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Schreck and Long are multi-talented

Shepparton athletes Liam Schreck and Isabel Long have enjoyed success at State Multi Championships in Bendigo at the weekend.

MATTHEW GALEA February 5, 2014 4:10am

Liam Schreck and Isabel Long had a great weekend at the Multi State Championships in Bendigo.

It was a weekend to remember for Liam Schreck and Isabel Long.

Schreck took out the state title at the under-16 Athletics Victoria State Multi Championships, while Long managed silver in the under-12 Little Athletics Victoria State Multi Championships in Bendigo.

Extreme temperatures did not hamper the young guns, with Schreck competing in seven events — 200m and 1500m, 100m hurdles, long jump, high jump, shot put and javelin on Saturday and Sunday, while Long competed in the 100m and 800m, 80m hurdles, long jump and shot put on Sunday.

‘‘It was a really good weekend, but it got really hot,’’ Long said.

‘‘My best was in hurdles because I got the best time overall.’’

Long said the conditions made it particularly tough to run the 800m event, but she was delighted to upgrade her bronze-medal efforts from her last two attempts at the championships to a silver.

‘‘I really wanted to win a medal,’’ Long said.

‘‘Hopefully there’s a gold on the horizon ... but I’ll have to work on my 800s, because I’m not the best at them.’’

This was the first time that Schreck had medalled at any of the multi events he had competed in.

Schreck excelled in the long jump, which is his main event, but surprised himself in the javelin.

‘‘That was probably what ended up winning it for me,’’ Schreck said.

‘‘I got a few extra points on the kid that was coming second and I ended up pulling out a 30.28m throw, which was a personal best by about 2m.’’

The good news did not end there for Schreck either, with the 14-year-old delighted to discover he had made one of Hockey Victoria’s two under-15 squads, which are headed for the under-15 National Championships in April.

‘‘It was very exciting ... I was a train-on for the squad last year, so I didn’t get to go,’’ Schreck said.

‘‘I’m really looking forward to it, we’re going to Rockingham in Western Australia, so we’ve got two teams going this year and I’ll get to play in that.’’

Though Schreck and Long were the only two Shepparton athletes to medal at the multi championships, there were plenty of other fantastic efforts.

Lachlan O’Hara finished 29th in the under-10 boys, with Piete Jordan finishing 20th in the under-12 boys, while Jye Chalcraft put in a great effort to finish sixth in the under-13 boys.

While Kasey Buschetti came 10th in the under-nine girls, with Gretel Holmes and Amy Long finishing 17th and 26th respectively in the under-10 girls.

Charli Boschetti came 17th in the under-12 girls and Jacklyn Rinchbeck came 20th in the under-14s.

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