22 November 2011
UTS Norths claim honours at the State Relays
Eleven records were broken at the State Relays Championships at SOPAC on the weekend.
UTS Norths took the honours at the championships with 15 titles after entering a staggering 125 teams. They were closely followed by Hills with 14 gold medals from 71 teams entered, with Sydney Pacific third with 11 gold from its 33 teams.
The men’s long jump saw the re-appearance of John Thornell (Westfields), who has a personal best of 8.08m, finishing the second best distance of the day with 6.94m to lead his four-man team to victory. World Youth champion Jake Stein (Asics Wests), who in his first competition of the season set personal bests in the javelin, discus and long jump, was the best performer with 7.10m.
The evergreen Nick Moroney (Macquarie Hunter), 39, showed the benefits of a bigger than usual winter of training, with a leap of 2.15m. For Moroney the leap was an annual best and continued his record of clearing 2.10m or higher for the last 21 years, since 1990.
At last year’s relays another evergreen Stuart Gyngell led his Central Coast Regional team to a record breaking performance in the masters shot relay. Gyngell putted 15.91m as the team totaled 44.47m. Following his relocation to Wollongong, Gyngell and his new club raised the record to 45.81m, with Gyngell contributing a 15.62m putt.
The Asics Wests men’s open javelin team, destroyed the old record adding nearly 30 metres to the record. The team tallied 248.88m, surpassing Newcastle’s record of2.19.14m set in 2007. The individual team marks were: Ben Baker 67.56m, Elliott Lang 62.62m, Jake Stein 61.29m and John Crandell 57.41m.
On the track Illawong claimed the blue ribbon sprint double with gold in the men’s and women’s open 4x100m relays. The men’s team of Jake Hammond, Jarrod Geddes, Laurent Stewart and Ryan Ilett clocked a swift 40.49m. The women’s team of Ella Nelson, Brittany Parker, Jasmine Everett and Laura Turner won comfortably in 47.46.
There were some close battles and quality performances in the under-14 men’s events. Randwick Botany just missed records in the 4x800m and 4x1500m relays, while the shot and discus events were a very close battle between St George and Hills, with St George claiming the shot and Hills the discus.
Another close battle was in the open men’s shot with just 2cm separating the gold medalists, Newcastle Region and Bankstown. The under-18 men’s discus was a high quality event with three athletes over 56m. Newcastle’s Mitchell Cooper was best with 57.06 to lead his team to victory. Jake Stein threw 56.93m and Ben Fitzgerald (Newcastle) 56.47m.
An international women’s 4x400m relay team clocked a swift time of 3:37.41, defeating a Newcastle Region team of Jacarna Bain-Fenton, Sheena Steinert, Emily Coppins and Pirrenee Steinert who clocked 3:38.84 and lowered the meet record of 3:39.70 set in 1999.
The two day meet brings out many athletes from the past and is often the only competition of the season for someof the little less fit. They included Athletics NSW Board members Jorg Probst (Hills) and Neil Hinton (Wyong) who competed in the throwing events.
Special mention to the many club administrators who spent hundreds of hours organising the teams. Without their hard work and dedication the relays would not be the great success they are. Some involved include Alija Kajan, Peter Spehr, Michael and John Dooley, Ian Lister, Megan Geddes, Ron Bendall, Peter and Ross Douglas, John Patchett, Wayne Crandell, Steve Whelan, Dan Suchy, Margaret Beardslee, Dean Gleeson, John Sharp and many more.
UTS Norths 15, Hills 14, Sydney Pacific 11, Illawong 10, Cherrybrook 7, Randwick Botany 6, Westfields 5, Asics Wests 5, Newcastle 5, Mingara 5. Other clubs winning titles were: Parramatta, Blacktown, Bankstown Sports, Nepean, St George, Kembla Joggers, Sydney Uni, Athletics Wollongong, IBS, Campbelltown, Central Coast, Athletics East, South Coast, NSW Masters and South Sydney.
ENTRIES BY CLUB
UTS Norths 125, Hills 71, Asics Wests 55, Mingara 47, Illawong 45, Cherrybrook 40, Sydney Uni 36, Sydney Pacific 33, Bankstown Sports 32, Westfields 24, St George 22, NSW Masters 21, IBS 19, Blacktown 18, South Sydney 16, Kembla Joggers 14, South Coast 13, Campbelltown 13, Sydney Striders 12, Athletics East 12, Randwick Botany 12, Trinity 11, Newcastle 11, Girraween 11, Athletics Wollongong 10. Other clubs were: Parramatta, Ryde, Nepean, Macquarie Hunter, Sutherland, Camden, Uni of NSW, Barker College and Central Coast.
U16 women 4x100m UTS Norths 48.40
U18 women 4xShot Hills 53.80m
160y+ women 4x1500m St George 20:14.91
U18 men 4xJavelin Asics Wests 216.23m
Open men 4xDiscus Newcastle Region 178.78m
Open men 4xJavelin Asics Wests 248.88m
240y+ men 4x100m Sydney Pacific 50.90
Masters men 4xShot Athletics Wollongong 45.81m
Open women 4x400m Newcastle Region 3:38.84
U14 women 4x1500m Randwick Botany 19:56.77
By David Tarbotton for Athletics NSW
Image: Masters athlete Daniela Oslander competes for UTS Norths on Saturday (courtesy of David Tarbotton)