Respect your (club) elders.
After the weekend’s State Masters championships at Lakeside we should all have more respect for those with grey, coloured or no hair!
Athletes, aged between 30 and 90, came from all over Victoria to vie for gold and PBs.
Essendon was well represented with 17 athletes who picked up 22 gold,14 silver and 13 bronze.
Mark Harper ran a National M45100m record with 11.32 sec. Mark dominated the sprints, winning the 60m, 100m and 200m. He was pushed all the way by team mates Mark Giglio and Brett Maurer. The comp was so tight that Giglio & Maurer couldn’t be separated in the 200, both receiving a silver medal. Mark G ran three season’s best times for his haul of silver.
Boucaibh Chefnaoui picked up two medals. In M45, he cruised around the 1500 in 4:10 and the 5000m in 16:13!
New to our club this season, Mark Hambling took home 4 medals from 4 events, including a 1.95m PB in the discus and a 41cm PB in the javelin…great work Mark!
Kris Lakusa pulled a PB in his hammer event as well as a near PB in the shot…not bad for an injured sprinter.
Karl Orr ran a great 100m PB – it was a close race with Karl just hanging on for the win. Karl finished the weekend with a medal of every colour!
Daniel Rees also enjoyed a great comp after his first full track season for 20 years, easily taking out the steeple after also running the 1500 and 5000m.
Mel Foster and Kim Walsh had a huge weekends; Mel collected 6 gold and a bronze, rushing between events and medal presentations, while Kim grabbed 3 gold, 2 silver and a bronze. A 1.9m PB in the discus and a 1.8m PB in the javelin, along with Season’s Bests in her long and triple jumps topped off a great season.
Maggie Armstrong had a successful comp, with 3 medals from her 4 events, including a PB in the 800 and a season’s best 400m.
Our high jump coach, Mas Ghasabani also won gold, competing for VMA, with a leap of 1.8m!
If you think the standard might be low, check out the M65 results (that’s blokes over 65 years of age).
Long jump 5.39m, 100m 12.79s, 200m 25.75s, 400m 58.76s…..!!
Triple Jump: Denis Finnegan 13.46m (1.2) (1st);
1500m: Daniel Rees 4:42.00 (3rd);
5000m: Daniel Rees 17:32.69 (3rd);
3000m Steeple: Daniel Rees 11:18.52 (1st);
Discus: Mark Hambling 28.87m (2nd);
Hammer: Mark Hambling 24.21m (1st);
Javelin: Mark Hambling 23.68m (3rd);
Shot Put: Mark Hambling 10.45m (2nd);
60m: Mark Harper 07.47 (0.1) (1st); Mark Giglio 07.64 (0.1) (2nd);
100m: Mark Harper 11.32 (1.4) (1st); Mark Giglio 11.69 (1.4) (2nd); Brett Maurer 11.86 (1.4) (3rd);
200m: Mark Harper 23.30 (-1.4) (1st); Mark Giglio 24.16 (-1.4) (2nd); Brett Maurer 24.16 (-1.4) (2nd);
400m: Brett Maurer 52.90 (2nd);
1500m: Bouchaib Chefnaoui 4:09.55 (1st);
5000m: Bouchaib Chefnaoui 16:13.66 (1st);
Discus: Kristian Lakusa 26.56m (7th);
Hammer: Kristian Lakusa 23.68m (4th);
Shot Put: Kristian Lakusa 10.66m (3rd);
60m: Richard Brophy 08.76 (-1.7) (1st); Karl Orr 08.92 (-1.7) (2nd);
100m: Karl Orr 14.17 (0.4) (1st);
Discus: Richard Brophy 28.09m (3rd);
High Jump: Richard Brophy 1.60m (1st);
Long Jump: Karl Orr 3.05m (0.8) (1st);
Shot Put: Karl Orr 7.55m (3rd);
2000m Steeple: Brian Anderson 9:39.97 (1st); Stephen Murphy 11:37.60 (2nd);
3000m Walk: Brian Anderson 20:13.25 (3rd); Stephen Murphy 22:42.75 (5th);
200m: John Cooper 32.65 (-0.8) (5th);
400m: John Cooper 72.84 (4th);
800m: John Cooper 2:43.41 (1st);
Long Jump: John Cooper 3.31m (-1.3) (4th);
800m: David Jones 3:12.80 (2nd);
1500m: David Jones 7:05.58 (2nd);
Hammer: David Jones 14.09m (3rd);
60m: Melissa Foster 08.27 (-1.3) (1st);
80m Hurdles: Melissa Foster 13.02 (-0.8) (1st);
High Jump: Melissa Foster 1.40m (1st);
Javelin: Melissa Foster 25.86m (3rd);
Long Jump: Melissa Foster 5.32m (-2.4) (1st);
Shot Put: Melissa Foster 8.62m (1st);
Triple Jump: Melissa Foster 11.68m (-0.4) (1st);
Discus: Kim Walsh 23.37m (2nd);
Hammer: Kim Walsh 22.75m (3rd);
Javelin: Kim Walsh 25.82m (2nd);
Long Jump: Kim Walsh 3.68m (+0.0) (1st);
Shot Put: Kim Walsh 8.41m (1st);
Triple Jump: Kim Walsh 8.28m (-0.6) (1st);
100m: Maggie Armstrong 18.94 (1.6) (3rd);
200m: Maggie Armstrong 41.70 (0.8) (4th);
400m: Maggie Armstrong 89.75 (2nd);
800m: Maggie Armstrong 3:30.89 (3rd);