Slick effort puts Albany in second

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser
Albany's Georgia Whitelaw in the high jump.
Camera IconAlbany's Georgia Whitelaw in the high jump. Credit: Laurie Benson

Albany Little Athletics Club has finished second overall at the WA Country Championships after an impressive three days of competition at Mike Biddulph Athletics Ground.

All 17 regional athletics centres in WA were represented at the annual championships, held in Albany from Friday-Sunday for the first time since 2012. In the overall points standings, large-scale club Bunbury were comfortable winners for a second straight year, amassing 3011.5 points.

Eastern Goldfield's Jaxon Stewart competes in the 60 metre hurdles.
Camera IconEastern Goldfield's Jaxon Stewart competes in the 60 metre hurdles. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Albany finished second with 1332.5 points ahead of Eastern Goldfields in third place on 1080.5.

Bunbury were also winners of the handicap shield with a score of 33.46, enough to prevail over Newman (32) and Margaret River (31.5).

In total, Albany won 123 medals and neighbouring centre Denmark had a successful outing, with their small contingent winning 18 medals.

Bunbury's Connor Schneiker leads the way in the 70m.
Camera IconBunbury's Connor Schneiker leads the way in the 70m. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Albany’s Eleanor Barnett set a new record in the under-16 girls’ 300m hurdles event and she was a multiple gold medal-winner along with Jade Dimer, Richardo Fahik, Will Berry and Duggan Wilkes.

In total, Albany won 29 gold medals, 48 silver and 46 bronze, and their best day came on Saturday as they collected 13 gold, 29 silver and 21 bronze in a busy program.

Albany's Mitchell Eley competes in the long jump.
Camera IconAlbany's Mitchell Eley competes in the long jump. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Berry finished the meet with gold in the under-8s boys’ high jump, 70m, 60m hurdles, 200m long jump and 100m.

Barnett won the under-16 girls’ 400m final to go with the gold she won in the 90m hurdles, 200m, triple jump, 300m hurdles and 100m.

In the under-15 girls’, Dimer was successful in shot put, long jump and high jump, while Fahik took home gold in the under-17 boys’ 1500m run and 800m.

Eastern Goldfield's Mia Seelander competes in the 70 metre sprint.
Camera IconEastern Goldfield's Mia Seelander competes in the 70 metre sprint. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Wilkes won gold in the 400m and 200m finals.

Denmark finished with six gold, seven silver and five bronze, and they were well led by Oliver Pluckhahn and Ginger Gleeson.

Pluckhahn won four gold, taking out the under-16 boys’ finals in discus, javelin and 100m and 200m, while Gleeson won the under-9 girls’ 400m and 800m.

Bunbury's Rhianna Digiuseppe.
Camera IconBunbury's Rhianna Digiuseppe. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Collie and Eastern Goldfields were joint winners of the march past title, with more than 300 events run across the three-day competition, supported by Little Athletics WA.

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