Bendigo athletes collect medals

Jake Hilson and his father, Greg Hilson. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Jake Hilson and his father, Greg Hilson. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

ATHLETES from central and northern Victorian secondary schools racked up an impressive medal tally at the weekend’s running of the Victorian All Schools Track and Field Championships in Melbourne.

The medal haul was 13 gold, three silver, five bronze.

Many of the talented athletes compete or have competed with Flack Advisory Bendigo Regions clubs South Bendigo, Bendigo Harriers, Eaglehawk or Bendigo University.

There were 296 events contested from Friday until Sunday at Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park.

Highs included gold medals for Bendigo Senior SC’s sprint ace Jake Hilson in the under-20 100m in 11.52 seconds and 200m in 23.81.

The BSSC Lions’ Mackenzie Cooper struck gold in the under-20 shot put, 11.47m, and best of 42.98m earned third place in the under-20 javelin.

A great meet for Hilson included silver in the 400m in 50.48.

Marist College’s Cooper Saunders reigned supreme as he hurled the javelin 45.78m to be the under-17 champion.

Girton Grammar’s Matilda Moore won the under-17 2000m steeplechase in 7:20.42.

Swan Hill College’s Emma Berg was the under-17 champion at discus, 43.19m, and shot put, 14.87m.

Berg’s best of 38.36m at javelin earned a bronze medal.

Taryn Furletti from The Kilmore International School won the under-15 2000m steeplechase in 7:03.63 and the 3000m run in 9:59.95, a Bendigo Residential record.

Seymour College’s Maxine Paholek won the under-20 2000m steeplechase in 10:29.49.

Lucy Zotti from Seymour College  was fastest in the under-17 400m, 58.80, and 800m, 2:18.93.

Hurdles champion Lachlan Johnson, now studying at Melbourne Grammar, won the under-18 110m hurdles in 14.67.

Eaglehawk’s Olivia Graham hurled the hammer 53.10 metres and earned silver in the under-18 final.

Wanganui Park’s Hannah Smith hurled the javelin 35.24m to be runner-up in the under-15 final.

Bendigo South East’s Ben Powell clocked 50.93 to earn bronze in the under-17 400m.

Kyabram P-12 student Brenton Brasier achieved a best of 27.01m to earn third place in the under-17 hammer. At pole vault, Bridget Catania from Notre Dame College soared 2.60m to be third in the under-16 class.

St Augustine’s James Woods was third in the under-15 high jump.