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2015 State Track and Field Championships – Keilor finishes the season with a flourish

The 2015 State Track and Field Championships were held at Lakeside Stadium on the 28th and 29th March in near perfect conditions. The sun shone and the breeze was minimal as 45 athletes from KLAC competed in the weekend events. The full details are found in this report written by Special Events Manager Pauline McShanag.

There were many outstanding performances and achievements across the weekend. Keona Tapungao snared four gold medals in exceptional performances in the 70, 100, 200 and Triple Jump. She had previously won 2 silver and 1 bronze medal at states last year so her elevation to a clean sweep is marvellous. Charlotte Baskaran finished the weekend with 1 gold medal and a state record in the 400 metres, and two bronze medals in the 200 and 800. These medals are Charlotte’s first at states after three top 8 finishes last year. Both Charlotte and Keona are also Centre record holders and they have had a stellar year at centre, region and state level.

Centre Captain, Lauren Caruso performed her personal best in both Long Jump for a silver medal and the 300 hurdles for a gold medal. Lauren’s performances and leadership during the weekend and throughout the years have been fantastic and she will be missed by many of the athletes who look up to her and seek to be like her. First time medallists included a very excited Erin Kypreos who achieved a bronze medal in the 300 hurdles and Carlos Egan who competed late into Saturday evening for a bronze in the triple jump.

As a Centre we won a total of 11 medals – 6 Gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze. There were many notable finalists as well. Emily Portaro competed in her first ever final and she and her family were extremely proud. Yara Taylor, Georgia Bertrand, Carla di Martino and Caitlyn Tapungao came very close to standing on the podium with their fourth placings, with Georgia Bertrand achieving top 8 finishes in her three events for the weekend. Georgia will be competing for Victoria in the Australian Little Athletics Championships in the Under 15 multi event and KLAC will be supporting her all the way.

Our newbies to states, Maire McEvoy and Jack Tapungao both made finals and acquitted themselves well in such strong fields. Regular finalists Chiara Dickins, Wilson Cram, Ruby Guppy, Christian Petersen and Trent Thomson proved again what great athletes they are while Stephanie Randone , Isabel Moore and Anzac Pirika continue to improve at all levels .

The differences to note in this year’s performances are that we did not achieve a medal in the throws and that the girls figured prominently in the medal tally. However there is a good spread of events with boys and girls evenly represented. These are some areas that we as Centre can focus on next season to develop our athletes further.

As the weekend unfolded, though, it became clearer for many athletes and families how challenging it is to make it to a state final let alone win a medal. To continue winning medals at state level year after year is something not many athletes can do so when you do make a final and then win a medal it is something to really be proud of and to treasure. Lauren Caruso, in finishing her Little Athletics track and field career achieved the very difficult task of winning medals in every state championship from Under 9s to Under 15s, a feat achieved by only a few.

Under 15s

These championships are also the last track and field championships the Under 15s compete in. This year Lauren Caruso, Trent Thomson, Georgia Bertrand, Mason Ermstrang, Ben Imbesi, Jarrod Palanca and Eva Becvinovski all qualified. Eva was unable to compete due to injury but she has been a terrific competitor and leader over the years. We farewell these athletes and thank them for their contribution and in particular we acknowledge the achievements of current State Champion Lauren and past State Champions Trent and Georgia. It is fair to also acknowledge our Under 15s who have been outstanding throughout the years. Centre Captain, Lachlan Pettigrove, a past state champion in Javelin, unable to complete the season due to injury, and Ethan McShanag, past state champion in Shot Put. We would also like to farewell regular state competitors Jessie Andrew, Jack Canton, Stpehanie Farrah and Nathan Davis. To all the Under 15s we will remember you fondly and we wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

So it is with a tinge of sadness that I write my final report on the achievements of our athletes and our Centre at the 2015 State Track and Field Championships. After Team Managing over 20 State events for KLAC I am ready to pass the baton. I have so many fantastic memories of these great events and the trials and tribulations experienced by athletes, parents, families and team managers!

Eight years ago I walked into Bendigo Athletics Track with one husband and two sons ready to Team Manage for the first time. On Sunday I walked out of Lakeside stadium on my own holding a lifetime of great memories.

So a big thank you goes to Rebekka Caruso for assisting me this year and to all the athletes and the families for their commitment and participation.

ALAC

Georgia Bertrand has been selected to compete for Victoria in the Australian Little Athletics Championships in the Under 15 multi event and KLAC will be supporting her all the way. Congratulations to Georgia on this fantastic achievement and on being a leader and role model at our Centre over the years. Good luck!

MEDAL WINNERS

Charlotte Baskaran

GU10 400 metres

Gold & State Record 1:05.66

Keona Tapungao

GU11 70 metres

Gold

Keona Tapungao

GU11 100 metres

Gold

Keona Tapungao

GU11 200 metres

Gold

Keona Tapungao

GU11 Triple Jump

Gold

Lauren Caruso

GU15 300 Hurdles

Gold

Lauren Caruso

GU15 Long Jump

Silver

Charlotte Baskaran

GU10 200 metres

Bronze

Charlotte Baskaran

GU10 800 metres

Bronze

Carlos Egan

BU11 Triple Jump

Bronze

Erin Kypreos

GU13 300 Hurdles

Bronze

TOP EIGHT FINALISTS

Yara Taylor

GU12 Javelin

4

Yara Taylor

GU12 1500 metres

4

Georgia Bertrand

GU15 Long Jump

4

Carla di Martino

GU13 High Jump

4

Caitlyn Tapungao

GU10 High Jump

4

Wilson Cram

BU12 80 Hurdles

5

Wilson Cram

BU12 60 Hurdles

5

Trent Thomson

BU15 Discus

5

Christian Petersen

BU15 300 Hurdles

5

Ruby Pizzo

GU13 Triple Jump

6

Trent Thomson

BU15 Javelin

7

Stephanie Randone

GU11 70 metres

7

Ruby Guppy

GU14 Javelin

7

Lauren Caruso

GU15 90 Hurdles

7

Jack Tapungao

BU9 400 metres

7

Yara Taylor

GU12 800 metres

8

Maire McEvoy

GU9 70 metres

8

Isabel Moore

GU12 High Jump

8

Georgia Bertrand

GU15 90 Hurdles

8

Georgia Bertrand

GU15 400 metres

8

Emily Portaro

GU12 60 Hurdles

8

Chiara Dickens

GU12 Triple Jump

8

Anzac Pirika

BU11 800 metres

8

Anzac Pirika

BU11 High Jump

8

 

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