26 September 2018
Preview NSW All Schools Championships – girls events
Following the previous preview of the male events, here we take a look at some of the leading girls in the leadup to the NSW All Schools.
Combined High Schools (CHS)
The undoubted star was South Coast’s Jaylah Hancock-Cameron (Moruya High) who ran the fastest 800m and 1500m in the 105-year history of the meet. She broke meet records held by two Olympian, Eloise Wellings (1500m) and Jenny Blundell (800m). She lines up in the 16-years 800m and 1500m before she goes into camp with the Australian team for the Youth Olympic Games where she will compete in Buenos Aires next month. Her team mate at the YOG Sally Shokry (Castle Hill High) was also impressive at the CHS winning the discus with 45.44m.
What a battle we have in the sprints spearheaded by the CHS pair, Damita Botham (Ambarvale High) and Chelsea Ezeoke (Lake Illawarra). In the CHS 12 years 100m heats, Ezeoke and Botham both broke the 100m record running 12.58 and 12.74 respectively, but in the final Botham took the title in 12.63. In the 200m, again they both broke the 200m record in the heats and final, but this time Ezeoke took the 200m title with a record 25.60. The battle continued in the long jump with Betham the winner 4.99m to 4.93m, while in the shot Ezeoke was unapproachable winning comfortably with a mark of 11.87m, while Batham was third. At the NSW All Schools they both compete in the 12 years 100, 200, 400, shot, while Damita Botham also contests the long jump.
Westfields Sports High’s 13 years sprinter Aleksandra Stoilova was a comfortable winner in the 100m with 12.45 and lines up in the 100m and 200m at the NSW All Schools. In the 14-years throws there is a very strong group of athletes emerging. In the shot, Australian Little Athletics silver medallist, Kaitlyn Coulter (East Hills Girls) won a close battle over Newcastle’s Ashlyn Blackstock (Belmont) 14.55m to 14.28m, but in the discus Blackstock took gold with a throw of 43.05m, just short of the 43.52m record.
Central Coast’s Katie Gunn (Henry Kendall) smashed a 36-year-old record, the 15-years long jump with a distance of 5.96m. She was pushed all the way by Tiahna Skelton(Wallsend) and Alyssa Lowe (Riverside Girls) 5.65m. Gunn then added the 200m in 24.93 over a quality field including 400m champion (56.81) Jasmin Guthrie (Asquith) 25.05 and Skelton 25.14.
Gloucester High’s Sara Schiffmann, coached by Macarthur Tri-coach Guy Creber, won the 15-years CHS 800m/1500m double and 17+ years 3000m (9:50.10) over strong fields, off the back of her stunning 21-seconds national cross country 14/15 years win last month on the Sunshine Coast. She will just concentrate on the 15-years 1500m and 3000m this week.
Sprinter Caitlyn Ferrier (Hawkesbury H) was outstanding at the CHS claiming the 16 years sprint treble in brilliant times of 12.11, 24.18 (a record) and 56.30. The Marilyn Pearson-coached athlete will just focus on the 200m and 400m at the NSW All Schools. CHS High jump champion in the 16 years Rosie Tozer (Smiths H) with 1.76m and Bella Stewart (Narrabri H) with 1.74m, will be amongst the favourites at the NSW All Schools.
One of the finest talents emerging from the NSW junior ranks, javelin thrower Lianna Davidson (Hills Sports), nailed an enormous 48.31m at the CHS and will compete in the 16 years event on Friday.
Another star emerging from the strong Gerry Targett Newcastle-based throws squad is Bella Ferfoglia (Swansea H). She won the CHS shot with 15.00m and was second in the discus with 42.05m. Another in the throws to watch is the national champion, Venita Mailei (Airds H) who just gets better and better each year. She was outstanding at the CHS winning the 17-years shot (15.22m) and discus 47.06m.
Following her impressive 1500m walk win in 6:55.81 in the 14-years at the CHS, Milly Boughton (Endeavour H) will be favourite in the 12 years 3000m walk.
Para thrower, Annabelle Rodgers (Brisbane Waters Secondary College) nailed a terrific shot/discus double of 9.88m/27.03m, breaking a string of records. At the NSW All Schools she will contest the U16 100m, long jump, shot and discus.
Independent Girls' Schools Sports Association (IGSSA)
In the 14-years girls 90m hurdles, PLC’s Emillia Duncan clocked 13.15 to just miss the meet record of 13.00 held by training partner Abi Stevanovic (PLC Croydon) who herself won the 16-years 100m hurdles in 15.60. Quickest on the day was Emily Britton (Ravenswood), a third member of the Mick Zisti hurdles squad, clocking 14.86 to win the 17-years 100m hurdles.
Imogen Stewart (PLC Croydon) cruised to comfortable win in the 12-years 800m and 1500m. Commonwealth Games representative Kailyn Joseph (PLC), who was fifth in the para long jump on the Gold Coast in April, showed her versality with second in the 100m, shot put and won the discus. Another PLC athlete, Saskia Newman won the 200m and shot, but in her speciality the long jump, she leaped a tremendous 4.71m to win.
Combined Catholic Colleges (CCC)
Sprint/hurdle specialist Nicolette Donofrio (Santa Sabina Strathfield) from the Ron Bendall squad, has been in top form. At the CCC, the 15-years record holder was foiled by an illegal wind, attempting to add the 16-years record to her collection. She clocked 14.33, under the record of 14.52, but was assisted by a wind of 2.2m/s. Impressive in second was Wollongong’s Grace Adams (Corpus Christi High School), coached by Graham Ward, she clocking 14.63. They meet again at the NSW All Schools in the 16 years 100m, 200m, 100m hurdles. Adams will also contest the 400m hurdles.
Combined Independent Schools (CIS)
There was a nice sprint double of 12.45 and 25.02 for Emma Klasen (Calrossy School) and she lines up in the 16 years sprints at the NSW All Schools this week. PLC Croydon’s Imogen Stewart compiled a distance treble in the 13-years with a 10:13.75 in the 3000m a highlight. In the 16-years 800m, Imogen Gardiner (PLC) easily ran the fastest half-mile of the day, clocking 2:11.95.
Ravenswood’s Emily Britton, ran quicker than her recent IGSSA winning time, recording 14.71. The performance of the day was a 5.95m long jump by Oakhill’s Samantha Dale, the second longest of her career. At the NSW All Schools, the John Sharpe-coached athlete will add the 100m and 200m to her program.
Wheelchair athlete Sarah Clifton-Bligh (PLC Croydon) placed on the podium in five events, the 100m, 200m, 800m, shot and discus. She will compete in those five events in the under-16 events at the NSW All Schools this week.
Coached by Dannielle Clarke (jumps) and Jamie Muscat (throws) Danebank’s Karina Bell threw an impressive winning distance of 40.02m in the 13-years javelin and competes in three throws and the high jump 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: Caitlyn Ferrier (image courtesy of David Tarbotton)