Heptathlete Celeste Mucci, who graduated from Maribyrnong College in Melbourne, has made a significant improvement in the last few years. A strong hurdler and high jumper, her long jump especially, has made progress in 2017.
At the national under-18 championships in March 2015, she showed her class by winning the title by 500 points with an impressive score of 5430 points. Her performance was highlighted by a 13.60 100m hurdles (76cm) and four other PBs in the 200m, 800m, shot put and javelin. In 2016, now 17, she competed in four heptathlons scoring between 5254 and 5370 in all competitions, including placing second in the national open championships and competing at the IAAF World U20 Championships.
Early in 2017, she added a massive 248 to her PB winning the Victorian title. In April she travelled to her former hometown, Florence in Italy, to compete in a senior international competition, Multistars, where she added nearly 100 points to her PB scoring 5721 points. Her competition included individual PBs in shot put, high jump and javelin and was 67 points short of the national under-20 record. In her first heptathlon in the 2017/18 season, in December she nailed that record, scoring 5870 points and defeated a top-class domestic field.
The old record had stood for 27 years, set by the late Peta Kennedy who passed away in 2008 from melanoma cancer. Mucci’s score was the highest by an Australian for nine years.
“I don’t try to focus on records; I just look at them as a bonus. My motivation is to finish each hep I start and even if an event doesn’t go to plan, pushing through and completing it. A motivation that is always there is to improve my overall PB and become more noticed, so I do get invited to meets overseas.” (runnerspace.com, 29 Mar 2017)
At the Australian Championships, the 18-year-old won the national heptathlon title with a score of 5812 points guaranteeing her selection for the Commonwealth Games.