After a coolish start to the last day of the six day program, the sun did eventually come out and things did certainly warm up with some more terrific performances from our athletics on show at Albert Park.

Chiara Santiglia followed up her victory in the 400m last week with a very impressive win in the under 15 200m. After breaking the Club Record in the first heat yesterday, Chiara broke it again in the final, leading all the way into a breeze to win clearly in a time of 26.43. A great reward for twelve months of hard work! Credit too, to coach Andrew Dawson, for helping with the finishing touches to Chiara’s own efforts.

On the first Friday of the Championships newcomer Claudia Cameron won the triple jump by one centimetre. Today Claudia won our last Gold with a two centimetre win in the under 14 long jump. Obviously a person not to overdo things(!) Claudia has done herself and her coach Grant Sargent proud and looks to have a big future in the sport. With a number of our strong under 14 team from this season still available for the same age group in 17/18, Claudia will be a most valuable addition to the group.

Another of these under 14s, Claire Noonan, followed up her walking Gold from Friday evening with a bronze in the hammer, throwing a Club Record and a seven metre PB of 23.49m in the process.  A great result from a terrific all rounder who in her third season in the under 14s regularly participates in five or six events each Saturday gaining many points for the Club.

Our final medal of the carnival came late in the day with the running of the under 16 800 metres. Two of our very, very good middle distance runners again went head to head in the event with this time Sunny Spencer taking the honours and the bronze medal in time of 2:13 .64 knocking another two seconds off her three week old Club (16/18/20/Open) Records. However we can not overlook the performance of Lucy Leutchford who chased Sunny all the way, coming home in fourth place in 2:15.04, two seconds better than her PB in the yesterday’s heats and also bettering the existing records. There is no doubting the ability of these two girls and their ‘on track rivalry’ certainly does their respective performances no harm at all.

Other Collingwood performances today were posted by:

Ellie McKenzie                     4th       under 16    200m hurdles          30.96

Maddy Sacchetta                 6th       under 18    long jump                 4.91m    PB

Daniel Cobern                      9th        Open          high Jump                1.90m

Amber Louw                         7th        under 14    800m                        2:32.17   SB

Wolfgang Cotra Nemesi  5th         under 14    800m                        2:19.68