The Bacchus Marsh Little Athletics Centre was represented by 26 athletes at the State Track & Field Championship held at Casey Fields over the weekend. Bacchus Marsh claimed 4 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze medals for the Championships.
Alex Lloyd was our first medallist on Day 1 of competition, winning his third consecutive State Bronze medal with a jump of 1.35 metres in the Under 11 event. Nelson Banigo had a close battle in the Under 10 70 metre final being narrowly pipped on the finish line to win the Silver medal. Matai Haunga dominated the Under 12 Discus competition to win Gold, with a throw of 13.57 metres. Nelson Banigo returned to the track, this time in the 200 metres. After recording a connivingly victory in his heat, Nelson backed up to run a sensational final and win the Gold medal.
Day 2 of competition saw another successful day for the Centre. Nelson Banigo won his second Silver medal for the weekend. Running a hotly contested Under 10 60m Hurdles final which saw the top 6 runners separated by less than .8 of a second. In the Under 12 Discus competition, Matai Haunga once again dominated the field to claim his second State title, blitzing the field by over 3 metres with a winning performance of 42.75 metres. Meanwhile younger brother Luatangi stood upon the podium after finishing third in the Under 11 Shot Put competition with a throw of 10.62 metres. Nelson Banigo once again was back on the track, this time in his favourite event the 100 metres. After 2 false starts, the race was underway and Nelson flew down the straight to cross the line in first place and claim his fourth State medal and yet another State Championship.
The following athletes recorded top 8 performances – Nicholas Ide, Evie Ducas, Emma Stewart, Jonas Cukavac, Danielle Ide, Bridie Shanahan, Ryan Lister, Oliver Cukavac, Kayla Downes, Solomon Miesen and Eliza Schembri.
Whilst some of our athletes competed in their first State Championships, some competed in their last. Many athletes recorded PB’s and for those who didn’t, you should still be extremely proud of your achievements; to qualify for State is a major achievement – well done to all.
A big thank you to all parents who filled their duty requirements over the weekend and a massive thank you to all those who supported our athletes.
Full Results HERE