MUAC a sure thing on good track

AV Shield Round 3


Like a skilful jockey, MUAC athletes steered well clear of the congestion at Moonee Valley for the Cox Plate, and headed across the Maribyrnong for the more refined and healthy pursuits of track and field. Headbands and spikes were selected over fascinators and high heels and the value bet for the day was on the likelihood of wind in the back straight, next to the power station. The day started early for the Pole Vaulters, with MUAC cleaning up at the Rawlinson, with Tim Papas (4.48m) and Kath Iannello (3.13m) claiming victories. A big thanks to all the volunteers (mostly athletes) who helped out to fulfil MUAC’s duties for the day by running the Pole Vault. At the Newport track MUAC took up the front running straight out of the barrier, with Aaron Page winning the 110m hurdles in 16.53s. MUS Elite Athlete Scholarship holder Mate Zahtila made his debut for MUAC, claiming victory in the Javelin with a throw of 46.13m. Sophie Barker remains a favourite with the bookies as she continued her strong return to form with a win in the 1500m, clocking 4:30.8 to be well inside the national qualifier.  Ben Cook after a 3rd place in the Pole Vault, won the discus with a throw of 31.23m.  Two MUAC relay teams duelled in the Mens 4x100m with the pressure 15435638849_f242aca869_kshowing on the putative A team, DQ’d for changing outside the zone on the first exchange. The MUAC Men showed the way in Round 3 filling every scoring spot in five events (100m, 400m, 1500m, Pole Vault and Long Jump) and fielding two relay teams. This depth lead them to another victory, and they remain undefeated after 3 rounds. The MUAC women, with representation across many events, only managed to fill the Pole Vault and field a relay team, slipping to third on the day.  After three rounds the MUAC Women sit in a three way tie for first.  With only two spots are available for in the AV Shield Final and three teams vying for them, much will depend on the next few rounds and MUAC’s ability to field a full team. Once final results are in, MUAC’s AV Shield Participation Bingo for Rounds 1 to 3 will be drawn. MUAC’s AV Shield Teams return to action for Round 4 at Aberfeldie on Saturday 1, November.


AV Shield Round 3
Womens Division 1 3rd 220 points
Mens Division 1 1st 737 points
Sophie Barker 1500m 4:30.8
W 4x100m relay 56.45
Aaron Page 110m hurdles 16.53
Tim Papas Pole Vault 4.48m
Kath Iannello Pole Vault 3.13m
Mate Zahtila Javelin 46.13m
Ben Cook Discus 31.23m