Round One Report: Open Women
Despite a last minute venue change we had a fantastic turnout at Knox last Saturday with 25 women competing. We were happy to welcome new athletes Vicky Charles, Kaitlyn Papworth, Estelle Lopes and cross country runner Stacey Bulger who competed in her first track race at interclub.
After last year’s slow start it was a welcome change to have so many girls present and eager to compete in events. And it was a great sign for the season ahead that we were able to fill not one but two relay teams, placing 2nd and 4th in the 4x100m. The relays are great for building team spirit, practice for the upcoming state relays champs next month and of course for earning big points, so it’s always worth it if we have the numbers.
In the field Sophie and Birgitta both threw personal bests, 40.86 and 40.25 respectively, to take the top points in the javelin. Then Birgitta, along with sister Katja, repeated the feat by taking the top spots in discus.
Of the 25 women at Knox, 12 of them competed in 1500m. Amelia ran her own race, securing a 6 second PB and national qualifier of 4.39.84. Stacey proved she wasn’t just good on the hills running a speedy 5.03.9 in her first ever 1500m, and we were very happy to welcome back both Kellie and Muriel to the track. There was definitely strength in numbers as we dominated the leader board here and then again in the 5000m.
It was great to see our sprinters challenge themselves and their rivals, with Amber running the second fastest time for the day in 12.73 and Sherena extremely close behind in 12.82 in the 100m and Estelle running the fastest time for the hunter women in the 400m in 62.89.
Our amazing captain Anna Ross led the way competing in 8 events for the day and it was great to see many girls following her example; Laura certainly didn’t regret her efforts in the 5km despite the heat and wind and Chynea, who is a very welcome addition to open from the junior ranks, earned great points in the sprint hurdles and in the field.
It was a brilliant day at the track and I hope you all enjoyed being a part of it. Everyone’s hard work and energy paid off as we topped the ladder, unfortunately our second team just missed out to Knox, finishing in 4th position. There were lots of PBs despite tough conditions; hopefully this is the start of a great season for all. Looking forward to seeing everyone at Frankston Athletics track on November 2nd where we can have our first go at this seasons’ finals program. Happy training until then.
Junior Men’s Report
It was terrific to see so many Junior Hunters keen to start the Shield season last Saturday at Knox. The team spirit was already evident with some athletes trying new events and others volunteering to make up a relay team to help get our team points off to a good start. On top of this, there were plenty of quality performances.
In addition to the Hunters on the track at Knox, I received reports from the APS championships indicating that many of our Junior Hunters performed exceptionally well.
Given the quality start to the season, it looks like we’re going to have a great season of PBs and, hopefully, we will get a few of our teams through to Shield Final.
If you have any mates who haven’t registered yet please encourage them to do so ASAP.
Shield is a team competition. Your team is your age group. You can earn points for your team by having a go at as many events as you can. It doesn’t matter how fast you run or how far or high you jump or throw. Some athletes enjoy having a go at a range of events as it gives them an opportunity to hang out with their mates and have fun!
Relays earn extra points so it would be terrific if you could try to form a team with your age group each week.
I look forward to seeing you all for Round 2 of the Shield Competition at Frankston on November 2.
Team Manager – Junior Men