White Train Wings Way to Finals

Shield Round 5

Melbourne University Athletics Club’s Division 1 Women’s team has secured a place in the Shield Final with a second consecutive win at a rescheduled Round 5 of Athletics Victoria’s Shield Competition on Thursday, 20th of January at Aberfeldie. The impressive team effort puts the women of the White Train in the finals alongside the MUAC men’s team and in the hunt for the title as Victoria’s Track and Field Club Champions. The competition on a humid Thursday evening was fierce  and the final score was close with fewer than 20 points separating the top two teams. The slender margin meant that every one of the 40 events by the 19 women in the team was essential to the victory of the team. The sprint squad of Manfred Lewandowski and Terry Reade showed their club spirit, competing a mere 24 hours before the start of the Victorian Country Championships in Ballarat where a significant haul of medals was expected. There are two rounds remaining and with MUAC only one points from the top of the ladder (subject to official confirmation), members of the White Train will be out in force in an effort to claim the premiership. Killer pythons were also on offer for athletes help the team by doing extra events and were credited with helping several athletes to personal bests.
Members of the White Train posted some impressive individual results as well. Isabell Hartmann sent the javelin flying 36.87m to take first place. Irie Hill, perennial high achiever, soared 3.65m in the pole vault and won the event. Jo Bromfield sped down the runway and hopped, stepped and jumped 11.39m to win the triple jump. Michael Cugnetto season is taking off with a win in the 400m in 51.65s and Paul Kennedy might always have one foot grounded, but he’s still flying, winning the 2000m walk in 9:10.30. MUAC Summer Captain, high jump wizard and aspiring pilot Mitch Mackenzie traded the vertical take off for the horizontal take on his squad mate and MUAC President Stephen Edwards in the triple jump.
The highly anticipated rematch of the Kiao Inthavong – Leigh Goedecke multi event showdown became a triangular tournament with Chris Xu joining in. Kiao took the prize with a high volume strategy, competing in seven events to Leigh and Chris’s five. Goedecke was content with his third consecutive personal best in the 1500m. It was resolved after the round that in the event of a tie at the end of the season the three way competition would be settled with a pole vault battle, an event none of the three competitors have proficiency at.
The White Train will be back in action this Saturday with Round 12 of Athletics Victoria’s Shield Competition at Meadowglen.