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Monday, 18 November 2013 09:13

State Relays 2013 - Report

Last weekend our club participated at annual State Track and Field Relays. This competition provides athletes with the opportunity to test their early season form and have fun competing in a team of four. It was very successful competition for our club despite usual drama that surrounds formation of the teams.



RBH initially entered 17 teams which proved to be very ambitious task. Our club is traditionally known for its strong distance runners but over the last few years we are trying to revive our sprinting and jumping events. Our new sprint coach Joel Maybury managed to put together three teams in U16 boys category. In addition to this, coaches Anne Saville and Lyn Jacenko helped with sprinters and we entered two U20 boys sprint teams and also three girls sprint teams. The rest of the teams were mostly 800m and 1500m runners. Special thanks to coaches Sean Williams and Peter Spehr who were very helpful to form middle distance teams.

Every athletes registration was checked and we gave a plenty of notice about uniforms, reggo numbers etc. Everything was fine until one day before the competition. Then we found that Chris Ballas, who was featuring in our three U16 teams, is also registered with Scotts College and is not going to compete for us. ANSW could not explain how this athlete could register for two clubs at the same time. The other bad news was that young sprinter Tullia Votano had to withdraw due to illness. Without Chris and Tullia and without any reserves we had to scratch five teams; that left us with 12 competing teams. Regardless of this setback, our remaining teams competed with passion, I didn't witness any athlete who didn't give their best and we can certainly be proud of them. Our only two coaches who attended this competition were Peter Spehr and Lyn Jacenko so special thanks to them for showing their support on the days.

The highlight for RBH and maybe for the whole competition were 2 Australian records set by our U16 girls teams.
They totally dominated their races and claimed the only two gold medals for our club. The rest of the medal tally includes three silver medals won by U20 boys sprinting teams and for the first time we claimed medal in Medley relay.

Our medal tally was 2 gold and 3 silver medal. Complete results for our teams are as follows:

1. U16 Girls 4 x 1500m, 18:37.21 - new Australian U16 Record

1. U16 Girls 4 x 800m, 8:59.40 - new Australian U16 Record

2. Open Women Medley (200m, 200m, 400m, 800m) 4:00.55

2. U20 Boys 4 x 100m, 44.40

2. U20 Boys 4 x 200m, 1:33.75

4. Open Women 4 x 1500m, 19:59.13

4. Men 160+ 4 x 1500m, 20:13.90

5. U16 Boys 4 x 1500m, 18:42.66

5. Men 160+ 4 x 800m, 9:47.87

6. U14 Girls 4 x 800m, 10:45.86

8. Open Men 4 x 800m, 8:46.15

DQ U16 Boys 4 x 800m (improper change)

The Under 16 girls 4 x 1500m team performed brilliantly. From the start they had Australin record in mind and to achieve that they had to average just below 4:41 for every runner. Manon Wilson ran fantastic first leg, neck to neck with rising distance star Kate Spencer. Manon was leading the race together with Kate and refused to be dropped off and changed to Samantha King nearly at the same time as leading team. Brilliant run by Sam set the tone for the rest of the race. Georgia Evans continued strong and our team was was ahead. Amy Harding-Delooze was next. She started rather fast (around 67 sec lap) but settled down and managed to power down to the finish line in a new Australian U16 girls record.

1. Manon Wilson 4:36.7
2. Samantha King 4:38.8
3. Georgia Evans 4:47.1
4. Amy Harding-Delooze 4:34.2

Left to Right: Samantha King, Amy Harding-Delooze, Manon Wilson, Georgia Evans