GIPPSLAND TRACK CHALLENGE
The Gippsland Track Challenge is an annual 3-person mixed team based competition for all ages and abilities. Each athlete competes in one event (100m, 400m, Mile) plus a relay (3x200m) for their respective team over the night to decide Gippsland’s Champion Track Team.
The event will be supports and takes donations for Beyond Blue –
An organisation that promotes good mental health, tackles stigma and discrimination, and provides support and information on anxiety, depression and suicide to everyone in Australia. You can find out more about Beyond Blue at https://www.beyondblue.org.au/
2017 REPORT & RESULTS
Track is finally here in Gippsland! What a night of athletics at the Gippsland Track Challenge held at Sale Lions Park. 14 teams, 42 athletes and a large crowd of fans gathered to compete and witness the first ever Gippsland Track Challenge. A mixed team-based athletics competition focused on a fast paced electric atmosphere. Wellington Athletics Club (Rachel O’Brien, James O’Brien and George Lancaster) took out the title of Gippsland’s champion track team. With Division 2 and 3 titles going to ‘The Striders’ (Georgia Finch, Lilly Stephenson, James Lancaster) and ‘The Gippy Angels’ (Antje Kempff, Lucy Trail, Rose Dallimore). Many thanks to all the event helpers who made the meet happen. We were able to raise a total of $227 for beyond blue.
The race lived up to expectations with George Lancaster taking out the victory from Seaspray Surf Lifesaving Club’s Thomas Fleming. In the best form of his life, George attacked the race early going through the first 400m in 61sec with Thomas hot in pursuit. With a lap to go George was able to show his strength breaking away to win the race in a time of 4.32. The division 2 race was won by George’s brother James, with up and coming star Bianca Croucher crossing the line in 2nd place in a time of 5.38.
James O’Brien was victorious in the 100m from ‘Lang Goes Bang’ athlete Rubie Luckie. In division 2, Grace O’Brien representing ‘The Wings’ took out a close victory from Georgia Finch. Rose Dallimore took out the win in division 3 for the ‘Gippy Angels.’
It was the race of the meet, as two of Victoria’s up and coming stars, Ben Lang and William Mwagiru went head to head in a must see showdown. Both runners are coming off an interrupted start to the season, but showed their talent leading up to the Victorian Country Champs in January, with 14-year old Ben taking the win in a time of 53.70 from William in 54.65. Rachel O’Brien and ‘Gippy Flyers’ athlete Sean Wolfe took 3rd and 4th, just outside the 60-second barrier. Nick Macreadie took out the win in the Division 2 400m title in 59.77.
It all came down to the 3x200m relay with scores close across all divisions. ‘Wellington AC ‘took an early lead over team ‘Leg It’ as William Mwagiru still battling the fatigue of the 400m 5minutes earlier. Wellington took a commanding lead into the final change and looked the winners before an incredible kick home from Max Luckie representing team ‘Team Leg It’ to take the win. Unfortunately, they were two 2 points short of victory from the all-conquering Wellington Athletic Club. In division 2, ‘The Striders’ showed why they were the champions taking out the win and team championship from the ‘The Wings.’ The ‘Gippy Angels’ were triumphant in division 3 from second place getters ‘The Dwyers.’