15 April 2019
Sydney University dominate Australian University Games
The men’s and women’s Sydney University teams have been crowned national championships after the four-day 2019 UniSport Australia Athletics Championships at Homebush, which concluded on Sunday.
NSW universities ruled the competition with only Melbourne University and Latrobe University putting up any residence.
The scores were:
Sydney Uni 191 points, UTS 85p, Macquarie Uni 54p, La Trobe Uni 52p, Melb Uni 51p. 22 unis scored.
Sydney Uni 197 points, Melb Uni 116.5p, UTS 73p, UNSW 64p, Uni Western Sydney 57p. 23 unis scored.
Other NSW universities competing were: Uni of Newcastle, ACU, ACPE, Uni of New England and Uni of Wollongong.
The star for Sydney University was Michelle Jenneke competed in nine events, winning an amazing five gold medals. In her pet event, the 100m hurdles, she ran 13.28 to smash the meet record held by third placegetter and former training partner Hannah Jones (UNSW). Michelle also won the 100m, 200m and ran on two relays.
Also strong for the all-white was Genevieve Cowie winning three gold, two silver and a bronze medal. On the first evening she had won the 400m hurdles smashing the meet record by nearly two seconds, set 35 years ago, clocking 58.47. Later in the evening she ran the 400m leg on Sydney Uni’s gold medal winning medley relay. She was involved in a dramatic women’s 400m, when she led the race until a few metres from the line before falling. Only her hands were over the line and by the time she pushed her chest over the line, two athletes had passed. She was third in 56.27, while Rowena Craker (UTS) took the gold in 55.13. She recovered to win gold in the 4x100m relay. On the last day, she placed a close second to Michelle Jenneke in the 200m, then anchored the 4x400m relay team to silver.
Macquarie Uni’s Cameron McEntyre broke his four-year-old javelin PB hitting 74.70m. His team mate, Nick Andrews, rested from the hurdles, but won the 100m in 10.66. His time was statistically very close to the hand-time meet record of 10.4.
Former world junior finalist, Georgia Winkcup (UNSW) sliced five seconds from the 3000m steeplechase record, clocking 10:18.28. But in an enormous effort, she competed in the very next event, just 10 minutes later, the heats of the 800m clocking the second fastest heat time and PB of 2:11.71. In the final she ran another PB 2:11.64, just missing the podium.
A week after she was crowned national champion on the same high jump apron, Nicola McDermott (Sydney Uni) comfortably won the high jump with a second-round clearance at 1.85m, to equal her own meet record. Nicola than took three very good attempts at 1.90m.
Sydney Uni’s Matthew Fisher was the first gold medallists at the meet, taking the 400m hurdles by just 0.01 seconds in a time of 52.69 ahead of Deakin Uni’s Harrison Roubin. The first field event gold was awarded to ACU’s Alex Hulley who also broke the meet record in the hammer throw. National champion, Alex threw 63.63m to add nearly two metres to the record. In the women’s pole vault event, there was a massive PB for Anastasia Williams (UNSW), clearing 3.80m defeating Lizzy Baral (Sydney Uni) on countback.
Also impressive was the 800m win by Joshua Ralph (Sydney Uni) in 1:50.52, over Matthew Scott (Latrobe Uni). It was a repeat of order from the nationals where they claimed silver and bronze. The undoubted highlight of the meet was the 1:59.78 800m by Catriona Bisset (Melbourne Uni).
David Tarbotton for Athletics NSW
Image: Michelle Jenneke (Courtesy of Fred Etter)