30 November 2014
Hurdlers and Jumpers enjoy windy conditions at Treloar shield
The fifth Treloar Shield competition of the season travelled to The Crest venue at Bankstown where athletes were greeted with windy conditions in near perfect weather with high 20 degree temperatures.
Barcelona 2012 world junior representative, Abbie Taddeo (IBS), had a great day as she works towards senior team representation. In the 100m hurdles she clocked 13.78 into a strong 2.3m/s wind. It was her third fastest ever time and compares favourably with her personal best of 13.63. A likely key to her good form is her sprint speed, indicated by her 200m win yesterday in big personal best time of 24.05.
There was some impressive heights cleared in the high jump. Teenage Victorian Commonwealth Games high jump champion, Eleanor Patterson elected to open her season clearing 1.90m. She cleared her initial height of 1.80m, before required three attempts at 1.85m and two at 1.90m. She missed her three attempts at 1.95m. In the men’s, 16-year-old Johnathan Hookey (St Josephs) equalled his personal best of 2.09m. The height was his first IAAF 2015 world youth championships qualifier.
Behind Matt Wood’s (UTN) 110m hurdles win of 14.02 (91cm), Jarrod Twigg (WOL), two years younger at 15 years continues to impress with a personal best of 14.16. William Lloyd (UTN) warmed up for the Australian All Schools next week with a good win in the under-17 100m hurdles in 13.42, just outside his 13.33 winning time at the recent NSW All Schools. Rachel Pace (CHE) again threatened the world youth standard of 13.73, clocking 13.81. Ahead of his appearance next week at the Australian All Schools, Cherrybrook’s Nicholas Dang ran 12.98 in the under-14 90m hurdles, just outside his NSW All Schools winning time of 12.77 wind assisted.
It was a timely return to form for pole vaulter Angus Armstrong (ASW) ahead of the national schools. He cleared an impressive 4.80m. The Australian All Schools meet record of 4.85m, held by Commonwealth Games representative Matt Boyd (Qld), looks under threat from Armstrong (pb 5.05m) and two local South Australian’s Declan Carruthers (4.85m) and Kurtis Marshall (5.05m).
There was some solid triple jumping with winner Erin Guy (ILL) clearing a legal pb of 12.84m, ahead of former world junior representative Josie Nichol (SYU) 12.80m, Alison Ruse (ILL) 12.33m and another pb to Jasmine Fountas (SOS) 12.14m. More personal best in the second triple jump competition to Jacinta Fisher (UTN) 12.18m and Melanie Ruse (ILL) 12.00m.
The leading half-mile action was from Trychelle Kingdom (UTN) 2:10.63, super-veteran Robyn Basman (STG) 2:36.31 and national medallist Jared West (SYP) 1:50.74. Kirsty Klein (ASW) was the day’s quickest on the 5000m walk with 24:38.90, while two others look in top-form ahead of the national schools championships next week. Tyler Jones (MIN) clocked 22:08.32 and Jasmyn McDonald (PAR) 25:30.67.
There was a personal best of 57.62m for Emily Rotunno (HIL) in the under-17 hammer throw. She continues to edge towards the world youth standard. The leading throw was from Youth Olympic Games medallist Alex Hulley (HIL) with 63.69m (3kg).
National decathlon silver medallist Kyle Cranston (ASW) opened his season with a win in the 110m hurdles (14.9) and pole vault of 4.20m.
The second fastest 200m of the day was recorded by 14 year-old PLC sprinter Kristie Edwards (UTN) clocking 24.35 wind assisted. She travels to Adelaide where she will contest the under-16 sprints following on from her 200m win last year. In the shot, Youth Olympic representative Grace Robinson (STG) putt 15.26m to win the under-17 event by over two metres.
A reminder of the social media forums during the 2014 Australia All Schools Championships next week are:
@NSWAthletics and @AthsAust
NSW Athletes – nswathletics.org.au
Australian Athletes - athletics.com.au
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Image: Abbie Taddeo (right and Katrina Hunt (left) (Images courtesy of David Tarbotton)