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Shield Final Women U18 Podium

U18 women take out the Premiership! - Photo by Athletics Victoria

Seven Western Athletics teams participated in the Shield Final at Lakeside Stadium. The day kicked off at 9:00am in cool, wet weather, but by midday it became dry as the sky remained overcast and the wind increased. It was going to be a challenging day.

Athletics Australia have announced the Team Australia athletes for the upcoming Nitro Athletics series.

Western Athletics are very proud to have Luke Stevens and Morgan Mitchell representing Australia. Luke and Morgan will have the opportunity to take on Usain Bolt and his team of All Stars as well as teams from Japan, China, England and New Zealand.

Team Australia

The Nitro Athletics series will be held on the 4th, 9th and 11th of February at Lakeside Stadium in Melbourne.

Tickets and more information available from http://nitroathletics.com.au/

Western Athletes has had quite a start to the 2016/17 track and field season.

This season our club has continued to expand on the number of Shield Rounds hosted by our club at our home venue of the VU Athletics Track. We have hosted a total of four competitions covering both programs for the first time. A small team consisting of Russell Hampson, John Alchin and Phil Dunstone added the necessary hurdles markings on the track for the 200m hurdles and they’ve also added some additional competition equipment to our current stock.

Tan Relays Race Wrap

With the rain staying at bay the running conditions were pleasant with the north westerly picking up slightly and the sun coming out.  For the final round of XCR 2016 our numbers bounced back with 59 athletes competing in 15 junior, senior and overage teams. Our best results of the day were the first for the U14 girls, third for the U20 men and third for the 40+ women.  Thanks again to our many juniors running up in the open teams, our AV helpers Julie and Russell White and Sam Mahoney.  Thanks to all those who recorded for our teams and Brenda Cashin and Lori Glover for collecting the subs.

Burnley Race Wrap – XCR Round 9

As well as the Half Marathon, this year AV introduced the 6km junior race as a points scoring event.  Conditions were ideal, cool with gentle breezes and we all settled into a good rhythm and there were many personal bests.  With only two races to go we were trying to sure up four premierships: the 40+ women, U20 men, U16 Girls and U14 girls. Best results for the day were two wins in the 6km race, Liam Cashin in U20 and Ebony Dodemaide for her first XCR win.  Mia White was second in the U14s and Janae Mackrell was third and her first XCR podium.

Thanks for all those who made the huge effort to run the half marathon as well as our AV helpers Lori Glover, Paryss Bainbridge and Dion Bainbridge.  Congratulations to Mechelle Lane and Kane Kline for completing their first Half Marathon.

 

U20 Men On The March

The National Cross Country Championships, which incorporates the National All School Championships were held at Stromlo Forest Park in our national capital, Canberra. This course has been designed to provide a mixture of fast flat running combined with some tough challenging hilly sections and sharp turns to test all levels of runners. With its manicured surface, it looks deceptively friendly. When walking the course on Friday, the wind blew a gale with the athletes hoping for calmer conditions on the Saturday.

National XC 1

We were blessed with very fine weather, a dry afternoon and great conditions, if not a little warm with the sun making an appearance. Again some really great results for the seniors and juniors. Best results of the day were three first places from the U14 and U16 Girls and the 40+ women. In the men there were two second places, the open Div 2 men and the U18 Men while our 50+ again picked up the bronze.

Thanks again for all the support from parents and athletes spotting and recording for our teams and a special thanks to Colette Taylor and Karen Sharp as our AV helpers.

Anglesea Janice smiling Paul

Anglesea Surf Coast Ekiden Relay (featuring Janice!) - Photo by Paul Shanahan

There were solid numbers for this round with 60 athletes competing across the three events: Men’s and Women’s 10km and the Junior 3km. The weather conditions were near ideal for the start of the men’s 10km however as the morning progressed the northerly wind picked up making the return 2km leg quite challenging. With the increased men’s and women’s numbers this week our team numbers improved with the women nearly fielding 5 teams and the open men 4 teams.

Highlights from the round are Liam Cashin’s win in the U20s 10km race with the fastest time for Western Athletics and Mia White’s win in the U14 3km race. For our teams the U20s scored their first win of the season, the U14 girls won again to make it 6 from 6, on their way to a clean sweep, and the second win for the U16 girls and now only 3 points behind current ladder leaders Yarra Ranges.

Thanks to our four AV helpers Colette Taylor, Luke Hodgart, Sam Mahoney and Dan Dunstone.

U20andU18s T.Shanahan

U20 and U18s - Photo by Tania Shanahan

Despite the many team changes in the 24 hours before the race we managed to bring it all together with some impressive individual and team results. Overall we had a solid medal tally, five in total, with 2 gold from the U14 and 40+ women, Silver for the U16 women and a bronze for the U18 and our 50+ men. All our teams performed well despite the loss of some key players, we still had enough depth to give solid results and especially promising was the Men’s Div 2 finishing second.

For the third time this season AV has found a new and inventive way to shock and confuse athletes. This round it was the running of the Women’s then Men’s 10km race that were only 40 minutes apart. This led to a great heard of blokes running through the women’s, leaving many a little surprised! The course conditions were typical for Bundoora and with some rain the days leading the course was muddy and quite slippery in parts. All this aside the 2 and the 4km loops combined together to produce a fast course overall and good cross country running.

Men closing in

Wendouree Race Wrap

We dodged most of the rain and drizzle at Ballarat, a reversal on other years, and with the exception a light shower or the conditions we very pleasant with the sun even making a brief appearance.  Whilst the open men’s and women’s numbers were down a little on previous rounds, this year we made up for it with solid number from the juniors and we ended up with 60 athletes competing overall - a club record at Wendouree.  Whilst we experienced good conditions many of us expressed surprise at the apparent augmentation of the course.  Whilst we recognize that GPS watches are not as accurate as traditional methods of distance measurement, most of us had the 15km course between 600 to 700m long which correlated with the extended turn around point compared to previous years.

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