The Under 18 Club 4 x 400m relay record was smashed at Geelong on Saturday. Leading from the gun the team controlled the race with clean baton changes and strong performances from each of the runners. Kai Hunak got the team away and established a good lead followed by Charlie Rossi who extended the lead. The third runner was Matt Severa ran a strong leg handed over the baton to Dash Muir who ran the anchor.

The team won by the length of the straight and at one stage Dash thought he might be lapping the last team. The track commentator was getting excited to see if the team could crack 3 minutes 30sec as he called the team home. The record at the start of the season was 3minutes 47.19sec which was lowered earlier in the season at Keilor to 3 minutes 44.65sec. The time on Saturday was 3 minutes 29.17sec. Not only was this an under 18 record but it is also an under 19 and under 20 record. The record run produced the highest single event point score for the season with 533 points.

A Slow Start

During the day it looked like Williamstown was lagging behind in the Division 4 points score and was in the middle of the pack for most of the day. It seems that because athletes were at the three different venues that the points were taking longer to calculate. The final points were not calculated until well after competition was over. The scores were Williamstown 15,406 with Ballarat YCW behind with 14,497.
Leading point scorers for the day were Jarrod Adams (M40) with 1,153 competing in the discus (27.03m), the long jump (4.64m) and the Shot Put (9.46m). Next was Mitchell Parks (M16) in the 800m (2m 10.1sec), the discus (29.03m) and the long jump (4.59m). Flynn Sandison (M14) was the third athlete to score above 1,000 points with a total of 1,079. Flynn’s events were the discus (30.25m), the javelin (23.83m) and the shot put (7.90m).

With favourable conditions at Geelong there were a number of PB performances recorded. John Hunak (M40) competed in four events but it was in the 200m that he recorded a PB leading all the way with 28.71sec. Mitchell Csono recorded an equal PB in the high jump with 1.60m and then in the long jump recorded a distance of 5.35m into a negative 2.2 head wind. Ryan Dawson (M18) credits his results to his new streamlined hair style (or lack of) as he set new PB times in the 100m of 11.21sec and the 200m with 22.96sec. Kai Hunak (M18) improved his high jump with a PB of 1.60m. Jenya Karavaiev set PBs in the 100m with 13.89sec and also the 200m with 28.03sec. Aydin Metin ran a very smooth 100m to win his heat in a new PB time of 11.63sec.

The highest individual event point scorer for the women was Daniela Roman (FOP) with 457 points in the 400m in 56.96sec. Whilst the highest male performer was Angus Thomas (M16) in the 3000m in the time of 9m 05.7sec and a point score of 512. Mention is made of the athletes who contested three or more events last Saturday. This is most important for team success. The athletes are Flynn Sandison (M14), Mitchell Parks (M16), Riley Parks (M16) Kai Hunak (M18), Ashley Sandison (M40), Jarrod Adams (M40), John Hunak (M40), Peter Parks (M40) and Mitchell Csono (MOP). Well done to all.

Division 4 - Ladder after Round 10
1 Williamstown 147,973 106 AP
2 Ballarat YCW 130,044 92 AP
3 Melbourne Uni 82,951 73
4 Ivanhoe 67,292 66
5 Old Xaverians 74,792 65
6 Frankston 61,859 53
7 Coburg 52,405 47
8 St Kevins 49,666 41
9 Maccabi 39,005 30 AR
10 Brunswick 39,808 29 A

9/12/2023 Athletics Victoria Shield Round 6 + ZATOPEK Recap

Round 6 – More Than a Challenge

Round 6 proved to be more than a challenge for the club AVSL competition. There were two Friday night options not favourable to clubs based in the west. Competitions at Doncaster and Murrumbeena starting at 6.00pm with cross town Friday night traffic was not helpful. Two young athletes managed to get to Murrumbeena Harry Lynn and Keilan Galloway. Harry ran the mile (5m 33.19sec) whilst Keilan competed in the 60m sprint (7.72sec) and the long jump (5.57m). The Friday night competition left the club at the bottom of the progressive Round 6 results. Our rival for the top of the ladder position is Ballarat YCW that had the advantage of the Friday night at their local venue and were sitting on top of the results at the beginning of Saturday. Wet and overcast on Saturday morning things looked bleak. However, a group of club athletes travelled to Geelong in the hope the weather would clear and we could move up the table. The weather at Geelong was cloudy but importantly no rain.

As the Geelong program progressed the club was able to steadily move up the points rankings. Jarrod Adams on a quick hit and run program competed in three events inside an hour and then headed back to Melbourne. Jarrod was the top point scorer with 1087. The three events were the javelin (25.08m), the long jump (4.70m) and the shot put just missing the 10m mark with a put of 9.99m. The Parks family were big contributors. Mitchell (M16) although carrying an injured ankle (from basketball) managed two field events, the javelin (25.39m and the shot (8.45m). Riley (M16) put in a good performance in the mile with 5m 04.2sec. Then it was the javelin with 22.76m and the shot put with 8.49m. Father Peter (M40) took on three events. Firstly, the 600m finishing in 1m 47.8sec, then the javelin with 24.65m and finally the shot put with 8.32m. There is a family challenge taking place in the shot put. Riley with 8.49m, Mitchell with 8.45m and Peter with 8.32m. Who will be the first to get the steel ball beyond 8.50m? The 600m proved to be a competitive event. Kai Hunak (M18) came home hard down the straight (88.46sec) only to be pipped on the post by 0.02sec. Matt Severa, in the same heat came in a close 4th in 89.80sec. Kai did not enjoy the 600m but did get himself up for the 60m which he won in 7.37sec. Matt Severa (M18) finished a close 2nd in his heat of the 60m in 7.54sec. Mitchell Csono (MOP) got away well in his heat of the 60m and ran strongly for 3rd place I the time of 7.80sec. Mitchell then moved to the field and competed in the shot put with 7.86m. John Hunak (M40) started the day with the javelin but was below his best with 22.85m. However, the shot put proved to be a good result with a distance of 8.20m. An interesting event on the day was the 2 x 100m relay. Only two runners required and one quick change. After finishing the mile run Riley Parks teamed up with Mitchell Csono in the open relay. In a hot field they recorded 24.87sec and 308 points. The under 18 saw the team of Matt Severa and Kai Hunak. With a clean handover from Matt to Kai they raced to the lead to win in 22.89sec and collect the 484 final points for the day.
After a slow start the club was able to recover to 3rd on the points score behind Ballarat YCW and Melbourne University.


Zatopek Meet – Saturday 2 December 2023

Following the AVSL Saturday competition many athletics enthusiasts ventured to the Lakeside Stadium for the much anticipated, Zatopek meet. The 3000m event saw a number of Williamstown athletes competing. In the 3000m Ondieki (Under 20 event) Piper Gay ran 9m 36.11sec for 6th place. Following Piper in the same heat was Alexandra Schulz in 9m 43.74sec for 13th place and Nysa Males in 9m 55.25sec for 17th place. In the next heat Chloe Phelan ran the time of 10m 14.73sec for 6th place.

2/12/2023 Seagulls Bag Bronze at State Relays + AVSL Updates

U18 State Relays Bronze

On the 25th November the Victorian State Relay Championships were held in Doncaster at the Tom Kelly Athletics Track.

The men’s U18 4 x 100m relay team was successful in running third and bringing home bronze medals. The team included Keilan Galloway, Kai Hunak, Matt Severa and Dash Muir. In the heat the team finished 3rd in the time of 45.48sec however, this qualified for the final based on times as a non-automatic qualifier as the 5th best team. 

The team felt it could do better by improving their baton changeovers. Under the guidance of assistant team manager Ryan Dawson there was practise with the baton passing and the team order was changed. This did the trick, and with smooth changes all round the team improved and claimed the 3rd place in the final in the time of 44.05sec. The boys thought they had set a new club record but unfortunately the club record is 44.03sec. They just missed by 0.02sec. There was also a 4 x 400m relay but there is no report available about that one. 

AVSL Updates

AVSL Round 5 – A Good Result
It was a good result this week with a sound win in Division 4 to keep at the top of the ladder. The points changed back and forward over the day and it looked like Ballarat YCW was going to record another close win. But with the late afternoon performances from Cooper and Russell Dmytrenko in the shot put and Jasper Gay in the 2000m steeple the result was secured. The result was even more creditable because there were members missing because of injury and that the Little Athletics had the regional relay championships on the same day. This week we had 18 individual competitors, the same as last week. The final points for the day were Williamstown 12,045 compared to Ballarat YCW 10,860. We need to keep up the good work and for our competitors to get on the field over the next few rounds.


Daniela Roman (FOP) set the standard early with a win in the opening event the 400m hurdles in 59.61sec and then a bit later in the 200m with 25.06sec. Daniela had the highest combined points total for the female athletes with 940. Madalyn Menzies (F20) had the bragging rights over her sister Erin (F20) in this week’s competition Madalyn had a shot put of 7.60m whilst Erin’s result was 7.50m. In the triple jump it was Madalyn 8.95m with Erin jumping 8.00m. It was to Frankston that Flynn Sandison (M14) journeyed to compete in three events: the discus performance was 30.70m, the javelin 19.25m and the long jump with a distance of 3.25m. The M16 age group had some strong performances with Jasper Gay in the 2000m steeple recording 6m 50.4sec.

Jenya Karavaiev posted his first heat win with 28.54sec 200m time whilst Marcus Woelk competed in the 100m for 12.02sec (PB) and also the 400m with 57.04sec (PB). Riley Parks had a very busy day with four events: the 1500m in 4m 43.2sec, the 400m with 60.42sec, the javelin with a distance of 22.50m and the shot put 7.79m. The M18 age group has Matt Severa run an equal PB in the 200m with 23.55sec and then a big PB in the 800m in winning his heat in 2m 14.9sec. Kai Hunak competing at Geelong ran a PB for the 100m with 11.48sec and was just outside his PB in the 400m with 52.29sec. Aydan Metin ran the 200m in 24.74sec and pulled up not feeling well and was not able to compete in the triple jump.

Jarrod Adams (M40) competed in three events: his best being the shot put with 9.30m. Jarrod’s other results were the hammer with a distance of 20.39m and then the triple jump with 8.53m. Jarrod also found time to help out with the triple jump pit raking. John Hunak (M40) competed in four events at Geelong. John set PBs in the 100m with 13.85sec and the 400m with 72.61sec. The field events included the shot put with a distance of 7.39m, a bit down on last week and the javelin with a throw of 28.29m, 30m is not far off. Peter Parks (M40), also at Geelong, got stuck into three events. Peter ran the 400m in 68.33sec, the javelin with a throw of 25.10m and the shot put with 8.04m. Mitchell Csono (MOP) continues his quest to break 12sec for the 100m but this time fell short with a time of 12.13sec. The male athletes had a very competitive day for the total individual points scored. Jarrod Adams scored 896 points, Riley Parks had 897 points, Kai Hunak scored 904 for two events, with father John posting 916 points, but the winner on the day was Peter Parks with a total of 920 points. Congratulations to all, who will break the 1,000 point barrier – game on.

AVSL Round 5 - Results for Saturday 18 November 2023
Female OP
200m: Daniela Roman 25.06 (1.9);
400m Hurdles: Daniela Roman 59.61;
Female 20
Shot Put: Erin Menzies 7.50m; Madalyn Menzies 7.60m;
Triple Jump: Erin Menzies 8.00m; Madalyn Menzies 8.95m;
Male OP
100m: Mitchell Csono 12.13 (1.3); Labreney Paitomaleifi Lavea 13.07 (1.7);
400m: Labreney Paitomaleifi Lavea 60.82;
Shot Put: Mitchell Csono 8.24m;
Male 18
100m: Kai Hunak 11.48 (2.3);
200m: Matt Severa 23.55 (+0.0); Aydin Metin 24.74 (-0.3);
400m: Kai Hunak 52.29;
800m: Matt Severa 2:14.92;
Shot Put: Ryan Dawson DNS;
Triple Jump: Aydin Metin DNS;
Male 16
100m: Marcus Woelk 12.02 (1.3);
200m: Jenya Karavaiev 28.54 (-0.8);
400m: Marcus Woelk 57.04; Riley Parks 60.42;
1500m: Riley Parks 4:43.19;
2000m Steeple: Jasper Gay 6:50.4h;
Hammer: Max Dmytrenko DNS;
Javelin: Riley Parks 22.50m;
Shot Put: Max Dmytrenko DNS; Riley Parks 7.79m;
Male 14
2000m Steeple: Cooper Dmytrenko DNF;
Discus: Flynn Sandison 30.70m;
Javelin: Flynn Sandison 19.25m;
Long Jump: Flynn Sandison 3.25m;
Shot Put: Cooper Dmytrenko 5.71m;
Male 40
100m: John Hunak 13.85 (1.9);
400m: Peter Parks 68.33; John Hunak 72.61;
Hammer: Jarrod Adams 20.39m;
Javelin: Peter Parks 25.10m; John Hunak 28.29m; 26.46m;
Shot Put: Russell Dmytrenko 7.36m; Peter Parks 8.04m; John Hunak 7.39m; Jarrod Adams
Triple Jump: Jarrod Adams 8.53m