Australian Athletics Championships – Day 3 – Evening Session

After two hours of chilling out it was time to hit the track again for the evening session with a plethora of finals on offer for all junior athletes…

Jesse Dunsmore was all class in the Men’s U20 3000m steeplechase. Sat in the middle for the first half of the race, then made his move to lead with a few laps remaining. Finished with a time of 9:32.94s!

In the Men’s U17 steeplechase, Brent Camilleri put it a valiant effort the whole way round, showing determination down the final straight, and crossing the line in 3rd place with a time of 6:18.13s.

The Men’s U18 2000m steeplechase saw a few casualties throughout the race which always seemed to be on the second hurdle, but it didn’t deter Angus Norman who stuck to his race plan putting in a gutsy effort to finish 3rd with a time of 6:00.91s.

One of the feature races of the night was the Men’s U20 400m final, with Christian Davis going in as clear favourite, and he didn’t disappoint. Davis never looked in doubt from the start, keeping his rhythm, and with 120m to go he kicked and smashed it all the way to the line, finishing with a PB of 47.13s. When asked how he felt, Davis said he probably could have done a better PB if not for the 800m heat in the morning!

In the field, it was Julia Bourke who backed up an awesome mornings session (winning the hammer throw) to place second in the Women’s U20 shot-put with a solid distance of 14.11m.

Back on the track there were five Victorians set for the Women’s U20 hurdles, with Celeste Mucci too strong claiming gold with a PB of 13.58s and Danielle Shaw not far off the lead with a second placed time of 13.70s!

Aiden Saluni-Kettle was always going to have a tough task coming up against West Australia’s Sasha Zhoya in the Men’s U17 110m hurdles, however he put in an awesome effort, finishing with a bronze medal and a time of 14.03s!

Over in the Women’s U18 100m hurdles, Lateisha Willis was far too strong, adding another medal to team Victoria with a first placed time of 13.50s – which is also a Commonwealth Youth qualifier!

The man of the night would have to have been Joseph Baldwin who cleared an whopping 2.22m (a personal best and a World University Games qualifier) to take home the gold medal! His first attempt at 2.25m was so so close as well!

In the Men’s U20 para-100m, it was Liam Richardson, who added another medal to his name, placing first with a time of 14.96s and a percentage of 110.70.

The Women’s U20 para-100m saw good friends Isis Holt (116.35%) and Erin Garbler (97.14%) finish 1st and 3rd respectively with times of 14.01s and 17.11s! More medals for the two have dominated their events/age group this week!

Ramen Mayar was extremely courageous in the Men’s U16 3000m, grabbing himself a bronze medal with a time of 8:54.46s!

In the Women’s U20 3000m steeplechase, it was Maxine Paholek (10:51.61s) and Katherine Dowie (10:53.86s), who were heroic in their race, both finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively, in what was a hard fought race between a pack of four who led consistently for the majority of the final!

Christopher Browne was awesome in the Men’s U20 shot-put throwing a personal best of 17.31m to guarantee himself a silver medal!

The Women’s U17 steeplechase was all about Matilda Moore who was solid from the start, holding her nerve to finish the final event on the track with a bronze medal and a time of 7:26.00s!

Tristan Scheirs, Timothy Benton and Lachlan Menara went 1,2 and 3 in the Men’s U18 triple jump. With Scheirs claiming the gold medal with a distance of 14.39m, Benton grabbing a silver with 13:40m and Menara rounding out the top 3 with a bronze and a distance of 13.37m!

For a full list of (Day 3 – evening session) results click here.