As the sun broke through the rain clouds early in the day, some of Queensland’s best athletes were once again greeted to near perfect conditions at the State Athletics facility for the annual Gary Brown Shield.
Garry Brown dominated Australian 400m Hurdling during the late 70’s and 80’s in Australia. As the only Australian male to win a gold medal in the 400m Hurdles at any major championships since its introduction to international athletics, Garry remains a champion of Queensland Athletics. Garry competed at two pacific conference games, two world cups and two commonwealth games.
In still conditions for the Women’s 100m, Papua New Guinean Toea Wisil proved she was in form after posting a 11.85s in +0.1. Long jumper Chelsea Jeansch took out second place in 12.05s and Betty Burua finished close behind in 12.10s. Swinging into a -2.8 head wind Hugh Donovan dominated the Mens 100m in a time of 10.97s. In second was Andrew McCabe in 11.12s and third was Tremaine Peters in 11.17s.
Running shoulder to shoulder Betty Burua and Maddie Attlee fought it out in the Women’s 400m with 29 year old Burua taking the line honors in a time of 55.08s. 16-year-old Attlee fought hard for second with a time of 55.27s (PB of 55.03s), which is in striking distance off the World Youth Qualifier of 54.92s. Emily First ran in third with 55.90s. Torita Isaac also continued her great form setting a new T38 Australian record in the 400m of 1.05.27s. In the Mens 400m Australian Representative Craig Burns flew out of the blocks and was the man to catch clocking a time of 46.74s. Luke Grimley was a fast finishing second in 47.2s and Simon Spann third in 48.94s.
On the field Julian Wruck threw a 63.28m in the Discuss creating some excitement in the throws. Rowan Sutton battled with the swirling winds jumping a 14.79m in the Triple Jump, a mere 38cm off his personal best. He's looking for his 2nd qualifier for the World Youth Championships in Columbia this July.
In the Mens Pole Vault Rob Hill of Gold Coast Victory set a National Masters record of 4.50m breaking his own previous record of 4.45m, which he has only held for two weeks. Fellow Qld competitor Howie Arbuthnot previously held this record of 4.40m. It’s great to see these men pushing the bar higher and higher each week.
It was a day for personal bests in the Men's Hammer Throw with 9 athletes achieving new personal best distances across all age groups. The most notable being 14-year-old Rhys Carr smashing his previous best by over 4 meters landing a 40.87m throw.
Some great racing and great commentary from Brian Chapman and Martin Lippiatt throughout the day and evening spurred the runners along to determine the new QLD Open Men's 3000m Championships medal winners. In 1st place, Jonathan Peters 8.28.80, 2nd Nick Toohey 8.32.41, Kenji Nener 8.33.12. A close race for the medallists in the QLD Open Women's 3000m Championships medal winners with 1st place going to Jackie Areson 9.34.39, 2nd Olivia Burdon 9.36.35 and 3rd Katrina Robinson 9.39.52.
Finally, a big congratulations to Jimboomba Athletics Club for taking the win for the Garry Brown Shield. They won with a smashing 315 points ahead of QE2 Track club with 209 points just scraping in over Uni of Qld with 206 points.
* Image thanks to Patrick O'Kane from Eye See Images. Who flew up from his holiday in Singleton to capture the athletes at the Garry Brown Shield meet.