14 Dec 2018
Zatopek win for Rose Davies and stunning debut for Paige Campbell
Newcastle’s Rose Davies has capped her junior career with an outstanding win in the Ondieki under-20 3000m at the Zatopek:10 meet last night in Melbourne, while in the women’s 10,000m Paige Campbell has run an astonishing 32:39.16 on debut.
Davies defeated a qualify field including Victorian Amelia Mazza-Downie, who five months ago placed sixth at the IAAF World U20 Championships. It was a slow early pace in the race with no one keen to lead, but after a lap the pace started moving. With three laps to go Davies started to push the pace and Mazza-Downie and Sydney 13-year-old Imogen Stewart followed.
“I tried to take the lead with three laps to go but Amelia took it for me,” said Davies.
Mazza-Downie and Davies continued to raise the tempo and eventually dropped Stewart who hung on for fifth. Over the last 100m, Davies sprinted away from Mazza-Downie for a win in 9:22.30 to 9:24.47. It was the 12th fastest time in the 25-year history of the race. Stewart finished in 9:40.36, after a long week of racing which included an 800m, 1500m, 3000m and 800m over four consecutive days in Cairns at the Australian All Schools and Nitro Knockout.
It has been a tremendous six months under coach Scott Westcott for Davies who joined the squad two years ago.
“Scotty is there every session – we have a really good team environment there.”
NSW have dominated the event since 2006 with eight wins in 13 years.
In ninth place, Ella Heeney dipped under 10 minutes, clocking 9:55.41.
In a fast women’s Zatopek:10, Sydney Uni’s Paige Campbell was extraordinary on debut clocking 32:39.16 and moving to 27th fastest in Australian history as she claimed the bronze medal in the national championship. Although the performance was amazing, it was also not surprising as she has had a tremendous year. Unlucky not to be selected for the Commonwealth Games in the steeplechase, she won the NSW cross country championships and 3000m title and also clocked 9:01 over 3000m. But extraordinarily she trains mostly solo in Orange where she is studying physiotherapy, under the remote coaching of Philo Saunders from Canberra.
In the women’s 1500m former national under-20 bronze medallist Isabella Thornton-Bott sliced nearly six seconds from her PB clocking 4:23.53 placing fifth.
Four NSW athletes placed in the top-7 in the U20 men’s de Castella event, with all dipping under 8:30. Steaming home and nearly taking the win was Newcastle’s Luke Young in second with 8:21.34. Also finishing on the podium was Jackson Sharp (8:24.52) in third. Following his busy week where he ran two races in Cairns, Oli Raimond was sixth (8:27.62) and Harrison Wade followed up his tremendous NSW 3000m Championships run with seventh in 8:29.20.
In the men’s feature race, the Zatopek 10,000m, NSW had three athletes in the top-10 led by 2017 world championships marathon representative, Brad Milosevic who was fifth in 29:23.43. Coming off altitude training in America, Jordan Gusman was ninth in 29:32.74, ahead of Matt Hudson 29:39.74.
David Tarbotton for Athletics NSW
Image: Rose Davies (courtesy of David Tarbotton)