Round 3 Shield 13/14

Women

The athletic gods must like what we’re doing, after a week of rain we were blessed with yet another beautiful day for interclub at Knox. And the girls certainly didn’t disappoint in round 3.  With 20 girls competing we had another comfortable win, hopefully we can maintain this excellent attendance throughout all 12 rounds and remain undefeated come finals. Once again we had two relay teams competing, both running impressive 4x100ms to place 2nd and 4th, whilst getting in some baton changing practice for State Relays.

Emily made waves in the sprints running the fastest times for the club over both the 100m and 400m, with 13.23 and 59.69 respectively and in the 100m hurdles. In the 100m there was barely anything in it with Sherena running 13.30 and Amber 13.45; the 4x100m relay team is looking very promising for this weekend. Despite AV running behind yet again and knowing there was a fierce headwind to contend with on the home straight, 7 girls waited patiently to run the 400m.  Estelle, Kirrily and Danielle all ran close times to one another and Laura blitzed her heat despite being talked into running at the last minute.

In the distance events Chynea secured the win in the 3000m steeple and felt every step of the extra kilometre she had to run since joining the open ranks. Despite running a huge personal best in the 5000m only two nights prior Stacey took out the 1500m, only her second attempt at the distance, in a new PB of 4.57.3. Anna was 2nd, also under the 5 minute barrier and Kaitlyn and Laura both ran solid 9 second improvements on their round 1 times. Simone breezed through the walk a full minute faster than last time, in 10.25.7, but wasn’t fast enough to lap yours truly due to a new PB by close to 2 minutes being set.

It was a very successful day for us in the field yet again. Chynea jumped the furthest in the long jump and highest in the pole vault; Molly easily won the high jump and Birgitta both the javelin and discus. It was great to see Noni Thompson return this week and compete in the discus as well.

As of round 3 we now have a 40+ age group for the women.  Although only two were present this week, Vicki and Helen, they did extremely well. If there were medals involved their necks would be weighted down. Competing in three events each Helen won the 100m, was 2nd in discus and won the 1500m, taking a huge 10 seconds off her previous best to run 5.25.4. Vicki was 3rd in the 100m and 1st in both the javelin and discus. It was an impressive start to the season for the age group.

We have 7 relay teams entered at the State Relay Champs this Saturday at Lakeside Stadium. Our teams look extremely strong and hopefully we get some great results.  Good luck to all the girls competing and feel free to come down from midday to cheer the teams on. Congratulations everyone on a job well done last Saturday and for those not doing relays we’ll see you at Knox once again for round 4 on November 30th.

Men

While the weather was warm on Saturday at Knox the cool headwind on the front straight proved somewhat troublesome for our sprinters. Led by Aidan Debernardi (11.19) and Sean Farnan (11.59) in the 100m they struggled against the unfortunate conditions and still managed to finish the day with some quite respectable times. These conditions, however, did not seem to perturb the middle distance athletes who powered through their heats dominating the 1500m racing field. Rhydian Cowley found himself in what seems to be a regular position leading not only the walk by nearly two minutes, but the 1500m as well, proving once again walkers can be runners at heart.

The 4x100m A team showed excellent form leading into the State Championships consolidating victory by over two seconds, despite some rusty change-overs. Meanwhile in the field Beau Lang and Patrick Beraun were caught flexing some muscle in the throws, Lang looking particularly impressive with a 49.75m throw in the Javelin coming a very near second for the day. We must commend Beau Lang, Justin Cohen, and Stefan Voorham for their impressive point scoring efforts across so many events.

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