24 May 2011
WEEKEND ROUND UP: World Youth athletes, Commonwealth Youth Games selections and NSW Team Walks Championship
World Youth athletes start well in the Hunter
Competing at the Athletics NSW Hunter Winter series last Saturday, NSW athletes made a tremendous start to their World Youth Championships preparations with a number of athletes recording personal bests.
Youth Olympic games finalist, Elliott Lang (Asics Wests), added 1.51m to his javelin personal best with an excellent throw of 72.74m as he moved to number four ranked athlete in the world this year.
Anna Laman (Parramatta), who will run the 1500m at the World Youth Championships, clocked a 3000m personal best of 9:35.57, just behind World junior cross country representative, Celia Sullohern (Blue Mountains) who ran 9: 30.26. The pair clocked the two fastest junior times in Australia this year.
Requiring a departure standard of 10.99 to confirm his position in the team, Jarrod Geddes (Illawong), smashed his personal best of 10.77, to clock 10.67 into a light breeze. Geddes, placed second to Liam Gander (Macq Hunter) who clocked 10.62, outside his season’s best of 10.43.
Half-miler, Jenny Blundell (Cherrybrook), had little trouble in running under the World Youth departure standard of 2:11.12, with a time of 2:09.78, just one second outside her season’s best. South Coast’s Sarah Carli (Kembla Joggers) just missed her 400m hurdles standard of 62.24, with a time of 62.88. Requiring a leap of 2.02m in the high jump, World Youth Championships bound David Snowdon (Asics Wests) cleared a tremendous 2.08m.
Combined events athletes, Jake Stein (Asics Wests) and Melissa Farrington (Bankstown) were busy with a few events. Stein clocked 14.71 in the 110m hurdles, leapt 6.75m in the long jump, threw 58.34m in the javelin and finished the day with 3:03.40 in his 1000m debut. Farrington ran a swift 100m hurdles of 14.45, high jumped 1.55m, putt 9.58m in the shot and threw 28.88 in the javelin.
In other performances, Samoan Emmanuele Fuamatu (Bankstown) putt 17.87m in the shot, while in the discus, local Macquarie Hunter athletes Liam Speers and Ben Fitzgerald-Hall were just outside their personal bests with throws of 51.67m (1.75kg) and 50.30m (1.5kg) respectively.
NSW State Team Walks Championship
On Sunday, Narellan hosted the State Team Walks Championship as the Adidas NSW winter season kicked off for race walkers.
In the men’s 10km walk, Canberra-based Mingara athlete, Ian Rayson celebrated his recent World University Games selection with a win in a time of 44:36. Second NSW athlete across the line, Kyle Malone, led home a team win for Nepean who outscored the NSW Masters team. First across the line was World Championship and Commonwealth games representative Chris Erickson, who clocked 41:54. There was a good result by teenager, Steven Washburn (Nepean) who clocked 47:50.
In the women’s 10km walk, Blacktown’s Cheryl Webb was an easy winner in a quick 46:19, just outside her four-year-old personal best time of 46:03. The NSW masters team claimed the team title with three top-10 places.
In the under-18 men’s 5km walk, Central Coast pair Jay Felton (Gosford) and Tyler Jones (Wyong) battled out the championship with Felton taking the victory 24:26 to 24:33. Very impressive in the under-18 women’s race was World Youth bound Amy Bettiol (Sydney Pacific) who clocked a time of 25:13 to take the win.
Ten NSW athletes selected for the Commonwealth Youth Games
Ten NSW athletes will travel will represent Australia at the fourth Commonwealth Youth Games. The competition is usually held in the country of the next Commonwealth Games in the lead up to the event. Edinburgh was the first host in 2000, but this September, Isle of Man will host the games, ahead of the 2014 Glassgow Commonwealth Games.
A number of NSW athletes who just missed World Youth selection, were rewarded with a place in this team.
2011 Commonwealth Youth Games
Isle of Man, September 7-13, 2011
100m: Josh Clarke (NSW), Julian Roussety (NSW)
200m: Rod Wainwright (NSW)
110m hurdles: Jack Edwards (NSW)
400m hurdles: Jack Bengal (NSW)
100m hurdles: Abbie Taddeo (NSW)
2000m steeplechase: Kate Spencer (NSW)
Triple jump: Natalie Apikotoa (NSW)
Discus throw: Taylah Sengul (NSW)
5000m walk: Amy Beittol (NSW)
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Image: Melissa Farrington (image courtesy of David Tarbotton)