The weather was beautiful out at Casey Fields across all three days of competition, which saw a plethora of high quality performances, from athletes both young and old.
Regarded as one of the premier events of the season, the Victorian Country Championships sees athletes from all over Victoria come together to test their ability against one another, which also includes invitational metro athletes.
For a lot of competitors it’s their first real hit out for the year, and a chance for them to see how their training has gone throughout the summer break. Which in athletics isn’t really a break at all…
Some notable performances across the entirety of the competition included:
Eleanor Patterson always starts the New Year with the Country Championships, and she didn’t disappoint, dominating the whole High Jump field with a final height of 1.90m.
Damien Birkinhead was extremely solid during the Shot Put coming in with a final distance of 19.78m.
Teleah Hayes had an amazing Championship winning the 800m (2:14.40) and the 5000m (17:51.66).
Christian Davis and Will Johns had arguably the most exciting race of the whole weekend in the 400m. It was neck and neck during the whole lap, with Davis just pipping Johns at the finish line, recording a time of 47.88.
Mia Gross showed her pace and went the 100 – 200 double. Clocking times of 12.13 and 24.90.
Amazing individual performances are essentially what athletics is all about, however, the best thing about the Country Championships is the emphasis on the team competing. Each event gather points towards the athletes’ club and at the end of the weekend, a team is crowned champions!
This year the honours went to:
Men’s – Bendigo Harriers
Women’s – South Bendigo AC
A huge thanks to South Coast for organising the event, and of course the volunteers and officials, who put in their time to make the 2017 Country Championships such a successful competition.