National athletics championships results

By Tyler Maher

Goulburn Valley athletes descended upon the Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre earlier this month in search of national glory.

Antonio and Christian Vaitohi, Gretel Holmes and James Miller all competed at the Australian Track & Field Championships in the first week of April, doing themselves — and their region — proud.

Antonio Vaitohi managed to snare a pair of medals at the prestigious event, claiming silver in the men’s under-17 100m and gold in the men’s under-18 4x100m relay — as well as just missing the podium in the men’s under-17 200m with a fourth-placed finish in the final.

The speedster anchored Victoria’s successful relay venture to snare himself the gold medal while putting in an 11.32 second run in his 100m event.

Younger brother Christian qualified for three races at the nationals — the men’s under-14 100m, 200m and 400m events.

In the shortest race the rising star missed qualifying for the final by just .56 of a second — and it was even closer in the 200m preliminaries when he was just .45 away from a spot in the medal event.

But Christian would not be deterred, slotting into a qualifying spot in the 400m race to book his spot in the final where he battled hard for eighth position.

Holmes ran a huge race in her women’s under-16 400m event, but in a tough field could not progress through to the final.

Holmes’ seventh spot in her heat still managed to rank her 20th in the country in the category.

Miller took on two events at the nationals and was extremely close to a finals spot in the men’s under-18 100m.

Miller finished sixth in his heat with a time of 11.51 — just .09 of a second behind the competitor who qualified in eighth spot for the final.

He also tackled the men’s under-18 high jump, finishing in eighth position overall after jumping 1.8m and 1.85m on his first attempt, but missing three times at 1.9m.