State success

ELEVEN Wellington Athletic Club athletes travelled to Lakeside Stadium at Albert Park to compete in the recent state track and field championships.

The highlight was under 15 athlete Erika Allen winning a gold medal in the 2000 metre steeplechase after running a fantastic 7:36.09 minute, also qualifying her for the national juniors championships, to be held in Sydney next month. The national qualifying time for the event is 8:15min.

Erika also set a new open and under 20 Wellington/Yallourn-Newborough record, which was held by Commonwealth Games athlete Peta Mullens since 2002.

Under 16 athlete Rachel O’Brien jumped 1.62m to claim a silver medal, a qualifying spot at the national juniors as well as a new Wellington record.

Under 15 athlete George Lancaster ran a national qualifying time of 9:41.27min in the 3000m to also win a silver medal.

Ryan Pedretti placed third in the under 20 shot put with 11.57m. The placing also automatically qualified him for the nationals.

Under 15 athlete Ally Waugh ran a fantastic heat in the 800m with another national qualifying time of 2:20.56min. Ally finished in sixth spot in the finals.

With the track and field season coming to a close, the athletes begin concentrating on the cross country season with the first race, a relay, on April 18 at Jells Park.