OLD SCOTCH ATHLETIC CLUB - EST 1926

OLD SCOTCH ATHLETIC CLUB - EST 1926

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April 19th 2024

The pinnacle of the Australian domestic season kicked off in Adelaide last weekend where we had 12 Old Scotch athletes make their way over to compete after achieving the national qualifying standards to represent Victoria.

On Thursday the championships started with the U20 and Senior Old Scotch athletes testing themselves against the best the country could offer and what great live stream action we had on 7Plus to follow our athletes and cheer them on.

One of the first events on opening day saw Sebastian Brasington in the Senior 1500m heats wearing the OS singlet loud and proud run a season’s best coming in 9th in his heat. Well done Seb as you were drawn with a few handy athletes in your heat where the heat was on from the starters gun.  Coming up against Jesse Hunt (3rd in the final), Stewart McSweyn (4th in the final), Sam Blake (9th in the final) and Para Olympian Jaryd Clifford in your heat you should be proud of your efforts.

Later in the afternoon we had good mates Nathan Munro and Rory Vial donning the Big V in the U20M 5000m. In a large field Nathan weaved his way through the field rounding out the season achieving a PB and unfortunately illness in the week leading up to the championships got the better of Rory but fuelled his motivation to get back there on the big stage next year.

Sunday, Seb was back out on the track competing in the senior men’s 5000m and put it all on the line achieving a PB and getting under the 15:00.00 mark, walking off the track pretty happy with his efforts at the championships.

Great start to the Championships by Seb, Nathan and Rory.

Monday
Our junior athletes after watching their idols go through their paces over the weekend were ready to step up and test themselves against what the rest of the country and New Zealand could throw at us.
 
Lachlan Gumley U16 Pole Vault gave his parents and followers a massive fright by missing his first 2 jumps entering the competition at a height of 3.20m. Having to compose himself and reassess he managed to clear 3.20m on his last attempt and decided enough is enough. Over the following 90mins he set a 15cm PB by winning gold and becoming national champion, vaulting his way to a final height of 3.75m. Massive congratulations and knocking on the door of the magical 4.0m mark.
 
Will Katic U18 800m was hoping for a quick time after an excellent domestic season wearing the Cardinal colours for the first time but unfortunately the race didn’t go to plan, and he just missed out on the final coming in 9th overall. Not the end for Will as he had time to regroup for the 400m in 2 days’ time.
 
AJ Merry ran in the U18 3000m steeplechase and for only the 3rd time competing in the event finished a respectable 11th also running a PB, how good.
 
Tom Roach kicked off his busy championships with placing 9th in the final of the PA17 Long Jump, so he got that one out of the way ready for what lies ahead.

Tuesday
We saw our youngest athletes hit the track.
Jayden Millie U13 200m put in a fast run in his heat finishing 7th and achieving a PB by 0.06sec. What more can we ask of our athletes when they give their all and a PB to end the season off.

Mark Ballantine U13 800m found himself running under the magical Adelaide lights and in his first of many national championships to come we hope, ran a respectable 6th place in his heat.

Wednesday
New to the club this season and our only female representative at these championships Gabby King, decided upon a rather different lead into most after flying in from the Gold Coast after competing at the National Swimming Championships replacing the wetsuit for spikes which saw her run in the U17 400m heats. Great experience and week for Gabby across the two sports saw her set a time just outside her PB in her heat.

Will Katic U18 400m looking for redemption after not being overly happy with his run earlier in the week saw him try some different pre-race strategies according to Mum and power home over the last 150m to finish 2nd in his heat and gain the automatic qualifier. In a hot age group you had to run under 49.61 to make the final where 5 Victorians in total qualified. What ever you tried Will, it worked and keep them going.

Having the afternoon session all to himself, Tom Roach PA17 100m burst out of the blocks and did himself proud finishing 11th overall and just outside his PB and then backed it up as the sun was setting in the Discus final finishing in 6th position.  A solid days work from Tom with the double cobra coming out and another 2 days of competition for him.

Thursday
First up for our athletes was Will Katic competing in the U18 400m. After coming 3rd at the recent State championships he found himself the hunted starting out in lane 9. In a super fast final Will rounded out his championship with a 7th placing in the final. Well done Will on a great season and looking forward to what you can achieve next season.

Bart Leeton and Conor Sullivan have had to wait and watch their club mates compete over the past week and today it is their turn to test themselves against the best the country can offer.

Bart U17 3000m and coming off a fantastic run where he finished1st in the Victorian State Championships, at the bell with one lap to go you could throw a blanket over the front group of 3 and it was going to come down to what order they finished. Bart gave it his all and finished in 3rd place with the winner setting a championship record. Fantastic run by Bart and I’m sure good to blow the cobwebs out and get himself ready for the 1500m on Friday.

Next up was Conor Sullivan who followed in the U18 3000m. In a huge field of 24 runners all strung out single file around the track Conor found himself running solo inbetween 2 groups. In what has been a huge 12 months with his impressive results he brought it home and finished 14th and the third Victorian across the line. Great effort Conor.

Stepping out for his 4th event of the championships Tom Roach U17PA got the javelin in his hand and managed to whip it out across the infield to set a lifetime PB by 0.64cm and finished in 4th position. Well done Tom on a great throw and always nice when you get a PB. Obviously enjoying the Adelaide lifestyle after arriving last weekend.

Lachlan Gumley U16 Discus, after flying home on a high (literally) on Monday did a FIFO with his Mum on hand as his support group and was hoping to steal another medal and get out of there without being noticed. Unfortunately, some of the bigger boys were too strong on the day with Lachlan coming in 9th just outside his PB but what a competition for Lachlan. Top 10 ten in the country. I bet he’ll have slept well on the plane ride home.

Gloomy and cooler conditions at the track later in the day saw Jayden Millie after having a run earlier in the week under his belt saw him step out in the U13 400m heats. Feeling reasonably confident after being first across the line at States and drawn in lane 4 he ran a controlled race in the middle of the track and set a PB coming in 3rd place and gaining an automatic qualifier into Friday’s final.

Friday

Last day of the championships and the weather had turned for the worse late yesterday and overnight for our athletes as the sun is trying to dry out the track.

First up we had Tom Roach compete in the PA U17 200m. A huge campaign by Tom with event number 5 this morning. Today he ran 0.15 outside his PB in cold conditions which we think is a pretty darn good effort as I am sure he is pretty tired with still the Shot Put to come in the afternoon.

Huge number of entrants (26) in Bart Leeton’s U17 1500m final so they had to be split it into 2 based on times. In the faster of the 2 finals Bart showed his grit and determination as at the bell lap he was sitting in 5th position with the leader clearly out in front by himself and was never headed. I’m sure feeling it in the legs after his 3000m the day before Bart willed himself with 250m to go to pass his challengers  and hold them off to take 2nd place just outside his PB. Fantastic racing and championships going home with a silver and bronze medal for his efforts. Well done Bart 💪👏 time for a rest after a big season and fingers crossed the Bombers 🔴⚫️ get the W against the Crows for you to add to a successful week over there in Adelaide.

Jayden Millie U13 400m final found himself drawn out in lane 9 which is always a challenge in the one lap dash. In his first final, Jayden not to be put off by the other runners on the inside of him ran his own race and finished in 6th place breaking the magical 60sec mark for the first time, achieving another PB and the first Victorian across the line. Super effort Jayden.

Sixth event for his championships we had Tom Roach competing in the PA U17 Shot Put. Spurred on by watching Bart get himself on the podium earlier on in the day Tom had a great last event throwing a PB with his first throw of the competition and for good luck beating that and setting another PB with his last throw of the competition and finishing in 5th position. What a way to end his championships.

As the sun was setting after 9 straight days of competition and the last event on the schedule we had Will Katic running in the Victorian U18 4x400m team. Running the first leg out of lane 4 he got the team out to a fast start making up the stagger with the outside lanes  and putting them in the lead at the first change over and they were never headed. Gold to Victoria and another gold medal to an Old Scotch athlete. Congrats Will.

Thanks to those parents sharing some of the photo’s of your boys as well from the championships as great to be able to recognise their efforts and share with our OS community.

Well that is a wrap and the end of what has been a very successful Track & Field season for Old Scotch.

National Results Tally
Gold Medal x 2 (x1 individual & x1 relay)
Silver Medal x 1
Bronze Medal x 1
Top 10 finishes (outside of medals) x 8 and a # of personal bests

🎉 To celebrate our season don’t forget we have our annual AGM & Awards night on Friday 3rd May @ Royal South Yarra Tennis Club. We would love to see as many of you as possible join us to recognise the contributions of our coaches, officials, parents and committee.

Any questions in regards to the evening or you have special dietary requirements, please email Robert Wilson on robert.wilson@palmproducts.com.au

Please paste the below link into your browser and we ask you book by Tuesday 30th April.
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Hope to see you all there.

Regards
Tony