By Jamie Strudley
The inclement weather on Friday 15 December did not deter Father Christmas from turning up at Morrison Reserve in Mount Evelyn, much to the delight of Yarra Ranges Athletics athletes.
A modified program kept interest high, the pace fast and the fun full before Santa stole the limelight. Little Athletics will return on Saturday 12 January.
Senior athletes were set to compete at round eight of AV Shield, but the storm on Friday evening flooded Lakeside Stadium, while thunderstorms and heavy rain on Saturday afternoon resulted in the competition being abandoned.
The next round of AV Shield will be at Glenhuntly on Saturday 12 January.
Yarra Ranges Athletics had three teams competing at the State Relay Championships.
Its under-11 girls competed in the four by 200 metres.
Gemma, Steph, Sasha and Zoe finished third in their heat in 2.08.40 with an automatic qualifier to final.
This time was one second faster than at regions.
A few injuries heading into the final made it tough with the team finishing seventh in 2.13.63.
The club’s under-10 mixed 4x100m team of Mitch, Luke, Zoe and Maddie finished eighth in its heat with a time of 1.03.72 – an improvement of one second from regions.
The under-9 girls’ 4x100m quartet of Eloise, Willow, Emily and Caitlyn ran sixth in the heat in 1.10.11, missing the final by one spot even with an improvement of 2.50 seconds from regions.
It’s not too late to get involved in either Little Athletics or the senior competition with Athletics Victoria.