2023 Steigen Victorian Country Athletics Championships

This week a large number of Essendon athletes made the trek out to John Landy Athletics Field to compete at the Steigen Victorian Country Athletics Championships. The excellent representation at the Championships saw us as one of the most represented clubs over the three days.

Congratulations to the following 53 athletes who represented the club throughout the championships and ensuring we had a representative in every single discipline.

Congratulations to: Amanda Wrout, Sophia Gregorevic, Katie Baynes, Lily-Bella Hilli, Emily Mifsud, Charlotte Jackson, Sukhnoor Rangi, Khushnoor Rangi, Tesia Haggai, Lillian Micallef, Jamison Towers, Rosa Barbanti, Madigan Carroll, Molly Bremner, Cailin Walker, Imogen Makin, Sasha Jurson, Ella Leith, Mackenzie Leith, Arden Stevens, William Hurt, Lachlan Hicks, Jonathan Neethling, Lucas Harris, Noah Tarallo, Maddox Wilson, Alexander Carroll, Mason Hambling, Spars Veljanovski, Colin Ritchie, Graeme Baynes, Kristian Lakusa, Mikeala Selaidinakos, Melissa Foster, Montana Djatschenko, Zara Keca, Michael Chau, Brian Mayengo, Christian Reinhardt, Matt Dinan, Vishnu Satish, Marcus Guglielmino, Harry Williams, Matt Hosie, Liam Glew, Maggie Armstrong, Mark Harper, Sukhjivan Singh, Matthew Makin, Mark Hambling, Mark Carey, John Cooper and David Jones.

For a number of athletes these championships marked some important milestones and we’d like to celebrate these special moments with the following athletes; These championships will be one to remember for Emily Mifsud who recorded a national qualifier in the 3000m. Congratulations to Lucas Harris on competing in his first ever steeplechase. Anyone who has attempted steeplechase knows its challenges and to try it at a championship event takes true commitment, well done Lucas on an excellent result which was just shy of a national qualifier. Congratulations to Molly Bremner who also recorded an excellent steeplechase result. Not only did Molly record an 18 second PB but she also placed first in the U16 race. Aged only twelve and one of our youngest athletes, this is a fantastic achievement on all fronts. Lillian Micallef only began athletics this season and it was fantastic to see her compete in multiple events at her first championships as well as recording a PB in the 100m. Another athlete to compete at their first championship was Mason Hambling. Congratulations to Mason on recording 3 PBs and placing in all of his events. Christian Reinhardt was another of our athletes who celebrated his first championship with a PB. Maggie Armstrong continued her excellent season by recording PBs in both the 400m and 200m.

Competing at a championship is always special and recording a PB or SB is something to be extremely proud of. For three of our athletes these championship were celebrated by recording club records. Congratulations to Mackenzie Leith on once again breaking the U18 discus record. This is the second time in the past fortnight that Mackenzie has broken this record. Congratulations also to Noah Tarallo on breaking his own U14 2000m steeplechase record and Jonathan Neethling on also breaking his existing U15 2000m steeplechase record.

Congratulations to the following athletes on placing at the championships.

U20 400m HurdlesLily-Bella Hilli66.01 PB3rd
U16 3000mMadigan Carroll10:42.362nd
U18 3000mEmily Mifsud10:37.55 SB (National Qualifier)3rd
Open Long JumpHarrison Williams7.39m2nd
U18 Pole VaultSukhnoor Rangi3.60m1st
U18 Pole VaultKhushnoor Rangi3.502nd
U14 Hammer ThrowMason Hambling20.49m PB2nd
Open Long JumpMontana Djatschenko5.73m2nd
U16 2000m SteeplechaseJonathan Neethling6:26.02 PB (CLUB RECORD)1st
U16 2000m SteeplechaseNoah Tarallo6:36.39 PB (CLUB RECORD)3st
U16 2000m SteeplechaseMolly Bremner7:44.07 PB1st
U18 2000m SteeplechaseCharlotte Jackson7:44.00 PB3rd
U14 100mAlexander Carroll13.603rd
U16 100mWilliam Hurt11.341st
50+ 100mKristian Lakusa12.86 (equal PB)1st
U20 100mAmanda Wrout12.582nd
40+ 100mMark Harper11.801st
U16 400mJamison Towers59.58 PB2nd
U16 400mLachlan Hicks53.603rd
U20 400mLily-Bella Hilli58.113rd
60+ 400mMaggie Armstrong82.79 PB2nd
60+ 400mJohn Cooper72.40 SB3rd
U20 400mSophia Gregorevic56.781st
Open 400mMikeala Selaidinakos55.361st
60+ 1500mMaggie Armstrong 7:07.071st
50+ 4x100m RelaySpars Veljanovski, Colin Ritchie,
Graeme Baynes, Kristian Lakusa
U18 Triple JumpArden Stevens13.33m1st
U14 DiscusMason Hambling16.97m PB2nd
U16 DiscusMaddox Wilson38.70m3rd
U16 High JumpSasha Jurson1.58m1st
16 High JumpJamison Towers1.50m1st
U20 Triple JumpKatherine Baynes11.09m3rd
U16 JavelinElla Leith30.16m3rd
40+ Triple JumpMelissa Foster11.55m1st
50+ Shot PutKristian Lakusa9.37m3rd
40+ Shot PutMark Hambling10.17m3rd
U18 DiscusMackenzie Leith55.48m PB (CLUB RECORD)1st
40+ High JumpMelissa Foster1.40m1st
Open Triple JumpZara Keca11.82m2nd
U18 Triple JumpTesia Haggai11.47m SB1st
U18 Triple JumpKhushnoor Rangi10.91m3rd
U14 High JumpAlexander Carroll1.45m2nd
U16 DiscusImogen Makin28.25m1st
Open Triple JumpLiam Glew14.74m1st
40+ DiscusMark Hambling25.66m3rd
U16 90m HurdlesJamison towers13.712nd
U20 200mAmanda Wrout26.171st
60+ 200mMaggie Armstrong35.90 PB3rd
U16 200mWilliam Hurt23.171st
40+ 200mMark Harper24.221st
60+ 800mMaggie Armstrong3:25.501st
U16 Shot PutImogen Makin9.75m3rd
U14 Shot PutMason Hambling7.44m PB2nd
U20 Long JumpKatherine Baynes4.97m3rd

Congratulations to the following athletes on also recording PB or SB: Alexander Carroll (400m 63.80 PB), Matt Hosie (pole vault 4.60m SB), Ella Leith (triple jump 9.81m PB), Lucas Harris (2000m steeplchase 7:09.24), Christian Reinhardt (200m 23.13 PB), Cailin Walker (90m hurdles 15.24 PB), Lillian Micallef (100m of 13.59 PB).

A big thank you also needs to go to the following individuals for completing duties across the three days; Manpreet Rangi, Chris Bremner, Susan Harris, Sandra Schultze, Kristen Towers, Tania Hardin, Justin Carroll, Anna Neethling, Liza Lakusa, Dale Walker and Joanna Margiolis.

Thanks to Victoria Entwiste-Hardeman (veh_photography) for capturing photos as well as Scott Sidley (@ss__athletics).