Mcrae claims bronze at National Champs

90th Australian Athletics Champs

Last weekend some of MUAC’s finest athletes took to the track for the last event of the 2011/2012 summer season as part of the Australian National Championships at Lakeside Stadium. With 14 entrants, only two Victorian clubs had more athletes at the championships. The weather was uncharacteristically beautiful for this time of year in Melbourne compared to the same cold and windy event last season, and the athletes made the most of the conditions on the new home of Athletics in Victoria.
Decathlete, Aaron Page was first up and underway for his grueling two days of competition. After rounding out day one in 8th place, he came back strong on day two, finishing in 6th place with a score of 6241points.
The women were soon to follow on the program with the Pole Vault where Cath MacRae soared over 3.75m to claim the bronze medal.  Kath Iannello and Anna Jacobson were also in the mix finishing with clearances over 3.45m (8th) and 3.30m (9th) respectively.
The start of day two saw Kate Scarlett take on the water jump in the women’s 3000m Steeplechase and finish 12th in a time of 12:17.96. More circular events were to follow with Mel Fayen in the women’s 1500m where she finished 12th in her heat after stopping the clock at 4:40.72. Coming off her Victorian title in the women’s 400m, Kath Clarke fell just short of qualifying for her final by placing 4th in her heat in a time of 56.38.
The jumps squad got into gear once Jo Bromfield lined up in the women’s Triple Jump to set a mark at 11.81m to finish in 9th place. Simultaneously from the jumps squad, the men’s High Jump was underway where Vic Champs bronze medalist, John Peavey jumped cleanly through 1.95m to finish in 7th place while teammate Mitch Mackenzie took all three attempts to clear the 1.95m mark and finished in 9th. The following day saw Jarrod ‘JP’ Pageot qualify through to the final of the men’s long jump with a best jump of 7.11m to finish his season in 7th place.  As the last MUAC athlete to compete for the season, Hannah Alderton cleared 1.70m in the women’s high jump to finish in 7th place.
Congratulations to all athletes who competed in the championships. It is a great achievement to qualify for such an event and even better experience to compete alongside the best our country has to offer. Enjoy the offseason (or cross country season) and come back for more great performances next season.

Name Event Performance Place
Aaron Page Decathlon 6241points 6th
Cath Macrae Pole Vault 3.75m 3rd
Kath Iannello Pole Vault 3.45m 8th
Anna Jacobsson Pole Vault 3.30m 9th
Sophie Barker
Kate Scarlett 3000m Steeplechase 12:17.96 11th
Sarah McSweeney
Mel Fayen 1500m 4:40.72 22nd (12th in heat)
Kath Clarke 400m 56.38 12th (4th in heat)
Mitch Mackenzie High Jump 1.95m 9th
John Peavey High Jump 1.95m 7th
Jarrod Pageot Long Jump 7.11m 7th
Hannah Alderton High Jump 1.70m 7th
Jo Bromfield Triple Jump 11.81m 9th