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Genazzano Brings Home the Gold

18 Sep 2017

What an incredible past fortnight it has been for our Genazzano Track and Field Squad. A total of 72 girls have represented the College across four different competition days at Lakeside Stadium with some incredible results including State Championship victories, numerous school and GSV records and most importantly a plethora of personal best achievements.

GSV Championship Carnival

Our senior girls winning only their second ever Division 1 Championship Trophy in the 18 year history of the competition was the highlight of a day that saw us finish 5th overall in an incredibly tight championship carnival. Individual highlights saw school records to:

  • Anna Bush (Year 12) – Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, 100m
  • Olivia Owen (Year 12) – 200m
  • Annabel Sharkey (Year 12) – Javelin
  • 4x100m (Year 12) – Samantha O’Connell, Olivia Owen, Sylvie Bischof, Ann Bush

Victorian All Schools Track Relay Championships

Competing against the best of all schools from across Victoria, our girls demonstrated an incredible ability to run fast and make slick baton changes. With only four specialist teams entered in the senior age groups, the girls delivered phenomenal results with top five finishes to all. Our unbeaten Year 12 4x100m relay team won gold again, whilst our debutant 4x800m squad surprised with a bronze medal in a quality race.

  • GOLD – Under 20 4 x100m: Samantha O’Connell, Olivia Owen, Sylvie Bischof, Anna Bush
  • BRONZE – Under 20 4 x 800m: Alissa Ramsdale, Emma Barham, Isabelle Brugliera, Julie Fitt
  • 4th – Under 20 4 x400m: Joanna O’Connell, Eliza O’Donnell, Olivia Owen, Emma Gray
  • 5th – Under 18 4 x 100m: Emily Bertacco, Emma Gray, Miranda Hojok, Eliza O’Donnell

GSV Finals Night

On an evening that showcases the best individuals in every event from the 24 GSV schools, our squad was proudly represented by 21 girls across all six year levels that qualified in 44 events. With our senior stars again leading the way, we collected an impressive tally of medals and school records. It was hard however to go past the Year 12 100m as the highlight, with our Gen girls claiming an unprecedented clean sweep of the podium.

7 x GOLD
  • Anna Bush (Year 12) – Long Jump (school & GSV record), Triple Jump (school & GSV record), High Jump (school record)
  • Olivia Owen (Year 12) – 100m (school record), 200m (school & GSV record)
  • 4x100m (Year 12) – Samantha O’Connell, Olivia Owen, Sylvie Bischof, Ann Bush (school & GSV record)
  • 4x100m (Year 11) – Emily Bertacco, Emma Gray, Miranda Hojok, Eliza O’Donnell
  • Anna Bush (Year 12) – 100m
  • Samantha O’Connell (Year 12) – 90m Hurdles (school record)
  • Emily Bertacco (Year 11) – 90m Hurdles
  • Hetty Donoghue (Year 8) – High Jump (school record)
  • Emma Gray (Year 11) – Triple Jump
  • 4x400m (Years 7 -12) – Eliza O’Donnell, Anna Bush, Olivia Owen, Emma Gray (school record)
  • Charlotte Kennedy (Year 12) – Shot Put
  • Samantha O’Connell (Year 12) – 100m
  • Ella Laussen (Year 11) – High Jump, Shot Put
  • Emma Gray (Year 11) – 100m, 400m (school record)
  • Alissa Ramsdale (Year 9) – 800m

Victorian Schools Knockout Final

Chasing back to back senior team titles, our girls pushed themselves to the absolute limits. In what is a night all about team success it is hard not to mention each girl individually. Anna Bush lead from the front with two victories and a second place; Olivia Owen again lowered her 100m PB and officially became the fastest Gen girl in the history of the College; Emma Barham completed an amazing 800/1500m double for two PBs within 90mins; Eliza O’Donnell produced another 400m PB; Year 9 Alissa Ramsdale stood up in the senior team with a gutsy 1500m; year 12 throwers Charlotte Kennedy and Annabel Sharkey provided valuable team points and Emma Gray topped off 7 games of netball at the schoolgirls State Championships with an excellent 100m and 400m relay leg.

As a result of the individual success our girls won the senior division gold medal, whilst in great show of squad depth our second team also placed 5th overall in the same competition. With this victory, our girls have qualified for the National Championship Final in Adelaide in December.