SKAAC athletes have performed remarkably well in the National All Schools Championships in Perth, securing 6 medals (2 x gold, 3 x silver and 1 x bronze).
Sam Cantwell won a thrilling Under 16 Mens 100m Hurdles, getting a great start and leading the pre-race favourite from the gun, Sam looked the man to beat until disaster nearly struck on the 7th barrier, with Sam forced to regather himself and quickly regain his rhythm and produce 2 excellent clearances of 9 & 10 to take out his first National All Schools title in a club record 13.19 (+1.6).
Sam also secured a Silver medal in a Victorian Trifecta in the Under 16 Mens 200m Hurdles in yet another club record effort of 26.09 (-1.5) winning Heat 2 of the timed final.
Gus Simpfendorfer had the run of his life in one of the races of the meet in taking out the Silver medal in the Under 16 Mens 400m. Gus’a PB effort of 48.51 took out the SKAAC Under 16 & 17 records (48.88) of club legend Matt Burmiester.
Patrick Retschko captured a Silver medal in the Mens Under 14 800, on arguably the worst day weather wise of the whole meet, where start times were split to avoid the 40 degree daytime temperatures.
Jacob McGirr secured a silver medal as a member of the Victorian Swedish Medley (100m, 200m, 300m, 400m) running the 400m leg to bring the Vics home in 2:02.03
Other athletes in action were Maddie Hume in the 400m hurdles, who tragically hit the 3rd hurdle, fell badly, but yet was brave enough to pick herself up, grazes and cut hand included to finish her first ever race at National All Schools level. Maddie backed up bravely in the 400m flat the next day finished 5th in her heat in 60.14.
Noah Sewak finished 19th in the Under 16 Men Triple Jump jumping 11.54m, at his first National All Schools
Under 16 rising talent Jacob McGirr took on a strong field in the 400m, as a bottom age athlete, finishing in 52.74 (4h1)