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Golden weekend for Goulburn Valley athletes

Goulburn Valley athletes brought home a swag of medals from the weekend's Victorian Junior Track and Field Championships.

HANNAH DRISCOLL February 19, 2014 4:22am

Kyabram's Emily Lawson (centre) on the podium after picking up one of her two gold medals at the weekend.

Goulburn Valley athletes were a frequent fixture on the podium at the Victorian Junior Track and Field Championships at the weekend.

Among the medals were gold to Shepparton’s Zoe Boldiston, Kyabram’s Emily Lawson and Benalla’s Chloe Robertson, while Lawson’s brother Daniel, Murchison’s Kiara Catania, Nathalia’s Caitlin Hawks and Grahamvale’s Amanda Heard took home silver.

Boldiston, who competes with South Bendigo, won the women’s under-18 5km walk in 24 minutes 34.09 seconds, more than 10 seconds ahead of her nearest rival.

Lawson’s return after sitting out last season with stress fractures in her feet continues rapidly after the South Bendigo representative picked up gold in both the women’s under-20 200m and 400m events.

The 17-year-old clocked 55.4sec in the 400m final, shaving 0.8sec off her personal best, and won the 200m final and was 0.1sec off another PB.

‘‘I was happy to get some good times, and also to win, but I was definitely more excited about the times,’’ Lawson said.

Robertson, representing Athletics Essendon, won the women’s under-18 hammer throw with 45.58m, more than 6m clear of second-placed finisher.

Lawson’s brother Daniel was not far off matching his sister’s feat, bringing home silver in the men’s under-15 400m sprint and 800m.

He smashed his PBs in the process, taking about six seconds off his 800m time and just more than a second from his 400m best.

Catania claimed silver in the women’s under-18 400m hurdles and bronze in the 100m hurdles, Amanda Heard came second in the women’s under-20 5000m walk, and Gabriella Hill finished third in the under-15 javelin throw.

Hawks, another to miss most of last season after tearing her ACL, claimed two medals with a second place in the under-20 400m hurdles, just ahead of another Kyabram competitor, Carlie Whitford.

Hawks also came third in the 100m equivalent, as well as a fourth in the 400m sprint.

Michaela Duncan also claimed silver in the women’s under-20 discus throw, while Shepparton’s Liam Schreck came fourth in the men’s under-16 triple jump, fifth in the long jump and sixth in the 200m hurdles.

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