One of Queensland’s best years for competitor numbers at the combined events championships with a total of 40 men and women participating across the Under 16 to Open age groups. With 4 international championship qualifiers, and several Commonwealth Games representatives competeting, the competition was an exciting event to watch.
Individual event highlights:
17 year old Joshua Connolly of Deception Bay jumped an impressive High Jump of 2.00m over Ash Retchford of QE2 with a 1.95m.
Darcy Roper, Uni of Qld, Long Jumped to a World Youth qualifier of 7.29m with a +0.1. Darcy now has two qualifiers under his belt for his first international competition and his result may scrape him into a couple of Track Classics throughout the season. Another World Youth Qualifier was Conor Warren throwing a massive 71.18m in Javelin.
Jack Conway launched his season this weekend in the hurdles. Last season he was nudging close to sub 14 seconds so we’re all watching on hoping he gets there this year. His opening race was 14.35s with 0.0 wind.
Caitlin Sargent of UQ ran the trifecta of sprints this weekend, wining all three events, starting with the 100m in 12.01s (+0.5), the 200m in 24.34s (+0.1) and the 400m in 53.77s. In the Men’s sprints, Commonwealth Games relay runners Alex Hartmann and Craig Burns ran impressive races with Hartmann (Maine Harriers) winning the 100m in 10.48 (0.0) and the 200m in 21.02s (-0.1) over Burns with a 21.11s. Burns, QE2, won the 400m in 46.58s ahead of Luke Grimley of Maroochy in 47.37s. Jamie Howell has set an U18 & U20 Australian record in the T01 100m with a time of 13.82s
The standout performer of the 400m’s however, was Alberto Campbell of QE2, qualifying for the IPC World Championships in Qatar in October this year. He ran 50.45s in the T20 division.
World Junior representative Cassie Purdon (Lockyer District) won the High Jump in her first competition for the season with a jump of 1.80m.
The sole competitor in the Women’s Discus was Taryn Gollshewsky, Bundaberg throwing a solid first competition throw of 52.98m.
Andrew Iselin set a new T37 Australian record in the 5000m with a time of 20:11.28
Combined event highlights:
Cedric Dubler, Uni of Qld, debuting in the Open Decathlon, winning 6 of the 10 events. His first win was in the 100m with a time of 10.89s (885 pts) over Cam Crowley of Maine Harriers with a 11.02s (856 pts). Next up was Long Jump, taken out by Cedric with 7.03m (821 pts) over Crowley with 6.77m (760 pts). Crowley showed his dominance in the throws and 1500m winning Shot Put with a throw of 14.12m (736 pts) Discus with 41.17m (688) and 1500m with 4.:41.79 (669 pts) Cedric then took out the High Jump with 2.05m (850 pts), the 400m with 51.28 (757 pts), the 110m Hurdles in 14.81s with a +1.2 (873 pts), and the Pole Vault with 4.60m (790). Cedric won the Decathlon with a total of 7197 points over Cam Crowley in 2nd with 6826 points. A great first Open Decathlon for Cedric.
Portia Bing from New Zealand dominated the Women’s Open Heptathlon this weekend keeping officials wondering if she would secure herself a New Zealand B qualifier for World Championships this year of 6075 (NZ A qualifier is 6200) Portia won the first event with 1,028 points in a time of 13.65s, the High Jump with 1.80m and 978 points, the 200m in 23.85s (995 pts) and the Long Jump with 6.20m (912 pts). Portia couldn’t stop Sarah Wood of Ignition from winning the Shot Put with a throw of 13.12m over Portia’s throw of 12.30m (681pts) Portia then took out the Javelin with a throw of 36.74m (605 pts) The 800m was a good race for Portia, running 2.14.28 (903). She did it… 6102 pts, a New Zealand B qualifier and just 98 points shy of the A qualifier.
In the Women’s under 16 Heptathlon, Camryn Newton-Smith, Jimboomba, led the field and won the 90m Hurdles with a time of 13.55 scoring an impressive 1,043 points. Camryn’s 200m was also impressive, running a 26.87s (723 pts)
Nicole Maynard, Glennie Athletics Club, had a great weekend of competition winning the Women’s Under 20 Heptathlon with particularly impressive 100m Hurdles results 14.96 +3.9 (847 pts) and also a speedy 200m in a time of 25.87s +0.4 (809 pts)