26 September 2018
Preview NSW All Schools Championships - boys events
Over the last few weeks the many leadup schools meets, CHS, CIS, GPS, CAS, CCC etc, have build-up anticipation of a tremendous 2018 2XU NSW All Schools championships. On Thursday the four-day competition gets down to business as 2000 athletes in 300 events in ages from 12 to 19 years compete for the honour of being crowned NSW schools champion for 2018 and press their selection claims for the national schools in December in Cairns.
David Tarbotton has scoured the lead up meets for some emerging and inform athletes we will witness in action at the NSW All Schools later this week.
Combined High Schools (CHS)
A terrific athlete from the impressive Gerry Targett-coaching squad will line up in the 12 years throws. George Wells (Narara Valley) smashed the 12 years discus (750g) record by a stunning five metres hitting 51.47m and will be looking for more records at the NSW All Schools in the 12 years shot and discus.
National 800/1500m champion, Joshua Atkinson (Castle Hill) moved down to take the 400/800m double at CHS winning both events comfortably, including the 800m by eight seconds. The Graham Garnett-coached athlete, has entered for all three 15 years events at the NSW All Schools.
Sprinter Felix Long (Randwick Boys) is in good form following his 100/200 double at the CHS, but one to watch looks like Zachary Rothwell (Katoomba) who was 3rd in the 100m, second in the 200m, both behind Long, then won the 400m. Rothwell will concentrate on the longer sprints at the NSW All Schools. Felix Long’s coach, Natasha Stenberg (Gilroy C) won many medals at the championships and her best 400m time of 55.56 in 1988 remains one of the top-10 fastest in the history of the meet.
Godwin Opoku-Mensah (Westfields Sports) in the 17-years sprints was the fastest sprinter at the meet, courtesy of his recent 10.84 and 10.89 runs. In the 17-years 400m we will see the outstanding form of Keegan Bell (Hills Sports) who next month competes at the Youth Olympic Games. One of the best performances at the CHS was produced by Oli Raimond (Caringbah) in the 17-years 3000m where he sliced 10 seconds off the 3000m record held by Ryan Gregson. In the 1500m, Raimond clocked a very quick 4:01, but at the NSW All Schools he runs into Luke Young (Toronto) who grabbed the Youth Olympic Games place just ahead of Raimond.
Dungog High’s Lleyton Lloyd will be looking to duplicate his 100/200/long jump para CHS treble at the NSW All Schools. At the CHS his results included an impressive 11.92 100m.
Combined Associated Schools (CAS)
The Trinity Grammar school blitzed the competition and we will see many of the team’s talented athletes at the NSW All Schools. Horizontal jumps specialist Connor Murphy (Trinity), adds the 200m to his program following some impressive contributions to his schools’ CAS win. His team mate at Trinity, Theo Kidd placed in the sprints, hurdles and even won a high jump, but for the NSW All Schools his focus will narrow to the 16 years 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles. Thrower Jack Greaves, who was outstanding in the 14 and 15-years discus events at the CAS, lines up in the shot, discus and javelin under coaches Rhys Stein and David Bruce at the NSW All Schools.
Barker College’s sprint sensation, Donovan Bradshaw, fresh from six wins at the CAS will focus on just three 14 years events – the 100m, 200m and long jump. Knox Grammar’s Thomas Shannon will be pleased to be able to contest his speciality the hammer (15 years), after picking up a massive three metre win in the CAS shot put.
In the 15 years 1500m, Patrick Cantlon (Trinity) will have gained some confidence after a 12-second win in the CAS race, clocking a record time of 4:12.47.
Great Public Schools (GPS)
Over the last few years, Newington’s Angus Beer has been the outstanding 800m and 1500m athlete at the GPS championships. In the last three years he has broken both marks at the championships. His times have been: 2015 - U13 2:05.68/4:27.06, 2016 - U14 1:58.30/4:12.95, 2017 - U15 1:55.37/4:00.95. This year he faced U16 records of 1:55.80/4:07.7 - well within his reach, but putting team (school) before self, he graduated to the open 800m race and U17 1500m race. He won both comfortably in times of 1:54.96/4:06.46, under the U16 standards, but alas he will not be credited with his fourth consecutive GPS 800/1500m record double. At the NSW All schools he reverts to his own age and lines up in the 16 years 800m and 1500m where certainly the 800m record (1:54.35) is within his reach.
Also, in the 800s at the GPS is the Youth Olympic Games-bound Anthony Vlatko (Sydney Boys) who won the U17 title comfortably in 1:55.17. He lines up in the 17-years at the NSW All Schools days before he departs for the Argentina and his international debut.
In the 13-years events we are witnessing the emergence of a tremendous talent, Lachlan Wood (King’s School). Earlier this year he won the NSW Little Athletics U13 100m and 200m; at the GPS on Saturday he comfortably won the U13 100m, 200m (U14), 400m and 800m ! The 100m and 400m events were in record times of 11.88 and 53.29. Similar to Angus Beer, he steeped up to the U14 200m, however his time of 23.71 was also under the U13 record.
Combined Catholic Colleges (CCC)
Laud Codjoe (Emanuel School) is a regular on the top of the podium in the long and triple jumps and his leadup form suggests that will continue. At the CCC he won the 15-years long jump (6.40m) and triple jump (12.56m) and this week will add the 100m and 200m to his program.
Shot putter Arthur Leleai Inu (All Saints), coached my the legendary Merv Kemp (1962 Commonwealth Games representative) broke the 17-years record with a mark of 15.92m and will contest both the 17 and 19 years at the NSW All Schools.
Two terrific discus throwers line up in the 14 and 15-year events. National champion, Lucas Rose (Emmaus Catholic College) nailed a record 56.62m in the 15s at CCC, while in the 14s Siotame Hansen (Patrician Brothers Blacktown) also reached a record with 54.33m. In the 16 years para discus Thomas Webster (St Pauls Booragul) broke the record with a mark of 18.37m. At the NSW All Schools he will contest the 100m, 200m, shot, discus and long jump in the 16-19 years para division.
Michael Hanna (Marist College Kogarah), coached by his dad, Robert Hanna, a New Zealand international, has been in impressive sprint form. At the CCC he clocked 10.99 (100m) and 22.01 (200m) and at the NSW All Schools attempts the rare sprint treble in the 19 years.
Combined Independent Schools (CIS)
Two metre performances are rare in the high jump, but Nicholas Kollias (St Spyridon Senior College), coached by Lyn and Wally Jacenko, achieved that for a comfortable win. He lines up in the 17-years age at the NSW All Schools.
EVENT PROFILE – NSW All Schools Track & Field Championships
When? 27-30 September 2018
Where? Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre
More information: timetable, entries, age groups, rules here.
History NSW All Schools Championships.
David Tarbotton for Athletics NSW
Image: Oli Raimond (image courtesy of David Tarbotton)