Shield competition in Round 5 was to be held at Frankston, in what were very poor weather and track conditions. Despite the rain late in the afternoon and cloudy skies present the meet still went ahead. The times were a slower than in the previous weeks but were still respectable considering the conditions and the lack in athletes overall that competed this round (due to weather).
Despite this low number of athletes, GHY once again showed why it is a powerhouse club by having Division 1 for the 200m completely filled. The fastest time was done by the ever improving Aaron Miller who ran 23.66, followed by Pat Beguely (23.79) and very closely by the old sibling Brendan Miller (23.80). Next up was the 800m, and this was easily the highlight of the day, in poor conditions to have two of our runners dipping comfortably less than 2 minutes was outstanding. David Oglesby ran a lightning quick 1.55.9 and Jordan followed him over the line with a very impressive 1.58.8. These were two out of only three for the entire day to break 2 minutes. Well done guys. The 40 + so the ever green Angelo Portelli run a solid 2.33.3 for the 800m in difficult conditions.
The 3k so some horrible conditions and rain later on, but we still had two Division 1 runner, who were Peter Macknamara with 9.25 and Bea Lang with 10.46.3. Good effort guys in tough conditions. In the 40 + Angelo Portelli was again our lone ranger with a time of 12.33.7. The 4 x 400m relays were on next, and this was a very dominant performance by Glenhuntly even with little opposition apart from Knox. Division 1 won it with a time of 3.30.45 and Division 2 won it with a time of 3.41.50. Open walk was up next, and we had two Glenhuntly representatives in Tony Doran who did it in 18.45.7 and Phil Hutton who did it in 19.27.
The field events were next on the program with triple jump first up, I think the wet weather and possible head wind must of scared of the jumpers as Beau Lang was the only competitor we had and he jumped 10.98m. The same situation unfolded for the high jump as well, and Beau Lang did 1.55m. Well done Beau on these jumps.
The last events were the throwing events shot put and hammer throw, and I can say we certainly filled up Div. 1, 2 and 40 + in these events, so well done to our throwers. The highlights in shot put were Pat Beraun’s 11.33m and Bed Hodgen’s 10.85m. The 40 + saw Laurence Clarken through 8.08m. The hammer throw saw a throw of 16.54m by that man again Beau Lang, followed closely by our up and coming hammer thrower and also team captain Will Little with a throw of 15.73m. The 40+ saw Laurence Clarken reach 25.06m and Jeff Lang following up with 20.26m.
Despite the conditions this was another successful meet by the Hunter men’s team. We hope to see everyone down at Casey Fields in hopefully far better weather conditions this week for Round 6 Shield!