11 March 2019
Quick sprinting and hurdling highlight 122nd NSW Championships
Hard work by the Athletics NSW officials to setup photo-finish equipment to enable 100m events to take advantage of the southerly winds resulted in strong sprint and hurdle times throughout the weekend.
Let’s take a look day-by-day how the weekend unfolded.
DAY ONE – Friday night
100m – six under 12 seconds, although some performances were wind assisted. Quickest was Christine Wearne with 11.71w.
400m heats - Quick times in the heats with the big three pushed to very solid times. Bendere Oboya with 53.03 clocked her fifth 53 seconds time of the summer and her quickest. Anneliese Rubie just defeated ACT’s Angie Blackburn 53.31 to 53.57. In her second outing of the summer Jessica Thornton did what she needed to do to win in 55.78.
High Jump – Requiring a third attempt at 1.86m to proceed in the competition, Alysha Burnett was a surprise winner over Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Nicola McDermott with both over 1.89m and missing 1.92m.
Discus Para – Central Coast Paralympian, Rae Anderson returned to competition with a narrow win on her last attempt with a throw of 27.17m.
400m heats – national leader Tyler Gunn was back on the track with the fastest of the day in 47.60. A bunch of half-milers, Mason Cohen, Jye Perrott and Josh Ralph filled places fourth, sixth & seventh.
1500m heats – Tasmanian visitor Deon Kenzie was two seconds outside the T38 1500m world record, clocking 4:00.31 as the favourites proceeded to the final.
High Jump - Former baseballer, who in only July decided to start high jumping, Zac Hayward, 19, won a close battle over Matt Tilley 2.09m to 2.06m, with Angus Clark, 18, in the battle too clearing 2.03m.
DAY TWO – Saturday night
100m - After coasting to an =PB of 10.40 in the semi, in-form sprinter Zach Holdsworth pushed defending champion Anas Abu-Ganaba in the final as just 0.04 separate them with Japan’s Inuzuka Wataru splinting them. Anas 10.45, Wataru 10.45, Zach 10.49.
1500m - A very tactical race with eventual winner Will Austin-Cray just seventh at the bell, but in control on the home straight, until James Seal, well back in fourth with 100m to go, lifted to nearly take the win. Overall a desperately close finish with one second separating the top-5.
5000m walk - Training partners Carl Gibbins & Allanah Pitcher, 15, claimed comfortable wins in the 5000m walk in 21:35.83 and 24:33.26 respectively.
Triple Jump - Commonwealth Games representative Emmanuel Fakiye (UTN) defended his title, going 4cm further than in 2018 with his third-round leap of 15.89m.
Javelin - Incredibly close battle for the gold. Saxon Ward nailed three throws over 70m to take the win in 70.81m ahead of junior international Cameron McEntyre with 70.42m.
400m - Commonwealth Games representative Bendere Oboya, 18, clocked her second fastest time of 52.29 to defeat Annie Rubie 52.29 to 52.73. Entering the straight together, Bendere moved away from Annie as they reached for the line. Bronze to 16-year-old Caitlyn Ferrier in 54.14 – just outside her PB. Another quality race with six at 54.51 or sub.
800m – off a 62 lap, Carley Thomas lifted on lap two to hit the tape in 2:05.43. Jaylah Hancock – Cameron fell metres from the line, but held on to defeat Lora Storey 2:06.25 to 2:06.30. Jaylah just 0.04 from her PB and Lora great return to form.
Shot Put - The heart-warming Venita Mailei story continued as the teenager won a close open shot competition.
Triple Jump - The Clark sisters Tay-Leiha and Tomysha both finished on the podium in the open triple jump with distances of 12.89m and 12.55m, a big PB for Tomysha, only 16.
Long Jump Para - Junior international Alissa Jordaan (F47), 15, leapt an impressive 4.62m, but finished just off the podium as Summer Giddings (T35/36) took the win with her third round leap of 2.91m, ahead of Commonwealth Games duo Kailyn Joseph (4.00m) and Erin Cleaver (4.24m).
100m para - In the short sprint Rio Paralympian Tamsin Colley (86%), just defeated Alissa Jordaan (85%) who had been first to cross the line. In a high standard event, Commonwealth Games team mates Carly Salmon and Kailyn Joseph were eighth and ninth.
1500m - On the penultimate lap, Adamstown’s Rose Davies broke away from the field, building up a 15 metre break and was never headed although they did take a little out of her lead over the last 200m. It was a PB for Rose – 4:21.07.
100m - Michelle Jenneke equalled her near 4-year-old PB of 11.75, deigning teenager Kristie Edwards of the win, who would have followed in the footsteps of her coach and multiple winner Melinda Gainsford-Taylor. High quality race with six athletes under 12 seconds.
DAY THREE – Sunday
200m - Quick sprinting in the men’s with Japan’s Kitagawa Sho winning in 20.75 ahead of Anas Abu-Ganaba taking the sprint double with a PB 200m of 20.89.
400m – one of the form sprinters in Australia this summer, Ian Halpin was in control taking the 400m in 46.39 seconds. The time was his fifth PB this summer which in total has been a 1.28 seconds improvement. He is also the second fastest in Australia this summer.
800m - Enduring three rounds, Robert Lister, sprinter home to take the title comfortably in 1:49.95, ahead of 17-year-old Luke Young who destroyed his PB by 1.69 seconds, recording 1:50.71.
Men’s 110m hurdles - What a race this was. The depth is the best we have witnessed in this event for decades with three athletes under 13.85. Also, a feature is the continued dominance of NSW in the event, since the days of Kyle vander-kuyp.
Hough commented how far he was behind the two Cherrybrook athletes, but he drove home for a narrow win in 13.76. Nick Andrews, who two months ago had never broken 14 seconds, clocked 13.79 to moved to number 12 Australian all-time. Similarly, Jacob McCorry, first broke 14 seconds two months ago running 13.99, then clocked 13.85 in the heat today, then 13.82 in the final – now number 14 in Australian history.
Long jump - Decathlete Alec Diamond’s one valid jump of 7.40m was sufficient to take the title, ahead of teenager William Freyer with 7.35m.
200m - After a disappointing 400m the prior night, Jessica Thornton stormed back into form with an outstanding 200m heat and final. She won gold with 23.48 into a 1.7m/s wind defeating Commonwealth Games representative Larissa Pasternatsky 23.72.
200m para – Stephanie Schweitzer claimed the long sprint double, today adding a 200m win to her Saturday night 400m title.
100m hurdles – Michelle Jenneke achieved a rare double of the 100m and 100m hurdles. Her hurdles time of 13.05 was her fastest for nearly a year. In second place, Abbie Taddeo just trimmed her PB recording 13.29. There was another PB for third placed Hannah Jones running 13.43. Both moved up one place on the Australian all-time list to 14th and 22nd respectively.
400m hurdles – Sarah Carli continues to roll out quick times over the barriers, clocking 56.72 seconds today.
3000m steeplechase – The outstanding season of Paige Campbell continued today. In a solo 3000m steeplechase she clocked 9:45.77, over three seconds under her PB. She also moved from 7th to 6th Australian all-time and edged closer to the world champs standard of 9:40. Over the last four months she has destroyed her PBs at 3000m, 5000m, 10,000m and steeplechase, she was also third in the XC trial.
Long jump - Teenagers dominated this event, with it all happening in the last round. In fifth as the last round commenced, Samantha Dale, moving from fifth to take the lead with a leap of 6.15m – a 12cm PB. Would it hold up for the title? Another teen Katie Gunn came closest, herself moving from fourth to second with 6.07m. Alysha Burnett had extraordinary bad luck, with jumps of 6.01m, 6.01m, 6.00m and 6.01m in her series but required 6.02m to place on the podium.
Shot para - A solid 10.91m win in the shot by Nicole Harris ahead of Commonwealth Games representative Rae Anderson with a mark of 8.73m.
Hammer - Such is the standard she has set, Alex Hulley’s 14 metre win with a throw of 66.21m is now common place for the third best hammer thrower in Australian history.
David Tarbotton for Athletics NSW
Image: men’s 110m hurdlers Nick Andrews, Nick Hough & Jacob McCorry