11 Nov 2017
Clark and Gusman crowned NSW 3000m champions
At the first senor state championships of the summer, the NSW 3000m, Olympians and training partners, Milly Clark and Jenny Blundell battled out a high quality 3000m with most athletes slashed second from their personal bests, while in the men’s Jordan Gusman stormed home for a comfortable win in a personal best.
Former national 3000m steeplechase champion, turned marathoner, Milly Clark (SYU) and her James Fitzgerald squad training partner and Olympic 1500m semi-finalist Jenny Blundell (SYU) waged a see-sawing battle over the final lap hitting the line with just half a second separating them. Clark, running just her fourth track race in three years, clocked 9:08.33, slicing nine seconds from her PB. Blundell, who has battled some injury in 2017, removed five second from her PB clocking 9:08.90. Abby Regan (RBH) edged Paige Campbell (SYU) for the bronze medal in 9:12 each, slicking 31 and 10 second, respectively, from their PBs. Imogen Stewart (ILL), 12, was just a few seconds outside the NSW under-16 record, defeating Abbey Rockliff (UTN), 16, a former holder of that record.
An amazing four athletes achieved world junior/under-20 championships qualifiers for next years’ meet in Tampere. Rockliff (9:24.23), Ruby White (ACT, 9:15.19), Lara Crouch (Qld, 9:17.33) and Sarah McDermott (9:27.02), all well under the 9:33.80 standard. They join two previous qualifiers, setting up an exciting trial next February.
White's time moved her to 18th fastest teenager in Australian junior history.
In the men’s race, former NSW north coast athlete, Jordan Gusman (BAN), has commenced the track season in terrific form, winning by over 10 seconds from his Dick Telford squad training partner Bryce Anderson (BAN). Gusman clocked a lifetime best of 7:52.82 nearly two seconds under his best and moving up 10 places to 34th fastest in Australian history. Teenagers Zac Facioni (RBH) sixth 8:09.23 and Jackson Sharp (BLM ninth 8:14.39, were standouts. In the B 3000m race, Newcastle’s Luke Young, 15, running 8:18.51, was way under the NSW (8:35.57) and Australian (8:25.31) under-16 records, but has his 16th birthday later this month making him ineligible for the records.
In Treloar Shield action earlier in the day, world championships representative, Nick Andrews (CHE) opened his summer campaign with a quick 10.44 100m. The seventh best pole vaulter in the Commonwealth, Angus Armstrong, cleared 5.10m.
Live results http://www.nswathletics.info/liveresults/2017/nsw_3k/
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Image: Milly Clark (image courtesy of David Tarbotton)