Wellington Athletic Club athletes book their spots at nationals

Heyfield's Rachel O'Brien took out Gold in a stacked field in the Open Women's 1500m at the state championships. Photo: Contributed

WELLINGTON Athletic Club had 22 athletes competing in the recent Victorian State Track and Field Championships.

The championships were held across two weekends in South Melbourne, beginning Friday, February 23 and ending on Sunday, March 3.

With impressive performances from all athletes and many personal best times, 11 achieved national qualifying standards and will have the opportunity to compete against the nation’s best in Adelaide next month.

Wellington athletes received a total of four Gold medals, six Silver and six Bronze.

Heyfield runner Rachel O’Brien, who has recently returned from competing in America, showed her excellent form, with a Gold medal and personal best time in the Open Women’s 1500m (4:30.73), along with a Bronze medal in the Open Women’s 800m (2:13.18).

National qualifying performances: 

Elly Fleming – U20 800m (2:18.83) – Silver

Antje Kempff – U20 400m final (58.30) – 4th

Zali Metcalfe – U20 3000m (10:28.57) – 6th

Maddy Boyd – U18 800m (2:17.85) – 8th (PB)

Kaydence Fleming – U16 400m (57.99) – Gold; U16 Long Jump (5.02m) – Silver; U16 200m (26.21) – Bronze (PB)

Grace Graafsma – U16 3000m (10:08.95) – Gold; U16 1500m (4:45.75) – Silver

Matilda Read – U15 3000m Walk (16:02.07) – Gold

Lyla Hiskins – U13 200m (28.22) – Silver

Lachlan Rosato – U15 400m (53.31) – Silver

Oscar Woodhouse – U14 1500m ( 4:34.41) – Bronze; U14 800m (2:13.62) – Bronze

Other results:

Under 18
200m: Lily Marazzato (30.05)
400m: Aleasha Read (64.10), 13th; Maddy Boyd (63.31), 12th
800m: Aleasha Read (2:27.23), 14th ; Darcy Knowles (2:35.10), 17th; Lily Marazzato (2:47.53), 19th
1500m: Lara Smyth (5”02.28) 11th
3000m: Lara Smyth (11:00.11) 5th
2000m Steeple: Lara Smyth (7:54.75) Bronze
High Jump: Michaella Rosato (1.55m) Bronze

Under 17
800m: Mia Calleja (2:40.76) 22nd ; Rhylee Stewart( 2:02.66) 10th
1500m: Rhylee Stewart (4:06.42) 8th PB

Under 16
800m: Emily Kanavan (2:28.52) 9th; Isaac Frost (2:26.43) 19th PB
400m: Aleasha Read (64.10) 14th; Maddy Boyd (63.31) 12th
1500m: Isaac Frost (4:52.51) 22nd PB

Under 15
200m: Lachlan Rosato (25.10) 6th
800m: Lachlan Rosato (2:15.10) 11th

Under 14
100m: Evie Jones 10th 14.22 PB
200m: Evie Jones (29.11) 7th PB; Thomas Kanavan (28.47) 4th
400m: Thomas Kanavan (62.56) 5th PB

Under 13
200m: Eshana Cheema (28.31) 4th PB
400m: Lylah Hiskins (66.36) 4th
800m Charlie Strachan (2:39.33) 6th

Evie Jones (left), Lylah Hiskins (middle), Eshana Cheema (right). Photos Contributed
Oscar Woodhouse (right) won bronze in the Under 14 1500m and 800m.
Rachel O’Brien took out the gold in the Open 1500m and backed it up with bronze in the 800m.
Kaydence Fleming won a medal of every colour at the championships.
Elly Fleming won silver in the Under 18 800m, earning her a spot at nationals in Adelaide in April.
Lachlan Rosato brought home a silver medal in the Under 15 400m from the championships.