GUN athletes from the Swan Hill region, Emma Berg and Denise Snyder celebrated a rare feat in the weekend’s finale to Athletics Victoria’s state open and junior championships.
Berg and Snyder both won gold at open level as they led Bendigo Region’s run of five gold, three silver and four bronze medals on the second weekend of action at Melbourne’s Lakeside Stadium.
Berg won the open and under-20 shot put finals at the Albert Park complex.
Competing in the South Bendigo colours, Berg achieved a best mark of 13.49 metres to win the open shot put title.
The in-form teenager put the shot to 13.54m to claim the under-20s title.
A star for Eaglehawk, Snyder leapt 1.75 metres to be the women’s high jump champion after a countback.
Bendigo Harriers’ young gun Antonio Vaitohi reigned supreme in the under-17 200m as he raced to gold in 22.36 seconds.
Harriers’ clubmate Harriet Gall cleared 1.54 metres to win the under-14 girls high jump.
In the distance races, South Bendigo’s Archie Reid and University’s Jayden Padgham were in hot form.
Reid earned silver as he completed the under-20 5000m final in 14:39.77.
Padgham added to his medal tally by being runner-up in a closely-fought 3000m for the under-15 class in 9:30.32
Bendigo Harriers’ James Miller leapt 1.84m to be silver medallist in the under-18 high jump.
Eaglehawk’s Olivia Graham and Bendigo Harriers’ Jade Richardson shone in the under-20 finals.
A best of 42.91m at hammer earned Graham a bronze medal.
Richardson cleared 1.57m to be third at high jump.
Eaglehawk’s Claire Noonan hurled the hammer 34.96m to be third in the under-16 showdown.
Christian Moala Vaitohi from Bendigo Harriers ran the under-14 200m in 25.98 seconds to earn a bronze medal.
Bendigo region was also represented by Bendigo Harriers clubmates Bailey Cooper, Ben Powell, Danai Mahachi; Gretel Holmes; and Eaglehawk’s Jamie Harrison, Laura Kadri, James Bentley, Corey Heagney and Jorja Morrison.
South Bendigo’s Abbey Hromenko, James Woods and Sebastyn Andrea performed well in various track and field disciplines at an event that drew hundreds of competitors from across Victoria.
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