekend, Stevens further proved her good form when she finished just 50cm behind two-time Olympic champion Sandra Perkovic (CRO) at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Shanghai (CHN).

Rio 2016 medallists Jared Tallent (SA) and Dane Bird-Smith (Qld) will be two of six walkers set to don the green and gold in the 50km and 20km race walks in London. Tallent, who already has three world championships medals to his name (50km walk silver in Daegu 2011 and Beijing 2015, bronze in 2013 Moscow), will return to the Mall in London, the scene of his gold-medal winning 50km walk performance at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Long jumper Fabrice Lapierre (NSW) grabbed the silver medal at the 2015 world championships and will head to London ready to go up against with a very competitive field that will push his limits. Jumping a windy 8.50m (+4.4) at the Longhorn Invitational, Lapierre’s form has been up and down in 2017, but will be targeting the finals in an unpredictable field inside the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium this August.

After falling just 0.01 of a second short of the Olympic final in Rio last year, 200m sprinter Ella Nelson (NSW) is ready for revenge and will head to the London World Championships with making the top-8 in the world her goal.

23-year-old Nelson showcased her ability when she dipped under the 23.10 qualifying time at the SUMMERofATHS Grand Prix with 23.00 (+1.5), but will be eyeing off her PB time of 22.50 when she heads to London later this August.

Tasmanian javelin thrower Hamish Peacock is also named in the team, and will be supported in the throwing events by 24-year-old Olympic finalist Damien Birkinhead (Vic) in the men’s shotput and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Kelsey Lee-Roberts (ACT) in the javelin.

Three-time Australian 400m champion Morgan Mitchell (Vic) is London bound after securing three qualifiers to date, including a fast time of 51.65 seconds at the SUMMERofATHS Grand Prix this year.

Kurtis Marschall (SA) is set to get his first taste of world championships competition after the 20-year-old cleared 5.70m at the South Australian state championships this year, while female vaulter Nina Kennedy (WA) jumped 4.55m at the WA championships to see her place in the team.

Heading to her fourth world championships, Lauren Wells (ACT) will be looking to reach the final for the first time in her career after reaching the semi-finals three times previously.

At the 2017 IAAF World Relays Australia’s men’s 4x100m team and the women’s 4x400m secured their entry to London with both Aussie teams making the final in the Bahamas.

Decathlete Cedric Dubler (Qld) also finds himself London-bound after his performance at the 2016 Australian Championships granted him entry on the team.

Patrick Tiernan (Qld) clocked 27:29.81 in the 10,000m at the Payton Jordan Invitational to highlight the 10,000m starter’s continuing form.

Rhydian Cowley (Vic) will compete in the men’s 20km walk, Chris Erickson (Vic) will tackle the 50km walk, while Regan Lamble (Vic) and Beki Smith (ACT) line up for the women’s 20km walk events.

Eloise Wellings (NSW) has her ticket to London booked when her Rio Olympic Games performance of 31:14.94 in the 10,000m ensures her start for the championships.

Other athletes who have gained qualifying marks since the initial team selection include steeplechaser Genevieve LaCaze (Vic) and Olympic 1500m finalist Ryan Gregson (Vic) who both ran the qualifying times at the Doha Diamond League meet earlier this month.

Similarly the Payton Jordan Invitational meet in Palo Alto (USA) was fruitful for Australian distance runners as Sam McEntee (Vic) grabbed the qualifying time in the 5000m, and Madeline Hills (NSW) ran a time of 31:41.10 in the 10,000m to make sure her name was in the mix for a London selection.

Lisa Weightman staked her claim in the women’s marathon, with a scintillating time at the London Marathon of 2:25.15, putting her among the top-3 fastest Australians ever over the distance.

In April, Athletics Australia also confirmed automatic selections for the 2017 World Para-Athletics Championships, with Paralympic Games gold medallists James Turner (NSW) and Scott Reardon (NSW) to join reigning world champions Isis Holt (Vic), Madison de Rozario (WA), Angela Ballard (NSW) and Todd Hodgetts (Vic) on entry lists for London 2017.

The cut-off date for qualification in the able-bodied track and field events is 21 July, while the Australian marathon athletes are set to be decided upon from 22 May, with final selections to be made shortly after.


Courtesy: Athletics Australia

ICYMI – Hall and Mitchell in Shanghai

Rio 2016 Olympians Linden Hall (Vic) and Jenny Blundell (NSW) joined Stevens on entry lists, with the middle-distance duo finishing side-by-side in the women’s 1500m in 4:07.59 and 4:07.72 respectively.

Frustrated by the messiness of the race and because she missed the London 2017 qualifier, Hall was happy to be racing again after a stint of training as she prepares for the Prefontaine Classic, where she ran 4:01.78 last year.

“It was great to be racing again, I love racing and was certainly starting to get tired of just training. It’s always exciting to come to big meets and rub shoulders with the top athletes and being out there today has got me excited for what’s to come,” Hall said.

“The race was frustrating though, no one went with the pace and it ended up being quite erratic and messy through the first half. I’m not happy with the result, my minimum goal tonight was the London qualifier and to miss by such a small margin is annoying.

“I’ve got the Pre Classic in a few weeks, so hopefully I can get it done there. It’s my favourite track in the world.”

Competing in the women’s 400m, the Australian one-lap champion Morgan Mitchell (Vic) clocked 52.23 to place 8th, as Shaunae Miller-Uibo (BAH) set a world lead of 49.77 to open her season.

 

Courtesy – Athletics Australia

XCR’17 – Wandin Park Cross Country – Wrap

An amazing day out at Wandin Park saw some amazing performances on what was an extremely tough course.

Standout performances in the Men’s Open Division:

  • Andrew Buchanan (Bendigo) sat back on the first 4km lap then forged away on the second to set up a good lead ahead of Nick Earl. Ended up winning comfortably with a time of 26:05. It’s the first time a Division 5 athlete has won a Victorian Championships.
  • Veteran Nick Earl (MUAC) was solid all day and looks to be in really good form off the back of wining Puffing Billy’s Great Train Race. Was with Andrew for the majority of the race but couldn’t stick with him at the final stages. Crossed the line in second place with a time of 26:30.
  • Dejen Gebreselassie (Mentone) was running in his first ever Athletics Victoria XCR event and looked as if he had been there plenty of times before. Put in an exceptionally good performance and finished up in third place with a time of 26:35.

Standout performances in the Women’s Open Division:

  • Anna Kelly (South Melbourne) had an interesting battle. There were four in contention for the majority of the race, but with 2km to go, Anna made a break and continued to push towards the finish line. First breakthrough Victorian Championship with a time of 21:57.
  • Alexandra Patterson (Old Xaverians) backed up really well from winning the Sydney 10 a week prior. Looked really poised for the whole race and finished in second place with a time of 22:07.
  • Karinna Fyfe (Glenhuntly) has been a very reliable runner over many years, and it was no different at Wandin. Looked in really good form for the whole race and stuck with Alexandra right to the end. Rounded out the top three with a time of 22:09.

Click here for a list of full results.


We look forward to seeing everyone at Cruden Farm for our Round 3 Heritage competition.


If you missed out on entering Wandin Park Cross Country, you still have plenty of time to get entered into Cruden Farm. Make sure you head to the Athletics Victoria Members Portal to ensure you don’t miss out again! Closing date for Cruden is Wednesday 24th May – 12pm (midday).


How to enter into an XCR’17 event:

  • Head to athsvic.org.au
  • Click on Members Portal on the top right of your computer screen.
  • Or click on event page (XCR).
  • Click on the specific event you wish to enter (eg. Wandin Park Cross Country).
  • Click the ‘enter now’ tab.
  • If you have a current profile with Athletics Victoria please enter your login details. If you have forgotten your login details, contact Athletics Victoria on (03) 8646 4500. Please do not create a separate account.
  • Once in the Athletics Victoria Members Portal, select your age group from the available event(s).
  • Once selected, click add to cart.
  • Click ‘go to cart’ to make payment, or click ‘continue shopping’ if you wish to enter further events.

If you have clicked ‘go to cart’…

  • Check the information you have entered is correct.
  • If satisfied with all the information, click ‘check out’.
  • Follow the prompts and click ‘next’ on the order summary.
  • Make sure you tick the terms and conditions box to proceed to the payment screen.
  • Click ‘next’ on payment screen (billing screen).
  • Enter your credit card details and click ‘continue’.
  • Your order will be processed and a confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with your account.
  • If you do not receive an email, please contact Athletics Victoria on (03) 8646 4500.

If you have clicked ‘continue shopping’…

  • Click on the ‘events tab’ situated at the top of your computer screen.
  • Select the event you wish to enter by clicking on the register button which is situated on the far-right column.
  • Select the event you wish to compete in and select your age group.

Please note: If you have purchased a Max Package and/or XCR Package you are automatically entered into each of the XCR rounds for the 2017 season.

This step-by-step entering guide is for those who haven’t purchased a Max Package and/or XCR Package and are completing individual entries.

How to purchase a package…

  • Login to the Athletics Victoria Members Portal.
  • Click on ‘events tab’ situated at the top of your computer screen.
  • Select the package you wish to purchase.
  • Select your specific age group from the drop-down menu.
  • Click ‘add to cart’.
  • If satisfied with all the information, click ‘check out’.
  • Follow the prompts and click ‘next’ on the order summary.
  • Make sure you tick the terms and conditions box to proceed to the payment screen.
  • Click ‘next’ on payment screen (billing screen).
  • Enter your credit card details and click ‘continue’.
  • Your order will be processed and a confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with your account.
  • If you do not receive an email, please contact Athletics Victoria on (03) 8646 4500.

ENTERING A RELAY EVENT

Your club is responsible for entering teams. Please ensure you notify Team Managers of your eligibility if you have completed your membership and purchased one of the following packages:

  • 2017 Max Package
  • XCR’17 Package
  • XCR’17 Relay Package

Please note: For athletes to be eligible to compete and score points for their team, they must be registered with Athletics Victoria and approved by their club with one of the above packages purchased no later than 12pm (midday) the Wednesday before the Saturday/Sunday event.

How to purchase a package…

  • Login to the Athletics Victoria Members Portal.
  • Click on ‘events tab’ situated at the top of your computer screen.
  • Select the package you wish to purchase.
  • Select your specific age group from the drop-down menu.
  • Click ‘add to cart’.
  • If satisfied with all the information, click ‘check out’.
  • Follow the prompts and click ‘next’ on the order summary.
  • Make sure you tick the terms and conditions box to proceed to the payment screen.
  • Click ‘next’ on payment screen (billing screen).
  • Enter your credit card details and click ‘continue’.
  • Your order will be processed and a confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with your account.
  • If you do not receive an email, please contact Athletics Victoria on (03) 8646 4500

Make sure you remember to tag @athleticsvictoria in all your photos throughout the season 🙂

#XCR17

XCR’17 – Round 2 – Wandin Park – Preview

This Saturday we’re back at Wandin Park for what is sure to be a cracking day of competition. The weather is looking stunning which will no doubt play into some exceptional performances and fast times. Again we have an increase of competitors from last year which shows the strength of the XCR competition and the enthusiasm each athlete has for the sport of cross-country. For those who are competing for the first time, Wandin Park is situated an hour east of the Melbourne’s CBD. The course offers undulating hills and a breathtaking backdrop of the Victorian countryside which will offer value to both participant and spectator.

With a stacked field entered, it’s could be anyone’s race. However, there are a few familiar faces entered, who have had exceptional XCR careers and continue to dominate nationally and internationally.

In the Men’s Open Division, Rio Olympian Liam Adams (Essendon) will be lining up for the second time after finishing with his team in sixth position at Jells Park. Liam will be a serious contender to take out the top individual prize. Veteran Nick Earl (MUAC) has had a great start to the season, finishing with his teammates in third place at Jells Park before going on to win Puffing Billy’s Great Train Race. Will Potter (Box Hill) was involved with the winning Men’s Division 1 team at Jells Park and will no doubt be looking to add an individual title to his name at Wandin tomorrow.

In the Women’s Open Division the usual suspects in Gemma Maini (Frankston), Anna Kelly (South Melbourne) and Virginia Moloney (Collingwood) will be jostling it out for bragging rights of the first individual event of the year. Gemma has started the year off exceptionally well, taking out Puffing Billy’s Great Train Race, and finishing third (whilst being the quickest in her team) at the Jells Park relays. Anna seems to be in great form after her team finished in fifth position at Jells Park, and also submitting the second fastest time of the day in 20.51. Virginia has been at the top of the game for a while, and it was no exception out at Jells Park as she found herself passing over the baton in the fastest time for the day (20.32), which went a long way in securing her team’s second place finish. It’s fair to say that Wandin Park will go down to the wire…


Forecast:

Early morning fog, becoming sunny with a top temperature of 17 degrees. There is 10% chance of rain (no way it’s going to happen) and the UV index is set to low (so no need to slip, slop, slap). For those who are considering whether to rug up, there is a slight chance of a frost risk, however we advise that you have all the appropriate clothing on standby just in case. It is Melbourne after all!  The wind is clocking in at a maximum of 8 km/h in a SSW direction – so for those of you living down the coast, that means it’s slightly onshore.  However there are some nice protected areas to get a fun surf in such as Spouts Creek.


If you missed out on entering Wandin Park Cross Country, you still have plenty of time to get entered into Cruden Farm. Make sure you head to the Athletics Victoria Members Portal to ensure you don’t miss out again! Closing date for Cruden is Wednesday 24th May – 12pm (midday).


How to enter into an XCR’17 event:

  • Head to athsvic.org.au
  • Click on Members Portal on the top right of your computer screen.
  • Or click on event page (XCR).
  • Click on the specific event you wish to enter (eg. Wandin Park Cross Country).
  • Click the ‘enter now’ tab.
  • If you have a current profile with Athletics Victoria please enter your login details. If you have forgotten your login details, contact Athletics Victoria on (03) 8646 4500. Please do not create a separate account.
  • Once in the Athletics Victoria Members Portal, select your age group from the available event(s).
  • Once selected, click add to cart.
  • Click ‘go to cart’ to make payment, or click ‘continue shopping’ if you wish to enter further events.

If you have clicked ‘go to cart’…

  • Check the information you have entered is correct.
  • If satisfied with all the information, click ‘check out’.
  • Follow the prompts and click ‘next’ on the order summary.
  • Make sure you tick the terms and conditions box to proceed to the payment screen.
  • Click ‘next’ on payment screen (billing screen).
  • Enter your credit card details and click ‘continue’.
  • Your order will be processed and a confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with your account.
  • If you do not receive an email, please contact Athletics Victoria on (03) 8646 4500.

If you have clicked ‘continue shopping’…

  • Click on the ‘events tab’ situated at the top of your computer screen.
  • Select the event you wish to enter by clicking on the register button which is situated on the far-right column.
  • Select the event you wish to compete in and select your age group.

Please note: If you have purchased a Max Package and/or XCR Package you are automatically entered into each of the XCR rounds for the 2017 season.

This step-by-step entering guide is for those who haven’t purchased a Max Package and/or XCR Package and are completing individual entries.

How to purchase a package…

  • Login to the Athletics Victoria Members Portal.
  • Click on ‘events tab’ situated at the top of your computer screen.
  • Select the package you wish to purchase.
  • Select your specific age group from the drop-down menu.
  • Click ‘add to cart’.
  • If satisfied with all the information, click ‘check out’.
  • Follow the prompts and click ‘next’ on the order summary.
  • Make sure you tick the terms and conditions box to proceed to the payment screen.
  • Click ‘next’ on payment screen (billing screen).
  • Enter your credit card details and click ‘continue’.
  • Your order will be processed and a confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with your account.
  • If you do not receive an email, please contact Athletics Victoria on (03) 8646 4500.

ENTERING A RELAY EVENT

Your club is responsible for entering teams. Please ensure you notify Team Managers of your eligibility if you have completed your membership and purchased one of the following packages:

  • 2017 Max Package
  • XCR’17 Package
  • XCR’17 Relay Package

Please note: For athletes to be eligible to compete and score points for their team, they must be registered with Athletics Victoria and approved by their club with one of the above packages purchased no later than 12pm (midday) the Wednesday before the Saturday/Sunday event.

How to purchase a package…

  • Login to the Athletics Victoria Members Portal.
  • Click on ‘events tab’ situated at the top of your computer screen.
  • Select the package you wish to purchase.
  • Select your specific age group from the drop-down menu.
  • Click ‘add to cart’.
  • If satisfied with all the information, click ‘check out’.
  • Follow the prompts and click ‘next’ on the order summary.
  • Make sure you tick the terms and conditions box to proceed to the payment screen.
  • Click ‘next’ on payment screen (billing screen).
  • Enter your credit card details and click ‘continue’.
  • Your order will be processed and a confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with your account.
  • If you do not receive an email, please contact Athletics Victoria on (03) 8646 4500

Make sure you remember to tag @athleticsvictoria in all your photos throughout the season 🙂

#XCR17

ICYMI – London Qualifiers Achieved

Courtesy – Athletics Australia


Ryan Gregson (Vic) and Patrick Tiernan (Qld) are London 2017 bound after ensuring their automatic selection in the men’s 1500m and men’s 10,000m respectively on a big day for Australian athletics across the globe.

Stopping the clock in a season best 3:34.56 behind winner Elijah Managoi (KEN, 3:31.90) at the IAAF Diamond League in Doha (QAT), Gregson’s performance alongside his Australian Athletics Championships gold medal is enough to deliver him a green and gold uniform.

“I am happy to have run the standard. I didn’t feel great. The jet lag coming from California had more of an impact than I had expected,” Gregson said.

“But I am sure the race will advance my next period of training and help me be more competitive in my next race at the Prefontaine Classic.”

Tiernan confirmed his selection at the renowned Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford (USA), crossing the line in a 10,000m personal best time of 27:29.81.

His outstanding run saw the Rio 2016 Olympian take line honours from Mo Ahmed (CAN) after a 58-second last lap, and challenge the national record of Ben St Lawrence (NSW).

Not to be outdone were Genevieve LaCaze (Vic), Sam McEntee (WA) and Madeline Hills (NSW), with the trio also recording IAAF World Championships qualifiers on track today.

Competing in the women’s 3000m steeplechase in Doha (QAT), LaCaze clocked a season best 9:37.10 to stake her claim after missing the Australian Athletics Championships through injury.

“At halfway I thought I could run very fast, but I did get very tired through the last 800m which I should maybe have expected after missing time with injury in March,” LaCaze said.

“At least now I am healthy, have the standard and can focus without distraction on my preparation for London.”

McEntee was the first Australian to qualifier at the Payton Jordan Invitational this afternoon, with the Rio 2016 Olympian crossing the line in a personal best 13:17.55 to place second behind Justyn Knight (USA, first, 13:57.51). The performance moves him to 8th on the Australian All-Time List.

Hills then followed with a stunning 31:41.10 in the women’s 10,000m. Crossing the line 7th, the performance smashes her previous personal best by more than a minute and sets her up to join Eloise Wellings (NSW) in the event at London 2017.

In other results from Round 1 of the IAAF Diamond League in Doha (QAT), the Australian javelin champion Hamish Peacock (Tas) threw 82.97m to place 6th behind the unbelievable Thomas Roehler (GER).

Roehler’s winning mark of 93.90m is the best for more than twenty years, a world lead for 2017, a German record, a Diamond League record and a meet record.

In other results from the Payton Jordan Invitational:

– Taking line honours in 15:22.36 to miss the London 2017 qualification standard by just 0.36 seconds, Heidi See (NSW) won the second heat of the women’s 5000m as Jack Rayner (Vic) ran a personal best 13:47.41 to win heat two of the men’s event.
– Steven Solomon (NSW) reigned supreme in the men’s one-lap race, clocking 46.13 to return to the track after winning the Australian 400m Championship in Sydney (NSW) last month.
– Abbey de la Motte (Tas) placed second in the second heat of the women’s 800m in a time of 2:04.12, with Lora Storey (NSW, 4th) and Georgia Griffith (Vic, 5th) clocking 2:04.85 and 2:05.11 in the same race.
– Anneliese Rubie (NSW) ran 2:04.56 for third in the third heat of the women’s 800m, with Sarah Billings (Vic) crossing the line in 2:07.17 in heat four.

The IAAF Diamond League now moves to Shanghai (CHN), with Fabrice Lapierre (NSW), Dani Stevens (NSW, nee Samuels) and Linden Hall (Vic) among the entries.