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/.