The half way stage of the Shield season came down to the best track in the state which is Lakeside Stadium at Albert Park. The conditions were very warm and good for sprinting especially.
The 400m Hurdles were on first and this saw Kulan Ranasinghe back from Sri Lanka running a solid 55.34. The 200m was on next and for the first time in a long time there was a strong tail wind, and this meant some very fast times including PB’s. The best of the lot for Glenhuntly and overall for the region was Aidan Debernardi with an unbelievably quick time of 21.96, a time we haven’t seen run for some years by one of our regular shield club athletes. This was followed by Leigh Pheelan running a PB even at the ripe old age of 37 with a very quick 22.72. This was then followed by a guy half of his age, Braydn Tatham running 22.85.
Next up was the 800m, and this saw Peter Macknamara lead the way with 2.07.4, and was followed by Kurt Golonka with 2.13.6. In the 40 + Angelo Portelli did 2.33.4. The long distance was up next with slightly cooler conditions in the evening, where Greg Nichols lead the way for the Open Men’s Team in the 3000m, with 9.20.6. Chris Winter was next with 9.27.4 and then was Julian Cook with 9.29.4.
The relays were up next on the program with the 4 x 400m, and once again the Glenhuntly Men’s Open team showed their strength even with weakened teams. The first Glenhuntly team came first in Division 1 with 3.59.91, and this was followed by our second Division 1 team running 4.29.59.
Field events were next and this did have reduced participation due to the large number of athletes competing the following day in State Relays. None the less in the High Jump we had Beau Lang leading from the front with a 1.60m jump and then next up was Justin Cohen with 1.45m. Next was triple jump with Aidan leading the way with a massive 13.70m leap, which was followed by an impressive 12.57m from Tim Rosen and then was Beau Lang with 11.94m.
Throws were up next, and this had Patrick Beraun leading the way for the Open Men’s team with 11.39m. John Nomikoudis threw for 40 + 8.94m. The Hammer throw saw Ben Hodgens throw 30.94m and then was John Nomikoudis with 25.91m. The 3K walk was last which saw Phil Hutton earn some valuable Open points for us in 19.49.5 and Peter Buller with 22.07.2.
This wraps up the half way point of the Shield season. As things start getting more serious now before Christmas and Shield Final I expect to see as many athlete coming down and competing and qualifying for Shield Final. I hope to see everyone down this Saturday at Knox for Round 7!