JOB WELL DUNN

In torrential rain and conditions hardly conducive to throwing a metal disk over long distances, Year 12 student Olivia Dunn broke her own School Record at her final APS Athletics on Saturday 20 October at Lakeside Stadium. Olivia broke the record previously held by Kaaren Schimana (set in 1980) at this year's House Athletics Carnival and proceeded to improve on her record by 10cm with a throw of 27.15m on Saturday to finish second behind APS Record holder Leia Varley. Drenched and freezing, Olivia sought warmth away from the track following the discus before returning to throw a PB (11.00m) in the Open Shot Put to finish fourth.

Maya Pundij, like Olivia, set a new School Record at this year's House Athletics Carnival. Maya ran 14.6 seconds in the Under 16 90m Hurdles on the GGS Main Oval in September; an incredible feat considering records so rarely fall at meetings held on grass. On Saturday, in pouring rain, Maya ran 14.26 seconds to finish third and has now lowered the School Record by more than half a second. Considering Maya has now broken the School Record twice in less than favourable conditions, we look forward to seeing what she can do on the track on a nice, sunny day. 

The AFLW's latest number 1 draft pick, Nina Morrison, won the Girls' Open Triple Jump with a 10.41m attempt, while Mia Gross, absent from the track due to stress fractures, won the Girls' Open Div B Shot Put.

Ruby Burgess-Hoar ran into some incredible competition in the Under 17 400m and 800m events, finishing third behind Sophie O'Sullivan (Wesley College) and Gigi Maccagnini (Caulfield Grammar) in both events. Both Sophie and Gigi slashed more than one second off the previous Under 17 800m APS record on Saturday, with Ruby finishing third in a personal-best time.

Nick Henry ran into a red-hot Melvin Monleh (Wesley College) on Saturday afternoon, finishing second in both the Under 17 100m and 200m events by a combined margin of 0.34 seconds. Nick broke the School's Under 17 100m and 200m records at the APS Heats on Wednesday and is the first GGS athlete to run two sub-11 second 100m times in the space of a week in a very long time. 

Mitch Johns had been gunning for the School's Open 100m record (10.9 seconds), running 11 flat at the House Athletics Carnival and 10.97 at the APS Heats on Wednesday. Unfortunately, at his last event representing the Light Blue, Mitch faced a stiff head wind and the record was rendered unattainable. Wind notwithstanding, Mitch ran brilliantly and finished in third in the Open A Final.

There was a number of strong individual performances by Geelong Grammar School athletes across the day, but overall the Girls' team finished sixth and the Boys' team finished eleventh. Congratulations to St Kevin's College and Wesley College on winning the Boys' and Girls' titles respectively.