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Review: 2014 Australian Winter Championships

Review: 2014 Australian Winter Championships

Author: Athletics NSW Administrator/Monday, 25 August 2014/Categories: News

25 August 2014

Review: 2014 Australian Winter Championships

Over the weekend Albany WA hosted, the Australian Cross Country and Road Walk championships. Sydney University’s Nicole Fagan won her first Australian road walk title, while the in the open cross country events Bridey Delaney and Tom do Canto won a pair of bronze medals.

It was a big weekend of endurance racing in the Western Australian town of Albany, located 400km south of Perth, but not surprising fields were thin in the open events as Nicole Fagan was the only athlete to face the starter’s gun in the national 20km walk. Fagan avoided disqualification and clocked 1:41.07 for the title.

In the women’s open 8km cross country, defending champion, Bridey Delaney (St George) clocked 28:42 beaten by 39 seconds as teenage Victorian Courtney Powell won in 28:03, while her team, 37-yearold Sinead Diver won silver. NSW was also represented by Miranda Middleton (Sydney Uni) who placed eighth (30:02) and Cassie Dege 16th (32:16).

In the men’s open 12km event, Hills athlete Tom Do Canto fulfilled much of the potential he has been showing primarily in road races with an impressive third place, just 12 second behind the winner Duer Yoa (VIC), timed at 37:43 and Nick Wightman (VIC) 37:48. Do Canto clocked 37:55. The only other NSW athlete was Ruairidh MacDonald (UTN) in eight place in 39:59. MacDonald is gradating well from leading junior into the senior ranks.

Under-20 female

First Athletics NSW athletes was Bethany Hamly, in 25th place, leading home the NSW team to fourth places in the teams event.

 

Under-20 male

Track stars, Cameron Griffith (Trinity Grammar) and Charlie Hunter (ASW) placed sixth and eighth respectively in a race dominated by Victorians who took the first four places by Australians.

 

Under-18 women

Samantha King just missed a medal finishing in fourth place, as NSW placed five in the top-10.

 

Under-18 male

Highest NSW was Oliver Hoare in eighth place in a very close race.

 

Under-16 female

Running up an age, Catherine Miller matched it with her older competitors, placing third. Totally dominate performance by NSW athletes filling places five to 10.

 

Under-16 male

Talented Newcastle athlete, going up one age, Lorcan Redmond was just defeated by three seconds. The talented triathlete, clocked 12:31 for the 4km course.

 

Under-14 female

A win for NSW’s Abbey Rockliff by six seconds in 10:23 for the 3km race.

 

Under-14 male

Benjamin Bishop was the lead NSW athlete, placing eighth in 10:09.  It was a very close race with two seconds between the medallists and just eight seconds separated places eighth to 19th.

 

Results of the Australian Cross Country and Road Walking championships results

 

David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW

Image: Abbey Rockliff (image courtesy of David Tarbotton)

 

 

 
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