TWO records were broken and another was equalled in Saturday’s start to the Flack Advisory Bendigo Region’s track and field action.
Round one of Athletics Victoria’s shield competition drew many athletes to the Latrobe University Bendigo athletics complex in Retreat Road, Flora Hill.
South Bendigo’s Emma Berg’s mark of 42.75 metres at the discus broke the centre record for the under-18 age group.
On the track, Moama’s James Bentley blizted in his 200m heat.
Eaglehawk Athletics Club’s young gun achieved a brilliant time of 24.04 to now hold the centre record for the under-15 division.
At high jump, South Bendigo’s Trudy Haines cleared the 1.30m mark to equal the Centre record for the 40-plus class.
Athletes from Bendigo Harriers, Bendigo University, Eaglehawk, South Bendigo and Bendigo Little Athletics were in great form across a wide variety of disciplines.
In the sprints action, South Bendigo’s Jake Hilson achieved a winning double as he ran the 100m in 11.55 seconds and the 200m in 22.78.
The first of the women’s 100m heats ended in a closely-fought finish between Eaglehawk’s Anastazia Robinson, 13.05, and Bendigo Harriers’ Abbey Conquer, 13.57.
Both went one-two in the 200m as Robinson clocked a time of 26.80.
Among several athletes on the comeback to the track, Daniel Baldwin from Bendigo Harriers won his 200m heat in 25.02.
It was a great finish to the first of the 800m heats as James Bentley won in 2:10.64 from Brett Gilligan of Bendigo Harriers in 2:11.94.
University’s Jayden Padgham won his 800m heat in 2:17, and later charged to victory in the 3000m contest.
Zackery Tickell from South Bendigo showed plenty of skill to achieve wins in the 200m hurdles and later the 1500m walk.
Those to impress at discus included Collingwood’s Isabel Simonelli, 41.93; Ringwood’s Gemma Johansen, 37.85; and University’s Anthony Messerle, 36.07m.
At the hammer throw, Simonelli and Johansen led the way.
South Bendigo’s James Woods soared to victory at pole vault and high jump.
Best at triple jump were Sebastyn Andrea, 11.12m; James Woods, 10.96; Darcy Nelson, 10.67; and Nathan Louw, 10.02, as South Bendigo dominated.