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Down The Track

Summary: Talking all things Track and Field, Road Racing, Recreational and Trail Running.

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 Episode 15: Stawell Gift Preview | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:13:32

Down the Track - Episode 15 The Easter long weekend means just one thing for athletics fans across the country – the time honoured tradition and action of the Stawell Gift.  The regional city of Stawell once again plays host to the drama, intrigue and pure athleticism of the pinnacle event in the professional running circuit and with all roads leading to Stawell, DTT gets down amongst the action. Tim is joined by Arron Downes to provide a glimpse into the world of pro running, explaining such terms as Backmarkers, Frontmarkers, Restricted races and Open Gifts before going through the major events on offer one by one.    Whether you’re into the pro scene or not, with names like Wells, Coates, Despard and Romanin joined by Rodrigues Chico, Lugo and Carter and Forsyth there is certain to be plenty of interest throughout the weekend.    DTT also interviews VAL CEO (and 2010 Stawell Gift winner) Tom Burbidge for his insight into the week ahead and what may be in store for those who go in with high expectations for a Gift win. Once again DTT leads the way with all the latest in Victorian athletics. 

 Episode 14: 2019 Australian Track & Field Championships Recap. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 02:51:50

Another massive Episode of DTT as Sean and Tim dissect the action from the 2019 Australian Track & Field Championships. With 23 interviews across the majority of events DTT listeners will get to hear how the Championships played out from the perspective of the athletes themselves.  Raw emotions come to the fore – the elation of winning,  handling defeat and the moment it sinks in you’re a Australian Champion. DTT also delves into some of the more controversial moments of the Championship including the last minute call to scrap the semi finals in the Men’s 800m – confusion reigned and hopefully some lessons learned. Interviewed athletes include: Maddie Coates Steve Solomon Celeste Mucci Ellen Pettitt Henry Smith Chris Mitrevski Matt Ramsden Luke Mathews Madeleine Murray Peter Bol Joseph Deng Georgia Griffiths Catriona Bissett Marty Jackson Kirstie Newcombe Daniel Milone Cassidy Bradshaw Fraser Symons Ed Marks Morgan Mitchell Timeline 0:00:00 to 0:02:00    Intro 0:02:00 to 0:32:40    Open Sprints 0:32:41 to 0:44:40    Celeste Mucci 0:44:41 to 0:51:40    Open Hurdles 0:51:41    to 1:13:02    Open Jumps & Mens Decathlon 1:13:03 to 1:43:25    Open Middle Distance 1:43:26 to 1:58:57    Catriona Bissett and the Women’s Open 800m 1:58:58 to 2:09:00    Open Throws 2:09:01 to 2:17:50    Para coverage and interviews 2:17:51 to 2:36:35    Junior coverage and interviews 2:36:36 to 2:46:55    The final word from Morgan Mitchell, Luke Mathews and Catriona Bissett 2:46:56 to 2:51:30    Other results from overseas and Australia

 Episode 13: World Cross Country Championship Edition | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:17:20

In what was heralded as a ground breaking move for the discipline, the 2019 IAAF World Cross Country Championships were staged in the grounds of a museum in the Danish town of Aarhus. With mud, water, sand and a horde of Vikings this was billed as a new era for the historic Cross Country Championship which had seen declining interest, particularly in Europe in recent years. DTT’s roving reporter Lisa Verstraten was on hand in Aarhus to provide a number of pre and post races interviews with Team Australia, capturing the nerves, anticipation, excitement and elation of the event. DTT also gives the inside scoop on the initial planning phase for the next World Cross Country – Bathurst 2021.  So listen in for what’s planned for the next major championship to come to Australia. Time Line 00:00 to 01:00        Intro 01:01 to 15:34        World Cross Country overview and Junior Women’s Race 15:35 to 28:40        Junior Men’s Race 28:41 to 45:25        Senior Women’s Race 45:26 to 1:01:40     Senior Men’s Race 1:01:41 to 1:12:30  Bathurst 2021 inside scoop 1:12:31 to 1:17:25  Episode wrap and preview of Episode 14

 Episode 12: 30 March, 2019. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:40:34

So much track action across Australia which Sean and Tim dissect in their usual manner Locally we had the High Velocity Club and Victorian Milers Club meets which presented our local athletes with a perfect opportunity to tune up for the National Championships. Mia Gross scored a 100/200 double at HVC with Matthew Rizzo having a close win over Cameron De Bruin in the Men’s 100m.  Running in heat 3 Cameron Searle, ran 21.83 for the fastest time 200m time and Liam Procaccino took out a very competitive Men’s 400m Jess Gulli-Nance continued her march towards Nationals with an impressive run of 54.08 in the Women’s 400m, while over the hurdles Lateisha Willis and Marli Wilkinson took victory in the 100m and 400m events respectively. In the Men’s hurdles Luke Major and Conor Fry once again went head to head in the 400m with Major taking the win with a 52.21 and State Champion Ben Khongbut ran 14.63 for the 110m hurdles. In the field Celeste Mucci took out the Long Jump and Ellen Pettit recorded 13.06m in the Triple Jump to continue her winning ways.  A good PB of 15.74m gave Ayo Ore the win in the Triple Jump, while in the other pit it was Nathan Deslandes  winning the Long Jump with a best of 7.24m. The highlight of the Milers Club was Catriona Bissett outlasting Georgia Griffith over the 800m distance and score a huge PB and World Uni Games qualifier with a time of 2:01.27.  Griffith wasn’t far behind in 2:01.90, with Morgan Mitchell third in 2:04.82.  With PB’s also to Connor Gist, Gigi Maccagnini, Ellie Sanford and Molly Blakey, this was a memorable VMC race. In the Men’s 800m it was Matthew Scott once again taking the victory, running 1:48.80 to Grant Muir’s 1:49.94. The metric mile saw wins to James Hansen and Sarah Billings, while massive breakthroughs came from Matthew Hussey and Liam Cashin with the Western Athletics pair running 3:45.41 and 3:45.93 respectively. Sean goes through the highlights from the Perth and Brisbane meets and gives a great preview of the upcoming World Cross Country Championship in Aarhus, Denmark this weekend. And to settle so much confusion re selection for World Championships or Olympics, Sean provides sage advice on what information athletes and coaches need to source, and not get hung up on angry Social Media posts!

 Episode 11: 15 March, 2019 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 02:09:00

A great start to weekend two of the 2019 Coles Victorian Open and Junior Track & Field Championships, with Swede Perseus Karlstrom recording an Australian All Comers record of 18:32.56 in the 5000m Walk, breaking the Swedish 3000m and 5000m records at the same time.  It was great to hear from Perseus about his training and racing plans and the importance of his visits to Australia. Rhydian Cowley scored his 7th  Victorian title in the Walk joining Chris Erickson, who finished second, with seven wins.  Jemima Montag was also impressive taking her second successive Walk title and she talks to Down the Track about her international plans coming up. We had steeplechase victories for Reilly Shaw and Charlotte Wilson and hear from them about their races. Para athletes Marty Jackson, Maria Strong, Richard Colman and Sam Rizzo took time to speak to Down the Track and it was great to get insight into their training and racing plans. In the field we hear from Shot Putter Matthew Cowie and how good was it to see Ned Weatherly step back into the circle after a year out.  Ned lets us in on his career plans and how this will work in with is athletic pursuits. There was high action in the 400m Hurdles with Stephanie Larkin recording a come from behind victory as Ashleigh Palmer smashed into the last hurdle.  We hear from both girls in some candid interviews immediately after the race. Sean identifies some standout performances in the juniors and we hear from 5000m winners Ed Marks and Olivia Hobbs.  Heptathlete Shannon Fraser had a busy few weeks in the individual events and she shares her story with us.  Tim and Sean also focus on the negative impacts of over training in junior females and the long term effects this may have. Overseas Ellie Pashley opened her Tokyo 2020 campaign with a huge PB of 2:26.21 in the Nagoya Marathon, moving to 12th on the Australian All Time list.  On the same weekend her coach Julian Spence may have sealed selection for the Doha World Championships, running 2:14:42 at the Lake Biwa Marathon.  Could we have a coach and athlete selected for the same event at the same championship? Joining Spence in Lake Biwa was Nick Earl who finished just 4secs ahead in 2:14:38.  Still a UK citizen Earl is unlikely to go to Doha as he won’t be running the British trial race in London.  We also look at the Warburton Trail Running Festival where Victorian Half Marathon Champ Jayne Grebinski sets a new course record, joined on top of the podium by Box Hill’s John Dutton, also in a record time. Yet again another big week in Athletics!

 Episode 10: 7 March, 2019 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:30:22

Down the Track - Episode 10 A big weekend of action took place at Lakeside Stadium for week 1 of the Coles Victorian Open and Junior Track and Field Championships. In the Open field events, Kim Mulhall claimed her 12th Victorian Discus title and in an impressive display produced her best ever Championship winning throw. Nick Dyson had a strong back end to his Discus competition to leapfrog the opposition and claim his first Open Championship win. Ellen Pettitt and Alwyn Jones were the standouts in the Triple Jump competition, with Ellen beatuing perhaps the strongest domestic field yet assembled in Australia to take home title number three in this discipline.  For Alwyn it was the 8th time he’d won the Victorian Championship, still one win shy of his nine Australian Championship wins. In the Javelin Breanna Large claimed her 2nd title and edged closer to her target distance of 45 metres, while Calum Dean has worked his way through a shoulder injury to also take Javelin title no. 2.  While in the Pole Vault our junior women dominated with Cassidy Bradshaw winning the Open title with a best of 3.90 and Lachlan Burns taking out the men’s event with a clearance of 5.00m, sharing the same height as Joel Pocklington and David Thomson. Meanwhile out on the track there were also some standout performances.  Participation in the para events continues to rise and Wheelie Sam Rizzo looked impressive as he set good times in the 100m, 400m and 1500m.  Erica Gosney also had a good competition with impressive runs in th 400m and 1500m, while Dayna Crees in the field was also performing well. In the Open Men’s 100m, Michael Romanin tasted back to back victories ahead of Jake Penny and in a classic final Brittany Burkitt took out the women’s sprint crown in a time 11.58, just 4/100ths shy of the Championship record and the fastest winning time since Laure Hewitt in 1997.  Not far behind was Nana-Adoma Owusu-Afriyie who secured a second World Uni Games qualifier to add to her 200m performance. The 400, events were definitely highlights.  In a race of attrition, Sophia Fighera held on to win from Alexia Loizou and the fast starting Kendra Hubbard with only half a second separating the three.  Luke Stevens signalled his return to the top ranks with an emotional win in the men’s one lapper, edging out Michael Beltrame who ran a PB to take silver. A controlled performance over 1500m gave Box Hill’s Georgia Hansen her first Open Championship and Isaac Hockey stamped himself as the middle distance king of Victoria adding the metric mile championship to his classic mile title from less than two weeks before. Ben Khongbut now needs just one more title to joined hurdling legend Kyle Vanderkuyp on eight championship wins in the sprint hurdles.  An impressive display saw Khongbut finish clear of reigning champion David Brock, the multi eventer.  And World Juniors representative Danielle Shaw won the 100m hurdles with Rachel Limburg in second. Sean also reviews the best action from the Junior events, together with a wrap of whats been happening on the Indoor scene including a new world record! Some Victorians were also in action at the wet and windy Tokyo Marathon over the weekend, plus we also preview the Nagoya and Lake Biwa Marathons taking place this weekend in Japan. Another big week in athletics….

 Episode 9: 27 February, 2019 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 02:04:27

The Sydney Track Classic headlined the national athletics action over the weekend and Sean analyses the meet and provides his view on the performances.  Georgia Griffith discusses her race in the 800m while we talk through some of the key events including Jordan Gusman and Melissa Duncan winning the Aus 5000m Champs.  The Men’s 3000m Steeple was a highlight event with Matthew Clarke and Ben Buckingham placing 2nd and 3rd in breakthrough performances.  In the sprints Jack Hale had another win, while Celeste Mucci stamped herself as a hurdling force with an impressive display over the 100m. In a wrap of the High Velocity Club action we hear from Rachel Limburg, Ellen Pettit, Ayo Ore, Anotony James, Lateisha Willis, Michael Hansford, Kiara Reddingius, Lawson Power, Ashleigh Palmer and Morgan Mitchell about their respective events. The Victorian Mile Championship saw wins to Natalie Rule and Matt Ramsden and we hear from both.  Catriona Bissett stepped up for her first mile and describes just what it felt like and we hear from Isaac Hockey about his first Open Victorian Championship win.  Sarah Billings and Shanie Landen talk about their respective wins in the VMC 800m and we wrap the segment with Ethan Sinn talking tactics and his enjoyment of the VMC and middle distance running in general. Knox AC’s Daniel Milone delivered a qualifier for the 2019 Global Games, a competition that will attract hundreds of the world’s best Intellectually impaired athletes to Brisbane in October.  Down the Track is there as Daniel is given the good news that he’s finally achieved the qualification standard at VMC Meet 4. Celeste Mucci was also in action at VMC Meet 4, once again tackling the 800m.  Acknowledging this is the weakest of her Heptathlon events, Celeste describes how she needs to improve over the distance and what sort of times will make her more competitive as an international heptathlete.  Celeste also discusses her training schedule, start of University studies and plans for 2019. In the most talked about transition in Australian Athletics, Morgan Mitchell and her coach Liz Mathews talk candidly about her training and the new demands middle distance racing have brought.  We hear from Morgan about her plans and how she is adapting to the pacing and tactical skills she needs to be competitive. In a Wrap of other results Sean talks about Sasha Zhoya’s results from France and provides a wrap of other Australian performances overseas.  In VAL news Tim goes through the Keilor Gift results including Jara Konteh’s first Gift win under new coach Scott Rowsell and beach sprinter Bree Masters taking the women’s crown off what some considered a generous mark.  There is also lots of discussion around the prize money at this year’s Stawell Gift and the statement made by the Northern Grampians Shire Council. The AV Shield Final came to a conclusion with Athletics Essendon taking out Division 1 for Women and Glenhuntly producing a three-peat in the top men’s division. We also summarise results from the Warburton Up & Running event and Wangaratta Marathon and Half Marathon results. Lots of good stories once again in this episode of Down the Track.

 Episode 8: 13 February, 2019. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:49:59

With the athletics action hotting up across Australia, Sean reviews the ACT Championships that featured many prominent Victorian athletes including long jumpers Brooke Stratton and Darcy Roper. Roper’s training partners Henry Smith and Chris Mitrevsky also jumped well, with Smith leading the competition with a PB of 8:06m until Roper’s final jump of 8.20m. In the sprints Nana Owusu-Afriye ran an eye popping 200m and Jack Hale maintained his consistency and took out the win. Tim caught up with Harry Summers to reflect of his World Cross Country selection and discuss his aspirations for the event. The Box Hill Classic didn’t disappoint with a magic night of running across the 200m, 800m & 3000m distances. Harry Summers lead 5 men under the 8min mark for the 3000m while Morgan Mitchell had a great stoush with Georgia Griffiths to win the 800m in 2:03.93, her first sun 2:04 performance. The sprints saw Anastasia Purcell and Tom Willems take victories on a night where PB’s came crashing down. In the first of a series of athlete interviews, Lisa talks to Luke Mathews about his international experiences including management, sponsorship, coping with downtime and the age old question of how long to stay overseas. Luke also discusses his training environment and the coach/athlete relationship. We’ll hear more from Luke in Episode 9. The Oceania/Australian 20km Walks Championships in Adelaide saw wins to Swede Perseus Karlstrom in the Men’s and Columbian Sandra Lorenas in the Women’s race. Australian pair Dane Bird-Smith and Queensland’s teen sensation Katie Heyward took the silvers with our very own Jemima Montag winning the bronze. We also recap the results from the Parkdale and Ballarat Gifts with Luke Stevens and Ebony Lane taking the gift honours in Parkdale, while Jody Richards and Bikramjeet Singh doing likewise in Ballarat. Another big episode of Down the Track… enjoy!

 Episode 7: 1 February, 2019. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:44:31

In Episode 7 Sean & Tim re-live the action from the World Cross Country Selection in Canberra.  We interview the winners Brett Robinson and Charlotte Purdue from the UK, together with first Australian female Melissa Duncan.  Jack Rayner and Jack Bruce also take time to chat to Down the Track while Australian distance running legend Liam Adams reflects on his race and also talks up what could be a resurgence in Australian men’s marathon running. Jackson Sharp and Sarah Schiffman talk to us about their good wins in the U20 trials and Abbey Caldwell discusses just how important it was to snare fourth position. Sean provides an overview of the Hunter and Canberra Track Classic results, including the 600m events at Hunter where the men were gunning for the Australia record.  The VAL Gifts moved to Wangaratta and Maribyrnong over the long weekend and Tim reviews the performances. For AV’s regional clubs the Australia Day long weekend is the chance to get together at the Victorian Country Championships.  Bendigo played host this year and the highlight performances including an incredible 10 gold medals to Eaglehawk AC’s David Chisholm are reviewed. Coach Education is now in full swing in Victoria so Sean & Tim discuss the merits of the various courses and provide details of the courses available until May. And with the XCR’19 calendar released, the various dates and venues are announced and the constraints/challenges experienced pulling the calendar together are discussed. Following on from our interview with Tim Erickson about the change to international race walking distances, we get to hear response submitted to the IAAF RWC by Race Walking Australia. Don’t forget to subscribe and keep up to date across everything Athletics Victoria: 

 Episode 6: 25 January, 2019 - Extended Interviews | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:37:57

Down the Track - Episode 6 Extended Interviews The Down the Track team have been busy chatting to a variety of people, so have put together extended versions of our interviews with: Jordan Gusman Abbey de la Motte Peter Bol Katrina Anderson Matthew Scott Abbey Caldwell George Hedley Simone Brick Tim Erickson

 Episode 6: 25 January, 2019 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:40:23

In Episode 6 Sean & Tim preview the World Cross Country Selection trial taking place in Canberra over the long weekend.  With two automatic qualifying spots on the line, the fields are looking strong across the Open and Junior categories as the trip to Denmark in March beckons. With lots of competition underway already in 2019, a full rundown of results from the Milers Club and High Velocity Club competitions are discussed including interviews Abbey de la Motte, Matthew Scott, Katrina Anderson, Abbey Caldwell, Jordan Gusman, Peter Bol and Stefan Music. The VAL season is well underway and selected results are provided for the Rye, Frankston and St Albans Gift. Bendigo hosted the Victorian Multi Event Championships and once again our Decathletes and Heptathletes were out in numbers across the two day competition. Dion Finocchiaro and Nick Earl tasted sweet success at the Cadbury’s Marathon and Half Marathon in Hobart , while the most prestigious trail race in Victoria saw Ash Watson smash the Two Bays 56km course record and nearly dip under the magical 4 hours mark.  Down the Track interviews the 28km winners George Hedley and Simone Brick as they go to 2nd and 3rd respectively on the all time list for the event. In the hot Topic we interview Australian Walks legend Tim Erickson about the proposed changes in distance at Championship level for the road walks from 2021.  The International Road Walks Committee are planning one thing, but listen to why Tim (and many others) think they are walking down the wrong path! And we catch up with Narelle Frichot from the Hamilton Running Club in the western districts as Athletics Victoria embark on a development road trip to strengthen our Recreational Running presence in the region. Meanwhile Sean fills us in on his trip to Japan and his successful attempt at becoming a registered IAAF Athlete Manager and Tim talks about his trip to the red centre working with Indigenous communities In the Alice Springs and Hermannsburg areas. Don’t forget to subscribe and keep up to date across everything Athletics Victoria:

 Episode 5: 11 January, 2019 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:18:54

In this episode, Tim Crosbie and Sean Whipp chat about Fukuoka Marathon, Steigen, what’s coming up and plenty more! Don’t forget to subscribe and keep up to date across everything Athletics Victoria:

 Episode 4: 18 December, 2018 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:23:17

In this episode jam-packed with interviews, Tim and Sean dissect a huge night of track and field at Zatopek:10.

 Episode 3: 12 December, 2018 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:22:01

Check-in with Tim Crosbie and Sean Whipp, as they talk all things athletics! Don't forget to subscribe and keep up to date across everything Athletics Victoria:

 Episode 2: 29 November, 2018 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:17:57

This week Tim Crosbie and Sean Whipp talk about the Victorian 5,000m and Track Relay Championship Reviews and plenty more! Don't forget to subscribe and keep up to date across everything Athletics Victoria:


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