Squad Throws up Wins

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009 By Vera Bertola

MACARTHUR region athletics coach David Prior prefers to get on with his job quietly and without fanfare. But his squad's success at the recent four-day NSW All Schools Track and Field Championships forced him to seek some publicity to highlight his athletes' outstanding results. He felt he needed to tell them - publicly - how proud he was of their achievements.

His 11 athletes returned home from the carnival with five gold medals, silver and five bronze as well as four personal best distances. The five hammer throwers, who all won gold, and four discus throwers, all have qualified for the Australian All Schools Championships in Hobart next month.

"All the squad won a medal bar one, and she set a PB," Prior said. "The kids have done really well and I'm very proud of that.

" The gold medallist hammer throwers were: Hayden Wilton, 43.27m, 14 boys (PB); Taylor-Jane Villis, 34.83m, 14 girls; Antonio Inzitari, 45.63m, 15 boys (PB); Vivian Wilton, 41.18m, 16 girls; Melissa Prior, 45.36m, 17 girls. 

The discus throwers were: Antonio Inzitari, 58.89m (silver), 15 boys (PB); Abby Moroney, 40.54m, 14 girls; Jesse Jackson, 40.48m, 13 boys; Edward Pickering, 39.38m, 14 boys (all qualified for Australian All Schools); Nicole Fassolis, 37.47m, 17 girls (all bronze medals). 

The successful shot-putter was: Nicole Fassolis, 10.77m (bronze), 17 girls.

Prior said the squad would also contest the revamped Australian youth/junior championships in March.

His talented daughter, Melissa, already in the Australian under-19 development squad, is eying off a qualifying distance for the world junior championships. The 2010 world titles will be held in Canada next July. Prior needs a qualifying distance of 55m, then a win at the Australian championships. Her personal best is currently 51.42m.