Review: 2014 Australian
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.
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.
First Athletics NSW athletes was Bethany Hamly, in 25th place, leading
home the NSW team to fourth places in the teams event.
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.
just missed a medal finishing in fourth place, as NSW placed five in the top-10.
Highest NSW was Oliver Hoare in eighth place in a very close race.
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.
Talented Newcastle athlete, going up
one age, Lorcan Redmond was just
defeated by three seconds. The talented triathlete, clocked 12:31 for the 4km
A win for NSW’s Abbey Rockliff by six seconds in 10:23 for the 3km race.
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
Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Abbey Rockliff (image courtesy of David Tarbotton)