Lakeside Stadium, 12 December 2013
Sitting comfortably in the chasing pack after Harry Summers established an early lead, it was Collis Birmingham and USAs Sam Chelanga who battled it out for line honours. Chelanga was too good for Birmingham in the closing stages, running away for a 10 second victory 27:46.06 to 27:56.22. Summers held on for third in 28:16.05, ahead of Chris Hamer 28:18.26.
Nikki Chappel claimed her first national 10000m title in a hard fought battle with Jessica Trengove, running away in the closing stages to win in 32:56.22 to 33:08.26.
“I didn’t want to lead the whole way, which I have done in the past because I’m a bit impatient. I knew Jess and I are pretty evenly matched fitness wise so it was nice to have that little bit more at the end there. It worked out well this time but it doesn’t always – I was lucky today,” Chapple said.
“I haven’t actually run on the track for four years so I honestly didn’t know if I could still sprint. It’s great to know that it is there when I need it I suppose.
The Ondieki junior women’s 3000m was full of depth, and it was Kate Spencer who triumphed in 9:18.64 ahead of Jenny Blundell (9:24.25) and Courtney Powell (9:25.28).
Jacob Birtwhistle, sitting third in this photo, was victorious in the de Castella junior men’s 3000m. The Tasmanian clocked 8:11.32 in finishing ahead of Zak Patterson (8:12.59) and New Zealand’s Matthew Baxter (8:14.73).
With a dramatic anchor leg Tamsyn Manou guided her Sandringham Athletics Club team to victory over reigning champions Knox Athletics in the Victorian 4x400m championship.
Brooke Stratton soared to 6.53m to take out the women’s long jump.
World Junior bronze medallist Damian Birkinhead threw 18.64m in the men’s shot put to place second behind visiting New Zealander Tom Walsh (20.61m).
Handicapped 300m races run by the Victorian Athletic League were again part of the meet program.