28 March 2011
NSW Championships Review II – Women’s events: Young takes fast 1500m
There was strong support from our state’s women for the 114th NSW Track and Field Championships were held over the weekend at the Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre.
Last week at the Sydney Track Classic, Bridey Delaney (St George) clocked a tremendous personal best time of 4:10.32 to become the third fastest in NSW history, but she still had her hands full in defending her state title from Kelly Young (Sydney Pacific) who had made a major breakthough last week too, slashing five seconds from her best as she ran 4:14.67. Victorian Commonwealth Games representative, Erica Fountain and Delaney led for most of the race with Young very close, but on the last lap, Young moved to the lead and ran on to win in a fast championships time of 4:16.10, from Delaney (4:17.30) and Fountain (4:20.98).
“Yes it was fast, but it didn’t feel like it was going to be after three laps,” said Young. “But the last lap was pretty fast. (I was thinking) just stay in contact and if they go, I got too.”
“If they weren’t going to go out too hard I knew I had a good chance to win, as I’m a kind of 800m runner.“
There were a number of personal bests, including Noni Cooper (Sutherland) third NSW athlete who ran 4:24.86. In fourth was NSW’s national 5000m champion Belinda Martin (St George), who ran 4:26.15 to break her own Australian masters 35+ record.
Buoyed by her four year personal best last week, Laura Cornford (Bankstown) threw a tremendous 56.50m, her fourth longest throw of her career. She defeated current national bronze medallist, Karen Clarke.
Laura Cornford – career 56m + throws
57.74 Sydney 19 Mar 2011
57.37 Sydney 3 Feb 2007
56.52 Sydney 14 Feb 2009
56.50 Sydney 26 Mar 2011
56.38 Beograd 7 Jul 2009
56.23 Adelaide 4 Apr 2009
56.14 1 Wollongong 30 Oct 2010
World champion, Dani Samuels (Westfields) comfortably took the discus title with her third round throw of 58.10m, but behind that was an exciting battle for the medals. Christie Chamberlain (Westfields), the training partner of Dani Samuels, has been enjoying a good season and opened the competition with a solid 48.61 and improved it to 49.73m in round five to secure the silver. In the battle for the bronze, Filoi Aokuso (Hills), who threw a breakthough 49.53m two weeks ago, held the early lead over Alix Kennedy (Sydney Uni) with a throw of 45.95m to 45.69m. Kennedy grabbed the lead in round three (47.00m), while Aokuso seized it back in round five (47.53) but on the very next throw Kennedy secured the bronze with a throw of 47.83m. It was interesting to note the placed getters second to sixth were all roughly two meets down on their personal best (all achieved this year) due to the wet conditions.
The women’s 100m was an emphatic win for the favourite, Laura Whaler (Macquaire Hunter), in a good time of 11.87, run into a headwind.
“I think the headwind wasn’t too back, it was just chilly,” she said.
“The body’s not too warm and the track is slow. Tonight was really good and I feel a lot more confident going into Perth.”
Whaler, defeated Victorian Angela Byrt and teenager and former Commonwealth Youth Games representative, Elly Graf (Sutherland). On Sunday, Whaler claimed the sprint double, adding the 200m title in a time of 24.35. After a busy month of racing, Anneliese Rubie (Sydney Uni), just concentrated on the 200m and ran well to place second in a time of 24.52.
In the women’s 800m, former World Junior representative, Sianne Toemoe (UTS Norths), won comfortably in a solid time of 2:05.68.
“It was not bad, it’s a state title, my first as I was in Victoria last year,” she said.
After two years out of the sport, former World Junior representative, Lomana Fagatuai (Bankstown), 20, made a triumphant return this year, claiming the NSW open shot title.
“I knew I was going to come back, but my family needed me,” she said who putted 14.37m to win.
“I was happy with my throws today.
“My goal is to throw 15 at nationals.”
World Championship and Commonwealth games representative, Pirrenee Steinert (Macquaire Hunter) ran her first race, since recovering from a stress fracture of the hip, diagnosed after the Commonwealth games. She clocked 54.57 in the heat then 55.28 in the final, to place second to Irish international, Michelle Carey.
Wollongong’s Talissa Scott took the long jump title with a very consistent series of jumps. She started the competition with 5.78m and leapt a competition best of 5.90m in the fifth round.
Other NSW champions crowned over the weekend were:
100m hurdles Michelle Jenneke (Cherrybrook) 14.46
400m hurdles Lisa Spencer (Mingara) 60.46
10,000m Belinda Martin (St George) 35:29.85
3000m steeplechase Milly Clark (Asics Wests) 10:26.87
5000m Walk Nicole Fagan (Sydney Pacific) 24:00.08
High Jump Trudy Thompson (independent) 1.80m
Pole Vault Marlee Barber (Asics Wests) 3.10m
Triple Jump Natalie Apikotoa (Blacktown) 12.62m
Hammer Throw Bronwyn Eagles (Camden) 59.68m
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Image: Lisa Spencer battles the driving rain during her win in the 400m. (Image courtesy of David Tarbotton)