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!

Puffing Billy’s 36th Great Train Race

History could be made and records broken at this year’s Great Train Race as Echuca resident, Tarli Bird, goes for her third consecutive win in the 13.5km run – something nobody else has been able to achieve in the event’s 36 year history.

Registrations are now open for the 2017 Great Train Race, which Tarli won in the women’s division in 2015 and 2016. Tarli said that while she is aware of the record, she is more concerned about trying to beat the train and her times from previous years. “I really enjoy trying to beat the train at each of the four crossings and the adrenaline this brings when you can hear the train in the distance,” Tarli said. “It’s a challenging run and provides a great sense of accomplishment when you finish. I always feel better once I am over the 2km hill, which never gets easier or shorter each year! The event allows you to enjoy the Dandenong Ranges in a unique way by giving you the opportunity to run on roads that are usually unavailable to runners due to traffic.”

“I am training well and confident that I can run a similar time to previous years,” she said.

Puffing Billy Railway Special Events Manager, Matt Collopy, said part of the Great Train Race’s popularity stems from the unique challenges it presents for runners. “Despite the race being relatively short in distance, the three hill climbs in the first 10kms certainly test the runners, with the final 3-4km being run at a fast pace on a soft, downhill trail,” Matt said.

“Hearing Puffing Billy’s whistle but never knowing if you are ahead or behind the train creates anticipation and excitement among the runners as they traverse the varying landscape of bush
terrain, sealed and dirt roads. The race is not for the faint hearted so I encourage all participants to train accordingly in the lead up to race day,” he said.

The Great Train Race is one of the oldest and most popular events on the Australian running calendar, and the 2017 event is expected to attract 3200 participants, from competitive runners to those who simply want to challenge themselves in a unique landscape. The Great Train Race is organised by Puffing Billy Preservation Society volunteers with all proceeds and any additional donations going towards the Puffing Billy Menzies Creek Museum Redevelopment project.

EVENT DETAILS:

Date:  Sunday April 30, 2017
Time: 9:30am Race Start – Bayview Road, Belgrave, Victoria
Finish Line, Emerald Lake Park, Emerald.

Register online at www.greattrainrace.com.au  
For further information, please visit www.greattrainrace.com.au  Email race@pbr.org.au  Call (03) 9757 0775


XCR-17

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

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Distance Dates Confirmed For 2017

Distance runners and walkers across the country can lock in their 2017 campaigns from today, with Athletics Australia confirming the Australian Road Running, Cross Country and Race Walking Championships calendar for the winter of athletics ahead.

The Australian Half Marathon Championships launch proceedings on Sunday 20 August, with the 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon welcoming a national title race for the first time. Competing athletes will duel not only for top spot on the dais, but also Priority Status for selection to compete in the green and gold at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships next year.

“The 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon is proud to partner with Athletics Australia in delivering the national half marathon championships for the next three years,” Jason Crowthers, Race Director, said.

“Competitors will start their half marathon campaign at the Alexandra Headlands Surf Club, taking in the picturesque surrounds of Maroochydore and Mooloolaba before returning to finish on the water once more. It’s a flat and fast course and I’m confident performances will reflect the hours of training athletes undertake to get ready for race day.”

The following weekend, the Australian Cross Country Championships descend on Wollongong (NSW). Athletes aged under 14, under 16, under 18, under 20 and open will have the chance to take home the gold medal for their respective age group. The Australian Winter Race Walking Championships will be held on Sunday 27 August.

“The Kembla Joggers and the City of Wollongong are excited to welcome distance runners from across the nation to the 2017 Australian Cross Country Championships,” Neil Barnett, Kembla Joggers President, said.

“We are very fortunate to have a fantastic purpose-built cross-country facility here that will provide the perfect setting for great racing. We will work tirelessly with Athletics Australia to make the championships an event to remember and we are sure athletes will enjoy every minute of competing here.”

The Australian Road Running Championships and the Australian Marathon Championships round out the race schedule on Sunday 17 September, with the Sunday Mail City-Bay Fun Run and the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival to welcome athletes across 12 kilometres and 42.195 kilometres respectively.

The partnership with the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival will see the Australian Marathon Championships held in the Harbour City for three years, with the 2018 race providing the winner with Priority Status for selection to compete at the Doha 2019 IAAF World Championships.

“Athletics Australia is proud to partner with these exceptional running festivals to deliver the best possible competition opportunities for distance runners, as well as with the Kembla Joggers and the City of Wollongong for the national cross-country titles and winter walks,” Tracey Gaudry, Athletics Australia General Manager, Commercial and Growth, said.

“It’s also fantastic to see hosting rights for the half marathon and marathon distances spanning three years, allowing optimal forward planning for athletes and coaches as they prepare to take on the world through until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.”

Australian Half Marathon Championships
Event
: 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon (McDonalds Half Marathon)
Date
: Sunday 20 August 2017
Website
http://www.sunshinecoastmarathon.com.au/

Australian Cross Country Championships
Date
: Saturday 26 August 2017
Location
: Kembla Joggers Cross Country Park, Wollongong
Website
: CLICK HERE

Australian Winter Race Walking Championships
Date
: Sunday 27 August 2017
Location
: Wollongong
Website
: CLICK HERE

Australian Road Running Championships
Event
: Sunday Mail City-Bay Fun Run
Date
: Sunday 17 September 2017

Website: http://www.city-bay.org.au/

Australian Marathon Championships
Event
: Blackmores Sydney Running Festival
Date
: Sunday 17 September 2017
Website
: http://sydneyrunningfestival.com.au/


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ICYMI – Weekend Results

There was plenty happening over the weekend…

Run for the Kids

Athletics Essendon’s power couple Liam Adams and Charlotte Wilson took out the respective male and female categories in the 14.8km Run for the Kids on Sunday.  With over 26,000 entrants, Run for the Kids is a major charity event for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.  Melbourne University’s Nick Earl finished just behind Adams, while Nardine Bainbridge from Western Athletics consolidated her strong summer campaign by taking second place – her first podium in a major event.  In the 4.8km event the Geelong Region pair of Reilly Shaw and Sarah Waters also tasted victory.

Paris Marathon

Glenhuntly’s Tarli Bird traveled to the city of love for her next marathon adventure.  With over 42,000 finishers, Paris is one of the largest marathons in the world and attracts thousands of international runners due to the fast and scenic course.  Kenyan husband and wife team Paul Lonyangata and Purity Rionoripo took line honours in the IAAF Gold Label race.  After a good early start, Tarli’s race didn’t quite go to plan, eventually crossing the line in 25th place with a time of 2:54:51.

Malvern Harrier and former Victorian Marathon Champion Tracey Austin also toed the line in Paris, finishing just behind Tarli with a time of 2:57:23.

Rotterdam Marathon

Frankston duo Matt Davy and Dane Verwey were in Holland over the weekend to contest another IAAF Gold Label event – the Rotterdam Marathon.  For Davy it proved a good day out recording a seven second personal best of 2:24:33 which was good enough for 28th overall and 26th male.  Davy’s previous best time was the set on the streets of Melbourne in 2014.  Verwey also ran well to cross the line in 2:27:37, a few minutes shy of his 2:24:18 PB also from the 2014 edition of the Melbourne Marathon.  Glenhuntly’s Toby Rayner was also a finisher in Rotterdam with a time of 2:46:59.

Australian Running Festival – Canberra

After her successful debut in the green and gold at the World Cross Country in Kampala, South Melbourne’s Anna Kelly was back in action contesting the Half Marathon at the Australian Running Festival in Canberra.  With the mission being to secure a qualifying performance for the World University Games, to be held in Taiwan this August, Kelly came away with the required time and second place behind Olympian Milly Clark.  With only two seconds separating Clark and Kelly it was no doubt the most exciting finish of the weekend in Canberra, Clark prevailing 1:16:08 to 1:16:10.  Collingwood Harrier Erchana Murray-Bartlett placed third with a time of 1:22:00, while Melbourne University’s Martin Mashford took third spot in the 10km event with a time of 31:46.

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With the XCR season almost upon us it’s time to get registered!

Head to the Athletics Victoria Members Portal and ensure you’re ready come Jells Park (April 22nd).

 

 

Australian Athletics Championships – Day 8 – Final Day

It’s been an epic week. There’s no doubting that…

A huge congratulations to all competitors who gave it their all in (at times) trying conditions! Athletics Victoria couldn’t be more proud.

With that being said, there’s still one more day of delicious competition!

The first set of medals for the day went to two Victorians in Aliyah Canepa and Zoe Cunningham in the Women’s U16 hammer throw. Canepa was a class above the rest with a final throw distance of 51.34m to take home the gold! Cunningham was next best with a silver medal distance of 45.66m!

In the Women’s 100m hurdles heats Danielle Shaw ran amazingly to break the Victorian record with a time of 13.44s, qualifying through to the final against Sally Pearson (QLD) and Michelle Jenneke (NSW). Unfortunately the race didn’t pan out us Shaw would have liked, finishing with a time of 13.76s, however, it was a great effort regardless!

In the Women’s 200m ambulant, Isis Holt continued the amazing form shes had all week, grabbing another medal (silver) with a time of 30.74s!

The Men’s Open 3000m steeplechase was hard fought the whole way round in blustery and wet conditions. In survival of the fittest, Nathan Percy persisted all the way to the finish line, grabbing a bronze medal in a time of 8:56.42s.

Christopher Mitrevski continued his awesome summer! In the Men’s long jump he nailed a gold medal jump on his first attempt with a total distance of 7.90m, put the cue in the rack and invited his competitors to challenge him…None of them could and Mitrevski got himself the top spot on the podium.

The Women’s 200m final featured some big names in Rio Olympian semi-finalists Ella Nelson and Morgan Mitchell (400m). Although it’s not Mitchell’s favoured event, the 2017 National Title holder put in an awesome effort, just missing out on a bronze medal in a time of 24.28s (24.276 photo finish with Larissa Pasternatsky of NSW who crossed in 24.271).

The Rio Olympian strong man Damien Birkinhead was a cut above the rest in the Men’s shot put. Dominating the whole field as he normally does in Australia, Birkinhead threw a gold medal distance of 19.80m. Oh and it was also during the time the Men’s 1500m final was on, which meant it was pouring rain!

Although Eleanor Patterson may have looked a little shaky in the qualifications, it didn’t show in the final! Patterson was confident the whole way through, clearing heights with ease. It came down to a jump-off against Zoe Timmers (WA) which Patterson triumphed in, clearing the height of the required 1.82m, whilst also having 1.83m to her name during the final itself. An awesome effort from the Rio Olympian.

One of the feature events of the night was the Women;s 800m final starring Lora Storey (NSW), Anneliese Rubie (NSW), Georgia Griffith, Abbey de la Motte and Zoe Buckman. It was a slow pace for the first lap, and when things got going with 200m remaining it was Storey who held her nerve to finish first, with Rubie no too far behind. Griffith put in an awesome effort throughout the whole race, grabbing herself a bronze medal with a time of 2:06.00s. De la Motte was courageous the whole race, just missing a podium spot for herself with a time of 2:06.25s.

The main event o the day was the Men’s Open 1500m final featuring big names in Ryan Gregson, Matthew Ramsden, Jordan Gusman and Isaac Hockey. As soon as the race began the heavens decided to open up and it started to bucket down. The pace was slow from the get-go with all the athletes feeling each other out. Gregson placed himself perfectly a couple deep from the leader and looked to have the perfect strategy. Rising star Ramsden was towards to the back, but knew coming to the final lap he would have the kick that would catapult him towards the front. However, as the athletes approached the bell there was carnage. Gusman hit the deck and almost took out Gregson! Ramsden seemed to miss the debacle and held his nerve moving towards the front with 300m to go. Gregson composed himself immediately after Gusman went down and continued with the leaders. With 150m left in the race Gregson kicked it up a gear and Ramsden went with him! With the rain belting down into their faces the crowd were going wild watching the master and his apprentice. To say it was an exciting finish would be an understatement. Gregson held his composure and crossed the line victorious (in a time of 3:52.86s) with Ramsden a very close second (in 3:53.12s)!

The final events of the day were the relays (4x100m and 4x400m). Getting things rolling were the Women 100m specialists featuring Sophie Taylor, Kendra Hubbard, Bittany Burkitt and Maddison Coates. It was always going to be a tough ask coming up against NSW, but the girls ran well, just missing a podium spot, crossing the line in fourth with a time of 47.36s. No doubt they’ll be back next year with some fire in their belly! The Men were up next and form the start they looked confident. Michael James got the race off to a great start firing out the blocks and giving Michael Hansford a cheeky lead, before Nathan Riali rocked the bend in grand fashion setting a home straight showdown for Christopher Mitrevski who was hungry for another gold medal (to go with his long jump victory)! They were all successful – crossing the line first with a time of 40.56s! Next up was the Women’s 4x400m featuring Emily Lawson, Jemima Russell, Ashleigh Horrobin and Sarah Billings. On paper NSW looked to have it sorted,  but the Victorian girls were out for gold. From the start NSW had commanded a sizeable lead, but the girls held their nerve and ran beautifully to ensure themselves of a silver medal finish! Was a great way to end their week with Billings and Russell adding to their medal count as well as Lawson and Horrobin claiming their first! It was now time for the Men to close a weeks competition. Conrad Coumaros, Harrison Roubin, Matthew Napier and Liam Procaccino were valiant in their effort, all running solid 400m legs, and closing Victoria’s week with another podium finish – claiming bronze in a time of 3:15.98s.

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It was an awesome week with plenty of amazing performances! A huge congratulations to all Victorians who competed with pride…

Can’t wait for next year!

#AAC17

For a full list of Day 8 results click here.

Australian Athletics Championships – Day 7

Hooray for the weekend!

Day 7 of the Australian National Championships meant for one thing – finals…

The first event on the track was the Men’s U16 2000m steeplechase. Harry Sharp ran the perfect race, sitting in second position for the majority of the 2km. It was only on the final lap that a mistake (a real Steven Bradbury moment) from Queenslander Thygesen on the water jump opened the door for Sharp. He moved himself into first position down the home straight and held on for a well-deserved gold medal finish! An awesome race from the youngster who showed a lot of composure and poise.

In the Women’s U15 2000m steeplechase, it was a gold and silver double with Taryn Furletti and Mia White crossing the line in 7:03.7s and 7:13.2s respectively. During the race Furletti led by example and increased her lead dramatically after each lap. Never looked in doubt and was a commanding win from the Victorian!

The Men’s U16 discus throw out on the warm-up track saw Oliver Courtnay grab onto a silver medal with a distance of 56.41m!

Back in the main arena it was time for the junior 400m finals, and Jakeb Pearson got things underway in the Men’s U16 division with a bronze medal and time of 50.91s. Gigi Maccagnini ran the perfect race in the Women’s U16 division, sitting for the first 200m, then accelerating with 150m left, to assure herself on the gold medal and National Title. Crossed the line with a time of 55.67s  – which was a huge personal nest and the first time Gigi had broken 56 seconds! Down an age group and it was Jack Peris in the Men’s U15 division who battled it out with NSW for the majority of the race to just hold onto first place with a time of 51.59s! Nicholas O’Brien also got himself up on the podium with a bronze medal time of 52.52s! In the Women’s U14 400m final, Dee Dee Deng was far too strong with her long strides. Easing her way to solid victory with a gold medal time of 57.81s!

In the Women’s U15 pole vault final it was the Parnov (WA) sister act again with Alla and Natasha grabbing the first and second, however mighty Victorian Cassidy Bradshaw was at her best, and snatched herself a bronze medal with a height of 3m!

The performance of the morning would have to go to Mackenzie Mielczarek who smashed the Meet Record in the Women’s U16 javelin throw with an awesome personal best distance of 46.26m. Looked extremely elegant in her style and will no doubt have a seriously bright future in the sport! A gold medal worth celebrating!

The Women’s 400m hurdles semi-finals, had Olympian Lauren Wells (ACT) as a feature in the first heat alongside Ashleigh Horrobin and Mackenzie Keenan (NZL, OMAC). All that was needed from Horrbin and Keenan was a top 3 finish, or ensure a one of the two second fastest spots up for grabs. Keenan ran very strongly and grabbed the automatic qualifier with a time of 59.31s, with Horrobin snatching the final spot in the final with a time of 59.89s.

Jesse Wyatt took out the Men’s Secured shot put with a distance of 9.04m and a percentage of 73.14.

The Men’s U15 pole vault went down to a jump off! It was between James Woods and Wilson Cram, with Woods claiming bragging rights after winning with a height of 3.30m.

Melvin Monleh was solid in his Men’s U16 100m final, in what was a tight race! Monleh crossed the line for a bronze medal podium finish with a time of 11.13s! For the Women, it was 200m silver medalist Mietta Russell who doubled up in the Women’s U16 100m final with another silver medal and a time of 12.06s! Down a division in the Men’s U15 100m, Antonio Vaitohi was far too strong winning the gold medal with a time of 11.52s. The final of the junior 100m finals saw Angel Ukpiebo take out the National Title for the Women’s U14 division with a time of 12.18s!

In the Women’s U16 4x200m relay, Victoria (featuring Adora Arch, Abbey Bradley-Power, Georgia Gillson and Mietta Russell) just held on for a silver medal in a time of 1:41.34s! The Men’s U16 team (featuring Antonio Vaitohi. James Thomas, Nicholas Grech and Melvin Monleh) were solid finishing with a time of 1:32.06s! Down two divisions in the Women’s U14 4x100m, it was team Victoria with the gold, featuring Eden Lloyd, Amber Clarke, Hannah Cote and Angel Ukpiebo, finishing with a time of 49.46s. And with the Men’s U14 4x100m relay team (featuring Patrick Aquilina, Hugo Hanak, Andreas Weickhardt amd Ryan Tarrant), it was a silver medal after NSW were disqualified.

Isis Holt flew out of the blocks in the Women’s 100m ambulant final! Coach Nick Wall said it was one of the better starts he’s seen from Isis, and was definitely one of the races Isis has competed in since her Rio Paralympic campaign. After receiving the silver medal in a time of 13.92s, Isis was even shocked about how fast she jumped out of the blocks! It’s fair to say the form has been found again!

Meggan O’Riley was far too strong in the Women’s triple jump, finishing with a gold medal distance of 13.30m! Mother of twins and an all-round super lady, Linda Laverton grabbed herself a bronze medal with a distance of 12.97m. After pulling her calf muscle in the warm-up, Laverton made her third-placed distance on her second jump, then passed her remaining four jumps to hold onto a podium finish!

In the Men’s Open high jump, it was Olympian Joel Baden who grabbed the National Title with a height of 2.18m.

Out on the track, and Ethan Grills took out the Men’s U14 1500m final with a commanding win with a time of 4:23.99s which was almost 2 seconds clear of his nearest rivals!

One of the feature events of the night was the Women’s Open 1500m final with three big names in Linden Hall, Zoe Buckman and Heidi See (NSW). The race started off very slowly with each athlete feeling each other out (or just playing mind games) right up until the final lap. Hall kicked first with Buckman and See responding. It came down to the last 100m with See holding on for what was a emphatic win in 4:32.99s! Buckman finished second with 4:24.33s and Hall third with 4:24.53s.

Another feature event was the Women’s 400m final with Olympian and reigning National Champion Morgan Mitchell a clear favourite. Mitchell started off strongly and led the whole way to win convincingly with another (3 in total) World Championship qualifying time of 52.08s!

The Men’s 800m final was always going to be close. There were two Victorians who it could have gone to in Luke Mathews and Alex Rowe..
To say that it was even the whole way round would be an understatement! The lead changed multiple times, and it went right down the wire down the final 100m with Mathews winning by literally a nose! His gold medal time was 1:46.71s with Joshua Ralph (NSW) close behind with a silver medal time of 1:46.76s and Alex Rowe a bronze medal time of 1:47.29s! It was simply an awesome race to witness.

In the field during all the crazy track action, Kathryn Brooks went about her business as she normally does and got herself a bronze medal in the Women’s javelin throw, with a distance of 53.50!

Likewise in the Men’s triple jump, it was Alwyn Jones who got the crowd going with his silver medal distance of 16.13m!

For a list of full (morning) results click here.

For a list of full (evening) results click here.

#AAC17

Australian Athletics Championships – Day 6

It’s Day 6 and we welcome the cooler conditions and of course the zero rainfall! Yesterday was some of the worst weather ever seen, but let’s not dwell on the past…

The first medal of the day went to the man with the greatest smile in the business Tayleb Willis (U15 100m hurdles final) who powered to the finish line to snatch the silver medal with an awesome PB of 14.62s. It was into a head win as well!!!

Abbey Krippl (Women’s U15 90m hurdles final) was next to feature on the podium, running a quality 90m hurdle final, to grab a bronze medal with a time of 13.51s.

The boy who looks as if he could be a professional surfer or a rockstar, Andreas Weickhardt, was also getting around the medal party snatching a bronze medal in the Men’s U14 90m hurdles final with a time of 14.55s!

To keep the junior celebrations going, Nikola Mandic was dominant in the Men’s U15 300m race walk, powering along in perfect form to cross the line victorious with a time of 13:48.16s.

Denise Snyder and Eleanor Patterson both qualified for the final of the Women’s high jump with heights of 1.81m.

In the Men’s U15 high jump it was Lochlan Curry who stole the win off Queensland’s Ethan Petcos off count back with a height of 1.87m to claim the gold medal!

For the Women’s Open 400m hurdles heats, it was Caitlin Hawks , Ashleigh Horrobin and Kenzie Keenan (NZL, OMAC) who all managed to qualify for the semi finals in what was trying conditions with the win playing havoc on the track! Hawks finished with a time of 63.15s, Horrobin with 61.71s and Keenan with 61.57s. However the notable performance was from Olympian Lauren Wells (ACT) who cruised over the line in 58.86s!

The Women’s U16 1500m final was a stacked field with 18 competitors in total! Georgia Laven was courageous the whole way around the track, holding her nerve to finish with a bronze medal and a time of 4:34.94s.

Down an age division saw both Zoe Woods and Nicola Hogg take out second and third respective for their Women’s U15 1500m final. Woods finished with a time of 4:33.92s and Hogg crossed the line in 4:35.15s.

Still with the 1500m finals, but this time for the Women’s Ambulant, it was Belinda Scott (NSW) who went out fast very early on and maintained the pace for the whole race! However due to percentages in an ambulant event, it was Kirstie Newcombe who grabbed the gold medal with a time of 6:05.46s (89.89%). Bronze medal winner was fellow Victorian Eliesha Byrt with a time of 5:43.34s (76.71%).

The second last track event for the morning session was Women’s U16 3000m race walk, where Victoria finished with second and third place! Alanna Peart was clutch the whole way round, holding her stride, and crossing the line solidly with a personal best time of 14:51.15s. Teammate Chloe Karagiorgos was close behind, finishing with a bronze medal time of 14:55.35s! Over in the Women’s U17 division, it was Gemma Peart (yep, sister of Alanna) who wanted to join her little sis in the medal party, and managed to do so with a well-deserved bronze in a time of 15:58. No doubt their cousin Rachel Tallent (Rio Olympian) took some inspiration from the medal sister act!

At the conclusion of the Women’s Open heptathlon, it was Rachel Limburg who finished as the highest ranked Victorian on 4918 points, capping off the day with 5.35m in the long jump, 37.40m in the javelin throw and 2:30.34s for the 800m. Celeste Mucci finished 12th after pulling out of competition after a day one.

The Women’s 800m heats were one of the feature events of the night with Zoe Buckman, Georgia Griffith and Abbey de la Motte all qualifying through to the final! Buckman finished with a time of 2:05.62s, Griffith with 2:07.30s and de la Motte with 2:05.45s!

Another feature of the night were the Men’s 1500m heats (47 competitors in total) which saw Isaac Hockey, Adam Pyke, Ryan Gregson, Tom Fawthorpe and Jodran Williamsz all qualify for the final! Hockey finished with a time of 3:52.67s, Pyke with 3:45.54s, Gregson with 3:47.74s, Fawthorpe with 3:48.49s and Williamsz with 3:47.08s. All the lads looks confident out on the track whilst running beautifully. The final will no doubt be between Matthew Ramsden (WA) and Gregson!

Luke Stevens started his Friday night off perfectly with a win the Men’s Open 400m semi final, crossing the line comfortably with a time of 47.72s! Will be a tough ask against Steven Solomon (NSW) though who seems to be in magnificent form…

In the Women’s 100m heats it was Brittany Burkitt, Kendra Hubbard and Hana Basic who all qualified for the semi final. Burkitt looked the most comfortable with a time of 12.10s, however, it’s going to be tough to beat Melissa Breen (ACT) who looked in good condition qualifying with a time of 11.83s! Hubbard finished with a time of 12.17s and Basic with 12.32s.

After two days of grueling competition for the Men’s U20 decathletes, it was Gary Haasbroek (7090 points) who reigned supreme and grabbed himself a seriously well-deserved gold medal! Matthew Harcourt (6554 points) was also a dominant force over two days, just quietly going about his business, and finishing with a silver medal! Special mention goes to Michael Cann (5706 points) who under distress of an ankle injury battled through the pain and severe rain yesterday to back up competition again today and complete every event. The three lads deserve a good rest!

Another special mention needs to go to Hamish Nelson (Men’s Open decathlon) who wore the vintage Athletics Victoria gear for both days! We have a feeling there may be a petition started to bring it back…

We’ll sign it 🙂

In the Men’s 100m heats, there was only one Victorian who qualified in Michael Hansford with a time of 10.82s.

Jack Dalton was huge in the Men’s hammer throw, coming in second with a distance of 68.14m. Whilst Ned Weatherly narrowly missed a podium finish, placing fourth with a distance of 62.44m.

The final event of the night was the combined Men’s and Women’s 10,000m  race walk which saw Rio Olympian Rhydian Cowley grab the silver medal with a time of 41:35.60s and Rachel Tallent also grab silver in the Women’s division 46:24.07s, with Simone McInnes narrowly missing a podium finish with a fourth placed time of 47:11.44s.

For a full list of the Day 6 morning session results click here.

For a full list of the Day 6 evening session results click here.

#AAC17

 

Australian Athletics Championships – Day 5 – Evening Session

Guess what!? The rain cleared…

Just messing. It got worse. Way worse!

Still, the show must go on.

Jack Mogensen was a dominant force in the Men’s U14 javelin, taking home the gold medal, in what was tricky conditions throughout the day!

The Women’s Open heptathlon finished with Celeste Mucci third on 3253 points and Rachel Limburg sixth on 2955 points. The girls will be back tomorrow for the long jump, javelin throw and 800m.

In the U20 division of the Women’s heptathlon, Anna Bush finished the day well placed in second with 2945 points after finishing her 200m in 25.87s.

The Women’s Open hammer throw saw both Gabrielle Neighbour and Julia Bourke qualify with distances of 55.71m and 52.03m respectively.

Nick Hum was far too strong in the Men’s ambulant long jump, dominating his competitors with a distance of 7.11m and a percentage of 93.55!

With the track at max dampness the Men’s U15 800m (finals) competitors strolled out and assumed their positions. From the gun going off it was a great battle between NSW and Victoria with NSW getting the edge over Nicholas O’Brien who settled for a solid silver medal with a time 2:01.4is. Fellow statesman Connor Ogilvie wasn’t far off with a bronze medal time of 2:04.73s.

Zoe Woods held her nerves in the Women’s U15 800m final with a great bronze medal result. With NSW breathing down her neck with 20m to go, an unfortunate slip ended NSW but ensured Woods of a podium finish!

In the Men’s U15 800 final it was WA and SA who led the charge, with Ethan Grills holding firm in third position to grab the bronze medal with a time of 2:11.47s!

The Women’s U14 800m was a seriously close contest with ACT coming out of nowhere to snatch the victory off NSW! Dee Dee Deng held strong to grab a bronze medal with a time of 2:16.20s!

Spencer Anderson held off a fast moving pack behind him to grab himself a bronze medal in the Men’s U16 800m with a time of 2:00.75s.

The girl with the best name to say out loud Gigi Maccagini, was successful in her quest to become National Champion in the Women’s U16 800m final, cruising home to victory with a time of 2:13.42s!

The relays for the evening featured both the Men’s and Women’s U16 teams, and it was the Women (featuring Adora Arch, Abbey Bradley-Power, Mali Neale and Mietta Russell) who got the ball rolling with a clutch win that went down to the wire. For the Men’s team (featuring Antonio Vaitohi, James Thomas, Daniel Doyle and Melvin Monleh) it was an awesome start at the first change, but a mishap at the final change made for a silver medal finish and not a gold. An opportunity missed for the lads…

Morgan Mitchell made things look easy in her 400m heat. Doing what needed to be done and qualifying through to the next round with a time of 53.42s.

Luke Stevens was exactly the same. Made things look super simple and cruised home, qualifying with a time of 48.47s. Will Johns looked just as comfortable in a heat with Steve Solomon (NSW) crossing the line in 49.13s. Johns will now meet Stevens in the semi-final tomorrow night,

In the Men’s Open 800m, Luke Mathews was textbook, sitting amognst the group then pushing his way to qualify first with a time of 1:49.37s. Wanted none of the weather (can you blame him!?) and made a beeline for the underpass as soon as he crossed the line! Alex Rowe was solid sitting in second most of the way then making a little break at the end to qualify first for his heat with a time of 1:50.00s.

After a day of competition for the Men’s U20 decathlon, it’s Gary Haasbroek who leads with 3,708 points, ahead of Matthew Harcourt (3542 points) and Michael Cann (3527 points). Barely anything splitting the three Victorian mates, which means tomorrow will go down to the wire.

Sebastien Reyneke was victorious in his Men’s U17 decathlon! Dominating for the majority of the event, Reyneke finished off strongly in the javelin with a distance of 42.30m to ensure the gold medal was his.

In the Women’s 1500m heat, Zoe Buckman looked very comfortable, sitting second for the majority of the race which was settled as an Indian-file after one lap. Finished with a qualifying time of 4:22.67s. Linden Hall was very similar to Buckman. Knew what needed to be done and went about the race in true ‘heat’ fashion, leading the whole way, and grabbing the qualifying spot with a time of 4:24.33s.

For a full list of (Day 5 evening session) results click here.

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Australian Athletics Championships – Day 5 – Morning Session

Overcast start to the day which was a welcome relief for athletes and spectators alike! However, there is some serious talk of the mother of all thunderstorms set to hit Sydney’s Olympic Park in the afternoon, but fingers crossed it passes us by…

It didn’t.

At 10:45 the heavens opened up, however, it’ just weather and the competition goes on!

The first set of medals up for grabs were in the Men’s secured discus throw, and Victoria went 1, 2 and 3! Paralympian Jesse Wyatt got himself the gold medal with a distance of 20.55m (69.66%) achieved on his second throw, Craig Jarrett took home silver with a distance of 31.22m (68.63%) and Michael Fawkner (48.93%) rounded out the podium with a distance of 21.18m!

In the Men’s U20 decathlon, it was Michael Cann who was the fastest in the opening round of the 100m, crossing over the line in a time of 11.03s. Gary Haasbroek was second with a time of 11.19s and Matthew Harcourt was third with a time of 11.30s. Next in the long jump, Haasbroek finished first with a final jump distance of 7.01m,  Cann was second (after getting some work done on his ankle) with a distance of 6.88m and Harcourt placed third with a distance of 6.67m. Fun fact: It was pouring with rain…In the shot put, Haasbroek took the honours with a distance of 11.79m, Cann wasn’t far off with a distance of 11.76m and Harcourt with 10.13m!

In the Men’s U17 decathlon, it’s Sebastian Reyneke who’s leading on the second day with 4,262 points after placing second in the 100m with a time of 11.88s, first in the long jump with a distance of 6.08m and first in the shot put with a distance of 12.86m.

The Women’s Open and U20 heptathlon also commenced, with Rachel Limburg, Celeste Mucci and Anna Bush (U20) all winning their 100m hurdles heats. With Mucci crossing the line in 13.46s, Limburg in 15.17s and Bush in 14.32s. Over in the high jump and it was Mucci who finished up second with a height of 1.66m, Limburg with the same (1.66m) and Bush with 1.60m. In the shot put Mucci threw a 11.17m, Limburg a 11.67m and Bush with a 9.03m. With the current standings at Mucci 3rd with 2468 points, Limburg 5th with 2264 points and Bush (U20) 2nd on 2136 points!

In the Women’s U17 heptathlon, Jessica Mackenzie took out the gold medal with a total of 4432 points, after going into the final event (800m) with the smallest of margins! Mackenzie only needed to beat Desi Johnson (QLD) to ensure herself of first place – which she did in the final 50m!!! A great win from Mackenzie who has a seriously bright future in athletics…

In the Women’s U18 heptathlon, Jamies Battistella just held onto a bronze medal finish with 4763 points. Battistella’s favoured events were the high jump (1.70m) and the javelin throw (37.03m)!

Mietta Russell was all class in her Women’s U16 200m final, running on a damp track with a lot of power and aggression. Was so close to the gold medal, but grabbed the silver with a time of 25.599s!

In the Women’s U14 200m final, Angel Ukpiebo was on top of her game, blasting her way to victory with a time of 26.06s in what was a seriously wet track!

The event of the morning was by far the Men’s U20 800m final, with four Victorians (Christian Davis, Archie Wallis, Felix Lonergan and Kaman Malou) in the field. It was always going to be between Davis and Wallis, which was exactly the case. Davis went out hard, as he normally does, then let the field decide if they wanted to overtake him (which they did), then with 150m left in the race Davis made his move and Wallis went with him, making for an exceptionally exciting finish! However, Davis held his nerve and finished with a gold medal time of 1:52.99s and Wallis right behind with a silver medal time of 1:53.49s!

For a full list of results (Day 5 morning session) click here.

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Australian Athletics Championships – Day 4

It was a a big program today with competition running from 9am until 9pm without any breaks! But when the action is that exciting, who really minds…

The first medal of the day was handed to U14 triple jumper Amber Kamua who managed to narrowly edge out Nakeisha Brimble (NSW) by a millimeter, finishing in first place with a distance of 10.74m!

Still in the field, and it was Roman Anastasios who grabbed a silver medal in the Men’s U16 high jump, clearing a height of 1.94m, which was just shy of his personal best of 1.97m achieved in Melbourne during the 2017 Victorian Track & Field Championships.

The Men’s U14 pole vault was a Victorian 1st and 3rd bonanza, with Andre Di Medio jumping his way to a gold medal with a height of 2.85m, and Kai Sapolu clinching the bronze with a height of 2.00m!

Out on the warm-up track was the Men’s U16 hammer throw, with Benjamin Voogd absolutely smashing it with a distance of 63.18m, to claim the gold medal medal and more importantly the National Champion title!

Back in the main stadium and it wasn’t just the weather that was heating up (we’re talking a good 33 degrees) but also the action! The heats were all out of the way and it was time for the finals!

Keely Boyne was amazing in her Women’s U16 200m hurdles, pushing herself all the way to the end and crossing the line in second place with a time of 29.06s!

Next was the lads in the Men’s U15 200m hurdles, and Aiden Hinson just clinched a victory against fellow Victorian and all-round legend of a kid Tayleb Willis. It went down to the wire with Hinson looking strong the whole way and managing to hold onto his second spot and claim silver with a time of 28.09s. Willis wasn’t far off with a bronze medal and time of 28.13s!

Still with the Men’s, but this time in the U16 division for the 200m hurdles, it was Oscar Hunter who battled hard the whole way round and managed to pip Jakeb Pearson for third place. Hunter finished with a time of 27.22s.

A special must go to Nelson Gray who threw an awesome PB in the Men’s U20 para shot-put, with a distance of 7.79m! His reaction after learning about his achievement was definitely one of the great moments from Day 4!

Jack Mogensen was all power in the Men’s U14 javelin throw, blitzing the field by 2 meters, to grab the gold with a distance of 36.05m.

The medals kept coming in the mid-afternoon, with Isobel Long claiming the title of National Champion in the Women’s U17 400m hurdles, with a cracking first place time of 1:03.32s!

Baye Agostino smashed out a great PB in the Men’s U15 long jump to ensure himself the bronze medal with a distance of 6.05m!

Dili De Silva braved out an epic Men’s U14 400m hurdles, just missing out on a silver medal, but holding firmly onto a bronze with a huge PB of 54.87s!

On a day where personal bests seemed to be broken, Conor Fry certainly didn’t want to miss out on the action! As Athletics Australia got their live streaming going, Fry got his rhythm working around the track in the Men’s U20 400m hurdles. The slick hair and cool shades played second fiddle to his time of 52.91s! An unbelievable effort, and one that Fry is no doubt proud of!

The Women’s U14 pole vault was a Parnov feature with sisters Natasha & Alla grabbing the top two positions. However, Georgia Tayler wanted a piece of the action, and was successful in grabbing the third spot that was up for grabs, clearing a height of 2.85m!

Sophie O’Sullivan continued on from her 1500m victory, with a textbook win the Women’s U17 800m final, beating her heat PB in the process, with a time of 2:10.00s! Fellow Victorian Lucy Zotti flew down the home straight to ensure her spot on the podium with a third placed (huge PB) of 2:10.70s!

Still with the unbelievable 800m victories and PB’s, it was Adam Spencer did exactly that with an awesome victory in the Men’s U17 division and a solid PB with a time of 1:53.98s!

In the Men’s U20 800m semi-final, Archie Wallis and Christian Davis both successfully qualified for the final tomorrow night. Both ran well, with Davis admitting to feeling the pinch from his 400m victory yesterday, albeit happy to have made it to through…

Kang Nyoak narrowly missed out on a top two placing in his Men’s U18 800m final, falling short to Jackson Sharp (NSW) and Jordan Doris (NSW) by barely anything at all! Finished in third with a time of 1:52.97s!

The Women’s U18 800m final saw Heidi Demeo clutch third place with a PB of 2:08.06s!

Victorian Champion in the 800m, Sarah Billings, was far too strong in her U20 final. Running graciously from the beginning, Billings was confident the whole way through, and never really looked in doubt to take out the 2017 National title with a time of 2:05.54s!

Aaron Leferink took out the U17 200m final in fine form, with a PB of 22.03s, whilst (pretty much) fresh to the sport, Christian McFarland-Ravanell came in second with a cracking PB of 22.11s!

Back in the field and it was Olivia Gross who took out the Women’s U16 pole vault with a height 3.40m! Mia’s (100m, 200m & 400m superstar) little sister waited patiently for the 3m mark to kick in, before getting down to business. However, at the 3.40m mark Olivia couldn’t get a longer pole out of her bag, so asked if her coach could come over and help!? Time was ticking away and it was evident that pole wasn’t going to come out of the bag, so Olivia grabbed her nearest pole, went to her mark, and BOOM cleared it! Quoting that she ‘should perform under pressure more often!’

Jessica Payne was solid in the Women’s 200m final, crossing the line in third position with a PB time of 24.06s! However Payne was crowned National title due to two New Zealander’s placing first and second.

The ever enthusiastic Jara Konteh was all smiles, and deservedly so as he somehow missed the jump, but clawed his way back into contention to finish off the Men’s U20 200m strongly and claim a bronze medal with a time of 21.76s!

As the sun started to set over Olympic Park, it was time for the long distance runners to hit the track! And in the Women’s U17 3000m, it was Abbey Caldwell and Olivia Hobbs who ran beautifully the whole way to finish second and third respectively with times of 9:52.50s (PB for Caldwell) and 10:02.43s.

In the Men’s U16 shot put, Oliver Courtnay was valiant in his effort, throwing a second placed PB of 16.49m!

Matthew Hussey and Tristan Day grabbed first and third position in the Men’s U17 3000m. For Hussey it was a huge PB cutting off 6 seconds to post a time of 8:50.57s!

To finish the night (curtain raise for the 5000m final) it was the U18 and U20 4x400m! The Women’s U18 featuring Sophia Davis, Grace Goldsworthy, Sienna Fighera and Jessie Andrew were heroic in their effort but just missed out on a spot on the podium, finishing fourth with a time of 3:48.83! The Men’s U18 featuring Phil Borg, Kaine Foster, Benjamin Powell and Dili De Silva turned it on in their race, narrowly missing out on first place, with De Silva flying down the home straight and settling for a very hard fought silver medal for the team. Their time was 3:22.15s! The Women’s U20 team featuring Lucy Zotti, Caroline Higham, Zoe Brito-Babapulle and Lily Hayes were unbelievable, holding onto their leading position with one lap to go, and Queensland creeping up on them! They managed to hold off and ensure themselves of a National title with a time of 3:49.09s. The final relay of the night was the Men’s U20 featuring Joshua Perdrisat, Jara Konteh, Harvey Murray and Christian Davis as anchor. The boys got off to a good start, with Konteh ensuring Murrant would receive the baton in second place. Murrant held his spot and gave Davis the baton again in second spot. From there Davis worked his magic and sped home to claim victory with a combined time of 3:13.00s!

The (second) final event of the night was the Men’s U20 5,000m with a stacked field of 26 competitors! Haftu Strintzos was able to hold his never throughout the hot and humid evening, to claim a silver medal with a time of 14:45.67s…

For a full list of Day 4 results click here.

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