Berg breaks another record

Lonain Burnett

Lonain Burnett

IN-FORM athlete Emma Berg broke another record in Saturday’s second round of the Athletics Bendigo shield competition at the Flora Hill track.

Berg achieved a best mark of 13.94 metres in the shot put.

The feat by the Swan Hill-based athlete who represents South Bendigo broke the under-18 record of 11.70 held by Suzanne Borg since 1986, and the under-16 record of 10.61 set by Belinda Palmer in 1994.

Saturday’s meet drew 130 competitors across a wide range of ages and abilities from Bendigo Harriers, Bendigo University, Eaglehawk and South Bendigo athletics clubs to the Latrobe University Bendigo athletics complex in Retreat Road.

Athletes in great form included Bendigo Harriers’ Kyle Murphy, 6.97 at long jump, and Chris Browne, 15.58 at shot put.

Clubmates Jalen Hoskin, long jump; Andrew Bruce, 100m; and Louis Schenker, javelin, added to their club’s points tally in the AV shield action.

Highest points tally of 504 was achieved by Eaglehawk’s Barb Bryant for her time of 17:26.32 in the 3000m walk. At 62-years-young, Bryant was fourth across the line.

Berg and Murphy earned 500 points from their victories.

Eaglehawk’s Niah Langtree won the first of the women’s 100m heats, while Michael Preece won the 1500m, and Lonain Burnett and Jake Hilson were fastest in the 400m.

Other athletes to shine included South Bendigo’s Lucy Zotti in the 400m, Zahra Hayes and Paul Rance in the 3000m and 5000m walk respectively, Bendigo Harriers’ Lachlan Carr in the 2000m steeplechase, Brett Gilligan in the pole vault, and Bree Heiden at javelin.

The finale to the track action was the 4 x 100m relay which drew 15 teams across two heats.

Fastest time of 46.45 was clocked by the Bendigo Harriers line-up of Jake Butcher, Andrew Bruce, Kyle Murphy and Louis Schenker.

Next Saturday’s program starts at 1.30pm at the Flora Hill track.