Athletics glory a team effort for Brunswick

A brilliant season culminated in glory for Brunswick Athletics Club earlier this month when it won the division three title in AV Shield.

Brunswick, which competes in the Metropolitan North-West section of Athletics Victoria, topped the ladder for most of the season.

The club sealed the trophy win on February 16 after it finished with 330.50 points, nearly 90 points ahead of its nearest rivals, Casey Cardinia and Haileybury.

During the day's competition, Brunswick won the 4x100m relay by nearly two seconds and Ned McLeod had a day to remember,

winning gold in the 400m, placing second in the long jump and javelin, and finishing seventh in the 1500m.

Other medal results included silver and bronze for Samuel Lewis in the 110m hurdles and the 100m respectively, and gold and bronze in the pole vault for Travis Rickard and David Edwards.

Head coach and club secretary Ronda

Jenkins said it was a great day for the club.

"It was a long day - the first event was just after 10am and it was nearly 7.30pm by the time the result was announced - but it was great to be presented with the shield," she says.

"We had 10 boys competing and they won by a pretty big margin. They were on top right through the whole season. They compete through a whole lot of events but everyone is there at the finish. They all played their part."

Jenkins, a life member, has been involved with the club for many years, having held the role of secretary since 1976.

Brunswick celebrates its 60th anniversary in May and Jenkins says the coming months will be exciting for the club. "We've also got our own internal championships coming up at the end of March," she says. "All our athletes did a great job during the season and the younger ones are improving."

The club trains at Walker Oval in Parkville and competes at Moonee Ponds during the summer. Details: athleticsbrunswick.com.au.

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