Podium places for athletes

Bree and Adele racing hard during EMR championships. Pictures: SUPPLIED.

By Jamie Strudley

Yarra Ranges Athletics little athletics athletes excelled at the EMR Region Track and Field Championships over the weekend.

The championships, held on a sun-baked Doncaster Athletics Track, attracted close to 400 athletes from little athletics clubs in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

Yarra Ranges Athletics had a team of 58 athletes competing over the weekend with an untold number of PBs recorded.

There were plenty of medalists with 19 gold, 13 Ssilver and 15 bronze won.

Medallists were:

Female 16 – 800m: Kristina Nackovski 2:38.28 (3rd); Triple Jump: Stephanie van Bemmel 9.93m (2nd).

Female 15 – 200m: Kayla Paton 27.42 (3rd); 400m: Zoe Clarke 61.18 (2nd); 800m: Zoe Clarke 2:24.42 (1st); 1500m: Zoe Clarke 5:03.63 (1st).

Female 14 – 100m: Emily Fiedler 13.43 (2nd); 200m: Emily Fiedler 27.45 (1st); 400m: Emily Fiedler 62.46 (3rd); 200m Hurdles: Emily Fiedler 31.04 (2nd).

Female 13 – 1500m Walk: Brienna Coffey 9:32.46 (1st); High Jump: Mackenzie Graham 1.40m (1st); Javelin: Shania Tove 27.03m (2nd); Long Jump: Mackenzie Graham 3.94m (3rd).

Female 12 – 1500m Walk: Holly Yorke 8:51.69 (1st); High Jump: Lanni Aborowa 1.45m (1st); Emily Pincott 1.45m (1st); Arizona Peel 1.35m (3rd);

Female 11 – 1100m Walk: Lucy Oettinger 7:58.18 (2nd).

Female 9 – 700m Walk: Tillie Sommers 4:18.07 (2nd); High Jump: Imogen McMillan 0.95m (3rd); Long Jump: Zahra Lehmann 3.19m (3rd); Shot Put: Imogen McMillan 4.75m (3rd).

Male 16 – 800m: James Crome-Smith 2:11.74 (1st); 1500m: James Crome-Smith 4:33.40 (1st); Discus: Wilbur Davidson-Tuck 29.95m (2nd); Javelin: Wilbur Davidson-Tuck 27.30m (3rd); Shot Put: Wilbur Davidson-Tuck 8.45m (3rd).

Male 15 – 800m: Mitchell Pointon 2:11.76 (3rd): 1500m: Mitchell Pointon 4:36.55 (3rd): Javelin: Mitchell Pointon 25.66m (1st).

Male 14 – 800m: Finn Rossthorn 2:35.68 (3rd); 1500m Walk: Beau McKinnon 8:37.57 (1st); Shot Put: Zac McMillan 10.54m (2nd).

Male 13 – Javelin: Jakob Knapman 21.73m (3rd).

Male 12 – 80m Hurdles: Zack Paternoster 17.07 (2nd); Javelin: Ilikimi Tove 24.85m (1st).

Male 11 – 1100m Walk: Xander Sommers 6:45.45 (3rd); Long Jump: Koby Stephens 4.10m (2nd)

Male 9 – 800m: Riley Yorke 2:49.49 (2nd); High Jump: Brock Peel 1.09m (1st); Long Jump: Brock Peel 3.35m (2nd); Shot Put: Brock Peel 5.38m (3rd).

Male Para – 400m: Micah Friend 1:58.92 (1st); 800m: Micah Friend 4:35.25 (1st); Discus: Micah Friend 9.99m (1st); Long Jump: Micah Friend 1.58m (1st); Shot Put: Micah Friend 4.49m (1st).

Our seniors were in action across the weekend. First up was Vic Milers meet on Thursday evening with some excellent racing.


800m: Mitchell Pointon 2:13.48; Pete Nackovski 2:21.58; Rori Jones 2:30.65; Kristina Nackovski 2:54.00;

Mile: Zoe Clarke 5:24.33; Katrina Winger 5:34.63;

Max Savill-Bentley raced to a fighting fourth place in the Bendigo Frenzy 5km, recording a swift 14.40.

Lis Coffey was in action at the Victorian Masters Multi Event championships bringing home another gold medal with a five event total of 2030 points. Lis competed in including Shot Put (5.55m), 100m (14.33), Long Jump (3.93m), Javelin (10.02m) and 800m (2.40.64).

Our AVSL team were competing at Knox and Aberfeldie venues, with the majority at Knox. Big thanks to everyone who helped out with club helper duties on the day with special mentions to Andene Rooke and Carolyn Rosenbrock. Results:


100m: Ashleigh Rooke 13.30 (-0.0); Georgia Boundy 13.36 (-0.5); Taryn Bourke 13.95 (0.2); Shani Bullard 14.42 (0.2); Kathi Hewitson 17.56 (-1.2); Anne-Marie Ebbels 21.16 (-1.2).

400m: Ashleigh Rooke 64.85; Taryn Bourke 65.67.

1500m: Carolyn Rosenbrock 6:41.69; Emilie Garside 8:08.64.

3000m Steeple: Olivia Twining 11:18.58.

100m Hurdles: Shani Bullard 21.81 (-1.5).

2000m Walk: Carolyn Rosenbrock 11:10.7h (Record); Emilie Garside 12:25.7h.

Discus: Hayley Wilkins 29.75m; Ashleigh Rooke 26.35m; Meg Sparkes 26.31m; Shani Bullard 17.04m; Anne-Marie Ebbels 14.55m; Kathi Hewitson 10.10m.

Hammer: Sarah Ebbels 33.28m; Anne-Marie Ebbels 25.70m; Kathi Hewitson 23.75m; Meg Sparkes 13.54m.

Javelin: Hayley Wilkins 32.17m; Meg Sparkes 17.04m.

Long Jump: Ashleigh Rooke 4.22m; Shani Bullard 4.08m; Kathi Hewitson 3.01m.

Shot Put: Hayley Wilkins 8.50m; Meg Sparkes 6.12m.


100m: Liam Russell 12.04 (-0.0); Oliver Duncan 12.43 (-2.0); Craig Hewitson 14.48 (-2.8).

400m: Liam Russell 53.36; Oliver Duncan 58.04; Craig Hewitson 65.42.

1500m: Bradley McMeeken 6:37.31.

High Jump: Oliver Duncan 1.68m.

Long Jump: Oliver Duncan 5.57m; Liam Russell 5.40m; Craig Hewitson 3.61m.

Little Athletics action returns to Morrison reserve on Saturday morning. Check socials and website for early events with group warm ups from 8.45am. Our seniors travel to Doncaster and Murrumbeena for Round 12 of AVSL. All attention will be on the relays where club records will be under threat.

Training for our six-12yo continues on Tuesdays from 4pm. Seniors training (13yo plus) is on Tuesday and Thursday from 5.30pm at Morrison Reserve. Check the socials and website for more details and sessions available with our throws and jumps coaches. Yarra Ranges Athletics welcomes and encourages all athletes of any age or ability.

If you, or someone you know, wants to join in the fun of track and field registration is now open. Go to wavic.com.au or athsvic.org.au or email info@yarrarangesathletics.org.au for information about events and registration.

For information on training, how to join or trial, photos, results and updated news, visit the website at yarrarangesathletics.org.au or check us out on Facebook. Run, Jump, Throw…too easy!