Some of the Leongatha Little Athletics team participate in the club parade march on Saturday. They are, from left, Cambell Riseley, Dylan Shone, Meaghan Stothart, Jasmine Woods, Aliesha Wrigley and Ruby Martin.
A TEAM of 13 athletes represented the Leongatha Little Athletics Club at the Victorian State Track and Field Championships in Melbourne last weekend, all performing with distinction in their events against competitors from across Victoria.
Budding young track champion Ella Snell was the sole athlete from the club to clinch a medal at the two-day event, securing bronze on Saturday afternoon in the Under 9 Girls 80m hurdles with a sensational time of 14.57 seconds.
This was four tenths of a second faster than her performance in the heat, in which she placed fourth.
Ella also qualified for the final of the 60m hurdles on Sunday, placing second in her heat and finishing fifth in the final with a time of 11.09sec. Just 0.1 seconds separated third and fifth.
Also performing brilliantly in the hurdles, Meaghan Stothart finished just a fraction of a second outside the medals with fourth place in both the Under 10 Girls 80m hurdles (15.30sec) and 60m hurdles (11.05sec), having qualified first and second in her respective heats.
Other finalists at the champion included: Dylan Shone, who finished seventh in both the Under 9 Boys 60m hurdles (11.0sec) and 70m sprint (11.28sec); Jasmine Woods, who placed fifth in the Under 11 Girls 70m (10.31sec) after finishing third in her heat; and Ruby Martin, who took third in her Under 13 Girls 100m heat with a 13.36sec qualifier and, as the only country region athlete in the mix, placed eighth in the final (13.51sec).
Congratulations to all athletes who participated in the championships: Ryan Giliam (Under 11 200m 30.52sec, 80m hurdles 15.09sec); Courtney Martin (Under 12 400m 1:10.00min); Niamh Martin (Under 11 80m hurdles 15.63sec, long jump 3.78m); Ruby Martin (Under 13 100m 13.36sec heat/13.51sec final, 200m 28.04sec); Jacob McRae (Under 9 60m hurdles 11.62sec); Joel Norton (Under 15 200m 26.43sec, triple jump 10.71m); Cambell Riseley (Under 11 1500m race walk 9:00.29min); Sara Riseley (Under 14 long jump 4.49m, triple jump 9.92m); Dylan Shone (Under 9 60m hurdles 11.25sec heat/11.0sec final, 70m 11.11sec heat/11.28sec final, 80m hurdles 14.86sec); Ella Snell (Under 9 60m hurdles 10.96sec heat/11.09sec final, 80m hurdles 14.97sec heat/14.57sec final); Meaghan Stothart (Under 10 60m hurdles 11.43sec heat/11.05sec final, 70m 11.58sec, 80m hurdles 15.36sec heat/15.30sec final, high jump 1.0m); Jasmine Woods (Under 11 100m 14.81sec, 70m 10.45sec heat/10.31sec final, long jump 3.86m, triple jump 8.78m); and Aliesha Wrigley (Under 14 1500m 5:30.45min, 800m 2:36.79min, 400m result TBC).
The club’s presentation night will be held this Friday, April 4, at the Leongatha Primary School’s performing arts centre, starting at 5.30pm with a sausage sizzle. Presentations start at 6pm.