An Australian Under 20 Record from Laura Cornford (Bankstown Sports) in the Women’s Under 20 Javelin was the highlight performance of Day 2 of the NSW Open & U18 Championships.
Cornford, in the last throw of the competition, hurled the javelin a massive 57.37m to break the former record of 56.01m set by Annabel Thompson in 2004. The throw now puts her within reach of the qualifying distances for the Osaka World Championships, which lie at 61.00m (A) and 59.00m (B).
The Men’s 3000m Steeplechase saw the NSW and Queensland Record holders in the event head to head against each other in an enticing duel. Youcef Abdi (Randwick-Botany Harriers) and Peter Nowill (Queensland) alternated the lead each lap, running at a solid pace until Abdi pulled away over the final lap to record a 5 second victory. Abdi’s time of 8:33.32 was a promising season opener. In the Women’s event Marnie Ponton (ACT) produced a stunning solo run of 10:08.54 to win by 200 metres ahead of Katherine Conder (St George).
A gun to tape effort from ACT’s Zoe Buckman showed she was a class above the rest of the field, taking out the Women’s 800m by over three seconds in a time of 2:06.52. Claiming the NSW title was Alicia Bromley (UTS Norths). Minutes later her brother Nick made it family double, with a desperate lunge at the line holding off a fast finishing Mark Abercromby (Sydney University) by a slim margin of 2 hundredths of a second in a time of 1:49.82. Clocking a personal best and his third World Youth Qualifier in fifth place was James Kaan (Hills District) with a run of 1:50.95.
The Men’s Shot Put was a close competition between the evergreen Stuart Gyngell (Gosford) and Commonwealth Games representative Clay Cross (South Sydney). Gyngell trailed behind Cross’ second round throw of 18.10m until he heaved the shot 18.35m in the fourth round to take the title. In third place was Bankstown junior Emanuele Fuamatu with a throw of 16.43m.
The Women’s 100m was taken out by Preya Carey (Hills District) in 11.87 seconds after she had clocked a wind assisted run of 11.69 in the heats. Ambrose Ezenwa (Bankstown Sports) took out the Men’s title in 10.52 from club mate Isaac Ntiamoah and Henry Mitchell (Sydney Pacific).
A fast start and a strong finish saw Trisha Holt (Hunter Track & Field) pull away from Annabelle Smith (Sydney University) to win the Women’s 400m in 54.71. Joel Milburn (Asics Wests) took out the Men’s title by over a second in 46.97.
Eliza Stewart comfortably took out the Women’s 10000m in a time of 33:13.86, while on the first day of competition a solo effort from Sydney Strider’s Glen Guzzo saw him capture the Men’s 10000m title, breaking the 30 minute barrier with a run of 29:44.12.
Recording dominant victories in their events were Luke Adams (Bankstown Sports) and Jane Saville (Randwick-Botany Harriers). The pair were the first two competitors across the line in the concurrently held 5000m Walk, taking out the Men’s and Women’s titles repectively.
In Under 18 events, Jacinta Doyle (Sutherland) had a busy day, capturing three gold medals, including two qualifying performances for the World Youth Championships. Doyle won the 200m in 24.14, clinching a qualifier after a number of near misses this season. Doyle also took out the 100m Hurdles in a time of 13.66 (another World Youth Qualifier) and the Long Jump with a leap of 5.65m.
Mary Fien - at work and at play
Photos courtesy of David Tarbotton