11 October 2014
NSW All Schools Review Day two
Day two of the NSW All Schools
track and field championships witnessed the emergence of many future stars, but
for one athlete, Sophie McGovern, it was in a new event. In the field, seasoned
junior international, Alex Hulley, nailed the longest throw in the history of
the meet, using a new technical aspect in her throwing.
There was a remarkable
performance in the girls 15 years 90m hurdles. After some fine hurdling in the
heats, just 0.58 seconds separated the 10 finalists. The surprise fastest time
was recorded by sprint specialist, Sophie
McGovern (Cromer high) who clocked 13.58. Last month at the Combined High
Schools, she won the 100m and 200m, but missed the hurdles final after placing
third in her heat. Now in the NSW All Schools hurdles final, she would race the
three CHS medalists and other athletes from IGSSA schools. She went on to take
the gold medal comfortably in 13.23 seconds.
After the race she revealed just
how remarkable her performance was.
“I just started doing hurdles. I
started over winter.”
McGovern didn’t find it easy.
“At first it was pretty bad but
now it is going alright. It felt good today.”
One of the best performances ever
seen in the history of the meet was the 17yrs hammer throw result by Youth
Olympic Games silver medallist, Alex
Hulley, as she threw 67.93m to add over 10 metres to the record. Later
Hulley revealed a major technical change implemented in the competition.
“Today I did my first two throws
with three turns then on my third and fourth throws I used four turns – it was
the first ever time in competition, and it worked well. They were my best
throws in my competition. It felt really good off only two or three weeks of
training with four turns.”
She explained the reason for the
move to four turns.
“From January I move to the 4kg
implement and I find I will generate more speed with four throws and I will
throw further with it.”
The last event, which ran until
nearly 6.00pm was a gripping 14 yrs girls high jump competition.
Georgia Kalnin (Aquinas College) looked to have the title
after first attempt clearances at 1.50m, 1.55m, 1.60m and 1.63m. But Emily Whelan (St Pius X Adamstown) remained
in the competition with a third attempt clearance at 1.63m. The medals would be
decided at 1.66m, with Kalnin unable to negotiate the height and Whelan going clear
on her second attempt.
Mt Carmel High’s Jordan Doris, clocked his first sub-two
minute 800m, running 1:59.09 to win the 14 years 800m. He took the record from James Connor, another local Macarthur
athlete. In second was a remarkable breakthrough run by Trinity Grammar’s Sebastien Moir, son of former NSW All
Schools decathlon champion, James Moir.
Last month at the CAS Moir clocked 2:11, but today he ran 2:01.49 – 10 seconds
In the first event of the day Sara Dougan required just one jump to
break the meet record with a distance of 5.43m in the 13yrs long jump. Dougan
defeated a quality field including Teah
McPherson (5.25m) and Dakota Thomas
(5.17m). The Forest High’s William Brown
raised the 19 yrs hammer throw record with his first round throw of 58.54m,
adding nearly one metre to the record.
The sprint hurdles witnessed two
athletes enter the record books. Matt
Wood (Barker College) started the action, winning the 17 yrs 110m hurdles
in 13.85, lowered the record held by Commonwealth Games fourth place getter,
Nick Hough. Youth Olympic games representative, Rachel Pace equalled the 16 yrs 100m hurdles with a time of 13.92.
Another Barker College student, William
Lloyd easily accounted for the field in the 15 yrs 100m hurdles clocking
13.33. In the 16 yrs 110m hurdles, South Coast’s Jarrod Twigg clocked 14.61 to win by half a second.
One school dominated the girls
800m events on day two. In the 14 yrs Catherine
Miller from Pymble Ladies College added the 800m to her 1500m title on
Thursday in a quick 2:12.82. Two races later Pymble Ladies College students Abbey Rockliff and Edita Grinbergs went one-two in the 13 yrs girls 800m, both under
the meet record held by school mate Miller. The girls ran 2:13.45 and 2:14.61
It was a good start to
the season by year 9 Mater-Dei Catholic (Wagga) student Carly Salmon, competing in the sprints and jumps. A representative at
the 2013 IPC world championships in long jump, she has a different program
“It (the long jump) was my main
event but they don’t currently have it internationally so I’m now focusing on
the 100m and 200m,” said Salmon.
“PBs are the goal this season and
try to qualify for Qatar (2015 IPC world championships).”
Salmon has a network of support
in her preparation to achieve these goals.
“Richard Turnbull helps locally in Wagga, I have camps at the AIS, Brett Robinson at NSWIS in Sydney is my
At the NSW All Schools she won
the Para U16 sprint double in times of 16.89 and 35.46 respectively.
“Not a pb but pretty good for the
start of the season,” was her comment about the 100m performance.
Commonwealth Games long
jumper Rae Anderson, was in action
in one of her strongest events, the discus, winning the 16-19yrs Para event with
a throw of 21.74m
There was a thrilling 16 years
hammer throw competition, with Angus
White taking the title on his last throw, by less than a metre defeating Nicholas Hay 51.91m to 51.02m. Another
exciting event was the 14 yrs shot put. Going into the last round, Mason Leef led with 14.89m, but Trinity
Grammar’s Alex Kolesnikoff nailed
15.44m in his last throw. Leef, responded with 15.30m, but it was insufficient
to regain the lead and win gold.
For the second day in a row Josh Phillips and Harrison Wade did battle in distance events at the NSW All
Schools. On Thursday Phillips took the steeplechase ahead of Wade and again on
Friday he was able to hold off Wade, on this occasion in the 3000m with
Phillips clocking 9:09.69 and Harrison 9:12.44. Jasmyn McDonald was easily the fastest girl race
walker to date at the championships, clocking 14:35.12 in the 15 yrs race.
The 200m sprinters,
showed why NSW is the home of sprinting in Australia. All six winners were
close to the meet record. The winners were: Christopher Ius – 14 yrs 22.90, Joshua McLachlan – 13 yrs 23.36, Samuel Stanford – 12 yrs 25.03, Kristie Edwards – 14 yrs 24.51, Dakota Thomas – 13 yrs 25.16, Isabellah
Walker – 12 yrs 26.08.
Easily the best in the
women’s 3000m races was 15 yrs winner, Annabel
McDermott. The former shot putter, won the 3000m by 24 seconds from another
talented NSW distance runner Jessica Guo,
in 9:46.20. McDermott moved into elite company as she clocked the eighth
fastest time ever at the championships.
Schools All Time list – Girls 3000m
9:29.95 Eloise Poppett Kirrawee H 1998
Walsham Ravenswood 1988
Heiner Smiths Hill H 2004
Adams Cumberland H 1984
Corbin PLC Pymble 1988
Sports H 1982
Hull Albion Park H 2013
9:46.20 Annabel McDermott Abbotsleigh 2014
Tighe St Pats
Laman MLC Burwood 2012
9:48.58 Walsham 1991
Dillon Moorefields H 1990
Spencer Turrumarra H 2012
More highlights from day two
Tim Heyes nailed an impressive throw of 58.40m to win the 17yrs
Alex Willett won the 13 yrs long jump with a leap of
5.85m. It was his second gold and third medal of the championships.
James Moloney leapt 6.27m in the 14 yrs long jump not far
outside the meet record of 6.41m.
Chloe Iwanoczko’s win in the 16-19 yrs para 200m in 30.03.
Taylor Jade Minslow’s silver medal winning throw of 55.11m in the
17 yrs hammer throw. Even better was Emily
Rotunno’s 16 yrs hammer throw winning distance of 56.97m.
Daniel Jennings winning the U16 para 200m in 30.69, claiming
the sprint double.
Stephanie Sciglia’s 13.61m gold medal winning putt in the 14
years girls shot
Zachary Jones’s win in the 16-19 yrs Para 800m in 2:20.33.
double by Sally Shorkry in the 12
yrs shot and discus with distances of 10.17 and 38.27m.
Julie Charlton added another three gold medals to her tally
winning the T54 wheelchair 200m, 800m and discus.
High’s Brittney Beilby winning the
U16 Para 800m in 2:50.40
athlete, Brad Pemberton’s win in the
U16 200m in 34.36
FACTS NSW ALL
When? Thursday to
Saturday 9 to 12 October 2014
Where? Sydney Olympic
Park Athletics Centre, Homebush
More details (timetable, entries, rules etc)? NSW All Schools information
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics
Images: Sophie McGovern (image courtesy of