Congratulations to all of our athletes that represented Victoria over the weekend at the 2022 Chemist Warehouse Australian All Schools Track & Field Championships in Adelaide. The Championships saw some of Australia’s best junior athletes go head-to-head on the newly resurfaced SA Athletics Stadium.
The action kicked off on Friday with nine Essendon athletes proudly wearing the blue and white of Victoria. The other states were left seeing double in the under 16 women’s pole vault after Sukhnoor and Khushnoor Rangi claimed first and second with jumps of 3.35m.
Raveen Alwis continued his excellent season with a jump of 6.41m in the men’s under 16 long jump. Jamison Towers jumped her way onto the podium in the women’s under 16 long jump having jumped 5.62m to secure silver.
William Hurt put on a show in the men’s under 15 200m running 23.1 in the heats to secure a spot in the final. He then backed up with 22.74 to finish fourth in the final. He demonstrated his fine form once again on Sunday in the 100m final, finishing fourth in 11.34.
It took 39 years, but Charles Barrett has managed to break the club’s under 16 2000m steeplechase record not once, but twice this year. Having already broken the almost four-decade old record at the Victorian All Schools Track & Field Championships (6:12.78) in October, he now managed to break his own record on his way to gold in Adelaide with an outstanding time of 5:58.05. He then backed up his result a day later with a win in the 3000m, before taking at crack at the 1500m (4:06.29) on Sunday.
Ella Leith continued her consistent form in javelin with a 33.08m throw to secure eighth in a highly competitive under 14 field.
Imogen Makin made sure Saturday began with a bang, producing beautiful 10.20m thrown in the under 15 women’s shot put. Lily-Bella Hilli eased her way through the heats of the 400m to secure a spot in the final where she finished fourth with a time of 57.91.
Maddox Wilson began his campaign strongly winning the men’s under 15 high jump with a massive 1.88m jump. He then performed strongly on Sunday with a huge 45.27m throw in the discus. Sukhnoor Rangi also performed strongly in the women’s javelin, popping out a 36.95m throw.
Our strong performance in the jumps continued with Cailin Walker bounding her way to a 10.16m triple jump in the women’s under 14 final. Madigan Carroll represented us in the 800m (5:12.52) and 1500m double, performing well in both events in what were very competitive finals. Charlotte Jackson showed her skill in the under 17 women’s 2000m steeplechase, where she powered through in 8:19.66.
Congratulations to William Hurt and Lily-Bella Hilli who were both selected as part of the Victorian 4x100m which placed fourth and fifth respectively. Hilli was also selected for the mixed 4x400m relay which finished third with a time of 3:43.45.
Thanks to Scott Sidley (SS__Athletics) for taking photos for the Victorian team across the weekend. Please provide photo credit when sharing.