GSV Cross Country Championships has seen 16 SKAAC athletes from 8 different schools (Camberwell Girls Grammar, Sacre Coeur, Ruyton, Sienna, MLC, Strathcona, St. Catherine’s & Loreto) tackle the brutal conditions at Bundoora and come away with some stunning results. In the Junior Section it was a SKAAC Trifecta, with Bridie Hill 1st in 10:06, Cleo Richardson 2nd in 10:18, and Ella Tierney 3rd in 10:21. Other Junior Results for SKAAC athletes were: Sasha Feldman 11:54.8 Abbey Vicino 12:02 Sophie Dole 12:02.5 In the Intermediate section an outstanding Top-10 finish for Bea Kellock in 15:04 for 6th place, with the other results being: Pippa Dillon 15:21.4 Maddie Hume 15:47.5 Ruby King 16:47.9 Lulu Goodman 17:18.2 Eliza Klotz 17:19.6 In the Senior Race the results were: Ava Bennett 15:54.9 Sophie O’Connell 16:15.0 Milla Gleeson 16:24.2 Isabella McDonald 17:18.9
An amazing turnout by SKAAC athletes representing their GSV school at the Preliminary Cross Country carnival at Bundoora on 21/5/2019. Nearly every SKAAC female junior runner was involved yesterday. Results, and the school that each girl attends are listed below:- Junior (Year 7 and Year 8) Bridie Hill (Loreto) 11:40.87 Ella Tierney (MLC) 11:53.79 Sasha Feldman (Camberwell) 13:58.05 Sophie Dole (Loreto) 14:03.35 Intermediate (Year 9 and Year 10) Bea Kellock (Strathcona) 16:28.88 Pippa Dillon (Ruyton) 16:36.67 Maddie Hume (Loreto) 16:50.94 Ruby King (Loreto) 17:45.63 Niamh O’Donoghue (Loreto) 19:52.55 Eliza Klotz (Ruyton) 20:31.84 Senior (Year 11 and Year 12) Sophie O’Connell (Loreto) 17:10.58 Ava Bennett (Sacre Coeur) 17:20.08 Milla Gleeson (Sacre Coeur) 17:39.37 Isabella McDonald (St. Catherine’s) 18:58.99
After some atrocious weather on Friday night, I think everyone was a little nervous as to how the conditions were going to be for the Wise-Findlay Mini Marathons at Westerfolds Park. Fortunately, the rain held off which enabled for a smooth afternoon of running. SKAAC did not have anyone racing in the half marathon distance, however many were present for the 10km and 5km events. Young gun, Joel Imbriano set the quickest time for SKAAC in the 5km event in 20:27. Joel has been showing very consistent form. His results (for an Under 14 athlete) speak for themselves. His sister, Kirra completed her first race for SKAAC over the same distance. SKAAC is super excited to have another female running around in our colours and we wish Kirra all the best with her future running. SKAAC had a total of 6 competitors in the 10km event. 4 of which finished inside the top 10! James Kirk has shown solid improvement over the summer and posted a PB time of 37:50 for 2nd place. Unfortunately, James heads overseas for a few weeks with work and will be missed at the Dyson relays next weekend. Joe Lynch and Thomas Weereratne (10km PB) were close behind in 40:52 and 41:26 respectively. Edwina Sutherland was fastest finishing female for SKAAC in 46:02, showing promising signs for the rest of the season! Olivia Mitchell was still able to break the 50-minute barrier despite very minimal running over the previous months. A feat which 2 years ago she though out of her reach. Last season she had a number of break through results, and clearly her fitness and form has not disappeared entirely.
SKAAC only had 4 runners at the Hare and Hound last weekend, one of which was new recruit Edwina Sutherland. Whilst the weather was wintry in nature, we did manage to stay dry. The Hare and Hound course features rolling roads, steep grass climbs, jumping gates and some gravel farm roads, not to mention some great views over the countryside. Young gun Matthew Lynch unfortunately forgot to scan his barcode before the start of the race so had to start at the back of the field. Despite this, he managed to pass many throughout the race to finish inside the top 30 on Handicap. Thomas Weereratne managed to overcome a toe injury in the past few weeks and was first to cross the line out of the SKAAC contingent. Although he is not yet eligible (minimum of 5 races to qualify), Thomas also was able to finish inside the top 30 on handicap
A busy opening day for SKAAC athletes at the National Championships in Sydney. Multi-talented Under 15 athlete Jacob McGirr finished 5th in the High Jump in 1.65m. Virtually straight afterwards Jacob completed his heat of the 400m, qualifying for the final in 54.11 sec. In the Under 16 High Jump, William Tanner finished in 9th with 1.82m, a seasons best. Junior star, GusSimpfendorfer was a strong winner of Heat 1 in the Under 16 400m, stopping the clock in 51.41 to qualify for Tuesday’s final. Completing the trio of 400m runners in action on Day 1, Phil Borg also made the final running 49.45 to finish 3rd in Heat 2. The final SKAAC athlete in action on Day 1 was Will Lewis in the Under 20 1500m. Will finished 3rd in Heat 1 in 3:58.59 to easily qualify for the final.
A fantastic set of results for SKAAC athletes at the Victorian Multi event Championships on the weekend of 12 & 13 January 2019.
Yes it was hot, 39 on Day 1 and 35 of Day 2, but for the 7 SKAAC athletes they had weekends to remember.
Shannon Fraser won her first ever Victorian State Heptathlon in the Under 18 Women and Paul Haasbroek also stormed to Gold in the Under 18 Men’s competition, winning the competition by 676 points.
In the Under 20 Women, 3-out-of-4 of the competitors were SKAAC athletes. Jess Mackenzie took silver, in her first Heptathlon with Open implements, Marli Wilkinson took Bronze in her first ever Heptathlon and Georgia Bertrand finished 4th, in her first Heptathlon with Open implements.
Seb Reyneke took silver in the Mens Under 20 and Harvey Connor finished 6th in Mens Open.
Jess, Georgia, Marli and Shannon were in peak form with numerous club records and All-Time SKAAC Rankings being broken over the course of the 2 days…
Under 19, 20 & Open High Jump Marli Wilkinson 1.61m
Under 19, 20 & Open 200m Marli Wilkinson 25.55 (+1.6)
Under 18, 19, 20 & Open Shot Put (4kg)…Jess Mackenzie 11.49m
Under 18, 19, 20 & Open Javelin (600g)…Jess Mackenzie 37.36m
Under 18, 19, 20 & Open 100m Hurdles (84cm)…Jess Mackenzie 15.24 (+0.3)
Under 18 High Jump…Jess Mackenzie & Shannon Fraser 1.52m
Under 18, 19 & 20 Long Jump…Shannon Fraser 5.34m
A big PB for Paul Haasbroek in the Pole Vault with 4.15m (6th on the SKAAC All-Time list)
A history making night for SKAAC at the Zatopek meet, with the club’s first ever official Mixed 4 x 400 Relay contesting the Under 18 State Final. The team of Shannon Fraser (60.1), Maddie Hume (61.0), Seb Reyneke (50.1) & Paul Haasbroek (50.0) did an enormous effort to finish 3rd (3:41.10) in a very tight race, with just over 1 second between first place and SKAAC in third.
2 hours later it would be the turn of the Open Men to contest the State Final of the 4×400, after qualifying at the Box Hill State Relays on 24 November 2018. This race has captured the passion of a number of clubs in Victoria, with the race now arguably the premier club level race in the State. With this as the backdrop, and cool, but thankfully not wet, conditions it was to to be SKAAC prevailling in one of the best club relay races in years. All top 4 teams ran inside 3:12, with only 0.77 separating first from fourth. The SKAAC winning team of Conor Fry (48.1), Peter Bol (47.3), Tom Wilson (47.6) and Steve Knuckey (47.9) would stop the clock at 3:11.01, a mere 0.25 ahead of Athletics Chilwell in second place. This time would slash a massive 2.62 seconds off the SKAAC Club Record and becomes our 2nd win in 3 years in this event.
Luca DiConza was also featured in the Under 16 boys 1500m and served up a PB performance in 4:12.86 finishing in 6th place. Tristan Day also had his first ever start in the Under 20 DeCastella 3000m as a double bottom age athlete running 8.54.26.
Thanks to Steve Cain and Justin Rinaldi who acted as Team Managers for the night. All records and rankings have been updated to reflect last night’s performances.
The Mixed 4×400 can be seen in the Men’s & Women’s listings and have been recognised as records in both gender sections as records from Under 18, 19, 20 and Open.
In the most trying of conditions, SKAAC athletes have produced some amazing results in Cairns during the National All-Schools Championships. 4 medals to SKAAC athletes with, Gold to Gus Simpfendorfer in the Under 16 Swedish Medley Relay, Bronze to Paul Haasbroek in the Under 18 Swedish Medley Relay, Bronze to Jacob McGirr in the Under 14 High Jump (1.75m) and Gold to Lauren McGarry in the Women’s Under 14 Hammer throw in a new Victorian State Record of 45.89m were performances of the highest order.
There were also numerous SKAAC Club Records achieved:
Under 18 Men Pole Vault – Paul Haasbroek 7th 4.05m (PB by 15cm, Under 17 Club Record)
Under 18 Women Shot Put – Jessica Mackenzie 9th 13.08m (PB by 1cm, Under 18 Women Club Record)
Under 14 Women Hammer Throw – Lauren McGarry 1st 45.89m (PB by 6.69m, State Record by 2.04m, Under 14 to Under 18 Women Club Record)
Under 14 Men High Jump – Jacob McGirr 3rd 1.75m (PB by 1cm, breaking his own SKAAC Under 14 record from the Victorian All Schools)
Under 16 Men 400m – Gus Simpfendorfer, Heat 51.45Q, Final 4th 49.66 (breaking his own Under 15 Club record by 0.78 sec)
Under 18 Men Long Jump – Seb Reyneke 11th 6.56m
Under 18 Women 100m Hurdles Shannon Fraser 3rd Heat 15.11
Under 18 Men Pole vault – Seb Reyneke NH
Under 18 Men Discus – Seb Reyneke 17th 37.43m
Under 14 Women Shot Put – Lauren McGarry 4th 10.97m
Under 18 Men High Jump – Seb Reyneke 11th 1.89m
Under 18 Women Javelin – Jessica Mackenzie 10th 34.77m
Under 18 Men Javelin – Paul Haasbroek 5th 49.05m
Under 16 Swedish Medley – Gus Simpfendorfer 1st 2:00.13 (400m leg)
Under 18 Swedish Medley – Paul Haasbroek 3rd 1:56.97 (200m leg)
Well the AV State Relays have come and gone – and what a day they were. SKAAC had our most ever teams face the starter (25) and introduced 12 athletes who made their debut for SKAAC. But like most things in athletics the numbers tell the story, and there are some amazing one below.
1 as in one great day for so many SKAAC athletes to come together to enjoy a day of fun racing head-to-head at a track that has provided some of the clubs greatest ever triumphs.
1 as in our first ever Women’s team to make the 4x100m Final (Amanda Pang, Brooke Gordon, Georgia Bertrand & Kelsey Berryman)
1 as in SKAAC’s first ever State Relays quinella in the Under 14 Men 4x100m Relay
1 as in the first State Track & Field Medal ever for Josh Collins
2 as in the silver medals the Cantwell family took home. 1 for Sam in the Under 16 Medley and 1 for Ben in the Under 14 4x100m Relay
2 Bronze Medals (Men Under 14 4×400, Men Open Medley)
2 as in teams through to the Zatopek meet on Thursday 13 December. The Open Mens 4×400 and the Under 18 Mixed 4×400
3 (out of 3) Open Women Club Records
3 as in the number of 400’s completed by Conor Lynch on the day (Under 16 4×400 heat & Final and Under 16 Medley for 1 Gold and 1 silver)
3 as in the number of Under 14 4×400 teams to face the starter
4 Under 14 4×100 Mens teams that comprised half the teams to make the final
4 as in the number of races for Georgia Bertrand (400 x 2 + 100 x 2)
4 Gold Medals (Men Under 14 4×100, Men Under 16 4×400, Men Under 18 4×800, Open Men 4×800) Amazingly that is one gold for every age group, except 40+, but planning is already underway to rectify that next season 🙂
4 Silver Medals (Men Under 14 4×100, Men Under 16 Medley, Men Under 18 4×100, Men 40+ 4×1500)
4 as in the hours the Under 16 Men had to wait for their race after the heat was cancelled. Great effort lads.
4 as in Club Records that Pippa, Milla, Isabella & Eliza took out with their 4:41 effort in the Womens 4×400 for Under 17, 18, 19 & 20.
5 as in the number of our SKAAC coaches that showed us all that they “walk-th-walk” Well done to Jeremy Weeks, Steve Fabris, Tom Wilson, Conor Fry, Harvey Connor
5 Womens Teams face the starter
10 as in the hours that the program took to complete on the day
12 Debutants (Madeleine Hume, Kelsey Berryman, Will Tanner, Jacob McGirr, Conor Lynch, Will Hine, Cooper Provan, James Kerr, Lachlan Teal, Jack Lunn, Lachlan Groves & Darcy Roper)
17 Club records Under 17, 18, 19 & 20 Women 4×400, Open Women 4×100, 4×400 & Medley, Under 14 Men 4×100 & 4×400, Under 16 Men 4×400 Under 16 & 17 Men Medley, Under 18, 19 & 20 Men 4×100, Open Men 4×100, Medley
23 as in pairs of shoes that Kayla gathered for the Huddle initiative to help people less fortunate than us. Bit of a guess, but those bags were full 🙂
25 as in the number of SKAAC teams to face the starter.
33 as in the number of SKAAC athletes that took home a medal.
36 as in seconds in took Peter Bol to run his last 300m
67 as in athletes represent the club
1600 as in the metres raced by Andrew Mathieson covering the heat and final of the Under 16 4×400 and the Under 16 medley for 1 Gold and 1 silver
All relay records and rankings have been updated on the website too. I’ve still got a heap to do from other recent events such as All Schools, Milers Club & Multus Multi event, so bear with me 🙂
Records Broken on the day…
Under 17, 18, 19 & 20 Women 4×400
Pippa Dillon, Milla Gleeson, Isabella McDonald, Eliza Klotz 4:41.65
Open Women 4x100m Relay
Amanda Pang, Brooke Gordon, Georgia Bertrand, Kelsey Berryman 50.66 (3h)
Amanda Pang, Brooke Gordon, Georgia Bertrand, Kelsey Berryman 50.16 (7f)
Open Women 4x400m Relay
Shannon Fraser, Madeleine Hume, Georgia Bertrand, Kayla de Bondt 4:11.02 (6h2)
Open Women Distance Medley 1600m Relay
Amanda Pang, Brooke Gordon, Georgia Bertrand, Kayla de Bondt 4:15.11 (6f)
Under 18, 19 & 20 Men 4x100m Relay
Gus Simpfendorfer, Seb Reyneke, Paul Haasbroek Massimo Acquaro 43.53 (2h2)
Under 16 Men 4×400 Relay
Andrew Mathieson, Harry Bowen, Conor Lynch, Gus Simpfendorfer 3:39.53 (1f)
Under 16 & 17 Men Medley Relay
Jackson Jacotine, Sam Cantwell, Conor Lynch, Andrew Mathieson 3:46.26 (2f)
Under 18 Men 4×800 Relay
Jack Lunn, Josh Collins, Tristan Day, Thomas Scroggie 8:01.44 (1f)
Under 14 Men 4×100 Relay
Ryan Ngamsirivadhana, Lachlan Teal, James Kerr, Luke Baker-Hunter 49.24 (1f)
Under 14 Men 4×400 Relay
James Kerr, Patrick Retschko, Lachlan Teal, Jacob McGirr 4:01.96 (3f)
Open Men 4×100 Relay
Phil Borg, Michael Romanin, Darcy Roper, Jackson Bennett 41.62 (5f)
Open Men Medley Relay
Harvey Connor, Darcy Roper, Phil Borg, Adam Pyke 3:31.02 (3f)
SKAAC Athletes have delivered a staggering 25 medals at the Victorian All Schools Championships at Lakeside Stadium 2-4 November 2018.
8 Gold Medals, 11 Silver Medals, 6 Bronze Medals.
It was also a weekend for plenty of PB’s and outstanding racing, never better evidenced by the 800m in Under 15, 16, 17 & 18 where the standard of St. Kevin’s racing was a meet highlight.
SKAAC had winners in 100m Hurdles, 2000m Steeplechase, Pole Vault, Javelin (x2), 800m, 400m & Hammer Throw.
Also a great weekend for our 4 female field eventers (Claudia, Jess, Shannon & Lauren) with every girl getting 2 or more medals – quite simply amazing.
Shot Put – Lauren McGarry, 2nd 11.23m
Hammer – Lauren McGarry, 1st 39.20m (PB)
Javelin – Lauren McGarry, 5th 27.99m
Discus – Lauren McGarry, 4th 29.95m (PB)
100m – Claudia Cameron, 5th 12.95 (+2.0)
200m – Claudia Cameron, Heat 2nd 27.64 (-0.4) Final DNS
Long Jump – Claudia Cameron, 3rd 5.15m (-1.0)
Triple Jump – Claudia Cameron, 2nd 11.34m (+0.5)
200m – Shannon Fraser, Heat 4th 26.98 (-1.2), Final 7th 26.72 (+0.3)
1500m – Isabelle Collins 10th 5:14.10
100m Hurdles 10 x 76cm – Shannon Fraser 2nd 14.89 (+0.9)
Long Jump – Shannon Fraser, 3rd 5.06m (+2.8)
Shot Put (3kg) – Shannon Fraser, 3rd 12.41m
Javelin (500g) – Shannon Fraser, 4th 34.60m
Shot Put (3kg) – Jess Mackenzie, 2nd 12.70m
Javelin (500g) – Jess Mackenzie, 1st 35.62m
100m – Luke Baker-Hunter, Heat 2nd 11.67, Final DNF
800m – Patrick Retschko, 10th 2:19.39
1500m – Tom Forster, 16th 4:56.16
High Jump – Tom Coghlan, 6th 1.50m
High Jump – Joseph Klotz, 9th 1.45m
Pole Vault – Tom Coghlan, 6th 2.50m
Long Jump – Joseph Klotz, 25th 4.14m
200m – Gus Simpfendorfer, 3rd 23.02 (+1.0)
400m – Gus Simpfendorfer, 1st 50.81
1500m – Harry Bowen, 7th 4.28.18
3000m – Harry Bowen, 2nd 9:26.50 (PB)
100m Hurdles – Sam Cantwell, 1st 14.23 (-0.7)
200m Hurdles 10 x 76cm – Sam Cantwell, 2nd 27.95 (+1.4)
Long Jump – Sam Cantwell, 3rd 5.92m (+0.0)
Triple Jump – Sam Cantwell, 6th 12.08m (+4.1)
200m – Matt Dinan, 14th 25.67 (-0.8)
400m – Matt Dinan, 10th 56.30
800m – Andrew Mathieson, 5th 2:00.77
1500m – Luca DiConza, 5th 4:23.13
1500m – Angus Down, 15th 4:55.70
3000m – Luca DiConza, 3rd 9:04.97 (PB)
2000m Steeplechase – Angus Down, 6th 7:33.01
400m – Paul Haasbroek, Heat 3rd 54.43, Final DQ
800m – Thomas Scroggie, 1st 1:55.78
110m Hurdles – Paul Haasbroek, 5th 16.27 (-1.2)
Pole Vault – Paul Haasbroek, 1st 3.80m
Javelin – Paul Haasbroek, 1st 51.88m
800m – Josh Collins, 7th 2:02.58
3000m – Tristan Day, 4th 8:47.72
2000m Steeplechase – Matthew Hussey, 1st 6:02.55
High Jump – Seb Reyneke, 4th 1.80m
Pole Vault – Seb Reyneke, 2nd 4.00m
Long Jump – Seb Reyneke, 2nd 6.72m
Shot Put – Seb Reyneke, 2nd 13.91m
Discus – Seb Reyneke, 2nd 46.30m