Fourteen year old Jasmine Woods from Mirboo North Secondary College had a fantastic conclusion to the Secondary Schools’ Track and Field season. At the School Sports Secondary State Track and Field Championships at Lakeside Stadium on Monday 23rd October Jas won four silver medals in the 100metres, 200metres, Long Jump and Triple Jump. (These results are also a huge step up from last year’s results in the same events where she was 5th in the 100m and 200m and eight in triple jump). In each of these events, she came within centimetres (tantalisingly close) to the Gold Medal. However second in Victoria is very satisfying. Her distance of over 11 metres, in the Triple Jump is sufficient to gain automatic selection into the Australian Championships early next year.
On the way to the state finals, Jas represented Mirboo North at the District Sports, which included the other schools from South Gippsland. Here she won six gold medals including the hurdles. She also won the age championship. She broke records in both jumping events. The Under 14 Relay team for the second year in a row broke long-standing records previously held by Foster and Leongatha.
At the Gippsland Regional Athletics Championships Jas also won 5 gold medals and a silver and the relay team progressed to the State final.
Jas would like to thank David Green for his help and advice and Eleanor Patterson for her help with warm ups.
Mirboo North had some other great performances. Firstly, our wonderful discus thrower Alessandro Manuele. Study and girlfriend commitments have seen the training regime take a backseat, but he really rose to the occasion. He was under enormous pressure after putting out a dodgy leg spinner only 25m with throw 1 and fouling throw two. A super 3rd throw out over 36 m saw him leapfrog to second. No one was topping the winner who threw an amazing 46m plus. Alessandro leaves us next year after a wonderful career in school athletics. I am hoping he continues with an athletics club in the future.
We were quite hopeful of a medal in the relays. Michelle Stothart and several other parents have beaten a path to Newborough to train during the holidays and midweek. A solid start from powerhouse Clara Linn had us in the mix early, then Ella Snell ran the race of her life to put us in contention. Charlotte Kanavan keeps on improving and she made more ground on the outside lanes. When the dust settled from change three we were a comfortable third and Meaghan Stothart brought it home strongly to gain the bronze. Clara stays in the U13 age group next year, but the others will be keen to improve further next year. There is still room for improvement with the change overs.
The 14 girls finished a solid 5th. Dakota Wilden replaced the ill Sam Clerk as second runner and worked really hard in practice to perfect her changes. Try as they may Steph Parker, Willow Thomson, and Jasmine couldn’t quite go with the leading teams but I am proud of their efforts. There will be a couple of girls pushing for spots in this team at house athletics in March. Competition will only improve results.
Jacob Carnes was our other athlete. He made a great start in his 1500, leading the field for two laps in the U14 boys 1500m. Unfortunately, breathing difficulties forced him to retire from the race. He ran himself to exhaustion. I am sure you will be back next year Jacob and hopefully the lungs will be good!
Thanks to Michelle Stothart for coming down and Jasmine’s entourage of Robbo and grandparents Peter and Thelma Woods for supporting the whole team. Also, Shirley Carnes for making the trip to support Jacob. Roll on next year. Who will end up in our amazing relay teams?