ATHLETES with links to Bendigo Region clubs were in superb form on the first weekend of Athletics Victoria’s open and under-age state track and field championships. The medal haul for Bendigo on week one of a two-weekend event at Melbourne’s Lakeside Stadium was eight gold, seven silver, and one bronze.
The gold rush began when South Bendigo’s Chelsea Tickell won the under-14 girls 1500m in 4:59.08.
Although now competing with Albury, Logan Sandland did have a stint with Bendigo Harriers and won the under-17 hammer, 63.35m; and shot put, 14.76m.
It was a closely-fought contest in the under-17 shot put as Jake Gavriliadis from Bendigo Harriers achieved a mark of 13.67m to claim silver.
Another of Harriers’ rising stars, Harrison Boyd was second in the under-18 1500m final run on night one of the championships in 4:06.51.
A highlight of the third day’s action was the under-18 2000m steeplechase in which Boyd took gold in 6:04.27 and Bendigo University’s Jayden Padgham ran 6:05.42 to earn silver.
There was great success for Bendigo Region at hammer throw.
Hailey Stubbs (pictured) from Bendigo Harriers reached a mark of 34.92m to be the state under-15 champion.
Eaglehawk’s Olivia Graham hit 50.59m to win silver in the open hammer final.
In high jump action, Liam Shadbolt from Bendigo Harriers cleared 1.98m to win gold in the under-16 final.
Harriers clubmate Harriet Gall earned silver after a great leap of 1.60m in the under-17 contest.
It was another state championship victory for South Bendigo’s Emma Berg as a mark of 14.60m in shot put clinched gold.
South Bendigo clubmate Kai Norton was in top form as a mark of 13.18m won the under-14 shot put title, and he hit 31.62m in hammer to claim the silver medal.
A mark of 12.45m earned South Bendigo’s Jasper Seymour a bronze medal in the under-14 shot put.
Results for athletes with links to Bendigo Region:
100m, heat four, wind 0.3: Kye Mason, Eh 11.21, 3rd (qualify).
100m, semi-final two, wind 0.4: Kye Mason, Eh 11.02, 4th.
400m, heat three: Kye Mason, Eh 49.35, 2nd (qualify).
400m final: Kye Mason, Eh 49.12, 5th.
1500m, heat two: Glenn McMillan, Shepp. 4:03.43, 10th.
100m, heat three, wind -1.0: Laura Kadri, Eh 13.55, 8th.
400m, heat two: Laura Kadri, Eh 61.88, 6th.
1500m final: Nicolette Lesberg, Uni. dnf.
High jump: Denise Snyder, Eh dns.
Hammer: Olivia Graham, Eh 50.59m, 2nd.
Shot put: Emma Berg, SB 14.60m, 1st.
100m: Kenan Seebah, Eh; Antonio Vaitohi, Shepp. dns.
400m, heat one: Angus McKindlay, Eh 50.12, 1st (qualify).
400m final: Angus McKindlay, Eh 49.32, 8th.
400m: Kenan Seebah, Eh dns.
1500m final: Tullie Rowe, Uni. 4:43.55, 4th.
Hammer: Hannah Greenman, BH 29.17m, 4th; Claire Noonan, Eh 28.07m, 5th; Haylee Greenman, BH 26.28m, 6th.
100m, heat one, wind 1.3: Cameron Smith, Eh 11.93, 5th.
400m, heat three: Cameron Smith, Eh 53.54, 4th.
1500m final: Harrison Boyd, BH 4:06.51, 2nd; Angus Macafee, Uni. 4:14.27, 8th.
2000m steeplechase: Harrison Boyd, BH 6:04.27, 1st; Jayden Padgham, Uni. 6:05.42, 2nd.
100m, heat one, wind 1.3: Andrea Archibald, Eh 12.92, 3rd (qualify).
100m final, wind -1.2: Andrea Archibald, Eh 12.89, 5th.
High jump: Frances Leach, BH 1.60m, 2nd; Eliza Coutts, BH 1.55m, 4th.
400m, heat one: Daniel Noden, BH 56.11, 5th.
1500m, heat two: Logan Tickell, SB 4:17.26, 4th (qualify).
1500m final: Logan Tickell, SB 4:05.47, 5th.
Hammer: Logan Sandland, Alb. 63.35m, 1st.
Shot put: Logan Sandland, Alb. 14.76m, 1st; Jake Gavriliadis, BH 13.67m, 2nd.
Hammer: Jemma Norton, SB 33.82m, 5th.
High jump: Harriet Gall, BH 1.60m, 2nd.
Triple jump: Lily Marsh, Eh 10.69m, wind 1.5, 7th; Rosy Marsh, Eh 10.47m, wind 1.5, 8th.
High jump: Liam Shadbolt, BH 1.98m, 1st.
400m, heat two: Scarlett Southern, Eh 60.89, 3rd (qualify).
400m final: Scarlett Southern, Eh 60.04, 5th.
1500m final: Genevieve Nihill, SB 5:00.48, 10th.
1500m, heat one: Merlin Tzaros, BH 4:32.20, 4th (qualify).
1500m, heat two: Avery McDerdmid, Uni. 4:29.51, 5th (qualify).
1500m final: Avery McDermid, Uni. 4:23.10, 5th; Merlin Tzaros, BH 4:49.45, 15th.
Hammer: Hailey Stubbs, BH 34.92m, 1st.
Shot put: Hailey Stubbs, BH 7.45m, 6th.
Hammer: Kai Norton, SB 31.62m, 2nd.
Shot put: Kai Norton, SB 13.18m, 1st; Jasper Seymour, SB 12.45m, 3rd.
1500m final: Chelsea Tickell, SB 4:59.08, 1st.