The second round of competition came down to Frankston in very pleasant and warm conditions, which made it a change from the usual cloudy and rainy conditions we usually have. The Open Men’s team was out to build again from their dominating performance in Round 1.
The first event of the day was the 400 Hurdles in which we had both Kulan Ranasinghe and Aidan Debernardi winning their heats impressively. The next event was the 200m, which saw a strong turnout for the Glenhuntly Men’s team. Aidan Debernardi in slightly tricky conditions ran a very strong 22.60, which was followed by Brayden Tatham in 23.19 and Sean Mitchell in 23.73.
The 800m was up next and Rhydian Cowley once again demonstrated why he is such a good all round track athlete with a 2.01.9 coming first for Glenhuntly and second overall. The 3K was next and we had James Robertson leading the way with a 9.25.9. In the 40 + Roland Soderstrom ran 9.40.6 to lead the way for GHY and overall for the region in his age group, so well done!
The relay’s were up next with the 4 x 400m being the category. Once again we were strongly represented with 3 open teams and a 40 + team. The first team came a close second with 3.24.92, followed by our second team in 3.39.70. The 40 + team came fourth in their heat with 6.10.16. Overall it was another strong performance by our Men’s relay teams!
The3K Walk was next and we had Rhydian once again doing very well with a 12.02.7h and Tony Doran running 19.18.8h. These are valuable points in a physically demanding event in warm conditions. Well done both guys.
The field events were next up and the first one is the Triple Jump. Aidan Debernardi jumped a big one in his first triple competition for us with 13.17m, this was followed by Tim Rosen in 12.21m and Beau Lang in 11.79m. Next up was High Jump which saw Beau Lang jump 1.60m, followed by Aidan Debernardi with 1.55m and Tim Rosen with 1.50m.
The throwing events were up next with Shot Put being the first, and this saw strong numbers by the hunters. Ben Hodgens lead the way with 11.29m, followed by Patrick Beraun with 10.69m and Tim Rosen with 9.66m. Next on the program was the Hammer Throw in which Beau Lang threw 23.93m, followed by Ben Hodgens with 23.52m and Jeff Lang 17.35m. In the 40 + John Zeleznikov threw 15.41m.
This wraps up Round 2 Shield in which the Glenhuntly Men’s Open Team had another very successful day on the track and in the field. I hope to see everyone down at Mentone this Saturday afternoon for Round 3!