Round 2 Shield 13/14

ROUND TWO OPEN WOMEN’S REPORT, FRANKSTON  by Cass Higham

So it looks like there’s something in the water at Glenhuntly; how else do we explain coming 1st and 2nd in both open men and women this week? Congratulations to you all! We had another fantastic turnout at Frankston, 26 this week; two relay teams on the track again, placing 1stand 4th this time, and two new athletes, Susan Hesselink and Danielle Trowell competing for their first time. Susan ran a terrific 3000m, easily breaking her goal of 12 minutes, while Danielle had great runs in the 200m, 800m and the relay.

It was excellent to see Birgitta and Katja making their debut in the hammer throw. Joining Juliet and Chynea the girls placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th. The four proved to be a winning formula again in the triple jump, where Birgitta won with a jump of 11.41m. Molly took out the high jump and Katja trumped the shot put with a new PB just shy of 11m.

On the track Amelia made the record books again. Running a PB of close to 30 seconds she blitzed the women, and a good portion of the men, to finish the 3km in 10.03.5 – placing her 13th on the all-time list of Glenhuntly women and in great form leading up to the 5000m Vic Champs. After months of sprint work Kirrily ran an amazing 800m, taking seconds off her previous best she was the first Hunter home in 2.21.8. The women secured 1st through 8th positions in the 3km and 2nd to 9th in the 800m, along with Simone’s win in the 3000m walk we look to have cemented ourselves as a force to be reckoned with both on the track and in the field.

With the help of new and returning athletes this year the first 8 of our 200m runners all finished under 30 seconds despite a strong headwind. This is an incredible feat when you consider last year we seldom had 8 girls compete in the event in a round and few of them would have run so fast. At Frankston Ash lead the way in 26.09 with Amber and Emily close behind.

With the exception of the walk and hurdles we had two full teams in every single event and for this reason we had a dominating win by both teams over our rivals. It is a real achievement that should make you all proud; teams do not get to the top on one person’s points alone and you all contributed towards this win. Congratulations girls and see you all at Knox.

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