Pryse, Boldiston strike gold at nationals

POLE vaulter Jemuel Pryse and race walker Zoe Boldiston have won Bendigo's first gold medals of the Australian junior track and field championships.

Pryse, from Bendigo Harriers, cleared 4.00m to win the under-16 event at Sydney's Olympic park Athletics Stadium on Thursday

Club-mate Declan Rochford was fifth.

Boldiston strode to victory in the under-18 5000m event on Wednesday night, crossing the finish line in a time of 24:55.09 mins.

The 16-year-old, who is from Kialla but competes for South Bendigo, is also due to race the under-20 10km walk on Friday.

Bendigo club members in action on day one and two included Emily Lawson, who qualified fastest for the under-20 400m final.

Huntly thrower Christopher Browne, who has trained with Olympian Scott Martin, recorded a personal best throw of 47.95m with the 1.5kg discus to finish sixth in the under-17 event.

Eaglehawk's Olivia Graham also achieved a big PB to come sixth in the under-15 hammer, hurling it 35.10m.

Bendigo Harriers member Cooper Saunders performed consistently, leaping 10.76m to claim sixth place in the under-14 triple jump.  

And Lochie O'Brien, from Bendigo University Athletics Club, ran second in his heat of the under-16 400m to qualify for Friday's final.

Several other athletes were competing on Thursday evening, including Rochester's Teleah Hayes, Charlton's Kye Jenkyn and Bendigo's Matthew Heislers in the 3000m run, along with Christopher Browne in the shot put.

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