Green and Patterson win at Australian Championships


Green and Patterson win at Australian Championships

Winners: Wesley Graeme, Ben Green, Eleanor Patterson and coach David Green after the Australian All Schools Championships.

THE local trio of Ben Green, Wesley Graeme and Eleanor Patterson competed at the Australian All Schools Track and Field Championships held at the University of Queensland in St Lucia last weekend.
Following their success at the Victorian All Schools Track and Field Championships, held four weeks earlier, the trio yielded a four medal haul.
Benjamin Green, a Mary MacKillop College Year 7 student, comfortably won the men’s Under 14 pole vault with a clearance of 2.75m.
He had a huge clearance at his opening height of 2.40m and cleared 2.60m on his second attempt before attempting a new PB height of 2.90m.
Although not a personal best performance, this was Ben’s second Australian title this year after winning the Australian Junior Championship held in Sydney in March.
Eleanor Patterson, also a Mary MacKillop College student took out the women’s Under 16 high jump.
Eleanor entered the competition at 1.65m with a huge clearance, followed by clearances at 1.70m, 1.75m and 1.78m. After three attempts at 1.81m Eleanor and a Queensland athlete could not be separated on count back.
With much excitement a jump off would decide the winner, but when both athletes missed another attempt at 1.81m the bar was lowered to 1.79m, which Eleanor cleared easily and her Queensland counterpart missed.
This was a gutsy effort by Patterson to claim her first win at the Australian All Schools Championships. The win now makes it a treble of victories at Australian Championships for Patterson.
Mirboo North Secondary College student Wesley Graeme had a huge program, competing in three events over the two day competition in hot and humid conditions.
Setting the tone for the weekend Wes won a bronze medal with a new personal best performance of 5.69m in the Men’s Under 14 Long Jump on Day 1 of the competition.
He returned to the track Sunday morning to finish a close fourth in the men’s Under 14 triple jump with another personal best performance of 11.84m and placed third in the men’s Under 14 high jump, clearing 1.65m.
Ben, Wes and Eleanor, along with their fellow South Coast Athletics members will now focus on the upcoming Victorian Country State Championships which will be held in Bendigo, January 13-15 2012 before taking on Australia’s best again at the Australian Junior Championships in March 2012 held in Sydney.

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