16 January 2012
Gurr and NSW juniors star in Brisbane
James Gurr (UTS Norths) and Stephanie Schweitzer (Hills) were convincing winners at the Brisbane Track Classic on Saturday night while three NSW juniors achieved World Junior Championship qualifying standards at the meet.
The first major meet of the 2012 Olympic year, the Brisbane Track Classic at the QEII stadium was held in warm conditions and centered around a full program of relay events.
Gurr clocked 1:47.31 in the 800m to win by more than two seconds. The time was within one second of his personal best. ``I’m delighted with that, considering its only January,’’ Gurr said.
``It’s a very fast time and I’m way ahead of where I have been in the past two seasons. And the fact that I’ve come off two hard weeks of training if really speaks well for the rest of the season.
``I’m really looking forward to it.’’
Schweitzer, who is chasing a long jump qualifier for the Paralympics, won the 100m in 13.20, ahead of Angelique Booth (Sydney Pacific).
There was some quality sprinting in the men’s A and B 100m races. In the top race, Anthony Alozie (Sutherland), who opened his season last week running over 400m, was just beaten in the 100m, by Victorian Aaron Rouge-Serret, 10.34 to 10.38. Alozie’s time was his third fastest and his best for two years. Third and fourth were training partners and Sutherland club mates Isaac Ntiamoah (10.51) and Patrick Fakiye (10.52). In the B race, Tim Leathart (Sydney Pacific) showed his consistency, equalling his personal best of 10.48 set last week at Blacktown. Ben Jaworski (Cherrybrook) and Nicholas Hough (Hills) were second and third, both under the World Junior standard with times of 10.53 and 10.54 respectively. The men’s 4x100m team, including Alozie and Ntimoah, clocked 39.68. In the B team, Hough, Jake Hammond (Illawong) and Liam Gander (Macquaire Hunter) clocked 40.07.
Josh Clarke (UTS Norths), who recently ran 10.51, the fastest time by an Australian junior for more than four years, led out the junior 4x100m. The team which also included Jaworski clocked 40.59, the fastest Australian junior team since 2002.
Hurdlers, Abbie Taddeo (IBS) and Michelle Jenneke (Cherrybrook), just missed the world junior qualifying standard of 13.92. A Commonwealth Youth Games representative, Taddeo, clocked 13.95 to place third while Youth Olympic Games medallist Jenneke clocked 13.97 for fifth. Taddeo moved up to ninth on the NSW all time junior ranking list (see below). There was significant progress by another leading NSW hurdler, 2010 World Junior finalist, Mitch Tysoe (Mingara), 19, who sliced 0.11 from his best to clock 14.33 and place third in the 110m hurdles. He is now the ninth fastest senior in NSW history.
NSW All Time U20 100m Hurdles List
Compiled by Fletcher McEwen
13.12 Jacqui MUNRO Darwin 14.07.00
13.73 Maureen CAIRD (& 13.2 HT) Edinburgh 23.07.70
13.74 Rachel LINKS Lisbon 21.07.94
13.82 Penny McCALLUM (& 13.4 HT) Edinburgh 23.07.70
13.87 Nicole GALE Sydney 17.02.96
13.89 Michelle JENNEKE Perth 18.04.10
13.92 Jana PITTMAN Hobart 29.01.00
13.95 Debbie EDWARDS Sydney 15.11.97
13.95 Abbie TADDEO Brisbane 14.01.12
13.96 Donna COLLINS Brisbane 07.03.93
Hayley Butler (Westfields) ran the lead leg in the Australian 4x100m relay team that clocked 44.01 seconds, just outside their two best performances in 2011 of 43.69 and 43.79. In the individual 100m, Jessica Knox (UTS Norths) continued her recent good form with her second fastest ever time of 11.66 to place third.
In the men’s 4x400m relay, the Australian team with NSW’s Kevin Moore (Mingara) running the second leg and including three of the New Delhi Commonwealth Games gold medal winning team, clocked 3:05.84. This, along with their 3:01.56 from Daegu gives them an average of 3:03.70, putting them into precarious position for Olympic selection. The top-16 teams (decided by the average of their best two times in the previous 18 months) will be invited to compete in London. A time of 3:04.12 was required for Beijing, but expectations are a faster time will be needed in 2012.
World Youth Games silver medallist Sarah Carli (Kembla Joggers) placed third in the 300m, just behind two-time World champion Jana Pittman. Carli was one of four NSW athletes to run on the 4x400m relays. The open women’s was chasing a good time to aid their chance of Olympic selection. For Beijing a time of 3:30.95 was required, but expectations are the required time will be faster for 2012. Australia already has a 3:32.27 from Daegu and on Saturday night they posted 3:34.12, courtesy of Pirrenee Steinert (Macquarie-Hunter) and interstaters Lauren Boden, Caitlin Sargent and Jana Pittman. Jacarna Bain-Fenton (Macquarie-Hunter), Sara Klein (Asics Wests) and Sarah Carli ran on the junior A and B teams.
In the high jump NSW teenager Brandon Starc (Parramatta) continued his undefeated season with a 2.18m leap and another world junior qualifier. Matt Outzen (Westfields), who has been injured over the last year, started his season with an excellent throw of 75.75m, to place second.
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Image: Abbie Taddeo (image courtesy of David Tarbotton)