Victorian Institute of Sport

Mucci completes rare double

Monday, 15 April 2019

VIS’ Celeste Mucci completed a rare national double at the 2019 Australian Track and Field Championships, after winning the Heptathlon and the 100m Hurdles.

Mucci started her National’s campaign with a good score of 5844 points in the Heptathlon on Thursday and Friday before resting up for the 100m Hurdles final on Sunday.

With the withdrawal of Sally Pearson in the hurdles, the event was wide open and Mucci made the most of it, crossing the line in a massive personal best time of 13.09s to become the eighth fastest in Australian history.

“Yeah it does feel great to win,” she said. “I really wanted to be fresh for this race, but knowing I wasn’t going to be, I had to dig deep to find some adrenaline.”

“I got a pretty average start, I just had to work my way through and make sure that I had a clean race to the end.”

She revealed she was still suffering from the gruelling Heptathlon schedule.

“I was feeling alright yesterday on my rest day, and then this morning I woke up sore. I just had to run on a lot of adrenaline in the heat and manage a quick turnaround for the final.”

Our distance runners also continued their impressive form with Peter Bol winning the Men’s 800m final, as well as Georgia Griffith (2:01.26) and Morgan Mitchell (2:01.60) dropping season’s bests and taking out silver and bronze, respectively.

Meanwhile VIS’ Luke Mathews geared up in what was going to be an intriguing 1500m battle between himself and former Victorian Institute of Sport scholarship holder Ryan Gregson.

After a slow tactical race, the pace picked up at the bell, but in the home straight the young legs of Mathews were too strong and he crossed the line in first place in a time of 3:43.15.

Mathews said he was ready for whatever pace the race went at.

“Like I said to mum, ‘I was prepared if it was going to be run at 3:33 pace and I was prepared if it was going to be won in four minutes with a 50 second last lap’.

“We’ve just been training under race pace and what it’s like to get lactic and keep running harder. No matter what situation - I was ready, but when I was leading the first 800m I was licking my lips. I was like ‘this has just played out perfectly’.”

Topping off what was a successful National Championships for the VIS, Javelin thrower Kathryn Mitchell was named Athletics Australia Female Athlete of the Year at the conclusion of the weekend.

Mitchell produced a career-high performance to claim a gold medal at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

The then 35-year-old made the two longest throws of her career in the competition - including a national record of 67.58m. The Games capped off a series of fine performances including winning  her first national title in 10 years with an Australian record throw to lock in selection for her fourth Commonwealth Games.

She broke it again at the Victorian Championships with 68.57m, the longest in the world since 2013 to elevate her to number seven in history.

Meanwhile, Mitchell has booked a berth for the World Championships at the Australian Track and Field Championships. She had a qualifying throw of 62.78m.

This was enough to finish second to Kelsey-Lee Barber (63.33m).

Mitchell holds the national record at 68.92m.

All VIS results from Nationals: 

Athlete

Event 1

Results

Place

Comments

Christian Davis

400m (Open M)

47.38s

9th

 

Nic Hum

Long Jump (Ambulant)

6.72m

Bronze

 

Celeste Mucci

Heptathlon

5844 pts

Gold

OCE and WUG Standards

Jessee Wyatt

Shot Put (Secured) (Open M)

9.44m

Gold

Para WC B Standard

Jemima Montag

10000m Race Walk (Open W)

43:51.5

Silver

OCE Standard

Lousie Mendes

Hammer (Open W)

  49.46m

6th

 

Sam Rizzo

800m Wheelchair (Open M)

1:52.43

2nd

 

Joesph Baldwin

High Jump (Open M)

2.15m

7th

 

Sam McIntosh

100m Wheelchair (Open M)

18.46s

4th

 

Sam Rizzo

100m Wheelchair (Open M)

15.55s

5th

 

Kathryn Mitchell

Javelin (Open W)

62.78m

2nd

WCH Standard

Georgia Hansen

1500m (Open W)

4:16.45

5th

SB

Peter Bol

800m (Open M)

1:46.12

Gold

OCE Standard

Joe Deng

800m (Open M)

01:49.0

7th

 

Damien Birkinhead

Shot Put (Open M)

19.79m

Gold

SB, OCE Standard

Todd Hodgetts

Shot Put (Open M)

14.58m

11th

Para WC B Standard

Chris Mitrevski

Long Jump (Open M)

7.83m

Silver

SB, OCE Standard

Celeste Mucci

100m Hurdles (Open W)

13.09s

Gold

PB, OCE and WUG Standards

Claire Keefer

Shot Put (Ambulant) (Open W)

9.17m

Gold

PB, Para WC A Standard

Brooke Stratton

Long Jump (Open W)

6.70m

Silver

OCE Standard

Luke Mathews

1500m (Open M)

3:43.15

Gold

 

Isaac Hockey

1500m (Open M)

3:46.36

7th

 

Jaryd Clifford

1500m (Open M)

3:47.89

9th

SB in heats (3:45.65)

Georgia Griffith

800m (Open W)

2:01.26

Silver

SB, OCE Standard

Morgan Mitchell

800m (Open W)

2:01.60

Bronze

PB, OCE Standard

Morgan Mitchell

4x400m Relay (Open W)

3:39.05

Gold

 

Christian Davis

4x400m Relay (Open M)

03:10.5

 

 

 

Please see below results from the Australian University Sport – Athletics Nationals;

Georgia Griffith | 1st | 4:10.52 | WUG’s qualifier

Georgia Hansen | 2nd | 4:11.22 | PB and WUG’s qualifier

Jaryd Clifford | 2nd | 3:47.05 | M’s 1500m

Joseph Baldwin | 1st | 2.10m | M’s High Jump

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