Thanks to Ian Williams for these bios:
Liam Adams has represented Australia on eight occasions since 2007 in the World Cross Country championships. In 2014 Liam added the marathon to his repertoire, then represented our country in the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games and at the Rio Olympics. This season Liam broke his own club marathon record at Gold Coast in July with 2.11.36. In Japan in March, Liam’s time of 2.10.48 made him Australia’s fastest current marathoner. Shame there is no 2020 Olympics.
Jack Hale has developed from Tasmania’s amazing 15-year old superstar to a class open age runner for Essendon. Having competed in the 2018 Commonwealth Games he is knocking on the door for the delayed Olympics. His 10.14 in January broke the club record which has always been held by Olympians. The following week Jack improved the record to 10.12.
Makda Haji Harun, after competing for Ethiopia as a successful long-distance runner had a difficult start to her athletics in Australia. This season Makdi set an inaugural half marathon record of 1.12.02.
Charlotte Wilson broke the club record for the marathon in July with 2.44.56. This adds to Charlotte’s club 3000m steeplechase record
Kevin Healy has broken age group hammer throw records 7 times this season with a best of 65.53m before athletics was brought to an unexpected halt. Kevin has now broken the club hammer, discus and shot age-group records on 41 occasions. Kevin is chasing Louise Mendes who has set an amazing 58 age group records in the same events.
Archie Noakes is making a name for himself at our club. He broke our U17 2000m steeplechase record in February with 6.17.4. A couple of weeks later he improved this record to 6.09.29. This is just 2 seconds off our club U18 record set by Mark Blicavs, hailed as a potential Olympian before his success as an AFL player. In 2015 and 2018, Blicavs was voted best Geelong player, once with Patrick Dangerfield in 2nd place.
Montana Djatschenko has been an outstanding junior for a few years. It’s great to see Montana achieve a club record with an U20 long jump of 5.98m. The previous season Montana won gold in the Victorian all-schools triple jump, along with silver in the 100m and long jump.
Ellie Kewish is an all-rounder. It takes a range of talent to handle the seven-event heptathlon which includes jumps, hurdles, throws, sprints and longer distances. Ellie scored 3490 points in November then broke this club record with 3765 points in February.
Aidan Roberts ran a near record U20 3000m steeplechase with 9.05.65. Since 2000 nearly all accepted records are timed electronically. Manual sprint times now are not accepted as records. Athletics turned a blind eye to the inconsistencies of manual timing last century. Craig Logan’s manual 9.04.8 set in 1982 remains as the club record. Aidan’s electronic time will be recorded with it.