Relay teams race to medals

Terry Hicks

Terry Hicks

ATHLETES from Flack Advisory Bendigo Region racked up a medal haul of three silver and four bronze at the Athletics Victoria relay championships on Saturday.

Bendigo fielded more teams, 26, than any other region on the Lakeside Stadium track in Albert Park, Melbourne.

The relays action included 4 x 100m, 4 x 400m, 4 x 1500m, and the medley relay of two legs of 200m, 400m, and 800m.

Bendigo starred in the men’s 50-plus class. Eaglehawk’s Terry Hicks teamed with University’s Mike Bieleny, Craig Green and David Heislers to capture a silver medal in the 50-plus men’s 4 x 400m.

Their time of 4:14.41 broke the Bendigo residential record.

Bieleny, Heislers, Bendigo’s Harriers Rossi Evans, and Craig Green completed the 50-plus 4 x 1500m in a time of 19:55.65.

Their feat earned a silver medal and Bendigo residential record.

The 40-plus women also blitzed at Albert Park. Eaglehawk’s Sandra Kadri joined forces with Bendigo Harriers’ Melinda Gilligan, Melissa Burge and Gaye Saunders to be third in the 4 x 100m in 63.98 seconds.

Another silver medal-winning performance was achieved by Anne Buckley from Bendigo Harriers, Gilligan, Kadri and Burge as they completed the 4 x 400m in 5:18.34.

The under-16 boys line-up of Antonio Vaitohi from Harriers, Eaglehawk’s James Bentley, and South Bendigo’s Tyler Leonard and Jesse Sullivan ran the 4 x 400m final in 3:38.76 to be third.

A high of the medley relays action was the performance of Bendigo’s under-16 girls team of Montanna Maud from University, Eaglehawk’s Niah Langtree and Laura Kadri, and South Bendigo’s Taryn Furletti.

Their time of 4:15.46 earned a silver medal as Furletti ran the 800m in a personal best of 2:19.

Eaglehawk’s Sophie Dalton and Georgia Lee, and Bendigo Harriers’ Jorja Peace and Gretel Holmes ran the 4 x 100m in 53.68 to be third in the under-14 final.

Meanwhile, hot temperatures have led to the decision by athletics officials to postpone Tuesday’s running of the Leigh Purtill 10,000m championship.

The 25-lap classic will now be on November 21, weather permitting, at the athletics complex in Flora Hill.

Athletics Bendigo general manager Craig Green said predicted temperatures of 33 on Monday and 35 on Tuesday meant the track temperature would be close to 42 degrees.