By Jamie Strudley
Yarra Ranges Athletics Club (YRA) athletes competed in relay events over the weekend at multiple locations.
The club’s Little Athletics athletes excelled at the Box Hill Relays on Sunday with several podium finishes.
Most teams were faster than their heat time during the final and medallists included Under-11 girls medley, Under-9 girls 4×200, Under-10 girls 4×100, Under-8 to Under-11 one minute challenge, Under-10 boys 4×200 and Under-11 mixed 4×100.
Athletes will now look forward to the Region Relays in two weeks time.
The club’s seniors braved a cold and wet Saturday at Knox for the AVSL Round 4 relay round.
With premiership points up for grabs, a large contingent of YRA athletes swarmed over the Knox track.
4x100m: Women Open A (Stephanie Bollaart, Ashlinn Walker, Kathi Hewitson, Olivia Twining) 58.09; Women Open B (Grace Muller, Mia Strudley, Georgia Brock, Indigo Linde) 62.63; Women U18 (S Rollo, A Rooke, H Wilkins, C Willey) 49.95; Men Open A (Zachariah Clarke, James Anderson, Luke Hunter, Liam Russell) 54.53; Men 40+ (Bryan Ackerly, Jamie Strudley, Michael Clarke, Craig Hewitson) 57.62.
4x200m: Women Open A (Stephanie Bollaart, Ashlinn Walker, Kathi Hewitson, Bonnie Morris) 2:13.82; Men Open A (Patrick Keating, Luke Hunter, Michael Clarke, Lucas Taylor) 1:49.00; Men U18 (Hayden Rooke, Liam Russell, Camden Hewitson, Oliver Duncan) 1:43.00.
2x800m: Women U16 (Mia Strudley, Ciara Willey) 5:29.83; Men Open A (James Anderson, Luke Hunter, ) 4:55.35; Men Open B (Camden Hewitson, Lucas Taylor, ) 5:08.26; Men 40+ (Craig Hewitson, Jamie Strudley) 5:26.38; 2x1500m: Women Open A (Grace Muller, Olivia Twining, ) 10:32.84; Women Open B (Bonnie Morris, Georgia Brock, ) 11:07.44; Women U16 (Mia Strudley, Indigo Linde, ) 10:11.22; Men Open A (James Anderson, Luke Hunter, ) 9:22.40; Men 40+ (Craig Hewitson, Michael Clarke) 10:56.65; Men 50+ (Jamie Strudley, Bryan Ackerly) 11:30.72; Men U18 (Camden Hewitson, Liam Russell, ) 9:43.66.
4x400m (mixed): U18 (Hayden Rooke, Mia Strudley, Indigo Linde, Camden Hewitson) 3:59.85; Open A (Craig Hewitson, Stephanie Bollaart, Olivia Twining, Luke Hunter) 4:17.16; Open B (Jamie Strudley, Grace Muller, Georgia Brock, James Anderson) 4:37.01.
4x800m Walk: Open (Sarah Ebbels, Camden Hewitson, Anne-Marie Ebbels, Lucas Taylor) 22:18.00.
8x100m: Open (Patrick Keating, Kathi Hewitson, Craig Hewitson, Ashlinn Walker, Ciara Willey, Mia Strudley, Lucas Taylor, Camden Hewitson) 1:54.12.
Long Jump: Olivia Twining (WOP) 4.22m; Long Jump: Ashlinn Walker (W20) 3.05m; Luke Hunter (MOP) 3.85m; Michael Clarke (M40) 5.07m; Oliver Duncan (M18) 4.70m.
High Jump: Oliver Duncan (M18) 1.57m.
Discus: Anne-Marie Ebbels (W40)16.22m; Hayley Wilkins (W18)19.74m; Meg Sparkes
(W18) 22.02m; Ashleigh Rooke (W16) 20.59m; Sarah Ebbels (W16)18.53m; Dale Bullen (MOP)28.43m; Michael Clarke (M40) 21.81m.
Javelin: Meg Sparkes (W18) 14.43m; Dale Bullen (MOP) 41.09m.
Shot Put: Anne-Marie Ebbels (W40) 6.29m; Erika Bedyn (W50) 12.08m; Hayley Wilkins (W18) 8.86m; Meg Sparkes (W18) 7.65m; Ashleigh Rooke (W16) 8.26m; Sarah Ebbels (W16) 6.52m; Dale Bullen (MOP) 8.16m; Lucas Taylor (MOP) 9.23m; Brayden Woolridge (M18) 10.70m.
Several athletes competed in Vic Milers on Thursday night at Duncan McKinnon Reserve over 800 or 3000m.
800m: Indigo Linde 2:19.1; Craig Hewitson 2:24.63.
3000m: Max Savill-Bentley 9:16.1h; Angus Norman 9:36.5h; James Anderson 9:45.7h; Mia Strudley 10:40.8h; Grace Muller 10:55.0h; Olivia Twining 11:12.6h.
The club’s regular Saturday morning Little Athletics competition was also busy with a variety of athletics events on offer and more personal bests set.
Next weekend the club returns to a Saturday Morning program with warmups from 8.45am and the first event at 9am.
The club’s seniors compete at Nunawading in Round 5 of AVSL.
Tickets are now available for the club’s 50th Anniversary celebration evening at Easter Golf Club.
For more information, visit the website at yarrarangesathletics.org.au or check the club out on Facebook.