A smattering of medals , but lots of terrific performances from the Collingwood contingent on the third day of this season’s titles. For the first time in many years, the senior and junior championships have been combined to give the youngsters a chance to see how the big people go about it!

Worth a try – why not let the juniors see what they might be up against in the next couple of years?

We had to wait until the end if the program for the only Magpie Gold of the day.

Chiara Santiglia grabbed a well deserved win in the under 15 400m, going under the elusive minute for the first time and smashing her own Club under 14 record.  Coming up from the Collingwood Little Aths group, Chiara was a member of last season’s successful Under 14 Shield team as well winning Gold in our 2016 and 2017 Champion under 14 4 x 400 m relay teams.

Chiara has put in a great effort, running the cross-country season to build up her strength for the 400m event and today it all payed off! Her 59.59 proved that!

Another athlete to reap a reward for hard work was Tomas Fedele. Disappointed after his trip to Perth for last season’s Nationals where he finished up in hospital after an horrendous fall, Tom has really put in and today’s silver in the under 18 110m hurdles was a great result all around. Tom smashed his own Club record with a 15.16s run over the high sticks.

Our other silver came from Lucy Leutchford in the under 16 400m. Another Club record, reclaiming the top spot from Sunny Spencer who had to settle for the bronze today. Reversing the finishing order from yesterday’s heats, Lucy grabbed the advantage by just over half a second (58.38 – 58.91) with both girls well under the previous Club mark.

Simone Maillardet broke four Club Records with her run in the under 15 1500m. Still yet to turn 14, Simone’s time of 4:45.24 broke her own standards in the under 14, 16, 18 and  20 age groups. The Bronze Medal was a real bonus for her efforts.

A round up of other Collingwood performances from Day 3.

Mia Roux                       4th   Under 14 400m         61.15

Rebekah Corney          6th   Open Triple Jump     11.16m

Claire Noonan              6th   Under 14 Discus         19.78m

Ellie McKenzie             5th   Under 16  90m hurdles  14.00  ( CR – breaking record set in yesterday’s heat)

Dale Carroll                   7th   Under 20 1500m      4:03.95

Ace Buck                        9th   Under 17  1500m      4:16.75

Isabella Simonelli         8th   Open Javelin             31.05m

Elena Mitchell               5th    Open Pole Vault        3.00m

And now to next weekend. The 200s and 800s and the 3k events are on. The shot and hammer replace the other two throws and of course the high and long jumps supersede the pole vault and triple.

We will have a keen group having a go of course, but there will be a very interesting competitor wearing the Collingwood colours for the first time.

Jampel Francisco, the great grandson of the founder of our Club is flying in from South Carolina (US) to see how he goes in the under 17 400m hurdles. The eighth Francisco to run for Collingwood has been showing some promise in school competitions in the States over the past couple of seasons and the family has decided to dip the toe in Australian waters to gain an idea of just where he stands. It is a big commitment and there is quite a bit of excitement about the project. Hopefully Jampel will be at our track on Tuesday, to train with Tomas Fedele and hurdles’ coach Mia Deverell.

Good luck to all our competitors!