XCR Schools – Albert Park Road Relays – Preview

We’re back for XCR Schools tomorrow at the notoriously quick Albert Park course, where athletes will use the Formula 1 pit lanes as inspiration to fun fast! As it stands Mercellin College, Haileybury College, St Kevin’s College, Wesley College and Trinity Grammar School make up the top five for the Men’s Division. In the Women’s Division, it’s Ruyton Girls’ School, Wesley College, Melbourne Girls Grammar, Haileybury College and Caulfield Grammar School who are sitting comfortably in that top five position.

Going into tomorrow’s competition, there will be a lot of quality athletes out on the track. In the Under 18 Women’s Division, Sophie O’Sullivan (Wesley) was a clear standout at Jells Park, recording a time of 14:28 which happened to be the quickest of the day for her age group. Sophie was also at her best at this year’s Australian Athletics Championships up in Sydney! Her fellow teammate Meg Oakley-Kerr will also be one to watch. Meg was not far off Sophie’s 14:28 at Jells, posting the second fastest time in 14:44. If Wesley roll into tomorrow with the same team they will certainly be the one to beat.

Up a Division for the Under 20 Women, it’ll be Caulfield Grammar who will go in as favourites. Georgie MacDonald was a class above the rest at Jells, handing the baton over in the fastest time for her age group with a time of 14:15. Heidi Demeo (Sacred Heart College) was part of a third placing team at Jells, and will no doubt be wanting an event better result, along with teammate Gabby Deller who recorded the second fastest time in 14:57.

Over in the Men’s Draw, for the Under 18’s it will be Adam Spencer leading his Wesley teammates to hopefully another win. Adam recorded a time of 12:17 at Jells, which was the fastest for this age group. Ed Marks wasn’t too far off, with a time of 12:28. Having Adam and Ed running as 3 & 4 is definitely a deadly combination, and they’ll be looking at another first place finish. St Kevin’s finished under a minute behind Wesley at Jells, and will go in hungry to get one back on them. Josh Collins and Matthew Hussy were both standouts for ‘Skevs’ both cracking the thirteen minute mark with times of 12:50 and 12:55 respectively.

The Men’s Under 20 Division at Jells Park was won convincingly by Trinity Grammar School who were two minutes faster than their rivals in Marcellin College and Melbourne High School. Tristan Day and Tom Sellwood were standouts for Trinity both posting sub-thirteen minute times. Although, it was Yaun Chow Lui from Melbourne High who had the quickest time for the day, handing over the baton in 12:23. With nothing separating 2nd, 3rd and 4th places at Jells, tomorrow’s podium finish could be anyone’s.

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We’ll be on the ground with our social media in full swing. That means Facebook and Instagram! So if you have your phone with you and you’re taking photos or recording videos, make sure you tag @athleticsvictoria and use the hashtag #XCRSCHOOLS. We want everyone to be connected at what is going to be an awesome day of competition!!!


Weather forecast:

Clearing showers with a top of 19 degrees. There will be a 20% chance of any rain (it won’t happen). However, if it does, expect there to be under a mil, so best leave your umbrella at home. UV index will be hovering around the low mark, but if you have fair skin it might be a good idea to chuck on some sunscreen. The is zero chance of there being a frost risk, which is great news. Wind speed and direction will be around 17km/h and hitting Albert Park from a NNE direction. And finally the relative humidity will be sitting around 90%, but will cooler temperatures, it doesn’t really mean anything.


Car parking:

Car parking is available in the allocated parking area only. These are located along Aughtie Dr, Canterbury Rd and surrounding streets. Please click here for a Car Parking Map. Areas highlighted in orange are all available parking areas.
Please Note: This is a ticketed carpark and will require a ticket to park in designated areas.

There is strictly no parking in the parkland area. Athletics Victoria is not responsible for any parking tickets that may be issued.

#XCRSCHOOLS

London World Qualifiers Update

Five years after the 2012 Olympic Games, the athletics world is ready once again to focus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium as London plays host to the 2017 IAAF World Championships from 4-13 August.

For an elite athlete to qualify for the world championships, they must satisfy the criteria as outlined by Athletics Australia, which includes equalling for bettering a nominated qualifying time, distance or height. For more information on qualification, click here.

As it stands, 16 women and 12 men have achieved qualifying standards in the track, field and walks disciplines with an additional 15 women and 6 men in the marathon events.

The initial list of confirmed athletes bound for London was announced after the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships and includes a mix of experienced world championship talent and exciting young athletes hungry for a taste of elite global competition.

Headlining the current team is 2011 100m hurdles world champion Sally Pearson (Qld), who made a triumphant return to the Australian athletic scene following a lengthy time on the sidelines due to injury.

Running 12.75 (w: +1.6) in the heats of the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships, the London 2012 Olympic champion was unmatched in the final where she crossed the line in wind-assisted 12.53 (w: +2.3) to win her eighth national crown.

Pearson’s time in the heat was her best run since the Doha Diamond League in the days before her season ending wrist injury in 2015, with her final result her fastest performance since winning silver at the Moscow 2013 IAAF World Championships.

Joining Pearson on the plane will be fellow world championships gold medallist Dani Stevens (NSW, nee Samuels) in the discus. Stevens is having one of her most consistent seasons to date, with her performance at the NSW Open Championships her second best of her career reaching 66.78m.

Just last weekend, Stevens further proved her good form when she finished just 50cm behind two-time Olympic champion Sandra Perkovic (CRO) at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Shanghai (CHN).

Rio 2016 medallists Jared Tallent (SA) and Dane Bird-Smith (Qld) will be two of six walkers set to don the green and gold in the 50km and 20km race walks in London. Tallent, who already has three world championships medals to his name (50km walk silver in Daegu 2011 and Beijing 2015, bronze in 2013 Moscow), will return to the Mall in London, the scene of his gold-medal winning 50km walk performance at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Long jumper Fabrice Lapierre (NSW) grabbed the silver medal at the 2015 world championships and will head to London ready to go up against with a very competitive field that will push his limits. Jumping a windy 8.50m (+4.4) at the Longhorn Invitational, Lapierre’s form has been up and down in 2017, but will be targeting the finals in an unpredictable field inside the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium this August.

After falling just 0.01 of a second short of the Olympic final in Rio last year, 200m sprinter Ella Nelson (NSW) is ready for revenge and will head to the London World Championships with making the top-8 in the world her goal.

23-year-old Nelson showcased her ability when she dipped under the 23.10 qualifying time at the SUMMERofATHS Grand Prix with 23.00 (+1.5), but will be eyeing off her PB time of 22.50 when she heads to London later this August.

Tasmanian javelin thrower Hamish Peacock is also named in the team, and will be supported in the throwing events by 24-year-old Olympic finalist Damien Birkinhead (Vic) in the men’s shotput and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Kelsey Lee-Roberts (ACT) in the javelin.

Three-time Australian 400m champion Morgan Mitchell (Vic) is London bound after securing three qualifiers to date, including a fast time of 51.65 seconds at the SUMMERofATHS Grand Prix this year.

Kurtis Marschall (SA) is set to get his first taste of world championships competition after the 20-year-old cleared 5.70m at the South Australian state championships this year, while female vaulter Nina Kennedy (WA) jumped 4.55m at the WA championships to see her place in the team.

Heading to her fourth world championships, Lauren Wells (ACT) will be looking to reach the final for the first time in her career after reaching the semi-finals three times previously.

At the 2017 IAAF World Relays Australia’s men’s 4x100m team and the women’s 4x400m secured their entry to London with both Aussie teams making the final in the Bahamas.

Decathlete Cedric Dubler (Qld) also finds himself London-bound after his performance at the 2016 Australian Championships granted him entry on the team.

Patrick Tiernan (Qld) clocked 27:29.81 in the 10,000m at the Payton Jordan Invitational to highlight the 10,000m starter’s continuing form.

Rhydian Cowley (Vic) will compete in the men’s 20km walk, Chris Erickson (Vic) will tackle the 50km walk, while Regan Lamble (Vic) and Beki Smith (ACT) line up for the women’s 20km walk events.

Eloise Wellings (NSW) has her ticket to London booked when her Rio Olympic Games performance of 31:14.94 in the 10,000m ensures her start for the championships.

Other athletes who have gained qualifying marks since the initial team selection include steeplechaser Genevieve LaCaze (Vic) and Olympic 1500m finalist Ryan Gregson (Vic) who both ran the qualifying times at the Doha Diamond League meet earlier this month.

Similarly the Payton Jordan Invitational meet in Palo Alto (USA) was fruitful for Australian distance runners as Sam McEntee (Vic) grabbed the qualifying time in the 5000m, and Madeline Hills (NSW) ran a time of 31:41.10 in the 10,000m to make sure her name was in the mix for a London selection.

Lisa Weightman staked her claim in the women’s marathon, with a scintillating time at the London Marathon of 2:25.15, putting her among the top-3 fastest Australians ever over the distance.

In April, Athletics Australia also confirmed automatic selections for the 2017 World Para-Athletics Championships, with Paralympic Games gold medallists James Turner (NSW) and Scott Reardon (NSW) to join reigning world champions Isis Holt (Vic), Madison de Rozario (WA), Angela Ballard (NSW) and Todd Hodgetts (Vic) on entry lists for London 2017.

The cut-off date for qualification in the able-bodied track and field events is 21 July, while the Australian marathon athletes are set to be decided upon from 22 May, with final selections to be made shortly after.


Courtesy: Athletics Australia

ICYMI – Hall and Mitchell in Shanghai

Rio 2016 Olympians Linden Hall (Vic) and Jenny Blundell (NSW) joined Stevens on entry lists, with the middle-distance duo finishing side-by-side in the women’s 1500m in 4:07.59 and 4:07.72 respectively.

Frustrated by the messiness of the race and because she missed the London 2017 qualifier, Hall was happy to be racing again after a stint of training as she prepares for the Prefontaine Classic, where she ran 4:01.78 last year.

“It was great to be racing again, I love racing and was certainly starting to get tired of just training. It’s always exciting to come to big meets and rub shoulders with the top athletes and being out there today has got me excited for what’s to come,” Hall said.

“The race was frustrating though, no one went with the pace and it ended up being quite erratic and messy through the first half. I’m not happy with the result, my minimum goal tonight was the London qualifier and to miss by such a small margin is annoying.

“I’ve got the Pre Classic in a few weeks, so hopefully I can get it done there. It’s my favourite track in the world.”

Competing in the women’s 400m, the Australian one-lap champion Morgan Mitchell (Vic) clocked 52.23 to place 8th, as Shaunae Miller-Uibo (BAH) set a world lead of 49.77 to open her season.

 

Courtesy – Athletics Australia

XCR’17 – Wandin Park Cross Country – Wrap

An amazing day out at Wandin Park saw some amazing performances on what was an extremely tough course.

Standout performances in the Men’s Open Division:

  • Andrew Buchanan (Bendigo) sat back on the first 4km lap then forged away on the second to set up a good lead ahead of Nick Earl. Ended up winning comfortably with a time of 26:05. It’s the first time a Division 5 athlete has won a Victorian Championships.
  • Veteran Nick Earl (MUAC) was solid all day and looks to be in really good form off the back of wining Puffing Billy’s Great Train Race. Was with Andrew for the majority of the race but couldn’t stick with him at the final stages. Crossed the line in second place with a time of 26:30.
  • Dejen Gebreselassie (Mentone) was running in his first ever Athletics Victoria XCR event and looked as if he had been there plenty of times before. Put in an exceptionally good performance and finished up in third place with a time of 26:35.

Standout performances in the Women’s Open Division:

  • Anna Kelly (South Melbourne) had an interesting battle. There were four in contention for the majority of the race, but with 2km to go, Anna made a break and continued to push towards the finish line. First breakthrough Victorian Championship with a time of 21:57.
  • Alexandra Patterson (Old Xaverians) backed up really well from winning the Sydney 10 a week prior. Looked really poised for the whole race and finished in second place with a time of 22:07.
  • Karinna Fyfe (Glenhuntly) has been a very reliable runner over many years, and it was no different at Wandin. Looked in really good form for the whole race and stuck with Alexandra right to the end. Rounded out the top three with a time of 22:09.

Click here for a list of full results.


We look forward to seeing everyone at Cruden Farm for our Round 3 Heritage competition.


If you missed out on entering Wandin Park Cross Country, you still have plenty of time to get entered into Cruden Farm. Make sure you head to the Athletics Victoria Members Portal to ensure you don’t miss out again! Closing date for Cruden is Wednesday 24th May – 12pm (midday).


How to enter into an XCR’17 event:

  • Head to athsvic.org.au
  • Click on Members Portal on the top right of your computer screen.
  • Or click on event page (XCR).
  • Click on the specific event you wish to enter (eg. Wandin Park Cross Country).
  • Click the ‘enter now’ tab.
  • If you have a current profile with Athletics Victoria please enter your login details. If you have forgotten your login details, contact Athletics Victoria on (03) 8646 4500. Please do not create a separate account.
  • Once in the Athletics Victoria Members Portal, select your age group from the available event(s).
  • Once selected, click add to cart.
  • Click ‘go to cart’ to make payment, or click ‘continue shopping’ if you wish to enter further events.

If you have clicked ‘go to cart’…

  • Check the information you have entered is correct.
  • If satisfied with all the information, click ‘check out’.
  • Follow the prompts and click ‘next’ on the order summary.
  • Make sure you tick the terms and conditions box to proceed to the payment screen.
  • Click ‘next’ on payment screen (billing screen).
  • Enter your credit card details and click ‘continue’.
  • Your order will be processed and a confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with your account.
  • If you do not receive an email, please contact Athletics Victoria on (03) 8646 4500.

If you have clicked ‘continue shopping’…

  • Click on the ‘events tab’ situated at the top of your computer screen.
  • Select the event you wish to enter by clicking on the register button which is situated on the far-right column.
  • Select the event you wish to compete in and select your age group.

Please note: If you have purchased a Max Package and/or XCR Package you are automatically entered into each of the XCR rounds for the 2017 season.

This step-by-step entering guide is for those who haven’t purchased a Max Package and/or XCR Package and are completing individual entries.

How to purchase a package…

  • Login to the Athletics Victoria Members Portal.
  • Click on ‘events tab’ situated at the top of your computer screen.
  • Select the package you wish to purchase.
  • Select your specific age group from the drop-down menu.
  • Click ‘add to cart’.
  • If satisfied with all the information, click ‘check out’.
  • Follow the prompts and click ‘next’ on the order summary.
  • Make sure you tick the terms and conditions box to proceed to the payment screen.
  • Click ‘next’ on payment screen (billing screen).
  • Enter your credit card details and click ‘continue’.
  • Your order will be processed and a confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with your account.
  • If you do not receive an email, please contact Athletics Victoria on (03) 8646 4500.

ENTERING A RELAY EVENT

Your club is responsible for entering teams. Please ensure you notify Team Managers of your eligibility if you have completed your membership and purchased one of the following packages:

  • 2017 Max Package
  • XCR’17 Package
  • XCR’17 Relay Package

Please note: For athletes to be eligible to compete and score points for their team, they must be registered with Athletics Victoria and approved by their club with one of the above packages purchased no later than 12pm (midday) the Wednesday before the Saturday/Sunday event.

How to purchase a package…

  • Login to the Athletics Victoria Members Portal.
  • Click on ‘events tab’ situated at the top of your computer screen.
  • Select the package you wish to purchase.
  • Select your specific age group from the drop-down menu.
  • Click ‘add to cart’.
  • If satisfied with all the information, click ‘check out’.
  • Follow the prompts and click ‘next’ on the order summary.
  • Make sure you tick the terms and conditions box to proceed to the payment screen.
  • Click ‘next’ on payment screen (billing screen).
  • Enter your credit card details and click ‘continue’.
  • Your order will be processed and a confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with your account.
  • If you do not receive an email, please contact Athletics Victoria on (03) 8646 4500

Make sure you remember to tag @athleticsvictoria in all your photos throughout the season 🙂

#XCR17

XCR’17 – Round 2 – Wandin Park – Preview

This Saturday we’re back at Wandin Park for what is sure to be a cracking day of competition. The weather is looking stunning which will no doubt play into some exceptional performances and fast times. Again we have an increase of competitors from last year which shows the strength of the XCR competition and the enthusiasm each athlete has for the sport of cross-country. For those who are competing for the first time, Wandin Park is situated an hour east of the Melbourne’s CBD. The course offers undulating hills and a breathtaking backdrop of the Victorian countryside which will offer value to both participant and spectator.

With a stacked field entered, it’s could be anyone’s race. However, there are a few familiar faces entered, who have had exceptional XCR careers and continue to dominate nationally and internationally.

In the Men’s Open Division, Rio Olympian Liam Adams (Essendon) will be lining up for the second time after finishing with his team in sixth position at Jells Park. Liam will be a serious contender to take out the top individual prize. Veteran Nick Earl (MUAC) has had a great start to the season, finishing with his teammates in third place at Jells Park before going on to win Puffing Billy’s Great Train Race. Will Potter (Box Hill) was involved with the winning Men’s Division 1 team at Jells Park and will no doubt be looking to add an individual title to his name at Wandin tomorrow.

In the Women’s Open Division the usual suspects in Gemma Maini (Frankston), Anna Kelly (South Melbourne) and Virginia Moloney (Collingwood) will be jostling it out for bragging rights of the first individual event of the year. Gemma has started the year off exceptionally well, taking out Puffing Billy’s Great Train Race, and finishing third (whilst being the quickest in her team) at the Jells Park relays. Anna seems to be in great form after her team finished in fifth position at Jells Park, and also submitting the second fastest time of the day in 20.51. Virginia has been at the top of the game for a while, and it was no exception out at Jells Park as she found herself passing over the baton in the fastest time for the day (20.32), which went a long way in securing her team’s second place finish. It’s fair to say that Wandin Park will go down to the wire…


Forecast:

Early morning fog, becoming sunny with a top temperature of 17 degrees. There is 10% chance of rain (no way it’s going to happen) and the UV index is set to low (so no need to slip, slop, slap). For those who are considering whether to rug up, there is a slight chance of a frost risk, however we advise that you have all the appropriate clothing on standby just in case. It is Melbourne after all!  The wind is clocking in at a maximum of 8 km/h in a SSW direction – so for those of you living down the coast, that means it’s slightly onshore.  However there are some nice protected areas to get a fun surf in such as Spouts Creek.


If you missed out on entering Wandin Park Cross Country, you still have plenty of time to get entered into Cruden Farm. Make sure you head to the Athletics Victoria Members Portal to ensure you don’t miss out again! Closing date for Cruden is Wednesday 24th May – 12pm (midday).


How to enter into an XCR’17 event:

  • Head to athsvic.org.au
  • Click on Members Portal on the top right of your computer screen.
  • Or click on event page (XCR).
  • Click on the specific event you wish to enter (eg. Wandin Park Cross Country).
  • Click the ‘enter now’ tab.
  • If you have a current profile with Athletics Victoria please enter your login details. If you have forgotten your login details, contact Athletics Victoria on (03) 8646 4500. Please do not create a separate account.
  • Once in the Athletics Victoria Members Portal, select your age group from the available event(s).
  • Once selected, click add to cart.
  • Click ‘go to cart’ to make payment, or click ‘continue shopping’ if you wish to enter further events.

If you have clicked ‘go to cart’…

  • Check the information you have entered is correct.
  • If satisfied with all the information, click ‘check out’.
  • Follow the prompts and click ‘next’ on the order summary.
  • Make sure you tick the terms and conditions box to proceed to the payment screen.
  • Click ‘next’ on payment screen (billing screen).
  • Enter your credit card details and click ‘continue’.
  • Your order will be processed and a confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with your account.
  • If you do not receive an email, please contact Athletics Victoria on (03) 8646 4500.

If you have clicked ‘continue shopping’…

  • Click on the ‘events tab’ situated at the top of your computer screen.
  • Select the event you wish to enter by clicking on the register button which is situated on the far-right column.
  • Select the event you wish to compete in and select your age group.

Please note: If you have purchased a Max Package and/or XCR Package you are automatically entered into each of the XCR rounds for the 2017 season.

This step-by-step entering guide is for those who haven’t purchased a Max Package and/or XCR Package and are completing individual entries.

How to purchase a package…

  • Login to the Athletics Victoria Members Portal.
  • Click on ‘events tab’ situated at the top of your computer screen.
  • Select the package you wish to purchase.
  • Select your specific age group from the drop-down menu.
  • Click ‘add to cart’.
  • If satisfied with all the information, click ‘check out’.
  • Follow the prompts and click ‘next’ on the order summary.
  • Make sure you tick the terms and conditions box to proceed to the payment screen.
  • Click ‘next’ on payment screen (billing screen).
  • Enter your credit card details and click ‘continue’.
  • Your order will be processed and a confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with your account.
  • If you do not receive an email, please contact Athletics Victoria on (03) 8646 4500.

ENTERING A RELAY EVENT

Your club is responsible for entering teams. Please ensure you notify Team Managers of your eligibility if you have completed your membership and purchased one of the following packages:

  • 2017 Max Package
  • XCR’17 Package
  • XCR’17 Relay Package

Please note: For athletes to be eligible to compete and score points for their team, they must be registered with Athletics Victoria and approved by their club with one of the above packages purchased no later than 12pm (midday) the Wednesday before the Saturday/Sunday event.

How to purchase a package…

  • Login to the Athletics Victoria Members Portal.
  • Click on ‘events tab’ situated at the top of your computer screen.
  • Select the package you wish to purchase.
  • Select your specific age group from the drop-down menu.
  • Click ‘add to cart’.
  • If satisfied with all the information, click ‘check out’.
  • Follow the prompts and click ‘next’ on the order summary.
  • Make sure you tick the terms and conditions box to proceed to the payment screen.
  • Click ‘next’ on payment screen (billing screen).
  • Enter your credit card details and click ‘continue’.
  • Your order will be processed and a confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with your account.
  • If you do not receive an email, please contact Athletics Victoria on (03) 8646 4500

Make sure you remember to tag @athleticsvictoria in all your photos throughout the season 🙂

#XCR17

ICYMI – London Qualifiers Achieved

Courtesy – Athletics Australia


Ryan Gregson (Vic) and Patrick Tiernan (Qld) are London 2017 bound after ensuring their automatic selection in the men’s 1500m and men’s 10,000m respectively on a big day for Australian athletics across the globe.

Stopping the clock in a season best 3:34.56 behind winner Elijah Managoi (KEN, 3:31.90) at the IAAF Diamond League in Doha (QAT), Gregson’s performance alongside his Australian Athletics Championships gold medal is enough to deliver him a green and gold uniform.

“I am happy to have run the standard. I didn’t feel great. The jet lag coming from California had more of an impact than I had expected,” Gregson said.

“But I am sure the race will advance my next period of training and help me be more competitive in my next race at the Prefontaine Classic.”

Tiernan confirmed his selection at the renowned Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford (USA), crossing the line in a 10,000m personal best time of 27:29.81.

His outstanding run saw the Rio 2016 Olympian take line honours from Mo Ahmed (CAN) after a 58-second last lap, and challenge the national record of Ben St Lawrence (NSW).

Not to be outdone were Genevieve LaCaze (Vic), Sam McEntee (WA) and Madeline Hills (NSW), with the trio also recording IAAF World Championships qualifiers on track today.

Competing in the women’s 3000m steeplechase in Doha (QAT), LaCaze clocked a season best 9:37.10 to stake her claim after missing the Australian Athletics Championships through injury.

“At halfway I thought I could run very fast, but I did get very tired through the last 800m which I should maybe have expected after missing time with injury in March,” LaCaze said.

“At least now I am healthy, have the standard and can focus without distraction on my preparation for London.”

McEntee was the first Australian to qualifier at the Payton Jordan Invitational this afternoon, with the Rio 2016 Olympian crossing the line in a personal best 13:17.55 to place second behind Justyn Knight (USA, first, 13:57.51). The performance moves him to 8th on the Australian All-Time List.

Hills then followed with a stunning 31:41.10 in the women’s 10,000m. Crossing the line 7th, the performance smashes her previous personal best by more than a minute and sets her up to join Eloise Wellings (NSW) in the event at London 2017.

In other results from Round 1 of the IAAF Diamond League in Doha (QAT), the Australian javelin champion Hamish Peacock (Tas) threw 82.97m to place 6th behind the unbelievable Thomas Roehler (GER).

Roehler’s winning mark of 93.90m is the best for more than twenty years, a world lead for 2017, a German record, a Diamond League record and a meet record.

In other results from the Payton Jordan Invitational:

– Taking line honours in 15:22.36 to miss the London 2017 qualification standard by just 0.36 seconds, Heidi See (NSW) won the second heat of the women’s 5000m as Jack Rayner (Vic) ran a personal best 13:47.41 to win heat two of the men’s event.
– Steven Solomon (NSW) reigned supreme in the men’s one-lap race, clocking 46.13 to return to the track after winning the Australian 400m Championship in Sydney (NSW) last month.
– Abbey de la Motte (Tas) placed second in the second heat of the women’s 800m in a time of 2:04.12, with Lora Storey (NSW, 4th) and Georgia Griffith (Vic, 5th) clocking 2:04.85 and 2:05.11 in the same race.
– Anneliese Rubie (NSW) ran 2:04.56 for third in the third heat of the women’s 800m, with Sarah Billings (Vic) crossing the line in 2:07.17 in heat four.

The IAAF Diamond League now moves to Shanghai (CHN), with Fabrice Lapierre (NSW), Dani Stevens (NSW, nee Samuels) and Linden Hall (Vic) among the entries.


 

 

Entering an XCR event – Step-by-step process!

  • Head to athsvic.org.au
  • Click on Members Portal on the top right of your computer screen.
  • Or click on event page (XCR).
  • Click on the specific event you wish to enter (eg. Wandin Park Cross Country).
  • Click the ‘enter now’ tab.
  • If you have a current profile with Athletics Victoria please enter your login details. If you have forgotten your login details, contact Athletics Victoria on (03) 8646 4500. Please do not create a separate account.
  • Once in the Athletics Victoria Members Portal, select your age group from the available event(s).
  • Once selected, click add to cart.
  • Click ‘go to cart’ to make payment, or click ‘continue shopping’ if you wish to enter further events.

If you have clicked ‘go to cart’…

  • Check the information you have entered is correct.
  • If satisfied with all the information, click ‘check out’.
  • Follow the prompts and click ‘next’ on the order summary.
  • Make sure you tick the terms and conditions box to proceed to the payment screen.
  • Click ‘next’ on payment screen (billing screen).
  • Enter your credit card details and click ‘continue’.
  • Your order will be processed and a confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with your account.
  • If you do not receive an email, please contact Athletics Victoria on (03) 8646 4500.

If you have clicked ‘continue shopping’…

  • Click on the ‘events tab’ situated at the top of your computer screen.
  • Select the event you wish to enter by clicking on the register button which is situated on the far-right column.
  • Select the event you wish to compete in and select your age group.

Please note: If you have purchased a Max Package and/or XCR Package you are automatically entered into each of the XCR rounds for the 2017 season.

This step-by-step entering guide is for those who haven’t purchased a Max Package and/or XCR Package and are completing individual entries.

How to purchase a package…

  • Login to the Athletics Victoria Members Portal.
  • Click on ‘events tab’ situated at the top of your computer screen.
  • Select the package you wish to purchase.
  • Select your specific age group from the drop-down menu.
  • Click ‘add to cart’.
  • If satisfied with all the information, click ‘check out’.
  • Follow the prompts and click ‘next’ on the order summary.
  • Make sure you tick the terms and conditions box to proceed to the payment screen.
  • Click ‘next’ on payment screen (billing screen).
  • Enter your credit card details and click ‘continue’.
  • Your order will be processed and a confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with your account.
  • If you do not receive an email, please contact Athletics Victoria on (03) 8646 4500.

ENTERING A RELAY EVENT

Your club is responsible for entering teams. Please ensure you notify Team Managers of your eligibility if you have completed your membership and purchased one of the following packages:

  • 2017 Max Package
  • XCR’17 Package
  • XCR’17 Relay Package

Please note: For athletes to be eligible to compete and score points for their team, they must be registered with Athletics Victoria and approved by their club with one of the above packages purchased no later than 12pm (midday) the Wednesday before the Saturday/Sunday event.

How to purchase a package…

  • Login to the Athletics Victoria Members Portal.
  • Click on ‘events tab’ situated at the top of your computer screen.
  • Select the package you wish to purchase.
  • Select your specific age group from the drop-down menu.
  • Click ‘add to cart’.
  • If satisfied with all the information, click ‘check out’.
  • Follow the prompts and click ‘next’ on the order summary.
  • Make sure you tick the terms and conditions box to proceed to the payment screen.
  • Click ‘next’ on payment screen (billing screen).
  • Enter your credit card details and click ‘continue’.
  • Your order will be processed and a confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with your account.
  • If you do not receive an email, please contact Athletics Victoria on (03) 8646 4500.

 

Victorian Officials Awards Function – 2017

The Victorian Officials Awards function was celebrated on Sunday (30th April) in the Cathy Freeman room at Lakeside.  The luncheon had the theme of “Countries of the Commonwealth’ as a lead up to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games next April – 2018.

Service badges were awarded throughout the day in recognition of the efforts from our Officials. Congratulations to the following on outstanding years of Officiating:

  • 30 years – Peter Vysma
  • 35 years – Lindsay Beaton, Doreen Giannini, Ronda Jenkins, Kevin Wigmore and Irene Harris
  • 40 years – May Burling, Ellen Perry and Ian Rickard
  • 50 years – Ron Stobaus

A special mention to Arthur Whitchell who has been an Official for 60 years.  A tremendous effort indeed.

An important aspect of this event is to announce/present our awards for the past season. Each Region and Zone was asked to submit their nominations for Outstanding Officials from their area. As such a sub Committee was formed to select the worthy winners.

Congratulations to the following recipients from each Zone and Region:

Red Zone:                                           Allan Watson
Blue Zone:                                          Stuart Merrick
Yellow Zone:                                     Doreen Giannini
White Zone:                                      Peter Westwood
Ballarat Region:                                Marita Rieniets
Bendigo Region:                               Wolf Heiden
Geelong Region:                               Geoff Marshman
Western Country Region:              Jenny Evans
Southern Metro Region:                Mark Henry
Northern Metro Region:                Jamie Grey
Western Metro Region:                 Jim Baskin
Gippsland Country Region:           Steve Woolfe
Northern Country Region:           Aileen Zanelli
Eastern Metro Region:                   Irene Harris

The highlight of the day was the Official of the Year and Rookie of the Year award.

The Official of the Year is awarded to an Official who has made an outstanding contribution in athletics-officiating over the past season. The award is only given to Officials who have dedicated significant time and effort.

The Official of the Year was awarded to Pam Noden

(Pam was on babysitting duties on the day so was not in attendance – the award will be presented to Pam at XCR Rd 2 – Wandin Park on Saturday 13 May)

The Rising Star award is presented to an Official who, in the Victorian Officials Selection Committee’s opinion, has made an outstanding contribution to the sport in their early years of officiating. This year’s recipient has shown great enthusiasm in officiating at several State and National levels.

The Rising Star award was presented to Tina Miller


Written by Andrea Hallett

Lakeside Stadium Winter Access Plan

Lakeside Stadium – Winter Access Plan

Athletics Victoria are pleased to advise all members of Lakeside Stadium’s winter operating hours. Effective May 1st – September 18th (Summer access plan re-activated as at September 19th)

Lakeside Stadium Winter Access Plan

  • Monday: 12:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Tuesday: 12:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Wednesday: No access
  • Thursday: 12:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Friday: No access
  • Saturday: 10:00am – 2:00pm 
  • Sunday: Closed        

Note:

  • LS staff on site from 12:30pm on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday;
  • Please ensure your session concludes prior to venue closing times as listed above;
  • LS website to be updated ASAP to reflect above winter access times;
  • Please continue to check the LS website and calendar, to ensure your daytime training is not impeded by original track bookings;
  • For specific track booking times, navigate to the ‘week’ and select the day of interest.

Admission Prices (during winter)

Adult Single Visit: Casual entry – $5.30 / MSH Member Entry – $4.30
Concession Single Visit: Casual entry – $3.30 / MSH Member Entry – $2.30

Please continue to utilise and encourage others to train at LS, Victoria’s premier athletics facility. The more athletes who utilise LS over the winter months the better!

Victorian All Schools Cross Country Relays – Jells Park (North)

VICTORIAN ALL SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY RELAYS – JELLS PARK (NORTH)

This Saturday (29th April) is the Victorian All Schools Cross Country Relays! Having commenced our XCR’17 season at Jells Park last weekend, we can assure you the course is looking as good as it ever has, with some quality times being posted across the board.
Please note: This year the course will be located at Jells Park (North). Entry is via Waverley Road, not Ferntree Gully Road. Look for Madeline’s Cafe!

We ask that this is communicated to students and parents alike.

Where: Jells Park (North), Wheelers Hill, Victoria.
When: Saturday 29th April – from 10am.

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XCR’17 Handbook

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ICYMI – Standout Weekend Results

Jells Park
Top 3 men: David McNeill (OLX) 17:26, Will Potter (BOH) 18:23, Ben Buckingham (SSH) 18:25
Top 3 women: Linden Hall (ATE) 19:58, Virginia Moloney (COL) 20:32, Anna Kelly (SME) 20:51

Fastest 3k laps
Men: Adam Spencer (GHY) 9:05
Women: Amelia Mazza-Downie 10:17

Other Events

The O’Keefe Marathon – Bendigo to Harcourt
Close tussle between Geelong Region’s Julian Spence and Ballarat Region’s Ash Watson with Spence prevailing 2:35:09 to 2:36:03

Geelong Half Marathon
Athletics Essendon’s Liam Adams ran 1:05:52 (uncertified course) to win the Geelong Half Marathon ahead of Nick Earl and Dion Finocchiaro.  In the women’s race, Glenhuntly’s Karinna Fyfe took the win in 1:17:42 from Ellie O’Kane and Erchana Murray-Bartlett.

IAAF World Relay Championships
In the Bahamas it was the Women’s 4x800m team featuring Abbey de la Motte and Zoe Buckman who grabbed the bronze medal behind Belarus and the United States with a time of 8:21.08s. The Women’s 4x400m team featuring Morgan Mitchell just missed out on a podium finish, crossing the line in fourth place, with a time of 3:28.80s. Over in the Men’s division for the 4x800m and it was Jordan Williamsz and Luke Mathews who put in great performances to ensure a fourth place finish for their team with a time of 7:20.10s.

London Marathon
Lisa Weightman had a point to prove over in London – and she did just that! Finishing in 5th position with a time of 2:25:15. Lisa now sits at number 3 all time in Australia and the fastest in 11 years with a huge personal best!