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NSW All Schools day 2 review– sprinters rewrite record books

NSW All Schools day 2 review– sprinters rewrite record books

Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Saturday, 29 September 2018/Categories: News

28 September 2018

NSW All Schools day 2 review– sprinters rewrite record books


On day two of the 2018 2XU NSW All Schools Track and Field Championships the weather conditions were perfect for fast sprinting with tailwinds and warm weather, and the sprinter responded with personal bests galore and three meet records. In the 13-years, Imogen Stewart was brilliant improving two distance records, reports David Tarbotton for Athletics NSW.


The 13-years girls 200m was one of the highest standard races we have witnessed at this meet. The first four athletes across the line broke the meet record of 24.88, set 10 years ago. In the heats it looked like a close battle in the final between Torrie Lewis (St Marys Gateshead) with 25.05, Emma lee (Inaburra H) 25.04w and Chelsea Ezeoke (Lake Illawarra) 25.11. But the CHS champion Aleksandra Stoilova (Westfields Sports H), ran back into contention in the final, pushing the eventual winner, Lewis to the line. Lewis took the gold in a wind assisted 24.60 (2.2m/s), from Stoilova 22.65w, Lee 24.69w and Ezeoke 24.86w.

“I was not targeting a record, just to break 25 seconds,” Lewis said. She had started the summer with a best of 25.4 seconds.

Under coach Gerard Keating, a former national 100m recordholder, she has made good progression recently. “I’ve been running since I was eight and only started to win a few years ago.”


In the race prior, Ambarvale High’s Damita Betham was just as impressive. In the heats she had destroyed the meet record of 25.80 held by Central Coast Commonwealth Games gold medallist Rosemary Hayward, clocking 25.35. In the final, she went even faster recording 25.30. In second, and a winner in nearly any other year, was Ellen Murphy (St Scholastics Glebe) running 26.11 in the heat and 26.01 in the final. She had earlier won the triple jump title with a distance of 10.53m.


While a number of athletes came close to 200m records, the third and final was claimed by Donovan Bradshaw (Barker) in the 14 years. In the heats he indicated he was in clear record form, coming within one tenth of a second of the record clocking 22.68 (2.2m/s). His support team, coach Mick Zisti and family and the analytical Donovan projected he just need a wind of 0.0 m/s or better to take down the record.

“After seeing the winds I felt I had a change of breaking the record,” said Donovan, who delivered running 22.49 (1.6 m/s).

“Big tail winds helped today,” said Donovan who plays soccer. “I hadn’t trained a lot in the winter (due to soccer).”


Also, on the track, PLC Croydon year 7 student, Imogen Stewart was outstanding braking two records, both held by Abbey Rockcliff.

In the 800m, she passed the bell over 20 metres in the lead in 62 seconds and pushed on to run 2:10.61, nearly three seconds under the old standard in a massive PB. She also won the event by nine seconds.

Stewart had run the 800m final at 3.30pm, but she still scheduled to run the 14 years 3000m at 5.10pm to complete her day’s work. But as the events were nearly due to start an electrical storm hit the venue, necessitating a delay. 70 minutes later the weather was fine to resume, and she went about dominating her second race, winning by 45 seconds in her second meet record of the day. Her time of 9:26.93 was not far outside her PB. In second was Alexander Field (Kincoppal Rose Bay) with an impressive 10:12.78.


Lachlan Wood (The King’s School) started well on his unique campaign at these championships. He won the 200m in 23.59 and then added a silver medal in the 800m 2:07.63. The extraordinary athlete who won the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m at the GPS regards his 200m and 400m as his best event. The keen soccer player, who is coached by Nancy Atterton, recalls he started to improve in year three.


One of the highest standard events on the day was the 16-years girls javelin where 45 metres was required to finish on the podium. One of NSW’s best junior athletes, Lianna Davidson (Hills Sports H), was under a little pressure early in the competition, but rectified that in round three to move clear of the field. She won the event with a best mark of 46.43m, ahead of Jasmin Lockwood (Kirrawee H) 46.09m and Kate Peterson (William Carey) 45.14m.

I did alright I guess. I have not been throwing well off a long runup, so I started off a short runup,” said Davidson. She started athletics aged 10 and commenced competing in javelin, aged 12, when it was offered in little athletics. Her week’s training is primarily in baseball, with just two athletics sessions per week. “I don’t train as much as I should (for athletics) as I train for baseball.”

Although she is a baseball pitcher, who often plays in men’s teams, she is definite on her athletics goal. “The 2020 World U20 Championships.”

Uniquely she is coached in the javelin by a teenager Hayden Perry, although they have sort assistance from legendary javelin coach, Peter Lawler in Wollongong.


In the girls 15-years 3000m, there was a nice return to form by Lauren Carey (Menai H) following injury. She won in 9:49.51, just half a second outside her PB and defeated national 15-years cross country champion, Sarah Schiffmann (Gloucester H) who was also just outside her PB with a time of 9:53.55.


The two Youth Olympic Games competitors, Keegan Bell (Hills Sports) and Jaylah Hancock-Cameron (Moruya H) had no trouble winning their events. Hancock-Cameron took the 16 years 800m in 2:10.73, restricted by allergies, while Bell clocked the fastest 200m time at the meet with 21.86.


There is nothing like a bit of competition to push you to a PB. Thomas Shannon (Knox) had thrown 17.46m last week to convincingly win the CAS title.  But at the NSW All Schools he faced the challenge of Jason Parmaxidis (Picnic Point High). Early on it was all Parmaxidis with puts of 17.82m and 17.63m, comfortably ahead of Shannon with 17.44m. But on his last attempt in round four Shannon smashed the shot out to a massive pb of 18.58m. Parmaxidis had a chance to respond, and he did well with his first 18 metres mark (18.16m), but have to settle for the silver medal.


Other performances of note:

  • Alice Dixon (PLC) just missed the 15 years 200m record running 24.33w.

  • Max Mandera (Knox) won the 15 years 200m by half of a second in 22.05.

  • GPS champion, Angus Beer (Newington) battled rising star Thom Virgona (Trinity) in the 16 years 800m, with Beer winning 1:54.98 to 1:55.75.

  • Fastest 200m of the day was a PB by Caitlyn Ferrier (Hawkesbury H) in the 16 years with 23.98.

  • Paralympian Tamsin Colley (Randwick Girls) won the 16-19 years para 800m in a time of 3:00.56, while Wollongong’s Luke Small claimed the 12-15 years para 800m gold in 4:16.09. Both easily exceeded 100%.

  • In the 12 years high jump Vanessa Apel (Model Farms) cleared 1.62m for victory and attempted a meet record height of 1.65m.

  • Best in the high jump on the day was Wollongong’s Rosie Tozer (Smith Hill H) with a 4cm PB height of 1.80m to win the 16 years.

  • Ashlyn Blackstock (Belmont H) had no trouble winning the 14-years shot by nearly two metres with a put of 14.05m and looks capable by exceeding 15 metres before Christmas.

  • Favourite for the 12 years shot, George Wells (Narara Valley High) didn’t disappoint a PB 14.74m put.


Day three commences at 8.30am Saturday.


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:  13 years girls 200m medallists, Aleksandra Stoilova, Torrie Lewis and Emma Lee jump in excitement of all breaking the meet record.  (image courtesy of David Tarbotton)



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