MUAC storms into Shield Final

Shield Round 13

The White Train took to the track at Aberfeldie on Saturday for the last round of interclub competition before the finals. Following a strong season of competition, the Division One men have taken out the North-West region premiership, a comfortable 13 points clear of Essendon. Division One women also performed well, coming in second, only nine points behind Keilor St Bernards. Both teams will test the mettle at the Athletics Victoria Shield Final at Knox Athletics Track on Saturday 12 February.

Standout performances came from the jumpers, with Irie Hill, Kath Iannello, Aaron Page and Lauren Boyce all jumping to victory. Page leapt 3.66m in the pole vault, while Hill and Iannello dominated in the women’s competition, each clearing 3.46m. Boyce took out the U18 triple jump in 11.91m. On the track, Paul Kennedy continued his fine form this season winning the 2000m walk in 9.01.2, with Kate Scarlett, the White Train’s winter manager claiming a victory in the 3000m steeplechase and a personal best in the 1500m, running 4:59 to break the 5 minute barrier for the first time.

Rumours of a much anticipated pole vault showdown between Kiao Inthavong, Chris Xu and Leigh Goedecke turned out to be unsubstantiated, Goedecke instead choosing to leap multiple barriers in the 3000m steeplechase.

On Wednesday MUAC will come together over dinner at the Clyde to toast a successful season, which saw 73 MUAC athletes compete, many achieving personal bests. Finals teams will be announced on the night.