November 15, 2010
Nipperess, Martin our first State Champs
Sydney University's James Nipperess and St George's Belinda Martin are the first two State champions of the 2010-11 track season.
Nipperess, 20, was a clear winner of the men's 3000m championships at SOPAC on Saturday evening, cruising home in 7m:56.42, ahead of Randwick Botany's Commonwealth Games rep Jeremy Roff (8m:02.56s).
ACT's Brett Robinson was third across the line in 8m:06.67, ahead of Victorian Tyson Popplestone (8m:10.26s) just ahead of another ACT runner Alan Craigie (8m:10.51s).
Third New South Welsham to finish and claim the bronze medal was former West Australian Courtney Carter (Randwick-Botany) who clocked 8m:14.11s.
Experience triumphed over youth in the women's championships with two 36-year-olds battling out the finish.
The ACT's Sarah McRae won in 9m:28.66s, with Martin the first NSW runner across the line in second place, clocking 9m:38.45s.
Third home and claiming the silver medal was Ryde 15-year-old Kate Spencer (9m:49.09s) with Sydney Pacific's Kelly Young (9m: 51.02s) next across the line to take the bronze medal.
Earlier in the evening Blue Mountains' Jesse Beadman had a solid hit-out for next month's Australian All Schools Championships in Melbourne by taking out the men's 800m in 1m:561.63.
Sixteen-year-old Jenny Blundell (Cherrybrook), who also will compete in Melbourne, won the women's 800m in 2m:08.20.
Kembla Joggers' Sarah Carli, 16, just missed a World Junior Championships qualifying time when she won the women's 400m hurdles in 61.31s.
By Ron Bendall and David Tarbotton for Athletics NSW
Image: 2010 NSW Men's 3000m champion James Nipperess. Courtesy of David Tarbotton