Everything and a whole lot more at the Vic Relay Champs this weekend

Every so often the planets align and all of the components that you need for a memorable Championship event come together. The State Relay Championships were ‘everything and a whole lot more’ with some stellar performances, some upsets, a Victorian Club record and a ‘dead heat’ in the Mens Open 4 x100m final.

The one thing that probably kept the day on track was the weather. Not only was Lakeside Stadium bathed in sunshine, the traditional swirling winds took a day off.

The day commenced with the 4 x 1500m across the 40 and 50+ age groups for Men & Womens, with wins to Box Hill (M50+), St Kevins (M40+) and Western Aths (W40+. For the first time in over 10 years, the Open Men and Women  competed in the 4 x 1500m with St Kevins taking the Mens title in a respectable 15.31.51 (Adam Pyke, Alex Rowe, Peter Bol and Luke Mathews). Athletics Essendon took out the Womens in 18.03.71 (Anna Kasapis, Emilie Guy, Emily Mizis and Charlotte Watson).

The Medley Relays were again timed finals across Mens and Womens U14 U16 and U18 with wins to Box Hill  (W16), Diamond Valley (MU16), Glenhuntly (WU18) and Old Scotch (MU18) who edged out Box Hill by four tenths of a second across the 1600 relay journey in 3.34.25.

In the Open Womens Medley Athletics Chillwell set the time of 4.11.07 with Amelia McGowan, Eliza Walsh, Abbey Badrock and Heidi Demeo (all of whom are still U20) to keep both St Kevins and Sandringham to the minor medals.   In the Mens Athletics Chillwell posted a favourable time of 3.30.85 only to be beaten by the experienced Athletics Nunawading quartet of Nathan Deslandes, Jarrod Michael Robinson, Tristan Robinson and Lachlan Mann.

The afternoon then lead into the preliminary rounds of the 4 x 400m with all age groups apart from the Open Men and Women heading to finals later that afternoon. The finals of the Open Womens and Mens 4 x 400m are held on the Zatopek 10 program which will be Thursday 14th December commencing at 6.30pm.

Running in separate heats, Athletics Essendon and Deakin took the first of two automatic qualifiers to the final wining Heat 1 and Heat 2 respectively. Essendon pitched a quality team with Stella McNamara, Linden Hall, Carline Higham and Jessie Andrew running 3.52.55 while in Heat 2 Deakin posted  3.52.36 (Lily Bayes, Cara Peake, Jessica Gulli-Nance and Mia Gross).  But it was Doncaster in Heat 3 that has set the bar for a competitive final with a time of 3.49.40 with Georgia Feben, Katherine Katsanevakis, Connor Gist, and Abbey del Motte.  Doncaster will remain short favourites for the Womens 4 x 400m Final and simply looked too good for the competition. Joining these Clubs in the Final will be Melbourne University, Box Hill, Sandringham, Old Melburians and Glenhuntly.

In the Mens Open Heats it was a battle of the youth versus experience with Geelong Guild winning Heat 1 with Lachlan McPherson, Josh Pedrisat, Jake Penny and Harvey Murrant with a 3.18.80. Heat 2 belonged to the experienced team from Doncaster with Wes Spargo, Liam Procaccino, Conrad Coumaros and Kevin Rassool posting 3.13.76 to qualify the fastest for the final.  The money will be on Doncaster to repeat their performance in the final and if so they will be hard to beat in 2017.  Old Melburnians,  St Kevins and Geelong Guild will fight it out for the minor medals and it will be any ones guess how they will fall. The remaining qualifiers are Old Xaverians, Athletics Nunawading, Athletics Essendon and Melbourne University.

But the race of the day in the 4 x 400m finals belonged to the Womens U16 Gold Medallist from Collingwood Harriers AC. Prior to the final there was some chatter around a potential Club record from this team although the Collingwood source was not overly confident until the girls hit the track. The team of Chiara Santiglia, Ellie McKenzie, Lucy Leutchford and Sunshine Spencer ran their own race and ran 3.58.33 (sub 60 secs for each runner) to break the 33 year old record set by Deakin in 1995.

The final of the Mens Open 4 x 100m relay was a show stopper and perhaps those words were too close to the truth with Doncaster and Old Melburians crossing the finish line together. The race was called a dead heat at 41.38 secs after neither Will Johns (OLM) and Kyle Niccolussi (DON) could be separated by the photo.  But dont believe me, check it the vision yourself. MENS 4 x100M

The Womens 4 x 100m belonged to Diamond Valley who ran a classy team of Sophie Taylor, Sophia Fighera, Sienna Fighera and Maddison Coates to win in 45.69. Click on the link to re live the final WOMENS 4 x 100m

For the complete list of result from the Victorian State Relay Championships click here.

And to watch some of the action from our athsvictv streaming click on our youtube link Here

A very special mention to our Victorian Officials, Club Helpers and Volunteers who helped present another successful Championships. Our sincere thanks for your hard work.

2017 State Championships Winners

WOMENS OPEN 2017 MENS OPEN 2017
4 x 100 DIAMOND VALLEY 4 x 100 DONCASTER/OLD MELBURNIANS
4 x 400 *Final run at Zatopek 10 4 x 400 *Final run at Zatopek 10
4 x 800 DONCASTER 4 x 800 ST KEVINS
4 X 1500 ESSENDON 4 X 1500 ST KEVINS
Distance Med CHILWELL Distance Med NUNAWADING
WOMENS U18 MENS U18
4 x 100 ESSENDON 4 x 100 ESSENDON
4 x 400 OLD XAVS 4 x 400 OLD XAVS
4 x 800 COLLINGWOOD 4 x 800 GLENHUNTLY
Distance Med GLENHUNTLY Distance Med OLD SCOTCH
WOMENS U16 MENS U16
4 x 100 GEELONG GUILD 4 x 100 DIAMOND VALLEY
4 x 400 COLLINGWOOD * 4 x 400 NUNAWADING
Distance Med BOX HILL Distance Med DIAMOND VALLEY
WOMENS U14 MENS U14
4 x 100 GEELONG GUILD 4 x 100 GEELONG GUILD
4 x 400 GEELONG GUILD 4 x 400 WESTERN ATHS
WOMENS 40 + MENS 40+
4 X 100 CHILWELL 4 X 100 ESSENDON
4 X 400 CHILWELL 4 X 400 ESSENDON
4 X 1500 WESTERN ATHS 4 X 1500 ST KEVINS
WOMENS 50+ MENS 50+
4 X 100M 4 X 100M BALLARAT REGION
4 X 400 KSB
4 X 1500 BOX HILL

Club Championship Tally (based on Championship Title)

Club State Relay Titles
ESSENDON 5
GEELONG GUILD 4
CHILWELL 3
DIAMOND VALLEY 3
ST KEVINS 3
BOX HILL 2
DONCASTER 2
GLENHUNTLY 2
NUNAWADING 2
OLD XAVS 2
WESTERN ATHS 2
BALLARAT REGION 1
COLLINGWOOD 2
OLD MELBURNIANS 1
KSB 1
OLD SCOTCH 1