In one of the best rounds of AV Shield for SKAAC for the season, the highlights came thick and very fast.
Darcy Roper stole the show with a sensational series of Long Jumps at Doncaster, his first jump in since moving to Victoria from Queensland. Darcy, A former World Junior Championship Silver medallist in the Long Jump, smashed the SKAAC Open Long Jump record with a 7.79m effort, into a slight headwind of -0.7m/s. Darcy’s next competition is in Canberra and we wish him all the best!!
Shannon Fraser became our fastest ever female, taking out the Under 18,19,20 & Open 100m record with a great run at Doncaster, stopping the clock in 13.04. Shannon was also only narrowly away from the Open Long Jump record of 5.36m, that she has been staking all season, with a 5.21m leap.
Marli Wilkinson has shot to prominence in Victorian Athletics circles recently with her multi-event prowess. But this weekend it was to be the 400m Hurdles where her 64.46 lap was to be good enough to dip slightly under the mark set by 17 year old Shannon Fraser earlier in the season.
Jess Mackenzie also a multi-event star, added to her own Open Shot Put record with an 11.74m heave late in the day at Box Hill. Let me take the action to count up how many club records collectively broken by Shannon, Jess, Marli and Georgia Bertrand for you in the next fortnight. It will be a number that will leave you in amazement.
Maddie Hume has moved heaven and earth to get to the track the last couple of weeks, and this weekend Maddie set a new Under 16 90m Hurdles Club record with 14.86 (-1.7)
Seb Reyneke has had a few battles with Pole Vault of late, but this week his response was emphatic and astonishing in equal proportions. His leap of 4.30m was an Under 18 Club record and also shot Seb to 4th on the SKAAC All-time list.
Jess Mackenzie also managed to break the Under 18, 19 & 20 Pole Vault record with 2.80m.
Tom Wilson has been in slashing form of late over his new pet distance, the 400m. This time stopping the clock at an amazing 47.78 sec in winning Heat 1 at Doncaster.
Michael Romanin ran a 100m (11.03s) and 400m (49.31) at Doncaster to show plenty as he heads into the domestic Grand Prix season.
Good luck to those SKAAC Athletes running in the Victorian Country Championships at Bendigo this coming weekend…
Massimo Acquaro Under 20 Men 100m & 200m
Jackson Bennett Open Men 100m
Harry Bowen Under 16 Men 1500m
Jack Bowen Under 14 Men 1500m
Luca Di Conza Under 18 Men 1500m
Tom Forster Under 14 Men 1500m
Conor Fry Open Men 400m Hurdles
Brooke Gordon Open Women Triple Jump
Will Lewis Open Men 800m
Michael Romanin Open Men 100m & 200m
Samuel Scroggie Under 16 Men 1500m
Thomas Scroggie Under 18 Men 400m & 800m
Tom Wilson Open Men 400m
We also wish Sam McEntee all the best in Canberra this weekend for the National Cross Country and Selection trials, Luke Mathews (1500m), Joseph Deng (600m) and Peter Bol (600m & 1500m) as they take on races at the Hunter Track Classic and The Canberra Festival of Athletics.
So plenty of SKAAC athletes in action this weekend, despite no AV Shield being scheduled.