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NSW Masters Championships review: Mogentale lowers national record

NSW Masters Championships review: Mogentale lowers national record

Author: Athletics NSW Administrator/Tuesday, 25 February 2014/Categories: News

Many of NSW’s Masters athletes were in record breaking form at the State Championships held in Newcastle last weekend. Conditions were near perfect at the Hunter Sports Centre at Glendale.

One of the highlights was a national record to Gianna Mogentale of the Illawarra Blue Stars club. She clocked 8.18s in the 50-54y 60m, her fourth lowering of the mark. It is a record that has been taken down by a few club members.

Julie Forster had taken the record from Marie Kay in a time of 8.49 secs at the beginning of 2013,” said Mogentale. 

“In December 2013 I contested the NSW 60m Championships in Wollongong running 8.45 in my first event and 8.41 in my second race, both runs lowered the record.  Then in January 2014 at the Oceania Championships in Bendigo I ran 8.40.”

Mogentale went on to win the 100m in 12.83, the fastest time at the championships and in the 200m, she was outside her recently set national record of 26.48, stopping the clock in Newcastle at 27.38.

“After my performances over the weekend I feel that I am getting back on track and running near to the level where I want to be,” she said. “ After my two hip surgeries 18 months ago I was beginning to think I might have to give it away but with the support and encouragement of my coaching staff, family and fellow athletes I was able to find the strength to continue and get me through a very difficult stage in overcoming my adversities.”

Travelling four hours to the competition, like many officials, Mogentale understands the commitment from all to conduct the competition.

“The weekend was great and I'd just like say on behalf of myself and fellow athletes a very big thank you to all the officials and organisers who gave up their time for our great sport.”

Wallsend athlete Melissa Holahan won nine 30-34 year titles taking all the five throws events, her area of speciality and also wins in the 400m hurdles, 20000m steeplechase, high jump and long jump.

Another local, Maitland’s Kimberley Fletcher won eight events in the 35-39 age division. She clocked the meet’s fastest times and best distances in six events - 400m (59.74), 800m (2:18.05), 400m hurdles (68.37), 2000m steeplechase (8:13.55), long jump (4.81m) and triple jump (9.64m). She also won the 200m and high jump.

I had a big weekend, competing in six events on Saturday and four on Sunday,” Fletcher said.

“I am happy with my 400m and 800m times, as they are season’s bests. I usually only focus on these, but as I was not running that fast this year, I decided I would compete in four more events than I did last year.  I have been doing lots of sprint training, so I thought I might be competitive over the shorter distances.” She finished second in the 60m and 100m.

Robyn Basman (St George) recorded one of the performances of the meet, winning the 55-59y 5000m in a NSW record time of 19:16.88, slicing 29 seconds from Rosemary Roediger’s record. Basman also won the 1500m in 5:11.57, five seconds outside her own record. In the 50-54 years 80m hurdles, Sally Stagles was 0.41 seconds outside her state record, running 13.27. She beat Margaret Walker (Ryde) who just missed her state 300m hurdles record clocking 58.50.

There was a close battle in the 40-44y women’s 1500m, where Krista Kovacs (SYP) beat Mingara’s Nicky Kelly, winner of the 400m and 800m. Kovacs clocked 5:24.78, less than one second ahead of Kelly. Kovacs, is preparing for the World Masters Indoors Championships next month in the Budapest, Hungary, the city in which she was raised.

Competing in the 65-69 years division Paula Moorehouse (Sydney Pacific) won four gold, three events in NSW record time. She took the 200m record with 34.89, breaking the record held by Kathleen Cook, who was also competing at the meet. Moorehouse also took records in the 400m and 800m.

Kathleen Cook (Mingara), in the 75-79 year age, was in NSW record form, lowering the 60m mark to 10.85. She also won the 100m and 200m titles.

Gabbi Watts (Nepean) won four titles in the 45-49 years throws, just missing her own State records in the discus (36.25m) and weight throw (12.56m). She also claimed wins in the hammer throw and shot.

There was some outstanding throwing by former South African Richard Meiring (NSW Masters) with 59.71m in the hammer and 18.15m in the weight throw.  In the 30-34 years 60m, Barker’s Russell Parker set a NSW record of 7.18 also claiming the 100m title in a quick 11.30. Former open national champion Greg Eyears (Bankstown) was quick in the 110m hurdles, running 14.88. The fastest 100m time of the day was clocked by Greg Smith (Mt Prichard) who ran 11.10, just edging Sydney Pacific sprinter Samuel Odede’s 11.12 in the 40-44 years 100m. Former open national champion Nick Moroney (Macquarie Hunter) snuck over 2m in the 40-44y high jump, before missing 2.06m. Athletics NSW Board member Andrew Watson (Balmain) won three titles in the 40-44 years division – 110m hurdles, pole vault and shot. His pole vault was at the expense of Athletics NSW President Sean Scanlon (Walsend) as they vaulted 2.80m and 2.50m respectively.

The Ryde club took a trifecta in the 55-59 years javelin with Andrew Atkinson-Howatt throwing 43.50m to beat Rob Hanbury Brown (41.65m) and Voitek Klimiuk with 40.26m who survived a close last round throw of 40.01m, by Parramatta’s Kevin Fisher.

There was some tremendous racing between four athletes in the 45-49 years women’s 100 and 200m. World champion Jackie Bezuidenhout (UTS Norths) took the titles, but was pressed by 60m winner Catherine Kermond (Campbelltown), 400m and 800m champion Lisa Harrison (Hills) and Giola Motti (Illawarra Blue Stars).

Many of these athletes will be next seen in competition at the national championships in Hobart in two weeks.

Athletes who won more than three titles include:

Melissa Holahan (Walsend)                         30-34y   9 gold    (400H, 2kSC, HJ, LJ, SP, DT, HT, JT, Weight T)

Kimberley Fletcher (Maitland)                   35-39y   8 gold    (200m, 400m, 800m 400H, 2kSC, HJ, LJ, TJ)

Christine Shaw (Wollongong)                     50-54y   6 gold    (HJ, LJ, TJ, SP, DT, JT)     

Ron Simcock (Wollongong)                          75-79y   6 gold    (HJ, SP, DT, HT, JT, Weight T)

Richard Hughes (NSW Masters)                 80+ yrs  5 gold    (60m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m)

Kate Clarke (NSW Masters)                         60-64y   5 gold    (SP, DT, HT, JT, Weight T)

David Thebridge (UTS Norths)                    35-39y   5 gold    (60m, 100m, 200m, HJ, LJ)

Kylie Wilmott (Campbelltown)                   30-34y   4 gold    (60m, 100, 200m, 400)

Samantha Latanis (St George)                    40-44y   4 gold    (SP, DT, HT, Weight T)

Gabriele Watts (Nepean)                             45-49y   4 gold    (SP, DT, HT, Weight T)

Gianna Mogentale (Illawarra BS)               50-54y   4 gold    (60m, 100m, 200m, 400m)

Paula Moorehouse (Sydney Pacific)        65-69y   4 gold    (200m, 400, 800, 1500m)

Louise Smallwood (Sydney Pacific)           60-64y   4 gold    (60m, 100m, 200m, 400m)

Jill Taylor (Cherrybrook)                                                55-59y   4 gold    (SP, DT, HT, Weight T)

Neville McIntyre (Glen Innes)                    70-74y   4 gold    (60m, 100m, 200m, 400m)

David Murphy (Balmain)                               45-49y   4 gold    (110H, 400m H, PV, JT)

Alan Provenzano (NSW Masters)              50-54y   4 gold    (100H, HJ, LJ, JT)

Graham Ryan (Randwick Botany)              70-74y   4 gold    (80H, 300H, LJ, TJ)

Brett Somersby (Blue Mountains)            70-74y   4 gold    (SP, DT, HT, Weight T)

Gianna Mogentale (Illawarra BS)               50-54y   4 gold    (60m, 100m, 200m, 400m)

Renae Knowles (NSW Masters)                 35-39y   3 gold    (HT, JT, Weight T)

Alice Bohdan (Balmain)                                 40-44y   3 gold    (80H, 400H, TJ)

Jackie Bezuidenhout (UTS Norths)           45-49y   3 gold    (100m, 200m, LJ)

Kathleen Cook (Mingara)                             75-79y   3 gold    (60m, 100m, 200m)

Trish Stallard (Walsend)                                                55-59y   3 gold    (TJ, PV, 2kSC)

Deborah Drennan (UTS Norths)                                55-59y   3 gold    (200m, 400m 800m)

Stephen Bullock (Campbelltown)             30-34y   3 gold    (LJ, DT, JT)

Warren Jones (UTS Norths)                         30-34y   3 gold    (SP, HT, Weight T)

Simon White (NSW Masters)                      35-39y   3 gold    (800m, 1500m, 3000m SC)

Andrew Watson (Balmain)                           40-44y   3 gold    (PV, SP, 110m H)

Rodney Watson (Wollongong)                   40-44y   3 gold    (HT, JT, Weight T)

Tim McGrath (UTS Norths)                          50-54y   3 gold    (PV, SP, DT)

Kenneth Porter (Nepean)                            60-64y   3 gold    (60m, 100m, 200m)

Clay Thompkins (UTS Norths)                     60-64y   3 gold    (HJ, LJ, TJ)

Dave Ross (Wollongong)                               60-64y   3 gold    (DT, HT, Weight T)

John Wall (Mingara)                                        65-69y   3 gold    (60m, 100m, 200m)

Russell Scott (Glen Innes)                            65-69y   3 gold    (HT, JT, Weight T)

David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW

Image:  Medalists in the 50-54 years 100m and 200m Lynda Douglass (Nowra), Gianna Mogentale( llawarra Blue Stars) and Christine Shaw(Wollongong)-  ( courtesy of Julie Steele)



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