Major breaks walking record

Geoff Major

Geoff Major

EAGLEHAWK’S Geoff Major set records for the 3000m walk and javelin in the 80-plus age group at Athletics Bendigo’s special meet run on Saturday at Flora Hill.

Major’s day began by completing the 3km walk in 26 minutes 11.51 seconds.

The man affectionately known as “Chook” later threw the javelin to the 13.15m mark at the Latrobe University Bendigo athletics complex in Retreat Road.

Major’s feats were a week after another of Athletics Bendigo’s long-time competitors, South Bendigo’s Ron Nancarrow also set records in the 80-plus class.

Because of the state relay titles at Lakeside Stadium in Melbourne, Athletics Bendigo held a non-Shield meet this week.

There were many outstanding performers across all age groups.

South Bendigo’s Zahra Hayes continued her hot form by winning the 3km walk in 14:40.07.

Hayes earned the Anne Flack Memorial most outstanding junior female athlete award last season.

Liam Schreck from Bendigo Harriers and Keely Trew from South Bendigo were fastest in the 100m heats and won the long jump events.

South Bendigo’s Emma Berg put the shot past the 13m mark as Christopher Browne from Bendigo Harriers took out the men’s shot put with a best of 15.72.

Best at the javelin were South Bendigo’s Bree Heiden, 35.05; and Bendigo Harriers’ Bailey Cooper, 43.15.

University’s Wil McCaig won a closely-fought 3km race from South Bendigo’s Teleah Hayes.

Their times were 4:37.57 and 4:39.09.

Also in form on the track were Harriers’ David Morrissey and Eaglehawk’s Gabe Rusbridge in the 400m, and Harriers’ Matt Hooke in the 3000m.

Round seven in the Athletics Victoria Shield competition will be run next Saturday at LUBAC from 1.30pm.

Events on December 3 include 60m, 200m, 3000m or 5000m, 4 x 200m relays, 1500m or 3000m walk, long hurdles, hammer throw, high jump, triple jump, and discus.