COBDEN athlete Ashley Ovens celebrated his final day of high school yesterday fresh from a state championships medal haul.
Ashley, 17, collected three medals at the School Sport Victoria (SSV) secondary schools track and field championships in Melbourne on Tuesday.
The Cobden Technical School student competed in the 18-20 years boys’ section, winning silver in triple jump with a 12.89-metre jump, silver in long jump with 6.72m and bronze in the 100m, where he equalled his personal best with 11.50 seconds.
Ashley, who was fourth in javelin, said he was content with his efforts considering he carried a persistent ankle injury into the championships.
“I was most surprised by the 100m and to get a bronze because I’ve never made it to state before in the 100m,” he said.
“I got three PBs on the day. My ankle didn’t hold up in the triple jump and I had to go back to my short run up on the last jump and that put me into second.”
Ashley said he competed against a high-quality field in the long jump and almost squandered his chances of medalling.
“One guy (Paul Parker) nearly broke the state record. He was one centimetre off the record,” he said.
“He jumped 7.24m and I got 6.72m. I am hoping to get over seven metres this year and my last jump was nearly 6.90m, but it was a foul.
“I did two fouls out of three jumps, so I only got one jump in. I was pretty nervous with my ankle.”
Ashley, who will have an MRI scan on his proppy ankle, will compete at the Victorian All-Schools Championships at Albert Park this weekend in the same four events.
Mortlake College’s Zoe Tarbolton won silver in the 17 years’ girls’ discus and finished fourth in shot put at the SSV championships.
Zoe, who also finished high school yesterday, threw 28.13m in the final.
She said the weather made it hard for her to get near her personal best of 34.65m.
“I was happy considering the conditions. It was raining and really bad all day,” Zoe said.
Terang College’s Sam Hutchison (16 years boys’ javelin), Warrnambool College’s Tobias Lane (16 years boys’ shot put) and Heywood College’s Tori Haines (18 to 20 years girls’ shot put) all snared silver medals.
Emmanuel College’s Jane McMeel (17 years girls’ 400m and 1500m) collected two bronze medals and Warrnambool College’s Sophie Weir (14 years girls’ high jump) took home one bronze medal.
SSV’s primary schools track and field championships will be held on Tuesday.