Weekly Wrap March 27th 2024

Hello everyone!  I hope all those athletes & their families, parents, friends, supporters, no longer competing for the season are enjoying a well-deserved rest & some down time!  On the flip side, I trust all those athletes heading to Adelaide are managing to keep those end-of-season niggles under control & getting excited for the pinnacle of all their hard work & dedication as we head into the last two weeks of preparation before crossing the border for the Australian Championships, April 11-19.  Go Athletics Essendon & Team Vic!!

Firstly, a massive congrats to Anna Kasapis for breaking the Australian 1000m record for her age group, by a massive 3 SECONDS!!  She blasted home in an incredible 3:00.4!!  Well done Anna, what an amazing season you have had 🙂

Our superstar international cross country representative, Bianca Puglisi (Frances Lipscombe) ran another superlative race in the women’s 5000m A heat for a 2nd & a speedy 16:49.42 (PB).  The very consistent Emily Mifsud, also ran in the A race to finish on a very respectable 19:07.75.  Congratulations ladies.

Coach Mark Carey’s squad recorded some very promising performances with Charlotte Jackson, 3:02.89 over the 1000m (1 sec PB), Chase Jardine, 3:03.18 (1 sec PB) & Sam Duncan in his debut over the distance, chalking up a very respectable 2:43.67.

Other PB’s & results:

1000m women’s

B race

Charlotte Jackson – 6th/12 – 3:02.89 }
Rosa Barbanti – 10th/12 – 3:16.15     }  Both PB’s

1000m men’s

C race

Archer Bramble – 2:47.16

D race

Sam Duncan – 2nd/11 – 2:43.67 }
Lucas Harris – 3rd/11 – 2:44.11. } Both PB’s

E race

Chase Jardine – 4th/8 – 3:03.18 PB

5000m men’s

A race

Charles Barrett – 15:02.15

B race

James Cruse – 15:17.43 PB

G race

Aiden Davis – 1st/18 – 16:23.79 PB
Jude Barrett – 11th/18 – 17:30.94 PB

Well done to every competitor & their coaches/teams & all the best for Nationals if making the trip over.

A handful of AE athletes turned out for a beautiful afternoon at the Tom Kelly Athletics Track, Doncaster & competed in a variety of events, including 200m, javelin, triple jump & discus.  This was the second last specialist meet of the summer season with the last taking place at Lakeside on 6/3/24 (entries close midday 3/4/24).

200 – Sophia Gregorevic (Stephen Gaffney) with the win in heat 2, 25.03 (-0.7)
– Nina Lawson (Stephen Gaffney), 25.6 (-0.7)
– Jamison Towers, 27.33 (0.0)
– Vishnu Satish (Stephen Gaffney), 22.23 (0.8)
– Tarik Bello (Stephen Gaffney), 24.10 (0.0)
– Mark Giglio, 24.97 (0.0)

Jav – Macca Leith, 48.19m
– Jamison Towers, 31.21m

Discus – Macca Leith, 44.76m

TJ – Zoe Edwards (Alwyn Jones) took the win with a mighty 12.56m (0.0)

– Zara Keca (Alwyn Jones), 11.51m (1.3)
– Tesia Haggai (Alwyn Jones), 11.30m (0.0)
– Oluwapemi Akin Ojelabi (Alwyn Jones), 14.88m (1.7) jumping into 1st place
– Liam Glew (Alwyn Jones), 14.49 (0.0)

Some great results, well done everyone!

Three of our very best AE athletes travelled up to the E.S. Marks Athletics Field, Sydney to compete against some of the best domestic & international athletes in their  field.  This proved very worthwhile for all three with two wins & a 4th place finish!

Chris Mitrevski, our Commonwealth Games/World Championships/multiple National medalist representative jumped a season’s best hitting the big 8 for the first time this season in the LONG JUMP & claimed the gold!  Great job Chris!

Mikaela Selaidinakos has it all coming together at the right time, adding another big win to her resume going into Nationals & another PB, with a lightning 400 time of 52.76.  Amazing Mikki, so well deserved.

Linden Hall, Olympian, Comm Games & World Champs rep, AE Senior Athlete of the Year multiple times over, continues to impress with her races leading into Paris Olympics, finishing the 3000m in a PB time of 8:40.59 & taking 4th place.  Congrats Linden, you deserve every success for all your hard work!

Kristian Lakusa, M50-54 was our only AE representative last Sunday at this meet but he certainly did us proud & made a magnificent impression on the field.  Kris competed in a total of five throws events which is no mean feat in one afternoon, & placed second in every event giving him the silver medal position on the podium, with a combined score of 2053 points.

Hammer – 21.89m
Shot Put – 9.77m
Discus – 29.69m
Javelin – 24.08m
Weight Throw – 10.08m

Mention must also be made that Kris actually finished in the top 10 spot on the AVSL MOST VALUABLE ATHLETE ladder this season, with a gigantic 14,564 points!  An impeccable season very much worth celebrating so well done Kris!


*AE PRESENTATION DAY, MAY 5, 1pm – tickets on sale shortly

*XCR season commences April 26 with the first round at Jells Park, relays

*24/25 AV memberships open on April 1 – details of pricing & package options now available on the AV website


Saturday, 13 April 2024

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