CLYDE AND CUTHY REIGN SUPREME

They were challenged throughout two wonderful days of competition but, in the end, Clyde and Cuthbertson houses each maintained their long-running streak of Senior School House Athletics titles on Sunday 16 September. Clyde won their 13th-consecutive Girls' House title, while Cuthbertson secured their fifth-straight Boys' Senior School title and their 13th in the last 14 years. Toorak dominated the Under 13 and Under 12 section, winning the Boys' and Girls' House titles, and Connewarre (Under 15 and Under 14 Girls) and Barwon (Under 15 and 14 Boys) collected the other House trophies. Whilst our visiting students from Timbertop experienced Corio at its most Arctic on Saturday, Sunday's programme was largely unaffected by adverse weather. 

The two-day Athletics Carnival - split across Wednesday 12 September and Sunday 16 September - was littered with outstanding performances; from Year 12 students giving their all for their House for one last time, to students new to the School in 2018 making their mark for the very first time. Two School Records fell, one was equaled, and one longstanding record came within a whisker of being re-written.

Olivia Dunn broke the Open Girls' Discus record with a throw of 27.05m, beating the previous School Record of 26.53m set in 1980 by Kaaren Schimana. Olivia completed her own personal trifecta across the field events; finishing second in the Open Girls' Javelin (behind Georgia Nicholas) and third in the Open Girls' Shot Put (behind Mia Gross and Olivia Moore.)

Maya Pundij - new to the School in 2018 - made her mark on Wednesday in the Under 16 Girls' 90m Hurdles, breaking the School Record in a time of 14.6 seconds. The previous record of 14.91 seconds was set by Leeza McHarry (nee Ward) in 1989. Toorak Campus student Aitana Wanyana Kamulegeya equaled the Under 12 Girls' High Jump School Record, clearing 1.25m on Sunday.

The GGS Open Boys' 100m record has stood since 1902. Arthur Reed set the bar at 10.9 seconds and it has since been equaled on three occasions, most recently by Andrew Dalziel in 1973. On Sunday, Mitch Johns won the Open Boys' 100m final in 11.0 seconds before charging home in the final leg of the 4x100m relay to claim victory for Allen & Fraser by two-tenths of a second. While Mitch missed out on the record on this occasion, to get so close to a 100m record running on grass is an incredible effort and was one of the highlights of the day.

Our School Captain Nina Morrison missed the Geelong VFLW team's preliminary final to participate in her final House Aths, winning the Open Girls' 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m and Triple Jump on her way to being named age-group champion. Thankfully for Nina, Geelong progressed to next weekend's VFLW grand final and she will have another chance to press for selection. 

The top performers from this year's House Athletics will now prepare for the APS Athletics Finals on Saturday 20 October at Lakeside Stadium.