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!

 

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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.

 

Make sure you head to www.athletics.com.au for live streaming details!

#SUMMERofATHS

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!

For all results from Day 3 (Weekend 2) head to http://athsvic.org.au/liveresults/.

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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: http://athsvic.org.au/liveresults/

 

 

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!

#SUMMERofATHS

 

 

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:

Women

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

Men


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!

Victorian Track & Field Championships – Weekend 2 – The List!

We’re back again!

This time featuring the best Victorian (and interstate) athletes in the 5000m Walk, 3000m Walk, 200m, 800m, 3000m, 400m Hurdles, 200m Hurdles, Long Jump, Shot Put, High jump and Hammer Throw…

Some faces to look out for across the three jam-packed days:

  • Lateisha Willis – Under 18 – 200m – Yarra Ranges
  • Luke Stevens – Open – 200m – Western Athletics
  • Mietta Russell – Under 16 – 200m – Sandringham Athletic Club
  • Annaliese Bush – Under 20 – 200m – Old Xaverians Athletic Club
  • Will Johns – Open – 200m – Old Melburnians Athletic Club
  • Kendra Hubbard – Open – 200m – Old Melburnians Athletic Club
  • Christine Byrne – Under 20 – 200m – Glenhuntly Athletic Club
  • Maddison Coates – Open – 200m – Diamond Valley Athletics Club
  • Mia Gross – Under 17 – 200m – Deakin Athletic Club

 

  • Isis Holt – Under 18 – 200m Para – Old Xaverians
  • Richard Coleman – Open – 200m Wheelchair – Athletics Chilwell

 

  • Abbey Badrock – Under 20 – 400m Hurdles – Athletics Chilwell
  • Matthew Harcourt – Under 20 – 400m Hurdles – Box Hill Athletic Club
  • Jessica Gulli-Nance – Open – 400m Hurdles – Deakin Athletic Club
  • Mackenzie Keenan – Open – 400m Hurdles – Old Melburnians Athletic Club

 

  • Jaryd Clifford – Under 20 – 5000m – Diamond Valley Athletic Club
  • Jemima Montag – Under 20 – 5000m – Maccabi Athletic Club

 

  • Kyle Swan – Open – 5000m Walk – Athletics Nunawading
  • Kelly Ruddick – Open – 5000m Walk – Ballarat Harriers Athletic Club
  • Adam Garganis – Open – 5000m Walk – Collingwood Harriers Athletic Club
  • Rhydian Cowley – Open – 5000m Walk – Glenhuntly Athletic Club

 

  • Linden Hall – Open – 800m – Athletics Essendon
  • Mark Richards – Open – 800m – Knox Athletic Club
  • Sarah Billings – Under 20 – 800m – Melbourne University Athletic Club
  • Ellen Schaef – Open – 800m – Melbourne University Athletic Club
  • Anneliese Rubie – Open – 800m – New South Wales
  • Gigi Maccagnini – Under 16 – 800m – South Melbourne Athletic Club
  • Christian Davis – Open – 800m – Athletics Chilwell
  • Archie Wallis – Open – 800m – Old Scotch Athletic Club

 

  • Louise Mendes – Open – Hammer Throw – Athletics Essendon
  • Gabrielle Neighbour – Open – Hammer Throw – Frankston Athletic Club
  • Ned Weatherly – Open – Hammer Throw – Frankston Athletic Club
  • Julia Bourke – Open – Hammer Throw – Western Athletics

 

  • Rachel Limburg – Open – High Jump – Box Hill Athletic Club
  • Jonathan Lightfoot – Open – High jump – Old Xaverians
  • Eleanor Patterson – Open – High Jump – South Coast Athletics

 

  • Zara Keca – Under 20 – Long Jump – Athletics Essendon
  • Christopher Mitrevski – Open – Long Jump – Athletics Essendon
  • Zachary Nunis – Open – Long Jump – Doncaster Athletic Club
  • Michael Cann – Under 20 – Long Jump – Frankston Athletic Club
  • Nicholas Hum – Open – Long Jump – Glenhuntly Athletic Club
  • Annaliese Bush – Under 20 – Long Jump – Old Xaverians Athletic Club
  • Celeste Mucci – Under 20 – Long Jump – Willanstown Athletic Club

 

  • Louise Mendes – Open – Shot Put – Athletics Essendon
  • Christopher Browne – Open – Shot Put – Bendigo Harriers Athletic Club
  • Damien Birkinhead – Open – Shot Put – Corio Athletic Club
  • James Joycey – Open – Shot Put – Doncaster Athletic Club
  • Russell Short – Open – Shot Put – Glenhuntly Athletic Club
  • Michael Vassilopoulos – Open – Shot Put – Ringwood Athletic Club
  • Julia Bourke – Open – Shot Put – Western Athletics

 

  • Todd Hodgetts – Open – Shot Put Para – Ringwood Athletic Club
  • Craig Jarrett – Open – Shot Put Para – Sandringham Athletic Club
  • Brydee Moore – Open – Shot Put Para – Athletics Nunawading
  • Jessee Wyatt – Open – Shot Put Para – Frankston Athletic Club

 

We can’t wait for things to kick off tonight!

#SUMMERofATHS

 

 

 

 

2017 HH Hunter Shield – Results

Victorian Championships – Day 3 – Weekend 1

Bravo Melbourne! Finally producing some delicious weather for the athletes and spectators to soak up and enjoy. And if the weather wasn’t doing it for you, then the jam packed finals program would have been…

Some notable performances throughout the day:

Bianca Hansen taking out the Women’s U20 Discus with a distance of 45.18!

Samuel Rizzo taking out the Men’s Open WC 1500m and 100m against Paralympian Richard Coleman. However, the tables were turned in the 400m, with Coleman finally getting one back in their last event for the day!

Paralympian superstar Isis Holt winning her 100m spring for her classification – another amazing achievement for the young gun!

Olympian, Nitro and Victorian representative Linden Hall smashed her Women’s Open 1500m to take out the gold medal – just missing out on a qualifier for London – but no doubt she’ll crack the 4.07 very soon!

Andrew Buchanan from Bendigo finished amazingly strong to take out the Men’s Open 1500m! An amazing race with a close sprint to the finish line…

Maddie Coates was far too strong in the Women’s Open 100m sprint, holding off awesome competition, to bring home the gold!

The Men’s Open 100m was one of the highlights for the day with a dead hear between Joel Bee and Chris Mitrevski! And to top that, it appeared that Joel Bee may have torn a hamstring just as he crossed the line! A very bittersweet victory for Bee no doubt…

Kathryn Brooks was outstanding going PB, PB, PB to take out the Women’s U20 Javelin! An amazing achievement which was well received by her competitors and spectators!

Michael Cann was a surprise in the Men’s U20 100m finishing with a cracking time of 10.99s!

Mia Gross absolutely dominated the Women’s U17 400m finishing well ahead of her competition!

A huge upset in the Men’s Open 400m with Will Johns beating Nitro superstar Luke Stevens!

With Olympian Morgan Mitchell a late scratching for the Women’s Open 400m, the door was left wide open for someone else to claim victory, and that person happened to be Abbey De La Motte! A textbook run and a very well deserved title of 2017 Victorian Hurdle Champions!

Can’t wait for Weekend 2!

#SUMMERofATHS

Victorian Championships – Day 2 – Weekend 1

The sun was out but there was still plenty of wind about at Lakeside Stadium. If there were any surfers down the coast, they would have described it as a howling onshore, suitable for a ramp session…

Regardless of the swirling conditions, there were a plethora of standout results across all age groups.

In the Open Division, Charlotte Wilson (ATE) and Ben Buckingham took out the 3000m Steeplechase in 10:10.83 and 8:54.14 respectively, Michael Vassilopoulos (RWD) won the Discus with a best of 49.44m and Kimberley Mulhall (SAN) won the Discus with a best of 51.92m. Luke Stevens (WES) qualified fastest for the 400m final with 48.17 with Will Johns next best coming at 48.54. Morgan Mitchell (WES) was the fastest female, cruising through to the 400m final with a time of 53.58 – Abbey De La Motte was second fastest coming in with a time of 55.15. The top three men making it to the 100m final were Joel Bee from St Kevin’s with a time of 10.72, Christopher Mitrevski from Athletics Essendon with a time of 10.79 and Nathan Riali from Diamond Valley with a time of 10.88.

In the U20 Division, Kate Abfalter (KSB) secured gold in the Pole Vault and bronze in the Steeplechase – an amazing performance! Dale Carroll (COL) looked impressive, winning the 3000m Steeplechase in 9:33.45. And Katherine Dowie (EKA) debuting over the 3000m Steeplechase and taking the win in 10:56.57! Danielle Shaw (RWD) was the fastest qualifier for the 100m final in coming in at 12.28 and Emma Butler (DIV) won the Javelin with a best of 41.15m.

The U18 Division saw Annabelle Eastman (SAN) winning the 2000m Steeplchase in 7:02.85! Whilst in the U17 Discus, Declan Carman (DAC), took out gold with a best of 48.91m. Sienna Fighera (SAN) qualified fastest for the 400m with a time of 57.78 ahead of Ciara Losty (GHY) who came in at 58.33s! Lachlan Menara (ATE) won the Triple Jump with a best of 13.61.

In the U17 Division, Mia Gross (DKN) qualified fastest for the 400m with 57.11, Catherine Mendes (ATE) won the Triple Jump with a best of 11.70m and Cooper Saunders (BEN) won the Javelin with a throw of 47.77m!

In the Under 16 Division, Olivia Gross (GLG) won the Pole Vault with a best clearance of 3:20m!

In the U15 Division, Taryn Furletti (SBE) had a big win in the 2000m Steeplechase, coming in with a time of 7:12.40, whilst James Woods (SBE) won the Pole Vault with a best height of 3.30m!

And in the U14 Division, Claudia Cameron (COL) managed to just edge out Amber Kamau (FKN) in the Triple Jump – 10.30 to 10.29! Cooper Cavallo from the JDS Squad won the Triple Jump with a best of 10.80m.

Tomorrow is sure to be another awesome day with finals, finals, and more finals!!!

#SUMMERofATHS

 

Victorian Championships – Night 1 – Weekend 1

What’s with Lakeside Stadium loving chilly weather!? However, with the atmosphere a little crisp, it didn’t stop some hot performances both on the track and in the field.

It all started with Kyle Swan taking out the 5000m walk in fine fashion (just missing out on a PB) to secure his spot at Nationals.

Olympian and Nitro superstar Linden Hall was a class above the rest in her 1500m heat, blitzing the field by a solid 80 meters, and will be hoping to get the qualifier in her final!

Rio Olympian Morgan Mitchell did what was needed to be done in her 400m heat, cruising to victory with ease, and will go into the final as clear favorite.

The man who burst onto the scene at Nitro, Luke Stevens, was solid in his 400m heat, finishing with poise and will also go into the final as a clear favorite to take out the Victorian title.

All junior divisions in the triple jump, pole vault and javelin had exceptional athletes and showed that the future in athletics for Victoria is seriously strong!

It was another fantastic night of athletics, and we can’t wait to do it all again tomorrow, and especially Sunday – where it’ll be finals galore with some super events already predicted…

#SUMMERofATHS