Semmler wins a double as tribute to training partner
Blair Athol teenager Tomas Semmler enjoyed the perfect start to his SA Athletic League season, collecting a double when he stormed to victory in both the 120m Gift and the 100yds invitation at the inaugural St Michaels College Gift carnival on Sunday.
The College Track Club athlete (6m), who turns 18 in a fortnight, was 2 metres clear on the line to secure his first sash in 12.69sec. Camden’s Hayden Rothe (8m) held on for 2nd from race backmarker John Evans (4m).
In the 100 yards invitation, Semmler (1m) made the most of a blistering start to nudge out reigning Bay Sheffield champion Ryan Atkins (Scr) and last season’s athlete of the year, John Evans (0.75m) in 10.23sec.
Wearing a blue armband as a tribute to his former training partner Jack Panuccio, who died in April after battling depression, Semmler was inspired to win the invitation event, as it was included on the program in honour of his stablemate.
“I really wanted to win this to pay tribute to Jack” Semmler said.
“This meant a lot to the squad and the sash means so much more, being sponsored by Jack’s family.”
The Luke Buchanan coached Kayla Lemm also kick started her season with a double taking out both the women’s 120m and the 400m.
Running off 12.5m, Lemm crossed the line in the 120m, half a metre in front of Flagstaff Hill women’s footballer Czenya Cavouras (7.75m) and Mikayla Round (7.50m) in 13.96sec.
Lemm (46m) made it a double in the last event of the day, taking out the women’s 400m from state 400m hurdles champion Tayla Phillis (32m) and Camden’s Kirsten Fantinel (66m) in 55.11sec.
Mikayla Round beat home he stablemate Czenya Cavouras in the Women’s 100 yards invitation.
College Track Club’s Harrison Hunt produced the most emphatic performance of the meet, smashing the field in the 70m Open by over 2m. Hunt (4m) recorded the slick time of 7.59sec leaving Flinders’ James Bayliss (5.5m) and Grange’s Nicholas Krznaric (5m) in his wake.
After several years of competing on the circuit, Messenger Press journalist, Dan Jervis-Bardy broke through for a much deserved first sash in the 800m Open.
In the junior events, Coastals’ Charlie Hildyard was victorious in the Boy’s Under 18 120m, Reynella’s Ryelie McMullan took out the Girls’ Under 18 120m while Grange’s Jay Watson executed a nicely timed run to score in in the Under 14 400m.
In the Womens and Veteran’s 800m, Camden’s Courtney Ryder made it two sashes in succession following her win over the same distance at Brighton last week.
The Over 35’s 400m saw Team Townley’s Vince Musolino don his first sash after outlasting Camden’s Matt Cousins on the line.
During the carnival, over $500 was raised for Beyond Blue to assist those battling mental illness.