Eaglehawk’s use of the Powerplay meant it finished Saturday’s fifth round of Athletics Victoria State League action in second place on the division two standings.

The Hawks tally was doubled as they were the first Flack Advisory Bendigo Region to use the Powerplay in the new-look AVSL track and field action. Eaglehawk racked up 32,697 points on an afternoon where many starred in a wide variety of events.

Division two rival, Nunawading also used its Powerplay and scored 46,020 to lead the table. South Bendigo put in another great effort to score 28,400 points and be sixth in Premier division. Bendigo Harriers was sixth in division two on 21,976 points. Bendigo University’s tally of 5183 put it ninth in division four. Several records were broken in Saturday’s competition at the Latrobe University Bendigo athletics complex in Retreat Road, Flora Hill.

Moama teenager James Bentley ran the 400m in a time of 50.92 to set a Centre record for the under-16 class. Racing in the famous Two Blues of Eaglehawk, Bentley broke the previous record of 50.99 achieved by Ben Powell of Bendigo Harriers at LUBAC on October 29, 2016. A score of 508 points put Bentley on top of the 400m table for division two in Saturday’s round of Shield League.

Others to excel in the 400m were Alex Pitt from Bendigo Harriers, 54.42 in under-16 and 443 points; Eaglehawk’s Kenan Seebah, 52.98 in under-18 and 437 points; Eaglehawk’s David Chisholm, 59.00 in 50-plus and 431 points; and Eaglehawk’s Angus McKindlay, 53.41 in under-18 and 428 points.

Highest points in the 100m were Eaglehawk’s Kye Mason, 11.30 in under-18 and 482 points.

2019 Athletics Victoria 5km championship

Meanwhile, two athletes with links to Bendigo Region clubs ran in the Athletics Victoria 5km championship at Box Hill last Thursday night. Both based on the Murray River at Echuca and Moama respectively, Brady Threlfall and Archie Reid ran strongly against many of Victoria’s best distance runners. Racing in the Bendigo Harriers colours, Threlfall was seventh overall in a time of 14:09.55. A rising star with South Bendigo AC, Reid an 14:43.96 to be 17th .