Bendigo relay teams shine

Luke Padgham

Luke Padgham

ATHLETICS Bendigo struck gold, silver and bronze at Saturday’s running of the Victorian relay championships on the Lakeside Stadium track in Albert Park.

A great run for the AB squad included five residential records being broken.

The all-Bendigo Harriers team of Hakan Karhan, Ryan Shaw, Ben Powell and Luke Padgham raced to victory in the under-16 boys’ medley in a time of 3:43.32.

Karhan and Shaw ran the 200m legs, Powell the 400m, and Padgham the 800m trek to break the residential record for the under-16 and 17 age groups.

Another high was the performance of youngsters Nick Myers, Riley Osborne, Jack Parker and Mitchell Graham to win the under-16 4 x 400m in a time of 3:33.69.

Their slashing run was a residential record-breaking feat as they beat their nearest opponents by a massive seven seconds.

They hold the Athletics Bendigo record for this event in the under-16 and 17 age groups.

Karhan, Ryan Shaw, Ben Powell and Luke Padgham won silver in the under-16 boys 4 x 100m relay.

The quartet’s time of 44.94 seconds is a new residential record for the under-16 and 18 class.

Athletes from Eaglehawk and South Bendigo joined forces to win silver in the very competitive under-16 girls’ 4 x 400m relay.

Eaglehawk teenager Niah Langtree led off the charge strongly and passed the baton to in-form clubmate Laura Kadri.

South Bendigo’s Taryn Furletti ran well in the third leg and clubmate Lucy Zotti was impressive in the fourth leg.

Bronze was won by the 50-plus men’s team of Terry Hicks from Eaglehawk, University’s David Heislers, and Harriers’ clubmates Peter Cowell and Victor Cook in the 4 x 100m.

The same line-up broke the residential record for the 50-plus 4 x 1500m as they completed the contest in 21 minutes 30.45 seconds.

Hicks, Heislers, Cowell and Cook clocked a new residential record of 4:24.07 in the 4 x 400m relay.