state-relays-2016Congratulations to the 6 teams that represented the Centre today at the State Relay Championships held at Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park.

The Under 11 Girls were first up on the track for BMLAC in the 4x200m event.  In a fast first heat, the girls crossed the line in 4th place securing themselves a finals berth.  Next up, were the Boys Under 9 in their first State Championship event.  While the boys were excited about their opportunity of racing at State, the excitement was evident as they proudly purchased then modeled their State shirts. The boys ran their hearts out and in a close finish, placed 7th in their heat.  The Under 11 girls returned to the track for their final and although the girls improved on their heat time they finished 8th overall.  The final 4x200m event for the Centre was the Under 11 Mixed Sex team.  This event was a straight final and a close race saw BMLAC finish in 6th place. 

After the lunch break, the 4x100m events were underway.  The Under 11 Mixed team finished 4th in their heat and narrowly missed a progression to the final.  The Under 14 Girls took to the track and enjoyed their opportunity of a State appearance and made a substantial improvement on their Region time, placing 8th in their heat.  The final event for the Centre was the Under 11 Girls and although placing 5th in their heat, a fast time saw them narrowly miss the final by .7 of a second.

All athletes should be congratulated on their performances at State today, we are very proud of you all.  

Many thanks to the coaches, Karen Lloyd, assisted by Kate Conroy, who guided the Under 9 boys to State in their first Championship.  To Jorge Ide, who had the Under 11 team training from prior to the season’s commencement, ensuring they were in top shape for both Region and State.  Jorge was ably assisted by his wife Gina and Mark Smith.  Finally, the Under 14 girls were well guided by Phil Way and all girls enjoyed their training sessions and the opportunity of a State appearance.

A big thank you to all families who traveled to Lakeside today to support the athletes.