Snyder leaps to silver medal at state titles

Denise Snyder
Denise Snyder

SWAN Hill’s Denise Snyder claimed another silver medal in high jump at the weekend’s Victorian Open and Para track and field championships in Melbourne.

Competing for Eaglehawk AC, Snyder cleared 1.76 metres at Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park.

Once again it was Commonwealth champion, Eleanor Patterson from South Coast who struck gold as she cleared the 1.86m mark.

Patterson has held the Victorian record of 1.96m since 2015 and is only two centimetres away from the long-standing Australian record of 1.98m.

All four clubs in Flack Advisory Bendigo Region were represented at the three-day meet.

Bendigo Harriers’ rising star Ben Powell won his way through the 400m final.

Powell’s progress was 49.99 and third place in his heat, 49.98 in the semis, and 50.51 and eighth in the final.

He also reached the 100m semis, but did not finish.

South Bendigo’s Teleah Hayes added to a great season as she raced to fourth place in her 1500m heat in 4:37.67.

Teleah Hayes

Teleah Hayes

Hayes ran 10 seconds faster in the final where she claimed fifth place.

Leia Varley from Bendigo Harriers achieved a best of 44.90m to be fourth at discus.

Eaglehawk’s Siobhan Thompson hurled the javelin to the 35.21m mark to be fourth.

Bendigo University’s Nigel Self was a semi-finalist in the 100m, and qualified for the 200m semis but did not start.

High jump ace Joseph Baldwin, competing for Melbourne University, leapt 2.09m to be third.

Baldwin was with Bendigo Harriers before the move to Melbourne and was the H.H. Hunter Athlete of the Year for Bendigo in 2017.

Other athletes from Bendigo who competed were Juliet Heah and Matilda Moore from Bendigo Harriers; Yazmin Hayes from South Bendigo; and University’s Anthony Messerle.

Andy Buchanan from University had nominated for the 1500m, and Liam Richardson from Bendigo Harriers was listed for the Ambulant 100m and 200m, but they did not race.

Another athlete from Bendigo, Madeline Lawson won the pole vault as she soared to 3.80 metres.

Lawson is now based in South Australia.

The program included the Victorian Multi Event championships and Australian Junior Multi Event Championships.

Now competing with Melbourne University, Liam Schreck scored 5749 points to be runner-up in the Victorian under-20 decathlon and seventh in the battle for the national title.

Schreck previously competed with Bendigo Harriers.

His best events included the 100m in 11.82 seconds, 6.42m at long jump, 32.23m at discus, and 45.84m at javelin.