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Javelin sails to gold medals

Shepparton Little Athletics Centre has enjoyed a successful State Track and Field Championships with Gabriella Hill and Harry Smith winning gold in the javelin and a number of athletes winning medals.

OLIVER CAFFREY April 2, 2014 4:05am

Shepparton Little Athletics Centre members Jye Chalcraft, Gretel Holmes, Gabriella Hill, Aiden Smith, Harry Smith and Kasey Boschetti won medals at the State Track and Field Championships at the weekend.


Two Shepparton Little Athletics javelin throwers have brought home gold medals from the State Track and Field Championships.

Gabriella Hill and Harry Smith recorded huge personal bests on their way to victories at Lakeside Stadium.

Hill, 13, won the under-14 javelin with a throw of 36.77m, more than 2m ahead of her second-placed Diamond Valley rival.

It was Hill’s first state little athletics gold medal to go along with a number of Athletics Victoria titles.

‘‘The girl that came second (at the weekend), she came sixth at nationals and I came 12th, so I wasn’t too sure how I would go,’’ Hill said.

‘‘I felt really good on the day and my first throw came out well and the rest of my throws after that were up to that standard.’’

Smith made it consecutive state javelin wins by taking out the under-12 category.

The Notre Dame College student estimated he threw a PB by about 5m, finishing with a throw of 40.24m.

‘‘Last year I was pretty nervous, but this year I was pretty calm and that helped,’’ Smith said.

It was a successful meet for the club, with several other athletes bringing back medals.

Kasey Boschetti won four medals in her first season of state competition, taking out two silvers (60m hurdles and triple jump) and two bronze (70m and high jump).

Bronze medals were also won by Gretel Holmes (high jump), Jye Chalcraft (300m hurdles) and Aiden Smith (javelin).

Holly Kirby (70m and 200m), Hannah Smith (javelin), Aiden Smith (triple jump) Charli Boschetti (60m hurdles) and Liam Schreck (triple jump) all made finals in their respective events.

Other Shepparton athletes to compete were Ben Woods, Jordan Wiggins, Amy Long, Maddison Grumley, Jed Woods, Joshua Rachele, Jacob Watts, Olivia Kirby, Pieter Jordan, Larissa Watts, Rhys Damon, Jack Popplestone, Adele Catania and Jacklyn Pinchbeck.

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