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SEVEN South Coast athletes competed at the
Australian Athletics Track and Field National
Championships in Sydney from the March 26
to April 2. The Junior and Open competition
was held together over the week’s competition
this year, which was an opportunity for the ju-
nior athletes to witness where their athletics
journey can take them.
The Nationals was a first-time experience for
five of South Coast’s junior athletes, experienc-
ing the step up in competition and performances.
To achieve the qualification to be eligible to
compete at nationals is a massive effort in itself
by all the athletes.
South Coast athletes competed to the best of
their ability, with a number of personal bests
being attained by the girls who all finished their
season on a high note.
Eleanor Patterson won her fifth consecutive
National Open title in a tight competition ham-
pered by soggy weather.
Eleanor survived a jump off in heavy rain to
take the gold medal with a gutsy win.
South Coast is very fortunate to have coach-
es who prepare their athletes for the national
titles, and David Green and Geoff Russell are
thanked for their tireless dedication to the ath-
letes over the season to get them to the presti-
gious level of Nationals.
South Coast Athletics congratulates all ath-
letes and coaches for their commendable ef-
forts during the last week and over the whole of
the athletics season.
The club looks forward to seeing you all at the
Presentation Day on Sunday April 9, starting at
11.30am at the Inverloch Angling Club.
National championships results:
Elly Radford – Under 18 High Jump 6th 1.63m
Georgia Burns – Under 14 400m 8th 60.85,
800m 15th 2.26.33, High jump 9th 1.46m.
Alarna Gibson-Williamson – Under 14 80m
Hurdles 10th 14.85, High jump 6th 1.49m.
Vu Montgomery – Under 14 Javelin 8th
31.33, 80m Hurdles 8th 16.68.
Jasmine Woods – Under 15 Triple Jump
Nicola Slade – Under 15 Pole Vault 10th 2.40m.
Eleanor Patterson – Open High Jump 1st 1.83m.
THE Wonthaggi Road Runners group were
up bright and early Sunday morning to tackle
a 5km handicap race along the Inverloch fore-
Runners were given a handicap based on re-
cent runs at the Inverloch Parkrun event.
At 8am, Vicki Thompson was the first to
start, followed by Rosalie Smith eight minutes
after and then Shirley Dell. Other runners fol-
lowed at different intervals based on their aver-
Backmarker Glenn Sullivan set off just past
8.20am, having 14 runners to chase.
The run went out to the Angling Club for 2km
and then returned. At the 4km mark, most run-
ners were still in their starting order but many
runners were within sight of each other.
In the last kilometre Shirley Dell was in the
lead, with the rest of the group closing in on
her. Dell held off the group to win by nine sec-
onds. Her net time of 28.17 was just outside
her Parkrun personal best.
In second was Rosalie Smith, beating Simon
Harris by 16 seconds. Smith ran a net time of
30.06 and Harris 22.22.
In an exciting climax, the following nine run-
ners finished within a minute of each other.
There were some notable performances, in-
cluding Michelle Harris who was recovering
from a 21km trail run at Tarra Bulga the day
before, Grant Fleming who played in the mid-
field in a practice match for Leongatha on Sat-
urday and Bill Barry, returning from injury, was
able to run a fast time.
Runners stayed back following the race to
have morning tea. The running group aims to
cater for runners of all levels, regularly running
together on Mondays and Thursdays. There
will be a series of handicap events over winter,
for more information visit the Wonthaggi Road
Runners group on Facebook.
THE onset of cool, showery weather, and be-
ing the weekend before the start of the school
holidays, numbers were down to 70 at the In-
verloch Park Run last week.
But they were boosted somewhat by a con-
tingent of runners from Weipa in far north
Queensland, in town for a milestone birthday
for local resident Thelma Hewson.
Alan Cook was instrumental in starting the
Park Run at Weipa and took the opportunity of
April Fool’s Day to play a trick on his friends
back home, sending them a message to say, ‘I’ll
see you at the Park Run’, only to inform them
later that he was on the other side of the country.
As usual, Glenn Sullivan led the field out and
There were eight first timers and seven re-
corded new personal bests.
Male placings: Glenn Sullivan (VM50-54) was
first over the line in 19:38 his 46th win in 110
appearances. Jason O’reilly (VM40-44) was
second (third overall) over the line in 20:52.
Glen Burton (VM35-39) was third (4th overall)
over the line in 21:23.
Female placings: Sarah Lewis (SW30-34) was
first (second overall) over the line in 19:51, her
12th win in 12 appearances. Shannon COLE
(VW35-39) was second (8th overall) over the
line in 22:00 and has been first to finish on sev-
en previous occasions. Tonya COOK (VW40-44)
was third (15th overall) over the line in 25:02.
The three highest age grades were record-
ed by: Glenn Sullivan 75.13%, Sarah Lewis
74.64% and Mal Dunn 74.62% for a time of
21:52 to finish 7th overall.
Next week is bound to be a bigger week
with the school holidays in full swing and fine
weather predicted. Download a barcode from
the Park Run website and we’ll see you there at
8am next Saturday.
MCDONALD House has continued its win-
ning streak at the Korumburra Secondary Col-
lege House Athletics sports.
Whitelaw led for most of the day and were in
front until the relays. McDonald won both the
girls and boys shields, the girls shield by only
A big congratulations to the McDonald cap-
tains, Lachie Snooks and Molly Hopkins, both
Year 11 students.
Can they defend their titles again next year
and be the first students to have their names on
the shield twice?
An impressive effort by Paige Mitchard of Year
8, who was again crowned the champion of
champions, being the fastest female at school,
while Josh Hill is the fastest male.
Aaron Turton was the only student to break a
record for the day, breaking Jordan Grabham’s
long jump record by 7cm.
Congratulations to the following who are the
individual champions for 2017:
• U13 Kodie Walker (Howitt), Tameah Bed-
U14 Aaron Turton (Whitelaw), Paige
• U15 Oliver McLean (McDonald), Madeline
• U16 Jordan Grabham (Howitt), Seanan
• U17 Joshua Hill (Whitelaw), Tiana Heylen
• U21 Jacob Lesjak (Strzelecki), Alana Han-
Red reign continues
The Cook family of Weipa in far north
Queensland help boost the small numbers at
the Inverloch Park Run last Saturday morning.
Cooler weather cuts
park run numbers
Roadrunners on the beach
Shirley Dell took home first place in the
Wonthaggi Road Runners handicap race.
Girls age champions, from left, Alana
Hanegraaf, Tiana Heylen, Paige Mitchard,
Tameah Beddegenoodts, Madeline Smith
and Seanan Trewin.
Boys age champions, from left, Oliver
McLean, Jordon Grabham, Joshua Hill, Ja-
cob Lesjak, Aaron Turton and Kodie Walker.
Vu Montgomery, Georgia Burns, Nicola Slade and Alarna Gibson-Williamson represented
the South Coast Athletics Club at the Australian Athletics Track and Field National Cham-
pionships over the last week.
Patterson shines at Nationals
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