AV Shield 6

The half way mark of the season and Athletics Essendon was spread out, with plenty of athletes at Meadowglen, Yarra and Geelong.

We had wins in M40, M16, FOP1, F16, F14 with all other teams coming 2nd.
Team Managers have started to move athletes between teams like a mid-season draft. This is to increase the chances of each team reaching the Shield Final and giving more athletes the opportunity to compete on Feb 23.

Remember, you need to compete 4 times and have a ranking in your Final event.
This year the final will be Program 2.

Some outstanding performances were:
Jack Hale 200m 21.64s, into a strong headwind for 498 points.
Mason Scott 800m 1:58.4 for 467 pts
Mark Donahoo 3000m walk 16:56.8 for 468 pts.
Melvin Monleh, competing at shield for the first time in a few seasons, 200m, 22.95s for 440 pts
Tierra Exum triple jump, 12.18m 503 pts, as well as a solid 200m in 27.18s into a force 5 gale. 
Ruby Pizzo triple jump 11.92m for 494 points
Emily Portaro, triple jump 11.97m for 496 points
Zoe Edwards triple jump, 10.63m 434 points
Orla McCarthy discus, 28.88m for 424pts at Yarra.
Hannah Brodie discus, 33.54m 449 pts at Yarra

We were a little depleted especially in M14 who competed in just 8 scoring events, due to LA relays.
The M16 men were the Team of The Week! Their score was a zone record for the season. Jack Walsh did 3 events (high jump, shot and triple) to a high standard whilst also competing in lavic. Lachie Attard (200m, 800m and 3000m) pulled in 991 team points while Christian Knox did 4 events for 761 points.

Busy folk included the following:
Justin McLaren, 5 events (859points), Stella McNamara 100m and 100m hurdles (868pts), Joanna Marigonis 7 events for a huge 1544 points, Keona Tapungao 100m and long jump (854 points), Rohan Berne 100m (11.56) & 400m (53.58s) for 816 points, Marco Pitisano 3000m and 800m and 800pts and Laura Butler with 3 events.