Friday night lights at Lakeside Stadium, is there anything better!?
As good as it is, there is always wind. However that didn’t seem to upset any performances on the track and in the field. The night was highlighted by Under 17 throwers Jesse Iese – 16.95 and Delcan Carman 16.84. After a brief 5 hour drive from Edenhope, Iese faced stiff competition in the early rounds from Carman, but it was Iese who got the chocolates and will no doubt have to give to his dad for being the designated driver for a nice 10-hour round trip.
Simone McInnes was a standout in the 5000m walk, claiming yet another victory for the season, with a winning time of 23:51.70sec!
It was Olympic finalist Damien Birkinhead’s first competition in Victoria since Rio, and didn’t disappoint throwing a solid 20.07m. Todd Hodgetts (Paralympian) finished second.
Nitro superstar Luke Stevens cruised through his 200m heat with a time of 22.22, making him the fastest qualifier. Will Johns, who took out the 400m last weekend against Stevens finished third fasted in the 200m, but it was clear he had also turned off with 50m to go.
Celeste Mucci showed her event range in the long jump. Winning with a jump of 6.35.
Rio Olympian Rhydian Cowley demolished the field in the 5000m walk, lapping competitors to finish with a solid time of 20:48.
Old Meburnians’ Kendra Hubbard was the fastest qualifier in the 200m with a time of 25.12sec, helped by international visitor Portia Bing who crossed the line second in Hubbard’s heat with a time of 25.16sec.
2 x World Junior representative and Victorian Open 100m Champion, Maddison Coates, cruised through in 25.39sec, taking out the first heat.
The two lap specialists finished off a windy night of competition, with Kiwi Angela Petty clocking the fastest time of the night, completing a solo effort of 2:06.22sec. Rio 400 metre Olympian Anneliese Rubie demonstrated her continued interest in the two lap event, qualifying 2nd fastest in 2:09.08, with Georgia Griffith and Sarah Billings winning their respective heats in 2:12.90sec and 2:15.31sec.
The men’s 800m heats were more of a tactical affair, with notable qualifiers including:
- Matthew Scott – 1:55.00sec
- Tom Fawthorpe – 1:55.88sec
- Dylan Stenson – 1:57.50sec
- Lachie Barber – 1:59.55sec
- Stephen Knuckey – 1:55.01
And Jump Media superstar Jake Stevens strolled through his heat to qualify with a time of 1:56.36sec.
Can’t wait for tomorrows action!