With 400 competitors in attendance, the 31-degree conditions with slight tail winds made for some tight and exciting competition at the annual Denise Boyd Shield meet, doubling as the second shield meet for the 2014/15 season.
Denise Boyd is one of Australia’s most successful female sprinters, having reached two Olympic finals in the 200m sprint, on top of 8 commonwealth games medals and 11 Australian titles. Denise was also recognised for her achievements and given the honour of flag bearer for Australia at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
Boyd's pet event and the highlight of the day was the Womens 200m with fast finisher Jactina Beecher taking the win with a 24.05s in a legal +1.4. Caitlin Sargent was second in 24.21s and Emily First was third in 24.32s in which were all fantastic times this early in the season. Craig Burns ran an impressive 200m in a time of 21.09s with a nice +1.5 ahead of Will Johns with 21.39s and Robbie Crowther with 21.55s (+0.5)
Nick Boylett flew out of the blocks taking another win for this season in the 100m, running a time of 10.53s in +0.9. Benjamin Hayward and Aaron Stubbs closely fought for the minor placing’s taking second and third respectively in 10.62s. Impressive runs by Robbie Crowther winning heat 4 with 10.52s (+2.6) and Jordan Caldow winning the second heat with 10.56s (+1.8)
In the women’s 100m field, Commonwealth games 4x400m runner Caitlin Sargent cemented her dominance after a second placing in the 200m, winning in a time of 11.80s with a +1.8. This is a new personal best by 0.01s with her previous being posted in Brisbane last year, giving her good momentum leading into the pointy end of this season.
On the comeback trail it was great to see daughter of Denise Boyd Jacinta Boyd making her return to competition after four years off due to illness, running sixth. 45-year-old former elite 800m runner Adrienne McIvor also put an impressive race together in the 100m running a time of 12.82s. Her personal best from 15 years ago is 12.07s. In the 800m current World Record holder for age groups 50 and 55 Jeanette Flynn ran 2.37.71s, proving age is just a number at 64 years of age.
Leading into the World Youth Championships in Columbia in July numerous athletes nudged the qualifying standards in near perfect conditions. Brandon Herrigan posted another world youth qualifying this time in the 100m running a time of 10.63s in +0.9. Kirra Womersley responded to this running a 13.96s +0.9 coming within striking distance of her qualifying time of 13.73s. On the field Emma Meyer jumped 1.72m in the U18 Womens High Jump nudging the World Youth Qualifier of 1.77m. Conor Warren continued his form from last weekend after throwing a world youth qualifier of 71.18m, backing up this week with 66.67m.
The para athletes look to be in good stead leading into the IPC World Championships with Torita Isaac ran faster than the current world record of 2.35.90s, setting a time of 2.35.26s. In the Shot Put Claire Keefer secured a 6.47m, which is a mere 3cm off a B Qualifying distance in the F41 category for the IPC World Championships this year.
The Annual Denise Boyd Sheild was taken out QE2 Track Club with 351 points,ahead of Jimboomba in 2nd with 298 and Gold Coast Victory in 3rd with 352.
As always a big congratulations must go to all athletes and a big thank you to all of the officials, announcers and timekeepers. Without their assistance these days would not run so seamlessly.