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NSW Sprinters shine in Perth

NSW Sprinters shine in Perth

Author: Athletics NSW Administrator/Sunday, 23 February 2014/Categories: News

In the first major meet of the Australian Athletics Tour, the Perth Track Classic, the athletes excelled with six Commonwealth Games A qualifiers, 26 B qualifiers including seven by new athletes; six World Junior qualifiers and five meet records.

The NSW sprinters dominated the meet with coach Michael Dooley’s athletes at the forefront. Three of his athletes, Jarrod Geddes, Jake Hammond and Ella Nelson, were unbeaten by other Australians on the night. It followed on from his Australian All Schools campaign where his two athletes, Jessica Thornton and Sam Geddes, were the fastest girls at the meet.

Undoubtedly the leading NSW performance on Saturday night was a 20.59 200m from teenager Jarrod Geddes (Sydney Uni). He was just beaten on the line by South African Simon Magakwe, 20.58, a world leading time for 2014. Geddes, who started the season with a personal best of 21.52 wind assisted, clocked a Commonwealth Games B qualifier and recorded the fastest 200m time by an Aussie for four years. Earlier in the evening Geddes also smashed his 100m best clocking 10.30, finishing third to Magakwe’s world leading time of 10.21 and Lesotho’s Mosito Lehata’s  national record of 10.26.  Geddes previous best was 10.37 and he is moving nicely towards the Commonwealth Games B standard of 10.23.

In fourth place and second Aussie, was Jake Hammond (Illawong). He also sliced 0.07 seconds from his best, clocking 10.38 seconds. Hammond, 22, a very talented junior, has been a measure of patience over the last few years as he battled niggles at the wrong time, but things have finally turned the corner for him and his coach.

Yet another Dooley-coached athlete Ella Nelson (Sydney Uni) comfortably won the 200m in a slightly wind assisted 23.36. It continues her tremendous season that has witnessed two Commonwealth Games B qualifiers. She backed up to place fourth, third Australian, in the 100m in 11.77, just 0.01 seconds outside her personal best. She placed just ahead of training partner, Elly Graf (Illawong) who ran 11.85.

Victorian Sam Baines’ 110m hurdles win in 13.70 was the fastest time by an Aussie for nearly six years. Nick Hough was very close with 13.73. This pair of sprinters have made tremendous progress over the last few races. On the Australian all time list Baines has moved from 44th to 11th and now fifth, while Hough has moved from 26th to 14th and now eighth. Both nabbed their second Commonwealth Games B qualifiers. Hough capped off the evening running 21.14 in the 200m for fifth place.

NSW went 1-2 in the high jump with Central Coast’s Chris Dodd (Mingara), continuing his progression clearing 2.23m at his first attempt to beat World Championship representative Brandon Starc (Parramatta) also on 2.23m. It was the second Commonwealth Games B for Dodd, and third for Starc. Dodd, 24, moved 10 places on the Australian all time list from 28th to 18th. He is another who has overcome challengers. Read more in a recent article about him - Dodd balances life

National 400m bronze medallist Josh Ralph (Sydney Uni) continued to establish himself as a force in the 800m, beating the nation’s best in Perth and running his third Commonwealth Games B qualifier. He is also so close to the A standard with a time of 1:46.25. He leapt 12 places on the Australian all time list from 31st to 19th, jumping ahead of Herb Elliott, James Gurr, Martin Byron and Tristan Garrett. National 800m bronze medallist Jared West (Sydney Pacific) lowered his personal best of 1:47.99, achieved in the heats of the 2013 national championships. In Perth West ran 1:47.74 to place a close fourth.

There was a promising run by World University Games medallist Ian Dewhurst (Sydney Uni) who placed second in the 400m hurdles in 50.07, his fifth fastest time and a Commonwealth Games B qualifier. His training partner Sara Klein (ASW) was fourth in the women’s race in 59.29, just outside her seasonal best of 58.98 in Hobart.

Just missing a B Commonwealth Games qualifier was Michelle Jenneke (CHE), placing third in the 100m hurdles in 13.34. Running a great race, she was a clear second until the sixth hurdle when reigning national champion Shannon McCann passed her to finish second to Sally Pearson’s 12.59.

Former Goulburn athlete, who studied at Trinity Grammar School in Sydney and is now a medical student at NSW Uni, William McNamarra (UNSW), continues to make progression at 400m clocking 47.28 for fourth place.

A quick 1500m saw Bridey Delaney (St George) place fifth in 4:12.50, two second outside her personal best and a Commonwealth Games B qualifier. In eighth place Anna Laman (Parramatta) recorded her third World Junior qualifier, her second fastest ever and best time for three years. In 10th was Jenny Blundell (Sydney Uni) running a 1.5 second personal best of 4:16.45.

Other NSW athletes in action were:

Kurt Jenner (Westfield) long jump 4th 7.34m

Nicholas van Gelder (Trinity) long jump 6th 7.26m

Lachlan Little (Randwick Botany) long jump 7th 7.21m

James Kermond (Campbelltown) 400m 5th 47.33

James Roff (Randwick Botany) 6th 400m hurdles 52.88

Jack Bangel (Asics West) 7th 400m hurdles 54.17

Heidi Gregson (Hills) 1500m 11th 4:19.08

Matt Outzen (Westfields) javelin 5th 71.67m

A meet summary is:

·         New quals in Perth were:

CGB - LJ Jaensch, LJ Solimon, 800 Riseley and Rowe, PV Phillipe, 200 Geddes, 1500 Birmingham; WJ 800 Makins

·         5 x CGA, 26 x CGB (7 new, 10 PBs), 6 x WJ (1 new, 3 PBs), 4 x meet record

Commonwealth Games B (25), incl 7 new qualifiers and 10 PBs

mPV Pocklington 5.25

mSP Birkinhead 18.43

wLJ x 4 Stratton 6.62m PB, Penny 6.49, Minko 6.38 PB, Jaensch 6.34 NEW QUAL

100h McCann 13.15 PB

mJT Cann 77.50m PB, Peacock 74.40m

110H Baines 13.70 PB, Hough 13.73 PB

w1500 Buckman 4:07.56, McKnight 4:07.92, Duncan 4:09.13 PB

mLJ Solimon 7.76m PB NEW QUAL

m800 Ralph 1:46.25 PB, Riseley 1:46.54 NEW QUAL, Rowe 1:46.77 NEW QUAL

m1500 Birmingham 3:38.7h NEW

wPV V Parnov 4.25m, Phillipe 4.10m PB NEW QUAL, E Parnov 4.10

mHJ Dodd 2.23m PB, Starc 2.23m

m200 Geddes 20.59  PB NEW QUAL

m400H Dewhurst 50.07

World Juniors (6) incl 1 new qualifiers and 3 PBs

w1500 Laman 4:15.23

w400H Solin 59.36 PB

m800 Makins 1:49.33 PB NEW QUAL

wPVPhillipe 4.10m PB, Kennedy 3.95m

Meet  Records (5)

W1500m Kuijken 4:07.21

100h Pearson 12.59

m800 Ralph 1:46.25

mile Magut 3:53.73

m200 Magakwe 20.58

David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW

Image sprinter Jake Hammond ( courtesy of David Tarbotton)


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