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    Episode 34: 4 March, 2020 featuring Mia Gross

    Episode 34: 4 March, 2020 featuring Mia Gross

    With weekend one of the Victorian Track & Field Championships completed, there’s plenty to talk about in Episode 34 of Down the Track.

    Fresh off her Under 20 400m win in the Vic Champs, and a recent 100m PB of 11.70, Mia Gross joins Sean and Tim to discuss her performance and review other standout performances from the first weekend.  We get to hear from Dalton Di Medio, Emma Werner and Jake Penny who all took home Victorian State titles, a first for Dalton and Emma.

    The breaking news last Friday was Eleanor Patterson breaking the Australian High Jump record at the Capital Classic in Wellington, with a clearance of 1.99m.  After reaching 1.96m as a 17 year old, Eleanor’s foray back into top level jumping that has involved a number of critical changes behind the scenes, sees the 23 year old now in a position to challenge the best in the world.

    Already dubbed ‘Geelong’s finest’ by Sean, Mia then tells us her story that includes some amusing tales from the self confessed accident prone athlete who has faced numerous challenges in competition both home and abroad.  Mia describes her support network, the special bond in her family and the support she has received from Joe Gulli and Jess Gulli-Nance that has enabled her continued involvement in the sport.

    Sean enlightens us on a low key meet in Canberra that saw both Peter Bol and Joseph Deng record 1:45’s, with Mason Cohen and Dylan Stenson not far behind with sub 1:47’s.  For Stenson this was a new South Australian state record and first time under 1:47, after recording 18 sub 1:48’s in his career! Tasmanian junior sensation Sam Clifford also produced a top performance in his home state’s championships with a solo 14:05 in the 5000m.

    Continuing on the record breaking theme, Swede Armand Duplantis continues to extend his Pole Vault World Record run with am indoor clearance of 6.18m in Glasgow, another 1cm advancement on his own performance in Poland the week before. Meanwhile all distance running eyes were on the US Olympic Marathon trials in Atlanta where some expected and totally unexpected results occurred to shape the US team for Sapporo.

    Victoria’s own Amy Cashin recorded her first sub 9min 3000m track performance in the US, finishing just 1sec behind event winner Jess Hull in an Indoor meet in Boston.  Sean then explains the science behind the varied dynamics of indoor tracks in the US, a must listen for anyone of the nerdier types fascinated by centrifugal force!  And to round out the international news we talk Coronavirus and it’s potential impact on world sport.

    With weekend two of the Victorian Track & Field Championships upon us and all of our Specialist Groups in action the week after, there’s plenty to look forward to domestically as we head towards the Australian Championships later in the month.
    0:00:00 to 0:01:14  Intro and welcome Sean & Mia Gross to Episode 34
    0:01:15 to 0:46:04  Victorian T&F Championship Weekend 1 recap
    0:46:05to 0:50:34  Eleanor Patterson claims the Australian High Jump record
    0:50:35 to 1:23:55  In depth with Mia Gross
    1:23:56 to 1:28:49  Interstate news
    1:28:50 to 1:55:01   International update
    1:55:02 to 2:00:27   What’s coming up – Vic Champs Weekend 2, RAC, VMC, AVT & HVC

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    Episode 33: 26 February, 2020 featuring Jack Hale

    Episode 33: 26 February, 2020 featuring Jack Hale

    The summer of athletics keeps rolling on with local, interstate and a number of events across the ditch in New Zealand providing plenty of options for competitors at all levels.

    Joining Sean and Tim in the studio is one of Australia’s leading sprinters, and a man who really doesn’t need an introduction – Jack Hale.

    Jack adds his insights into the Track Classics and his recent experience at the Sir Graham Douglas International Meet in Auckland.  Once again we go through some of the highlight performances from Canberra and Sydney including our High Jump girls and the Deng V Bol show continuing on its merry way.

    We also get to know a little bit more about Jack Hale, going behind the media spin and trying to find out the drivers that keep him going in what can be a very tough sporting environment.  Jack’s desire for an individual team spot at the highest level, and the pursuit of faster times shine through as key motivators, so too the strong support base and camaraderie among many of our nation’s top sprinters.

    The AVSL playoffs saw a culmination of our domestic competition for season 2019-20.  With five divisions being decided on the day, and four promotion/relegation battles contested, it certainly was a busy but very entertaining day at Lakeside Stadium.

    The Specialist Groups continue their great work in delivering strong levels of competition for athletes of all ability levels.  High Velocity Meet 1 was staged at the Duncan MacKinnon Track in Murrumbeena with some good performances over the 100m, 200m, 400m, long jump and 400m hurdles. The following week Melbourne University played host to the 104th Men’s and 17th Women’s Victorian Mile Championships at Victorian Milers Club Meet 4.  Championship wins went to Lachie Barber (WES) and Madeleine Murray (DKN), with Western Athletics scoring a rare 1-2-3 in the Men’s race.

    A much anticipated battle took place in the Men’s 800m with Peter Bol holding out Joseph Deng, the pair now holding positions one and three on the VMC 800m All Time list courtesy of these runs.

    Rare Air Club changed dates and venues due to Melbourne’s unusual run of summer weather, with Box Hill hosting another good competition.  Cassidy Bradshaw and Elyssia Kenshole went head to head once again while the Di Medio brothers, Dalton and Andre, vaulted well and were split by Tasmanian visitor Matt Hosie.

    Brisbane hosted our multi talented multi eventers for a weekend of running, jumping and throwing.  We review the results with a particular eye on the Victorian performers and our Gold medallists Noah Oliver, Mia Scerri and Sebastian Reyneke.

    Another road racing world record fell over the weekend with Ababel Yeshaneh from Ethiopia slicing 20 seconds from the Women’s Half Marathon mark.  And it appears the Salazar name is back in the news again, this time following a Panorama (UK TV program) investigative piece around Mo Farah, UK Athletics and the use of L-carnitine as a supplement. 

    The Victorian Championships are now upon us for the next two weekends, so there continues to be plenty to talk about as we head towards Episode 34 next week.

    0:00:00 to 0:00:57 Intro and welcome Sean & Jack Hale to Episode 33
    0:01:34 to 0:32:09 Canberra & Sydney Track Classic review
    0:32:10 to 0:48:44 Sir Graham Douglas International Meet - Auckland
    0:48:45 to 1:18:58 In depth with Jack Hale
    1:18:59 to 1:26:00 AVSL playoffs wrap
    1:26:01 to 1:49:49  High Velocity Club, Victorian Milers Club & Rare Air Club review
    1:49:50 to 2:01:14  Combined Event Championship results from Brisbane
    2:01:15 to 2:09:19 International news – another World Record on the road falls and there seems to be more coming out on Alberto Salazar
    2:09:20 to 2:13:25 Episode wrap

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    Episode 32: 11 February, 2020 featuring Jemima Montag

    Episode 32: 11 February, 2020 featuring Jemima Montag

    War Memorial Drive in Adelaide played host the Australian 20km Walks Championship, doubling as the Olympic Selection trial.  Our special guest for Episode 32 is Jemima Montag, who secured her ticket to the Olympics with a great performance on Sunday.

    This episode kicks off with a review of the Melbourne Track Classic with Sean listing his top three performances on the track (and a couple of honourable mentions) while Tim looks at what was happening in the field.

    Our special guest relives the action from Adelaide and what it felt like to not only win her first Open Australian Championship but to also get the auto qualifier for the Olympics.  We also cover off Dane Bird-Smith’s win and the options open to Rhydian Cowley.

    In what should be a ‘must listen’ segment for all aspiring athletes, Jemima then tells her story of life, sport and the issues faced by athletes of this generation.  With body image and eating disorders quite prevalent in endurance sports, Jemima  reveals her own account of dealing with such issues and the support networks necessary to navigate the journey.

    The AVSL season comes to a conclusion with the premiership showdowns and promotion/relegation battles so we look through the ladders to see who’s shaping up for what.

    In international news, Brett Robinson claims a fairly old Australian record in the Half Marathon, the Milrose Games witnessed a new star on the rise, all is not well in the world of Canadian athletics and Sean sums up the World Athletics ruling on running shoe design.

    With the Canberra Track Classic coming up and the Australian Multi Events Championships in Brisbane, another busy weekend awaits and then there’s HVC, VMC, RAC and AVT all doing their stuff in Victoria.

    The world of athletics never sleeps and you’ll continue to find the most comprehensive coverage of our sport in Australia on Down the Track.

    0:00:00 to 0:01:33 Intro and welcome Sean & Jemima Montag to Episode 32
    0:01:34 to 0:22:01 Melbourne Track Classic review
    0:22:02 to 0:42:30 Australian 20km Walk Championship and Oceania U20 10km Walk
    0:42:31 to 1:28:35 In depth with Jemima Montag
    1:28:36 to 1:32:31 AVSL ladder update leading to the playoffs
    1:32:32 to 1:52:17 The International update
    1:52:18 to 2:04:30  Canberra Track Classic and Australian Multi event championship preview
    2:04:31 to 2:09:16 What’s coming up
    2:09:17 to 2:12:15 Episode wrap

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    Episode 31: 29 January, 2020 featuring Marty Jackson

    Episode 31: 29 January, 2020 featuring Marty Jackson

    Sean and Tim are joined by Para athlete extraordinaire Marty Jackson for Episode 31. Marty has made a big impact in athletics over his five year involvement in the sport and with a Commonwealth Games silver and World Para Championship bronze medal already in his collection, Marty talks about his life and plans leading through to the next World Championships in 2021.   .  

    The Geelong Region once again hosted the very successful Steigen Victorian Country Championships over the Australia Day long weekend.  Some of the highlight performances are discussed including Kath Mitchell’s return to competition and the very strong performances in the throws events in particular.  

    Box Hill hosted another record breaking Victorian Milers Club while the Rare Air Club had a split competition between Melbourne University and Casey Fields.  A lively conversation about pacers at Milers Club ensues… definitely some frustration expressed by our track side experts.

    Eleanor Patterson signalled her return to top flight competition by posting an equal PB and Olympic Qualifier with a 1.96m High Jump performance at the ACT Championships.  Jack Hale also impressed in the 100m, while Mia Gross produced a 100m World Junior Championship Qualifier with a legal run of 11.74secs. Darcey Roper had a great series in the Long Jump and looks to be building well towards the Nationals

    Internationally we had Jess Hull and Lisa Weightman posting big performances.  Hull broke Melissa Duncan’s 1500m Australian Indoor record with a 4:04.14 in Boston, a nice confidence booster before returning to Australia for the 5000m Championship.  Meanwhile in Osaka Lisa Weightman staked her claim to become only the second Australian woman to run the marathon at four Olympic Games with a 2:26.02 performance.

    With AVSL rolling on to its exciting climax at Lakeside on February 22nd, the Box Hill Classic on January 30th and the Melbourne Track Classic set for February 6th there is certainly plenty happening in the world of Victorian athletics.

    Stay tuned for episode 32 of Down the Track and another very special guest.

    0:00:00 to 0:01:06 Intro and welcome Sean & Marty Jackson to Episode 31
    0:01:00 to 0:44:07 Get to know Marty Jackson
    0:44:08 to 0:56:42 Country Championships wrap
    0:56:43 to 1:16:22 Rare Air Club and Milers Club
    1:16:23 to 1:31:51 ACT Champs and the international news
    1:31:52 to 1:46:00 What’s coming up AVSL, the Box Hill Classic and Melbourne Track Classic

    • 1 Std. 46 Min.
    Episode 30: 15 January, 2020

    Episode 30: 15 January, 2020

    After an end of year break, Sean and Tim are back to discuss, assess and dissect the major themes of athletics across the state, nation and world.  

    Although by definition the decade hasn’t technically ended, we do have a look at some major themes in athletics from 2010 through to 2019.  Plenty of positives and negatives to throw around and we’re not just talking drugs in sport!

    After 15 years the Zatopek returned to Hagenauer Reserve in Box Hill, and what a meet it was!  Stewart McSweyn stole the show with an Australian 10,000m record but there was so much else that made this a meet that will be talked about for years to come.

    Two meets in two states on one day may have ruffled some feathers, but there’s no doubt the Steigen Spectacular in Geelong and Albie Thomas Australian Mile Championship in Bankstown NSW both delivered excellent products.  Sean and Tim discuss the meets and what they contribute to the Australian athletics landscape.

    Meanwhile Athletics Victoria and our clubs have been busy with a packed program including the Track Relays Championships, 5000m State Championships, more rounds of AVSL and the Athletics Essendon hosted Zatopek Graded 10000m races.

    Sean enlightens us with his top five highlights in athletics over the past two months while Tim provides a quick review of the World Mountain Running Championships held in Argentina.

    It’s a new year and the 2020’s have started, and so too has the athletic action.  Keep tuning in to Down the Track to stay on top of the news.

    0:00:00 to 0:00:58 Intro and welcome Sean to Episode 30
    0:01:00 to 0:22:50 A decade in review – the Twenty Teens
    0:22:51 to 0:37:58 Zatopek 2019
    0:37:59 to 0:52:11 The Steigen Spectacular and Albie Thomas Mile
    0:52:12 to 1:01:35 A wrap of Victorian events including the Track Relay Championships, Victorian 5000m Championships, an AVSL update and the Zatopek lower grades
    0:58:11 to 1:18:30 Sean’s top 5 highlights from November & December 2019
    1:18:31 to 1:22:58 World Mountain Running Championships
    1:22:59 to 1:27:45 Episode wrap and what’s coming up

    • 1 Std. 28 Min.
    Episode 29: 8 November, 2019

    Episode 29: 8 November, 2019

    Lots to talk about once again as Sean & Tim digest all the action in the world of athletics.

    Weekend 2 of the All Schools Championships once again provided some challenging conditions as the heavens opened up of the Saturday competition. Nonetheless the cream rose to the top and some great performances in trying conditions were recorded.

    Day one of the World Para Athletics in Dubai provided Australia and Victoria with a big reason to celebrate as Jaryd Clifford took gold and claimed a new world record in the 1500m. Michael Roeger snared a silver in the 1500m to kick off a championship that holds plenty of promise for Team Australia.

    A number of AV Specialist Groups have kicked off their seasons so we report in on the action from the Rare Air Club and Milers Club meets. Lisa Verstraten was trackside at Milers Club to grab interviews with Marlie Campton, Alex Rowe, Lucinda Rourke and Sam McEntee. The Race Walking Club also started their summer program at Middle Park with a range of distances on offer.

    There are hot topics a plenty at the moment! Tim has delved into the current WADA banned list of athletes to come up with the top 10 nations – fortunately Australia is not there. With news coming through of the IOC move to shift the Out of Stadium Olympic events away from Tokyo to Sapporo, Sean discusses the reasons behind it and potential problems that may still face the organisers. And there are some disgruntled athletes in the Diamond League scene now that World Athletics have decided to dup a number of events from the 2020 program.

    The New York marathon has been run and won, so Sean provides an update of the performances from both the International and Australian competitors.

    So the anniversary edition of Down the Track is full of information, results and analysis from across the athletics spectrum.

    0:00:00 to 0:01:24 Intro and welcome Sean to Episode 29
    0:01:25 to 0:20:23 All Schools weekend 2 wrap
    0:20:24 to 0:26:21 World Para Athletics Championship update including gold to Jaryd Clifford and silver to Michael Roeger
    0:26:22 to 0:28:56 Rare Air Club Meet 1
    0:28:57 to 0:58:10 Victorian Milers Club Meet 1 including interviews with Marlie Campton, Alex Rowe, Lucinda Rourke & Sam McEntee  
    0:58:11 to 0:59:10 ARWC Summer Walks
    0:59:11 to 1:19:47 Hot Topics – who are the top 10 countries on the WADA banned athlete list? Sean also talks about the move of the Olympic Out of Stadium events to Sapporo and in a controversial move, World Athletics have dropped a number of events from the Diamond League program
    1:19:48 to 1:20:43 Revvies update
    1:20:44 to 1:31:27 New York Marathon discussion
    1:31:28 to 1:33:53 What’s coming up
    1:33:54 to 1:35:02 Episode 29 wrap

    • 1 Std. 35 Min.

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