New Bibs. New Timing System. A Whole New XCR Look!

Athletics Victoria will be introducing a new timing system for the 2017 season!

With the aim of producing faster and more accurate access to results, all competing athletes will now be issued with timing tags attached to their bibs, similar to those used in fun runs and triathlons. These bibs are made of a durable PVC material which, with appropriate care, will last the entire 2017/18 season. While the bibs and tags are water and tear resistant, they are not made to be machine washable or to withstand excessive pressure.

The timing tags are not be removed at any stage.

With athletes times now being associated with the bibs, it is essential that athletes bring their bibs to all rounds of XCR (including relays). If athletes forget to bring their bibs they will be required to purchase a ‘single use’ set of bibs for the day.

Athletes registering for the Summer season only, will receive bibs with no attached timing tags.

Replacement bibs

For any athlete that has lost their bibs, replacements will be available from the Athletics Victoria administration tent or alternatively by contacting the AV office within business hours prior to a round of XCR. Replacement bibs will incur a fee as outlined below:

  • Bibs with permanent timing tags – $20
  • Single use bibs (valid for one race only) – $15
  • Bibs only (applicable for athletes not competing in XCR events) – $10

The process for purchasing a membership and/or XCR packages will remain the same, as will the process of being issued and collecting memberships packs from Athletics Victoria. Club Team Managers will be required to collect and sign for all club membership packs from the Athletics Victoria Administration tent at the beginning of each XCR event.

**A reminder that a bib number will be issued when an athlete purchases either a package or an individual event entry, not at the point of memberships only.

The new timing system for XCR will be conducted through Tomato Timing.

Events they’ve worked on in the past include:

  • Triathlon Victoria Series
  • De Castella Run
  • Run the Bridge (Hobart)
  • Sri Chinmoy Run

Plus many other running, swimming and cycling events!

This service will provide athletes with a more accurate result for their individual XCR’17 races. Athletes will still have the opportunity to query results directly to Tomato Timing before final results are published on the Athletics Victoria website.

Timing tag testing will still be available at Athletics Victoria XCR competitions.

For more information on Tomato Timing and to catch up on their events and results, checkout their website and Facebook page!

Round 1 – Saturday 22 April – Jells Park Relays

XCR Schools – Saturday 29 April – Jells Park Relays

Round 2 – Saturday 13 May – Wandin Park Cross Country

XCR Schools – Saturday 20 May – Albert Park Road Relays

Round 3 – Saturday 27 May – Cruden Farm Cross Country 8km & 16km Heritage Round

Round 4 – Saturday 17 June – Bundoora Cross Country

XCR Schools – Saturday 17 June – Bundoora Cross Country

Round 5 – Saturday 8 July – Sandown Road Relays

Round 6 – Saturday 16 July – Albert Park 10km Road Race

Round 7 – Saturday 29 July – Wendouree 15km & 6km Road Race

Round 8 – Saturday 12 August – Anglesea Surf Coast Ekiden Relay

Round 9 – Sunday 3 September – Burnley Half Marathon & Junior 5km – TBC

Round 10 – Saturday 16 September – Princes Park Relays

Make sure you have the date April 1 cemented in your brain, as it’s the official opening day to purchase your membership and XCR’17 Package, which inevitably gives you entry access for all events throughout the season!



Victorian All-Star #2 – James Joycey

Meet James Joycey!

We decided to ask James some questions ahead of the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships to see what drives him as an athlete and a person…

Athletics Victoria: Hey James, thanks for joining us mate!
James Joycey: No worries guys!

AV: You’re quite built James…How old are you?
JJ: 17-year-old!

AV: Wow. And which club do you represent?
JJ: Doncaster Athletics Club

AV: How long have you been in the game for?
JJ: Around 6 years…

AV: So how did you get involved with Little Athletics?
JJ: I was with Kew Little Athletics from U11 until U15. I got involved with Little Athletics a little differently to most. In year 5 at school another guy was picked for the school district team for shot-put instead of me. This annoyed me, so Dad and I decided I should join up with a Little Athletics Club so I could train for shot-put to ensure something like this would never happen again. I eventually placed 5th at the State Championships for shot-put that year and my passion grew from there!

AV: Love the fire! And were your parents athletes?
JJ: My Dad was a high-jumper and footy player. He actually won a National title before me when he won gold at the Australian Masters in 2013 with a then State record.

AV: What do you love about shot-put?
JJ: I love the complex and highly technical nature of the throws. It’s such a complex puzzle and you get to a stage where everything feels prefect, you think you have it all together, only to find there is so much more to figure out. This constant challenge of piecing each aspect of the throw together is the reason why I love the throws.

AV: What was it like competing recently alongside Olympic medalists in the NZ “Big Shot” competition?
JJ: The “Big Shot” experience in New Zealand was incredible. The day before we competed we got to train with all the big throwers which was an extremely valuable session to see the different way in which people approach training. On the day of the competition I was in the U20 event which was the curtain raiser to the main show. Although I didn’t compete with the Opens over there, our competition was a very elite field featuring some of the best in the world for my age, which was just as good! Having a meet near the main street of Christchurch was insane in comparison to our normal competition venues. The atmosphere was electric due the to the large crowd and it definitely aided performance. It would be cool to see a similar thing adopted over in Australia. It really brings athletics to the people, which increases the general public’s knowledge of our great sport and also greatly helps the competitors.

AV: Sounds like it was a trip worthwhile! So as a thrower of multiple events, how has developing a preferred event progressed throughout your career? Is it a matter of preference, or a focus purely on the event in which you have has the most encouraging competitive results?
JJ: Initially in my athletics career my sole love was for the hammer-throw. My results for that event were on a State and National basis compared to my other events. I had a strong passion for the event, mainly due to the fast progression I could make in it, which shot-put could not compete with. As I have grown in size through the years, my potential for shot-put became more evident, as I was gradually improving largely due to the 10-week stint I had to do for my APS school season. At the end of last year I decided to train properly as a shot-putter, as well as a hammer-thrower, with the belief I could be very good at both. So at this stage I have an equal love for both events, however due to injuries, hammer-throw has taken a back seat. Largely my preference comes down to results. Although when I’m fit I do as much work for both.

AV:  It seems you have the perfect balance! So when you’re away form it all, what do you get up to for fun?
JJ: This year I’m in year 12 and have high aspirations/goals I would like to achieve at school. Between my large commitment to my athletics and my time spent at/studying for school, I’m left with limited downtime, which is something I’m perfectly fine with. I want to be the best at what I do and as a result I have mp issue with putting in the work in the circle, the gym or at school. So my time for fun and enjoyment is spent putting in the hard yards for my various endeavours, which I’m sure will work for in the end!

AV: No doubt it will James! Thanks for joining us mate…
JJ: My pleasure guys!

Catch James in the shot-put during the Australian Athletics Championships (Sunday 26th March – Sunday 2nd April).


Victorian All-Star #1 – Philippa Huse

Meet Philippa Huse (aka Pip)! 

We decided to ask Pip some questions ahead of the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships to see what drives her as an athlete and a person…

Athletics Victoria: Hey Pip, thanks for joining us!
Philippa Huse: No worries guys!

AV: First things first…How old are you?
PH: I am 17-years-old, 18 in just over 3 weeks!

AV: Which club are you associated with?
PH: I’m currently with Sandringham Athletics Club…

AV: How long have you been doing athletics for?
PH: I’ve been doing athletics for about 12 years now!

AV: How did you get involved with athletics?
PH: I’m the youngest of four children, so I watched all my siblings do athletics when I was young which definitely encouraged me to get involved. Both my parents also made sure we all gave it a try and were happy for us to get involved!

AV: Are your parents athletes?
PH: My parents are both passionate about a wide variety of sports and both have always loved exercise and being active. This has definitely inspired me from a young age to be involved and compete in sport.

AV: What do you love about your specific event?
PH: I love he originality of race-walking and the fact it’s different to any other event! I love that it is not only a long distance event, but it is also technically challenging as well.

AV: How does walking differ tactically/mentally on track as opposed to the more common road events?
PH: In a race, like with other road distance races, my main goal is on even splits and pacing myself. It’s so much easier to race with people, so if there is someone near my speed I always try to work off them! With walks however, there is the added pressure of needing a legal style, which requires you to stay focused the whole way through. You can’t change you style if you get tired, from the risk of being disqualified and therefore there is an emphasised focus on not burning yourself too early.

AV: How does one get into race walking as a youngster?
PH: I first began race walking through Brighton Little Athletics. I would compete in the Little Athletics Regional and State Championships each year and over time I noticed how I was progressively improving in placing and time. This encouraged me to stick at it and put in more time and effort!

AV: What are your future walking team goals?
PH: My current goal at the moment would be looking towards the World Junior Championships and the World Race Walking Cup next year. I prefer to focus more on upcoming goals as opposed to looking too far into the future. But to be selected for either of there two teams would be an absolute dream for me.

AV: What’s the state of race walking within Victoria?
PH: Victoria currently has a wide selection of talented and passionate walkers ranging from all ages and all levels. I’m lucky enough to be in a training group that is so supportive, dedicated and hard-working. It inspires me to always put in my best effort and strive to be the best I can be.

AV: Away from athletics, what do you do for fun?
PH: I’m currently in year 12, so life is fairly busy with work and study, but I play touch rugby at schools as well as the drums, which is great fun! Aside from that, I love catching up with friends and relaxing!

AV: Thank you so much for your time Pip – we’ll be following your progress closely at Nationals!
PH: Thanks guys!

Catch Philippa in the 10km race walk during the Australian Athletics Championships (Sunday 26th March – Sunday 2nd April).


Sinead Diver’s Amazing Marathon Run!

Sinead Diver is well poised to take a spot in the Australian team heading over to London for the World Championships in August!

The 40-year-old nailed the Nagoya Marathon, finishing in 10th position with a time of 2:31:27, which was close to a 3-minute personal best. Diver ran steadily throughout the whole race sitting comfortably in 28th place at the 10km mark, 20th place at the 20km mark and 15th place at the 30km mark before closing in on a top 10 position for the final 5km of the marathon…

The finishing time now ranks Diver 11th on the Australian all-time marathon list, 5th on the Irish all-time marathon list and is the fastest marathon ever ran by an Australian woman aged 40.

An unbelievable effort by Sinead who’s a regular placer during the XCR season!



Round 1 – Saturday 22 April – Jells Park Relays

XCR Schools – Saturday 29 April – Jells Park Relays

Round 2 – Saturday 13 May – Wandin Park Cross Country

XCR Schools – Saturday 20 May – Albert Park Road Relays

Round 3 – Saturday 27 May – Cruden Farm Cross Country 8km & 16km Heritage Round

Round 4 – Saturday 17 June – Bundoora Cross Country

XCR Schools – Saturday 17 June – Bundoora Cross Country

Round 5 – Saturday 8 July – Sandown Road Relays

Round 6 – Saturday 16 July – Albert Park 10km Road Race

Round 7 – Saturday 29 July – Wendouree 15km & 6km Road Race

Round 8 – Saturday 12 August – Anglesea Surf Coast Ekiden Relay

Round 9 – Sunday 3 September – Burnley Half Marathon & Junior 5km – TBC

Round 10 – Saturday 16 September – Princes Park Relays


Make sure you have the date April 1 cemented in your brain, as it’s the official opening day to purchase your membership and XCR’17 Package, which inevitably gives you entry access for all events throughout the season!



Sam Reiser (DKN) Stepping Up to Biggest Stage in US Collegiate Sport

The Gilliam Indoor Stadium of Texas A&M University will host the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend, with Deakin athlete Sam Reiser racing the 4x400m relay for Penn State University.

The contrast in training venues over the years is not lost on Reiser, a 2014 graduate of Geelong Grammar School, windy afternoon’s spent tearing around a grass track under the watchful eye of Bruce Scriven, representing Australia at the 2014 World Junior Championships, will all seem like a lifetime ago when Reiser steps into the $35 million dollar Gilliam Indoor Stadium in College Station, Texas.


The venue seats 4,000 and features a six-lane hydraulically banked 200 metre track, with Reiser and his teammates set to complete 2 laps each whilst battling against some of the best teams in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Reiser’s Penn State University team qualified 4th fastest for the Indoor NCAA Championships with a time of 3:04.80sec, a time which would’ve warranted a bronze medal at the most recent IAAF World Indoor Championships, an indicator of the immense depth in the collegiate athletic system.

Athletics Victoria had the chance to ask Reiser a few questions after he had attended the championship banquet, held in one of the many function rooms the 102,000 seat Texas A&M football stadium.


AV – Sam, tell us a bit about Penn State and the athletics program there?

Sam – Penn State University is located in central Pennsylvania, it has around 46,000 students at my campus and 83,000 undergraduates enrolled at the moment across several other campuses. Our track program has been undergoing changes recently, with the hiring of a new sprints and throws and distance coaches which was a result of a new head coach that took over the program my first year. Since then I think we have made huge strides towards success as our women’s team captured the indoor Big 10 conference title, while the Men took 2nd which was the highest combined finish in program history while setting several school records along the way. We are hosting the outdoor conference championships this year, and are excited to use this momentum gained indoors to our advantage.


AV – Qualifying for the NCAA Indoor National Championships – how does a team achieve that, what kind of competition are you up against?

Sam – To qualify for indoor nationals you have to place top 16 individually and top 12 if you’re a relay nationally. This is all based on times and not on places or finishes at conference level. By many it is regarded the hardest meet to make in the world seeing that the calibre of student-athletes is so high in the United States. For our 4x400m relay the top seed time belongs to Texas A&M (3:02.39), which would have won the World Indoor Championships while narrowly failing to break the World Record (3:02.13).


AV – Did your team expect to qualify at the start of the indoor season?

Sam – We were running pretty average times at the beginning of the season compared to the rest of the country as we were around the 3:11 mark, but then we went to the Spire Invitational which is held at the same venue as our conference championships and dropped a 4 second season best, and 2 weeks later at the same venue we dropped a further 3 seconds to take us to our national qualifier of 3:04:80. This ranks us 4th in the nation and set a school, conference and facility record that day. We knew we could make nationals but to drop our time that fast caught us a little off guard.

AV – How did the day of the qualifying race pan out?

Sam -The 4×4 is always the last event of the day at the conference championships, or any meet for that matter. We had all run heats the day before for our individual events, and many of us had raced finals the day of the 4×400 so we were all a little tired, but that’s just how it is.
It’s accepted that you will be tired so we just all put that to the side and ran. It was a close race going back and forth between ourselves and Iowa, who had run one of the fastest times in the country and had a 44 second FAT (Fully Automatic Timing) anchor leg runner. In the final 30 metres of the race, Isaiah Harris powered past the Iowa anchor runner to take the victory. I have never experienced that much hype about a race before. The best thing about collegiate sports is that there is a team aspect, when we won the place erupted as our team lost it and flooded onto the track. Whilst it was very exciting, we all immediately jumped on the team bus and drove 5 hours back home.

Sam – How do you think your team will fare against the competition?

Sam – At NCAA’s there are no heats for the relay, it is 3 heats of 4 all being timed finals. Being 4th we are in the fast heat which is great for us, but it also puts us up against 3 other teams who have run 3:02.
We have stepped up to the competition every time this year and I think we will do the same come Saturday. Our team is young as well, we have 3 sophomores (second years) and one Junior (third year) meaning that we will be together for another year. Because we are all similar in age as well we have been together for a year. The team is really close and I often think it’s funny that none of us made the conference 400m final let alone nationals, and now we are in the fast heat of the 4x400m relay and setting records.

AV – How have you coped with the banked track? Could you describe to the readers the difficulties both physically and tactically of running on a banked 200m track?

Sam – Running on a banked track is a lot harder than outdoors. You have so much less room to make a move, as the straights are short, and to do so on the bank is pointless seeing the difference in distance from lane to lane. This makes timing your move critical. I think that the difficulties are indicated when you look at world records, as the outdoor world record is 2:54 and the indoor world record is 3:02.

AV – What is the Texas A&M venue like to compete and stay at?

Sam – Texas A&M have a great sprint background holding the collegiate record in the 4x400m relay, and are producing phenomenal athletes such as Deon Lendore (44.36sec 400m runner). It is a college town meaning that the university makes up the infrastructure of the place rather than being attached to a city. The campus is huge, and the facilities are insane.
We had access to one of the gyms today, I don’t know how many weight rooms they have, but I was impressed coming from a school that has 5 athletic weight training rooms. It was a full Olympic weight lifting gym, with the platforms sunk into the ground so that it could be used for alternative training activities too.

AV – Thanks for taking the time to talk with Athletics Victoria Sam, and best of luck this weekend!

Sam – My pleasure, thank you very much.


Reiser and his Penn State teammates will race at 11:45am on Sunday morning (AEST), televised on ESPN, live results are also available here:


XCR’17 – It’s Almost Here!

There are two kinds of people in this wonderful world we live in…

Beach goers and snow lovers.

Those who long for the endless summer are more accustomed to the track. The rest, well they’re a different breed altogether. They’re the ones who wake up at 5am to start training when it’s only 2 degrees outside. They’re the ones who run further than the track would indicate. They’re the ones who keep their tops on when they’re training – and will often need to cover their hands and head due to the freezing temperatures. They’re the ones who’ll race in rain, hail or shine and enjoy it. They’re the ones who push their bodies to physical exhaustion yet keep coming back for more.

To put it bluntly – they’re the XCR class of 2017.

With the official launch of the season on April 1, and the first event at Jells Park on April 22, it’s time to start preparing for the winter. However there have been a few changes and we thought it’d be best to let you know why!

  • Round 3 for the Cruden Farm Cross Country 8km & 16km Heritage Round will now have a new starting point due to safety reasons.
  • Round 6 for the Albert Park 10km Road Race will not be finishing in Lakeside Stadium due to a soccer match being held. The finish line will now be located behind the stadium.
  • Round 7 for the Wendouree 15km & 6km Road Race has been re-measured and is now a certified 15km course – yew!
  • Princes Park will be replacing The Tan in Round 10 due to irrigation works. Princes Park is a flat 3.2km circuit with plenty of open space for clubs to set-up.

For Schools XCR’17 there has been one slight change to Jells Park.

  • All school athletes will now be competing at Jells Park North rather than Jells Park South – which has been done in the past.

The rest of the season will look as follows…

Round 1 – Saturday 22 April – Jells Park Relays

XCR Schools – Saturday 29 April – Jells Park Relays

Round 2 – Saturday 13 May – Wandin Park Cross Country

XCR Schools – Saturday 20 May – Albert Park Road Relays

Round 3 – Saturday 27 May – Cruden Farm Cross Country 8km & 16km Heritage Round

Round 4 – Saturday 17 June – Bundoora Cross Country

XCR Schools – Saturday 17 June – Bundoora Cross Country

Round 5 – Saturday 8 July – Sandown Road Relays

Round 6 – Saturday 16 July – Albert Park 10km Road Race

Round 7 – Saturday 29 July – Wendouree 15km & 6km Road Race

Round 8 – Saturday 12 August – Anglesea Surf Coast Ekiden Relay

Round 9 – Sunday 3 September – Burnley Half Marathon & Junior 5km – TBC

Round 10 – Saturday 16 September – Princes Park Relays


Make sure you have the date April 1 cemented in your brain, as it’s the official opening day to purchase your membership and XCR’17 Package, which inevitably gives you entry access for all events throughout the season!



2017 SUMMERofATHS Grand Prix Preview

If you thought things were slowing down, think again.

This weekend is the SUMMERofATHS Grand Prix held at the AIS Athletics Centre in Canberra where a handful of Victoria’s best will be shaking it with athletes from all over the county.

Competition spans over two days, providing one last competitive opportunity before attention shifts toward the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships and Australian Para-Athletic Championships.

With the amount of talent coming out of Victoria at the moment,  there was always going to be a solid presence, both in the able-bodied and para categories.

Michael James (Old Melburnians) is coming off a finals berth for the 100m at the Victorian Championships and is in good form, however he’ll have a tough ask in the Men’s Open 100m, with Jack Hale (Tasmania) in the mix.

The Men’s Open 200m is looking like an epic race (on paper) with Victorian 400m Champion Will Johns (Old Melburnians) in the mix alongside Nitro superstar Luke Stevens (Western Athletics). Stevens will be looking to bounce back after having an ordinary final at the Victorian Championships in the 200m. Alex Hartmann (Queensland) will be looking to spoil the Victorian party…

It’ll be deja vu in the Men’s Open 400m with Johns and Stevens going head-to-head again. Johns has the upper hand on Stevens after pipping him at the line in the Open Men’s 400m final at the Victorian Championships, but it could be anyone’s race. Definitely one to watch!

You can put a blanket on the Men’s Open 800m race with Lachlan Barber (Deakin), Peter Bol (St Kevins), Christian Davis (Chilwell), Stephen Knuckey (St Kevins), Brad Mathas (St Kevins) Alex Rowe (St Kevins), Matt Scott (MUAC) and Jordan Williamsz (Old Melburnians) all in the mix to take out the title. Look to Bol and Mathas to have a solid battle for first place.

The Men’s Open 1500m is going to be just as exciting as the 800m with a plethora of Victorian talent on display. Rio Paralympian and 2017 Victorian U20 1500m Champion Jaryd Clifford (Diamond Valley) will be looking to add another medal to his cabinet, however, 2014 World Junior 5th placer Zak Patterson (Knox) and 2016 National Championships bronze medalist Adam Pyke (St Kevins) will also be in the mix to take out the event.

Victorian 1500m Champion Andrew Buchanan (Bendigo University) will be a feature in the Men’s Open 5000m, but will have his hands full, with Rio Olympian David McNeill (Old Xaverians) in the field.

With no Victorians present int he Men’s Open 400m Hurdles it comes down to Matthew De Bruin (Casey Cardinia) and Ben Khongbut (Frankston) in the 110m Hurdles. Khongbut was crowned 2017 Victorian Champion for the 110m Hurdles with De Bruin claiming second position. No doubt they will both be looking to channel retired Victorian legend Sam Baines (Old Melburnians) during their race…

For the Men’s Open 3000m Steeeplechase, it will be 2017 Victorian Champion, Benjamin Buckingham (St Stephens) who’ll be going in as favourite.

The Men’s Open High jump will feature Rio Olympian Joel Baden (MUAC) and World University Games qualifier Joseph Baldwin (Bendigo Harriers). Look to Baden to claim victory…

The 2017 Victorian Track & Field Championships silver medalist Max Mishchenko (Essendon) will have some solid competition in the Open Men’s Pole Vault with Kurtis Marschall (South Australia) in the field.

In the Open Men’s Long Jump, it will be Victorian 100m Champion Christopher Mitrevski (Essendon) who’ll be the sole representative from our state.

It’s a different story in the Men’s Open Triple Jump, with half the field Victorians in Deni Finnegan (Essendon), Dylan Johnson (St Kevins), Alwyn Jones (Essendon) and Alex Lorraway (Old Melburnians). Jones has been historically good in this event competing in previous Nationals, but it’ll be John going in as favourite, coming off a win at the 2017 Victorian Championships.

In the Men’s Open Shot Put look no further than Rio Olympian and 2017 Victorian Champion Damien Birkinhead (Corio).

Ned Weatherly (Frankston) is looking strong coming off a win at the Victorian Championships and will be tough to beat in the Men’s Open Hammer Throw.

The Women’s Open 100m has plenty of serious talent entered. There are former World Junior representatives a plenty with Hana Basic (Old Melburnians), Brittany Burkitt (Nunawading), Maddie Coates (Diamond Valley) and Nana Owusu-Afriyie (Box Hill) all featuring. Coates will be full of confidence after taking out the 2017 Victorian 100m and 200m Championships, however with Ella Nelson (NSW) in the field, it could come down to the wire.

In the Women’s Open 200m, Rio Olympian Morgan Mitchell (Western Athletics) and Youth Commonwealth Games qualifier Mia Gross (Deakin) will be joining Maddie Coates, in what is sure to an absolute thriller of a race. However, as it is in the 100m, Ella Nelson will also be a feature and may have something to say about a Victorian taking the top prize.

The Women’s Open 800m will see 2017 Victorian 400m Champion Abbey de la Motte (Doncaster) feature alongside Victorian 800m Champion Georgia Griffith (Box Hill) and adopted Victorian Anneliese Rubie. This one will go down to the wire…

A race that is sure to draw a lot of attention will be the Women’s Open 400m. Mia Gross has exploded on the scene with Commonwealth Games qualifiers in the 100m, 200m and 400m and is sure to have a huge future in the sport and no doubt looks up to Morgan Mitchell who has been a familiar face on the world circuit. It’s not a changing of the guard just yet, but it will no doubt be an enticing race to watch with Gross coming off a solid two weekends at the Victorian Championships claiming victories in both the 100m and 200m. However, Mitchell will be extremely hard to beat…

For the Women’s Open 1500m it will be hard to look past Rio Olympian and 2017 Victorian 1500m Champion Linden Hall (Essendon), who seems to be getting better and better each time she races. A World qualifier could be on the cards…

In the Women’s Open 5000m it’ll be all three 2017 World Cross Country qualifiers Anna Kelly (South Melbourne), Gemma Maini (Frankston) and Virginia Moloney (Collingwood) who’ll be vying for the top prize. However with Jess Trengove (SA) in the field anything can happen…

World Youth representative Danielle Shaw (Ringwood) will be lone feature for Victoria in the Women’s Open 100m Hurdles in what is sure to be an exciting race which also features the likes of Sally Pearson (Queensland), Elizabeth Clay (Queensland) and Michelle Jenneke (NSW). Hard to pick a winner in this one…

The Women’s Open 400m Hurdles will feature 2017 Victorian 400m Hurdle Champion Mackenzie Keenan (Old Melburnians) who, although has had some hamstring issues, is looking very impressive on track. However, with Olympian Lauren Wells (ACT) in the field, it’s going to be an insanely tough ask of Keenan to back up such an awesome result at the Victorian Championships.

It’ll be between Stella Radford (MUAC) and Victoria Mitchell (NSW) in the 3000m Steeplechase. Radford was a World Junior representative back in 2014, and has already gotten herself qualified for the World University Games this year. Look to be in good touch and will be hard to beat…

Rio Olympian Eleanor Patterson (South Coast) will go into the Women’s Open High Jump as favourite, having just won the Victorian Championships with a modest jump of 1.87m, albeit with a few run up struggles.

Elizabeth Hedding (Old Xaverians) is coming off an awesome Victorian Championships, having won the Long Jump with a personal best of 6.20m! Will definitely be looking for a World University Games qualifier of 6.28m this weekend as the sole Victorian representative with Brooke Stratton (Nunawading) still injured…

In the Women’s Open Triple Jump, Meggan O’Riley (Essendon) will be full of confidence after being crowned the 2017 Victorian Triple Jump Champion, with a distance of 13.03m!

Commonwealth Games representative and 2017 Victorian Discus Champion Kim Mulhall (Sandringham) will be the main feature in the Women’s Open Discus.

Gabrielle Neighbour (Frankston) is coming off a solid performance at the Victorian Championships finishing first for her state, but second overall to Alexandra Hulley (NSW) who will also be featuring the Women’s Open Hammer Throw. This one will be close…

In the Women’s Javelin it’ll be 2016 World Junior representative and 2017 Victorian Javelin Champions Kathryn Brooks (Box Hill) who’ll be hard to beat!

Paralympian Jemima Moore (Chilwell) has a full program, competing in the Women’s 400m WC, 800m WC and 1500m WC. Will have a tough ask going up against Maddison de Rozario (NSW) who won two silver medals at Rio…

Another Paralympian in Samuel McIntosh (Bellarine) will be the main feature in the Men’s Open 100m WC and 400m WC.

In the Women’s Open 100m Ambulant, it will be Erin Garbler (Old Xaverians) and Paige Greco (Old Xaverians) who will be flying the Victorian flag. Both mange to build into some form at the Victorian Championships and will no doubt be full of confidence this weekend.

Another Old Xaverian representative and Rio Paraympian, Isis Holt will be regarded as one of the favourites going into the Women’s Open 200 Ambulant event. Had a solid Victorian Championships but will be looking to get a little more out of herself this weekend…

Liam Richardson (Bendigo Harriers) will be the sole Victorian representative in the Men’s Open 100m and 200m Ambulant!

Dayna Crees (Casey Cardinia) who had a very solid Victorian Championships claiming a silver medal in the Women’s Secured Shot Put, will be a feature in both the Secured Discus, Shot Put and Javelin.

In the Men’s Secured Shot Put and Discus, three quarters of the field will be Victorians in Michael Fawkner (Malvern), Craig Jarrett (Sandringham) and Paralympian Jessee Wyatt (Frankston) all battling it out for the gold medal!

Paralympian Nicholas Hum (Glenhuntly), who placed 6th in the Men’s Open Long Jump at the 2017 Victorian Championships, will be one of the favourites going into the Men’s Long Jump Ambulant.

Marty Jackson (Chilwell) who placed 3rd overall in the Victorian Ambulant Shot Put, will be looking to go better in the Men’s Shot Put and Discus Ambulant.


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Linden Hall has many reasons to keep smiling!

The world is quite literally at the feet of Linden Hall from a running perspective as she looks towards a national record, world championships final and a chance to put right an Olympic dream in Tokyo. It has all come together pretty quickly for the 25-year-old who last year became the third fastest Australian woman all-time over 1500m, less than a second behind national record holder Sarah Jamieson.

Hall’s time of 4:01.78 at the 2016 Prefontaine Classic in Oregon (USA) solidified her chances to make the final at the Olympics in Rio after she previously defeated a quality field at the Stanford Invitational by more than three seconds.

“After already running a huge PB of 4:04 at Stanford a few weeks earlier, I went in thinking shaving any more time off would always be a bonus,” Hall said.

“The pace was set to be pretty quick, so all I wanted to do was hitch a ride and see where that took me.

“I didn’t hear a split or look at a clock throughout, so was in huge shock when the times came up on the board.”

Unfortunately for Hall a berth in the final did not eventuate in Brazil, missing out by less than a quarter of a second, finishing eighth in the faster first semi-final behind Moroccan Rababe Arafi. A photograph of Hall with trusty bow in her hair, hands on hips and a brooding expression of disappointment on her face after crossing the line is a poignant reminder of what could have been.

“That photo reminds me of how close I got to that final, and how much I hated watching the final from the stands,” Hall recounted.

“It definitely serves as a powerful motivator to do everything I can to make sure it doesn’t happen next time.”

Despite the bow in her hair, ever-present smile and the composure she has while racing on the track Hall admits she could also easily be described as a more stereotypical type of athlete – obsessively driven. Similarly to most of her peers an Olympic medal is the ultimate goal, as is the national record along with being the first Australian woman to break that elusive four-minute barrier for 1500m.

“I’d like to think that I’m a very happy, passionate and confident athlete, but honestly I probably could also be described as competitive and obsessive,” Hall explained.

“I do love having structure and routine to my training, and making sure every box is ticked and everything smoothly works together,” Hall said.

Completing most her of her training sessions in Melbourne with a group known as the ‘Wolfpack’, comprised of three training squads that often work out together, will undoubtedly help Hall push towards that sub-four club.

“I love the culture of our training group, it’s pretty relaxed and we have a good time, but get a lot of hard work done too of course,” Hall explained.

“Our traditional pre-session coffee meetings are definitely a key aspect of our training.

“Having three groups make up the Wolfpack, means there are opportunities to jump into sessions together as well as being able to support each other and share the successes.

“Confidence is a new addition, which as largely developed through the success of 2016 and the positive supports I have around me every day.”

That new-found confidence was on full display at the recent Nitro Athletics, where Hall was selected as part of Team Australia and won the maximum points available in both the women’s elimination mile on the first night, and also when she teamed up with Luke Mathews (Vic) the following Thursday in the 3-minute challenge.

“I wasn’t sure exactly how it was all going to go down,” Hall told Channel 7 after the race.

“In front of a big crowd and with the clocking ticking down – it was so stressful, but really fun!”

Just weeks later, Hall reaffirmed the sharp form she is in, by taking off in both preliminary and final races to win the 1500m at the Victorian Athletics Championships at Lakeside Stadium. Despite running on her own Hall was not far away from the London world championships qualifying time of 4:07.50, a pace now well within her abilities as a miler.

“Certainly, after missing the final by such a small margin in Rio making the final in London is one of my biggest goals for this year,” Hall said.

“Like many, since I was little I said I wanted an Olympic medal – so of course that would be the pinnacle.

“However, for me I think a successful running career would be defined by me feeling I did everything to get the most out of myself and took all the opportunities that running presents.

“Of course, medals, records and fast times are great ways to measure and I’d love to tick as many things off that list as possible.”

Breaking four minutes would be a huge achievement for Hall who is almost finished her Master of Dietetics at Monash University and currently balancing training with a full-time placement at Box Hill Hospital.

“It’s definitely something that we’re thinking about, and of course I’d certainly like to think it’s there,” she said of breaking four minutes.

“It would be an incredible milestone to reach, if someone had of told this time last year this would be on the horizon I probably never would have believed them.

“I’d definitely like to keep the national record at Athletics Essendon, which adds an extra incentive.”

Hall will be running in the 1500m this weekend at the #SUMMERofATHS Grand Prix in Canberra as a final tune-up before the Australian Athletics Championships in Sydney later this month.

Victorian Championships – Weekend 2 – Day 3

That’s a wrap! What an awesome two weeks of competition for the Combined Victorian Track & Field Championships…

The 400m Hurdles were the first even on the track and in the Men’s Open Division it was Adrian Sanfilippo (Old Xaverians) who took out first place with a time of 53.17sec. In the Women’s Open Division, Kiwi and Nitro athlete Mackenzie Keenan (Old Melburnians) had an amazing race (despite having a hamstring niggle) holding off strong competition and keeping her form down the home straight to take out the Victorian title with a time of 59.51sec.

In the Women’s Under 17 200m, Mia Gross (Deakin), who has had an amazing month already qualifying for the Youth Commonwealth games in the 100, 200 and 400, took out the Victorian title (blitzing the field) with a time of 24.13sec. In the Women’s Open Division, Maddison Coates (Diamond Valley) continued her dominance crossing the line with a solid time of 23.82sec! On paper the Men’s Open Division 200m looked to be between Will Johns (Old Melburnians), Luke Stevens (Western Athletics) and Michael Romanin (St Kevins), however Stevens was out of the hunt early on and it was Romanin who was just able to hold off the 2017 400m Victorian Champion, Johns, to claim gold with a time of 21.54sec.

In the Mixed WC Secured Shot Put, Jesse Wyatt (Frankston) and Brydee Moore (Nunawading) both took out the event respectively, with Wyatt finishing with a distance of 9.29m and Moore with 4.99m.

The Women’s Open High Jump saw Eleanor Patterson (South Coast) claim victory with a modest height of 1.85m. Denise Snyder (Eaglehawk) was second, clearing a height of 1.79m!

The Under 20 Men’s Hammer Throw was taken out by Ned Weatherly (Frankston), who threw an enormous distance of 70.25m! The next best was Brendan Smith (Mentone) with a distance of 47.69m!

In the Open Men’s High Jump it was an interstate battle between Queenslander John Dodds and West Australian Thomas Brennan with Dodds winning gold with a height of 2.12. The ‘Victorian Title’ went to Bradley Bishop (Nunawading) who cleared a height of 2.03.

In the Women’s Under 20 Hammer Throw, Julia Bourke (Western Athletics) claimed another victory with a distance of 55.80m. Louise Mendes (Essendon) and Teagan Newman (Western Athletics) rounded out the top three!

The 800m were always going to be tough, especially because of the heat and the fact the wind decided to pick up and make it extremely difficult for athletes to maneuver around the bend with 200m to go. One runner likened it to going head on into a wall! Still there were plenty of solid result coming through. In the Women’s Under 20, it was Jemima Russell (Sandringham) who lead from the start (something she’s not used to doing) and managed to hold of tough competition to take out the race with a time of 2:10.95sec! The Men’s Open race saw Christian Davis (Chilwell) run exceptionally well to claim the ‘Victorian Title’ whilst South Australian Dylan Stenson crossed the line in first place with a time of 1:49.25sec! In the Women’s Open Division it was New Zealander Angela Petty who managed to claim first position, with Anneliese Rubie (NSW) crossing the line in second, and Georgie Griffith (Box Hill) securing the ‘Victorian Title’ with a time of 2:05.11sec. And in the Women’s Under 16 Division, South Melbourne’s Gigi Maccagnini ran a very strong race beating the field by 2 seconds to claim victory with a time of 2:10.79!

Overall the six days of competition were a success with plenty of standout performances from both junior and open athletes! For all those that have qualified for Nationals, we wish you all the very best, and look forward to watching your progress very closely in the lead-up and during competition!

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Victorian Championships – Weekend 2 – Day 2

With so many events on the program, in no particular order, 12 events created notable drama for the Lakeside crowd.

The day kicked off with Taryn Furletti (South Bendigo) throwing caution to the wind in the Under 15 Women’s 3000m race. With temperatures playing a part in previous more tactical races, Furletti thought nothing of it, and decided on a bold 7.5 lap plan of attack. Showing mature pace judgement, Furletti gapped the field and clicked off the first kilometre in 3min17sec, on pace for a sub 10-minute run. Splitting just over 5 minutes through the halfway mark, Furletti fought on bravely to take the state title in 10:12.07, unchallenged throughout the course of the race.

Matthew Hussey (Western Aths) played a tactically daring game, controlling the race early, Hussey was happy to marginally increase the pace whenever a fellow competitor challenged his position near the front of the race, passing 1 kilometre in 3min04sec. The field continued to let Hussey play follow-the-leader, as 2 kilometres ticked off in 6min11sec, a gradual slowing of the pace ensured a barnstorming final kilometre. Hussey took off with 400 metres to travel, rushing through the final circuit in 59.3sec, to finish off a 2min46sec final kilometre and take the win in 8:56.63

The U20 Men’s 5000m event endured the peak of the daily temperature, calming a stellar field into slow early pace, ticking off the early kilometres in 3min05sec (1km) and 6min17sec (2km). Names of note including Carroll (Collingwood), Goldsmith (Mornington Peninsula), Lui (Doncaster), Clifford (Diamond Valley), Strinzos (Glenhuntly) and Shanahan (Western Aths), remained at 3 kilometres, as the pack slimmed down, passing 7.5 laps in 9min24sec. The fourth kilometre was met with a slight increase in pace, passed in 12min30sec, until what could only be described as a volcanic eruption of sorts took place over the final lap – as Clifford and Strinzos fought fiercely for the state title, Shanahan, returning from the wilderness of a long-term injury held a brief meeting with the Lakeside gods, and rocketed through the final 200 metres to take a well-deserved wreath in 15:14.96sec, with a final quarter of 60.3sec.

A state team regular, Katherine Dowie (Eureka) took a commanding victory in the Under 20 Women’s 5000m event, recording a time of 18:16.26. The quietly determined distance runner, enlightened via the tutelage of Ballarat stalwart Rod Griffin, trains in her home town of Carisbrook, located an hour from Ballarat. Barring her weekly trips to Ballarat for a track session, Downie trains with alone, making the most of the dirt trail running along the back of her parent’s property, completing numerous lengths with her father riding alongside her on a bicycle to help keep pace. One of the hardest workers in the regional town of 713 individuals, Downie was the star for 12.5 laps today.

The theme of returning former state champions continued, as Adrian Sanfilippo (Old Xaverians), a student of the Nick Wall hurdle school, glided through his Open 400m Hurdles heat to record the fastest time of the day (53.70sec)

The Men’s 200 metre semi-finals continued to build tension for what will surely be a stunning set of Sunday finals. Half-lap regular suspects such as Romanin (St Kevins), Johns (Old Melburnians), Stevens (Western Aths), and Riali (Diamond Valley) made light work of the half-lap journey, with Sunday’s final likely to mirror an old western shootout.

Montana Djatschenko (Athletics Essendon) and Alana Porter (Glenhuntly) kept the crowd on the edge of their seats throughout the Under 17 Women’s Long Jump, with Djatschenko using every bit of the runway to claim victory by 4 centimetres over Porter (5.43m/+0.0w to 5.39m/-1.3w).

Showing encouraging signs following a series of hamstring scares at the Australian All-Schools Championships, Liam Mullen (Athletics Chilwell) finished the competition a mere 4 centimetres shy of his personal best, winning the Under 17 long jump title with a leap of 6.90m/+1.6w.

Joseph Baldwin (Bendigo Harriers) obliterated the competition in the U20 Men’s High Jump, letting out the loudest yell of the day as he cleared a new personal best of 2.18m, improving on his previous best jump of 2.13m.

Lizzie Hedding (Old Xavierians) built upon her Nitro Athletics success, pleasantly surprising her coaches, landing just shy of the World University Games qualifier of 6.28m. Hedding required a 27cm personal best to fend off Kelsey Berryman (New Zealand), who pushed Hedding throughout the competition recording a best jump of 6.15m (+0.0w) to Hedding’s 6.20m (+1.2w) upper atmosphere visit of a jump.

The Men’s Open Hammer Throw saw two former junior superstars square off, as Ned Weatherly (Frankston) put the Hammer briefly into orbit, throwing 61.38m to Jack Dalton’s (Ringwood) 58.79m attempt. With neither recording personal bests on the day, the result suggested a gradual rounding into form via reliable method of head-to-head competition, with both athletes sure to feature heavily at the upcoming Australian Championships.

Antony James (Old Melburnians) appeared to time his seasonal peak to perfection, covering 7.46m (+1.2w) of sand, a personal best of 8 centimetres was just enough to clinch the state title ahead of Nathan Deslandes (Athletics Nunawading), who took silver with a jump of 7.38m (-0.1w). Paul Parker (Wyndham) rounded out the closely-leapt podium with a jump of 7.30m (+0.9w).

Full results available here:



Victorian Track & Field Championships – Weekend 2 – Night 1 Results

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!




ICYMI – MUAC 5000m & Pole Vault Competition

It was an awesome night at the Rawlinson with some amazing results!

Here’s some highlights:

Western Athletics’ athlete Jack Rayner’s 13:48.8 was just shy of his 13:48.55 PB, but we believe it was a track record.  The previous record being 13:55 set by the great Ron Clarke.  Brett Robinson set the pace which sat on 65 to 66sec laps to just over 3500m before Rayner was left on his own in front of the field.

Sinead Diver lead the women’s race for 4800m before being run down by Charlotte Wilson who stopped the clock at 16:19.0 to 16:20.3.  Both recorded PB’s with Wilson being nearly 1min up on her previous best!!  For Diver it was her final pre-marathon hit out and a rare track appearance.  Having just turned 40, this is currently a world leading performance for the age group and would have ranked her 2nd in 2016 behind the UK’s Jo Pavey.

Bryce Anderson (ACT) also just missed his 5000m PB placing 2nd in the men’s race – the blustery conditions at Melbourne Uni causing some issues for the later races.

World Cross Country bound Amelia Mazza-Downie (ATE) placed third in the women’s A race in 17:03.3, just ahead of Melbourne University’s Stella Radford who ran a World University Games qualifier in the steeplechase over the weekend.

Signalling his continued improvement, Liam Cashin (WES) took out the Men’s B race with his first sub 15min performance – stopping the clock at 14:42.8.  Box Hill’s Tasmanian import Dejen Gebreselassie took second in 14:47.8

It was also good to see Knox’s Samantha Prime back in track action as she took victory in the Women’s B race in 18:02.9 to Wendouree’s Brianne Hook in 18:12.7.

Results from the Pole Vault:


Cath MacRae Melbourne Uni 3.60m
Kat Iannello Melbourne Uni 3.60m
Kate Abfalter KSB 3.60m
Alana Green SCA 3.55m
Jacinta Lynn Box Hill 3.40m
Tamara Mancuso Melbourne Uni 3.40m
Olivia Green Box Hill 3 40m
Anna Garcia Mentone 3.00m
Montana Green Mentone 3.00m
Georgia Taylor Box Hill 3.00m
Natasha McDowell Ringwood 2.80m
Bridgid Davies Box Hill 2.60m
Grace Dicker Diamond Valley 2.60m
Sarah Melstrom Box Hill 2.60m
Kira Davey Melbourne Uni 2.60m
Dale Mesini Western 2.40m
Nicola Slade, SCA 2.20m
Louise Davey Cob 2.20m
Jo Jones Coll 2.20m
Erin Rusic Coll 2.20m
Donna Egglestone Melbourne Uni 1.60m
Lyndsey Cattermole Melbourne Uni 1.60m


Flavien Basson Box Hill 5.05m
Joel Pocklington Box Hill 4.90m
David Thomson Box Hill 4.90m
Anthony Symons Mentone 4.40m
Maxime Beaumont-Courteau Box Hill 4.40m
Dalton DiMedio Box Hill 4.20m
Chris Whyte ANN, 4.15m
Jarrod Pageot Melbourne Uni 4m
Nick Rosa, Coll, 3.85m
Chris Boylen, Coll, 3.70m
Tim Amantidis, Coll, 3.70m
Seb Reynecke Doncaster 3.55m
Liam Dell Richmond 3.20m
Ethan Wright Melbourne Uni 3.20
George Schillinger Box Hill 3.00
Jackson Glover Western 2.80m
Wilson Cram KSB 2.80m
Andre DiMedio Box Hill 2.60m
Tom Glover Western 2m

Well done to all who competed!