Bendigo athletes shine in multi-event titles

THERE were outstanding performances across a wide range of age groups at the weekend’s Victorian junior and Australian Masters multi-event championships in Bendigo.

Athletes, officials and spectators braved the hot conditions for contests in decathlon, heptathlon or pentathlon.

Among the many highlights was the centre and region records broken by Bendigo Harriers young gun Blake Pryse as he won the under-18 decathlon at the La Trobe University Bendigo athletics complex in Flora Hill.

Kangaroo Flat-based Pryse finished the gruelling 10-discipline contest with a score of 6492 points.

Disciplines in the decathlon were 100m, hurdles, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400m, hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, and 1500m.

Pryse’s younger brother, Jemuel won a great battle with Bendigo Harriers clubmate Declan Rochford in the under-16 heptathlon, a seven-event contest.

Coach of the Pryse brothers, Brett Gilligan also competed and scored 5702 points to claim the Australian Masters 35-39 years decathlon.

Eaglehawk’s Carlie Whitford won the under-20 women’s heptathlon.

The under-14s contested a five-discipline pentathlon.

Winners of the Athletics Victoria and Australian Masters multi-event titles run at LUBAC in Flora Hill:

Masters 75-79 years decathlon: Don Chambers (Victorian Masters) 5498.

Masters 70-74 years decathlon: Greg Mamalis (NSW) 5575.

Masters 65-69 years decathlon: Peter Kennedy (Queensland) 5228.

Masters 60-64 years decathlon: John Neale (Victorian Masters) 3656.

Masters 50-54 years decathlon: Tim McGrath (NSW) 4997.

Masters 45-49 years decathlon: Tony Dell (Victorian Masters) 3742.

Masters 40-44 years decathlon: Shawn Hennig (Vic. Masters) 4523.

Masters 35-39 years decathlon: Brett Gilligan (Victorian Masters, Bendigo Harriers) 5702.

Under-20 men’s decathlon: David Brock (Athletics Nunawading) 6856.

Under-18 men’s decathlon: Blake Pryse (Bendigo Harriers) 6492.

Masters women 35-39 years heptathlon: Kelly Rosas (Victorian Masters) 1630.

Masters women 40-44 years heptathlon: Toni Phillips (Victorian Masters, Eaglehawk) 2931.

Masters women 55-59 years heptathlon: Christine Bridle (Victorian Masters) 4225.

Under-20 women’s heptathlon: Annalise Vine (Knox) 4413.

Under-18 girls heptathlon: Carlie Whitford (Eaglehawk) 4231.

Under-16 girls heptathlon: Ashlea Bylsma (Wendouree) 3877.

Under-16 boys heptathlon: Jemuel Pryse (Bendigo Harriers) 2459.

Under-14 girls pentathlon:

Meredith Rule (Ruyton Athletic Club) 2292. 

Under-14 boys pentathlon: Daniel Masini (Western Athletics) 875.

Full results – tomorrow

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