Weekly Wrap December 5th 2023

Another big week of competition, PB’s and success! We had numerous athletes competing across the week with the highlight being the big stage at Zatopek:10 at Lakeside on Saturday, 2 December.

Australian All Schools are taking place in Perth this weekend, hence no AVSL – GOOD LUCKTO ALL OUR ATHLETES FROM ESSENDON REPRESENTING THEIR RESPECTIVE SCHOOLS and TEAM VIC!!

We look forward to sharing your results.

Essendon’s Open Men’s team of Christian Reinhardt, Tarik Bello, Vishnu Satish and Brodie Hicks finished a very credible 5th in 3:21.03 with Tarik stepping up from M16 to replace the in-form, Luca Sebastiano and the team still managing to shave 0.8 off their heat time!! Incredible effort guys!

Likewise, Jamison Towers, also only 15 years old, stepped into the very big shoes of Ilana Grandine to replace the third leg in the relay final and the team were all-grit with lightning runs from Sophia Gregorevic (1) and Mikeala Selaidinakos (4) and a solid second leg from Nina Lawson, to secure the State Bronze in 3:49.09!! Also a 0.41 quicker time from the heats.

We are all very proud of each and every athlete’s incredible efforts here at Athletics Essendon and for representing the Club so credibly on such a big international stage. Big congrats to Coach, Steve Gaffney also.

Male U16 Mile –

  • Oscar Licther – 4:31.23 – 6th – PB
  • Jonty Neethling – 4:32.32 – 9th
  • Noah Tarallo – 4:44.60 – 12th – PB
  • Sam Meehan – 4:49.32 – 14th

Female U16 Mile – Sarah Fitzpatrick – 5:24.65 – 8th – PB

Female U20 3000 – Charlotte Jackson –10:35.14 – 11th – PB

Male U20 3000 – Charles Barret – 8:34.89 – 14th

Well done to all athletes who competed and their respective coaches!

The Club is firing up as the season progresses and we have moved up the Premier Division ladder and are now comfortably occupying the third rung! We are half way through the AVSL season so although it is a big task, it is not impossible to continue to move up the ladder by continuing to do three events each per round and a relay if it’s on offer so as to maximise each athlete’s points which go towards the overall Shield total.

Speaking of mega points, massive kudos to Ella Leith F16, our National Bronze Heptathlete from this year’s Aus Champs, on achieving an almighty 1711 points last weekend at Doncaster to top the MVA ladder!! Other noteworthy performances were from the following –

  • Armani Mauriohooho F16 – 1486 points (14th MVA)
  • Kim Walsh F50 – 1257 points
  • Kristian Lakusa M50 – 1230 points
  • Karl Orr M60 – 1149 points

500+ events –

  • Marlon Cummings M45 – 60m – 7.64 – 508 points
  • Maddox Wilson M16 – High Jump– 1.88m – 506 points
  • Amanda Wrout F18 – 60m – 7.95– 505 points
  • Ella Leith F16 – 60m – 8.25 –500 points

FOpen 60m –
Amanda Wrout – 7.80 (5th in Heat 1)
Mel Foster – 8.30 – (6th in Heat 3)
Linda Caliqiuri – 9.11 (7th in Heat 4)

MOpen 60m –
Jude Cam – 7.16 (3rd in Heat 2)
Yung Ho MichealChau – 7.29 (6th in Heat 2)
Matthew Hosie –7.37 (6th in Heat 3)
Mitchell Iannello –7.72 (5th in Heat 5)

400m –
Ilana Grandine 57.84 (5th in Heat 1)
Mitchell Iannello – 54.64 (4th in Heat 3)

Long Jump –
Montana Djatschenko – 5.72 – 2nd
Catherine Mendes – 5.35 – 6th (Get well soon Cat!)
Liam Glew – 7.05 – 4th

The Zatopek:10 Track Challenge will be hosted by Athletics Essendon this Saturday, 9 December 2023 at the Moonee Valley Athletics Centre.

Entries will close @ 11:59 am tomorrow, Wednesday 6 December. Get your entries in here!

Tuesday, 12 December 2023

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