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Plenty of PBs at APS Athletics Finals
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On Saturday 21 October, The Geelong College girls' and boys' teams competed in the APS Athletics Finals at Lakeside Stadium. After 10 weeks of training over a very wet spring season, our 78 athletes performed strongly against larger squads from the other APS schools.

In the morning, the girls' team achieved 34 personal bests in individual events and there were six new School Records established. The record-breakers were:

Ruby Pekin-Schlicht (Year 11) – Open Hurdles
Libby Falkiner (Year 11) – U17 Hurdles
Zoe Sandner (Year 10) – U16 Shot Put
Cassidy Bradshaw (Year 8) – U15 Long Jump
Antoniette Emma-Nnopu (Year 8) – U15 Shot Put
Sophia Powers (Year 9) – U17 4 x 100m Relay
Libby Falkiner (Year 11) – U17 4 x 100m Relay
Eliza Walsh (Year 10) – U17 4 x 100m Relay
Laura Ryan (Year 10) – U17 4 x 100m Relay

Apart from these athletes, other girls to finish in the top three in their events were Year 12s Sophie Walmsley (Team Captain) and Monique Day, Year 11s Catherine Clark, Mimmi Balaam and Jessica McLachlan, Year 10 student Ciara Philpott, Year 9s Catie Hodge and Olivia Richardson, Year 8s Skye Ellis and Kate Synoradzki, and Year 7s Cheyenne Philpott, Cecilia Powers and Andie Taylor.

In the 11-school boys’ competition in the afternoon, The Geelong College team recorded 26 personal bests and 14 athletes achieved a top-six placing in their events. These were:

Nicholas O’Brien (Year 8) – 1st U15 800m (new School Record)
Hamish Poulter (Year 8) – 2nd U15 Discus 
Will Anderson (Year 10) - 3rd U17 High Jump 
James McGuire (Year 10) – 3rd U17 Shot Put 
Max Mauderer (Year 9) – 3rd U15 Shot Put
Will Jarman (Year 8) – 3rd U14 High Jump
Nicholas Conway (Year 10) – 4th U17 Hurdles
Alex Anastassiou (Year 8) – 4th U15 High Jump
Douglass Bell (Year 9) – 5th U16 1500m
James Glover (Year 12 – Team Captain) – 5th Open 800m
Tom Santalucia (Year 9) – 5th U16 200m, 6th U16 100m
Patch Grace-Long (Year 9) – 5th U16 High Jump
Paddy Ryan (Year 8) – 6th U15 200m
U15 4 x 400m relay team – 6th (Nicholas O’Brien, Max Mauderer, Paddy Ryan and Xavier Tresidder)

For the first time since the Boys' APS Athletics competition began in 1905, discus events were introduced at Open and U15 level to the girls and boys’ programs. These new events were popular with athletes during the season and exciting to watch at the APS Finals.

Masses of students, crowds and people came to watch some of the best athletes in Australia competing in a team atmosphere. After the final, one of our athletes (also an AFL player for College and at club level) remarked that it was the greatest team performance he had ever been involved in. His comments help us measure the success of the day.

The day had amazing performances of students coming last, first and everything in between. Those associated with The Geelong College athletics community all observed that our athletes gave a heartfelt gut contribution to their individual and team events. It was a day in which we all felt proud of how we were going and passionate about the future of athletics at the College. Well done TGC!

Dave Curnow and Tim Parkes

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