2 November 2015
Four world junior qualifiers and Kovacic shine at Treloar Shield
Week three of the Treloar Shield competition was highlighted by four new world junior qualifiers and the sprinting exploits of Westfields club athlete Hayden Kovacic.
There was no surprise with early qualifying performances by Alex Hulley (hammer throw) and Angus Armstrong (pole vault), but two steeplechasers joined the parade of qualifiers. Beth Croft (Bankstown) and Georgia Winkcup (Ryde) pushed each other under 10:33.3, the standard for the 2016 IAAF World Junior 3000m steeplechase, clocking times of 10:27.08 and 10:31.90 respectively. The performances were on the cards as they both knocked off just two seconds from their personal bests.
Hulley threw 59.02m to easily exceed the world junior mark of 57.50m. Armstrong vaulted over exactly the required height, 5.10m, but impressively off a reduced runup of 10 strides.
Last season some impressive early season form by Hayden Kovacic, 22, recapture the form he showed in his teenage years. Kovacic has started this season in even better form destroying his pb running 10.58 on Saturday. He also comfortably defeated world university games finalist Ben Jaworski (10.73).
Hurdler Bella O’Grady (UTS Norths) continued her great form winning this season winning the 100m (12.08) and 200m (24.34). Champion masters athlete Jacqualine Bezuidenhout (UTS Norths) just won the masters 100m from Alice Bohdan UTS Norths) 13.59 to 13.78.
With their main speed merchant, Jake Hammond, training in the US, Illawong was still able to throw together an impressive relay team to clock 41.87.
International discus throwers, Christie Baker (nee Chamberlain) and Samantha Peace (Nowra) led the discus event with distances of 49.55m and 46.21m.
World junior hopeful, Matthew Crowe (UTS Norths) continues to progress this season. Currently with a 400m hurdles personal best of 53.28, he will be chasing the world junior mark of 52.26 over summer. But another pathway to Kazan has emerged this season with his sterling flat running form. Following a significant 400m pb of 48.62 in September, he backed up that performance with 48.87 on Saturday. The world junior standard is not an unreachable 47.33, but a berth on the 4x400m relay would also be a possibility.
Fourteen-year-old Abbey Rockliff (ASW) won the 1500m in 4:28.86, just over a second outside her personal best. An organised race in the men’s 1500m, yield a string of impressive marks, by two teenagers, Zachary Lanigan (UTS Norths) 3:53.24 and Oliver Hoare (SUT) 3:53.94.
Duplicating their feats from week one, Erin Guy (ILL) and David Chen (BAN) were the two leading long jumpers on the day. Guy, cleared 5.86m, while Chen, 16, was out to his second longest ever with 6.96m.
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Image: Westfields sprinter Hayden Kovacic (image courtesy of David Tarbotton)