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Hills Districts Athletics Club
juniors and seniors competitors
had the opportunity to compete
at national and State level during
The National All Schools Championships
were held in Adelaide, Zatopek 10 was
staged in Victoria, while the State relays
were also held in Adelaide.
Hills athletes performed above and
beyond expectation, gaining many medals
and personal bests while representing the
club and SA.
Junior athletes including Jack Netting,
Cameron McLeod, Edward Shepherdson,
Marco Els, Alistair Rowe, Nathan Woodrow,
Rebecca Hilton, Kodi Parkinson, Isabel
Pope, Brooke McGregor, Jess Bell, Caitlin
Slobedman and Jack Saunders all qualified
in October to represent SA and be part of
a team to compete against other Australian
States and NZ at the National All Schools
Netting (T35) was the club’s first athlete
to win a gold medal in the Under 18 Para
200m event in a time of 34.10 seconds.
Four Hills athletes were selected to
compete in the 2000m steeple, with Under
18 athlete Shepherdson finished 12th in six
minutes 30 seconds while new member
Rowe was 16th in a time of 6:40.
Els competed in the Under 16 steeple in
6:36.40 to finish an outstanding ninth, and
Under 14 athlete Rebecca Hilton ran up an
age to compete in the Under 16 category
2000m steeple to finish in 8:14.60
New to the club this season, Woodrow who
travels down from Renmark to compete at
interclub on weekends, ran his 1500m in
Kodi Parkinson had a stellar weekend,
winning both the Under 14 800m and
1500m, smashing his personal best in the
On Day 1 he ran the 800m in 2:03.03
which was two seconds faster than his time
in the recent All Schools event.
The following morning he backed up again
in the 1500m, running a massive personal
best of 14 seconds in a time of 4:19.23.
Female distance runner McGregor who is
coached by Adam Didyk, had her plate full
with the 1500m and the 3000m a day apart.
McGregor finished 12th in the 1500m in
4:54.48 and a plausible 10th in the 3000m,
Under 16 athlete Slobedman – also
coached by Didyk – was selected to run
the 800m and clocked 2:26.86 amid tough
Fellow Under 16 competitor Saunders
also ran the 800m second heat, breaking
two minutes in 1:59.88 to finish in an
outstanding fifth national ranking and to
continue to be top in his age group ranking
list for SA.
Pope represented SA in the triple jump
and performed well to get a 9.70m
measurement in the pit, 30cm off her best.
State javelin record holder Bell was third
in the Under 18 competition, taking home
a bronze medal for her personal best throw
Bell is improving every outing and is
focused on competing at the IAAF World
Under 20 Championships.
Para athlete McLeod (T20) who is coached
by Lyn Larson, had a boomer of a weekend
in the Under 16 Para 100m.
The promising McLeod won his heat in
12.87 which was a personal best and just
missed out on a medal as he finished fourth
in the final, recording another best of 12.80 .
Athletics Victoria held the elite 57th
edition of the Zatopek 10 on the evening
of December 14 at Lakeside Stadium in
Melbourne’s Albert Park, and SA featured
well with a number of Hills athletes being
selected to run against a top quality field.
Jess Trengove was selected for the
Zatopek womens 10,000m, along with
Max Stevens was a starter in the mens
10,000m, adding to his outstanding winter
season in cross country, while Sarah Eckel
was selected for the 1500m along, with
Brooke McGregor in the Ondieki Under 20
The Zatopek womens 10,000m was led
from the middle stages by Trengove who
appeared set to take out the gold medal,
but she was just outkicked in the last 300m
to pick up the silver medal in 32:35 – a
Commonwealth Games B qualifier (33.18).
Younger up and coming distance and
training partner Adams ran the race of
her life to finish 10th, just falling short of a
qualifier in a time of 33:54.
Stevens took on the Zatopek mens
10,000m event, along with training partner
Riley Cocks who runs locally for Flinders.
Both ran an extremely fast paced race
to finish in the top 15 positions – Stevens
placed 13th in 29:58, only 1:27 off a
Commonwealth Games B qualifier.
Eckel has produced some outstanding
results during the winter season and was
selected to race in the Open womens
1500m where she stopped the clock at
4:21.60 for sixth place.
Still a junior at age 18, Eckel held her
own in a field of very experienced runners
with only .02 seconds off a Under 20 junior
McGregor raced in the Ondieki Under 20
3000m race, finishing 13th and clocking
10:41.72 in a fast paced race.
The event gave McGregor giving her
valuable experience for future racing,
focusing ahead to the National Juniors at
Sydney Olympic Park during March.
Senior Nationals will be held in February
on the Gold Coast at Carrara Stadium,
doubling as nomination trials for the
Athletes run hot in December
December 16 featured competitors going
head-to-head in one of the season’s favorite
events, as State Relay Day gives athletes a
chance to run as a team instead of individually.
Hills entered 12 teams this year consisting mainly of
juniors, due to many of seniors running interstate, but in an
outstanding display of depth, still managed to bring home a
gold, three silver and three bronze medals.
The girls produced some outstanding results in the longer
distances and also over the sprints.
The Open A 4 x 800m team consisted of Kate Didyk,
Sarah Sims, Lisa Davis and Caitlin Slobedman and won
the gold medal against five quality teams.
The Hills B team consisting of Issy Tucker, Cass Baker,
Rebekah Hilton and Felicity Alexander finished in fifth
position after recording 12:17.04 in their 4 x 800m race.
Hills also entered a quartet in the 4 x 400m Open women
and finished in 4th position after being pipped on the line by
Western Districts Athletics.
The team consisting of Thalia Cresp, Didyk, Lisa Davis
and Sims all ran well to get Hills into a good position, but
placed just out of the medals.
Open women field relay consisted of Didyk in the shot put,
putting the shot 8.06m for third position.
Alexander threw the discus 11.28m for fourth and Jess Bell
took first place in javelin with a throw of 40.69m.
The women received the silver medal with their points tally
from all three events added together.
The Under 16 Women ran in the 4 x 200m and placed third
within seven teams.
Isabel Pope was the fourth leg and ran her heart out after
team-mates Demelza Metha, Molly McIlwain and Cresp
all ran outstanding legs to get into a good position in the
The foursome were awarded the bronze medal for their
efforts in 1:54.48, closely behind Westerns 1:53.32.
Hills Open men 4 x 800m consisted of Max Spurling, Ed
Shepherdson, Jack Hunter and Morgan Miller.
The event was won by Saints who took out the race in
7:55.40 with Flinders second in 8:08.60 and Hills took third
Hills Open B combination Alistair Rowe, Timon and Paul
Sideris and Sean Green finished fourth, clocking 9:59.97.
The Under 16 men received a silver medal in the 4 x
800m, having recorded 9:22.10 after Marco Els ran the first
leg followed by Will Ravenscroft, Tyler Quinn and fourth
runner Brad Hilton.
Hills Under 18 boys team ran a blistering 4 x 400m race to
claim the bronze medal.
Els took off at the gun, followed by Liam Johns, Hilton
and finishing with Josh Silwood clocking 3:45.75 behind
Pembroke and Westerns.
The final race of the day was the Under 16 Junior Sprint
Medleys where each leg was a different distance – 100m,
300m, 200m and 400m.
Hills girls Metha, Cresp, McIlwain and Pope ran an
amazing race to capture a silver medal in 2:32.30 behind
The Under 18 boys Junior Sprint Medley team were again
knocked out of the bronze medal position by Pembroke
after a time of 2:13.98.
The quartet of Hilton (100m), Silwood (300m), Quinn
(200m) and Johns (400m) all ran an outstanding race for
Contributed by Nerida Axford.
Team work at State relays
Hills Districts Athletics Club quartet (from left) Max Spurling, Jack Hunter, Morgan Miller and
Edward Shepherdson claimed a medal in the Open Men 4 x 800m event at the State Relay Day.
Images courtesy Matt Axford.
A silver medal was attained by Hills Districts Athletics Club representatives (from left) Tyler Quinn,
Bradley Hilton, Marco Els and Will Ravenscroft in the Under 16 4 x 800m State Relay event.
The Hills club produced some impressive results at the December 16 meeting despite missing several
Kate Didyk (far right) leads competitors from Westerns (left) and Saints
during the gold medal winning Open womens 4 x 800m victory by Hills
Districts Athletics Club at the recent State Relay Day meeting.
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