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McDonald tenth in five and men’s relay into final

McDonald tenth in five and men’s relay into final

Author: Athletics NSW Administrator/Saturday, 26 July 2014/Categories: News

26 July 2014

McDonald tenth in five and men’s relay into final

The evening session of day four of the 15th IAAF world juniors currently being held In Oregon USA, saw Sydney distance runner, Morgan McDonald (RBH) record the best Australian 5000 metres performance in 16 years. McDonald placed a tremendous tenth in a time of 14:10.08, just a few seconds outside his personal best. It was the highest placing since Victorian Mark Thompson finished fifth in 1998.

The story of the race was shortly after the first lap, as an all African bunch of eight athletes moved away from the field.

“The pack split into two so I thought I had to do something.” McDonald told AA media officer Pat Birgan. Fortunately McDonald had a small group to run with, but then sprinted home for his great result.

"I'm pretty happy overall. I'll take a lot from that. It was the toughest race tactically I've been in my whole life.”


There was also a tremendous performance by the men’s 4x100m relay progressing into the final. The team comprising two NSW athletes, Josh Clarke (UTN), Anthony Collum (UTN), and two Tasmanians Jesse Usoilli and Jacob Despard, placed fourth in heat two, in a quick 40.18. They progressed into the final as the sixth fastest team. It was also the third fastest relay performance in 17 years, betteried by the 2006 and 2012 world junior teams.


The team was started by Josh Clarke.

"It felt good better than some of my heat runs,” he said. “My change with Jesse was nice and crisp."

Collum ran the third leg.

"I thought the change went really well. I just focused on my lane and ran as fast as I could.”

They run the final from lane two on Sunday 10:35am AEST.


The women’s 4x100m relay unfortunately missed progression to the final after placing third in heat three in 45.54, placing 11th overall. The team included NSW athletes, long jumper Audrey Kyriacou (SOS) and Tavleen Singh (SYU).

“As a team we went really well,” said Kyriacou. “There’s so much going on out there. Together we got the baton across the line."

While Singh commented:

"I’m disappointed. All our changes in practice were good. I’m not sure what happened. I had a strong run around the bend."


David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW

Quotes courtesy of AA media officer Pat Birgan

Image: men’s 4x100m relay (courtesy of Athletics Australia)


Tomorrow’s timetable


07:30     Men      Pole Vault           Final       Jack Hicking

07:35     Women                100 Metres Hurdles        Semi-Final           Kat Hunt

08:05     Women                4x400 Metres Relay        Heats    Georgia Wassall

08:35     Men 4x400 Metres Relay              Heats    James Kermond, Christian Foster

10:35     Men      4x100 Metres Relay        Final       Josh Clarke, Anthony Collum

Profiles of tomorrow’s athletes

Jack Hicking (BAN)

Event: Pole Vault:

PB: 5.26m

2014 World Junior Champs ranking: 14th

Coach: Zsuzsanna Olgyay-Szabo

Previous Coaches: Jerry Idris, Phillip Carrero

Club: Bankstown Sports Senior Athletics Club

Previous Clubs: Bankstown Sports Little Athletics Club

School/s: Panania Public School, GRC Peakhurst Campus, GRC Oatley Campus

University: Australian Catholic University

Interesting facts: I have 3 tear ducts; one of his previous coaches was Rugby League star Jamal Idris’s dad Jerry; his coach world a bronze medals in the pole vault at the world indoor championships


Josh Clarke (UTN)

Events: 100m, 4x100m relay

PB: 10.34

2014 World Junior Champs ranking: 14th

Coach: Nancy Atterton

Previous Coaches: N/A

Club: UTS Norths

Previous Club: Cherrybrook LAs

School: The King's School

Interesting facts: I'm really into horse racing; Josh’s coach, Nancy Atterton, coached Australia’s first world junior champion, Miles Murphy 400m 1986

James Kermond (CBT)

Events: 200m, 4x400m relay

PB: 21.00

2014 World Junior Champs ranking: 31st (on seasonal best 21.15)

Coach: Rob Macey and Darren Kermond track

Previous Coaches: none, had my coaches since I was 8 

Club: Campbelltown Collegians 

Previous Clubs: Bankstown Sports Little Athletics

School: Georges River Grammar 

Interesting facts: I am a massive Liverpool supporter, my dream is to one day watch a game at Enfield with my dad preferably against.

Anthony Collum (UTN)

Event: 4x100m relay

PB: 10.66

Coach: Ron Bendall

Previous coach: none

Club: UTS Norths

Previous Club: Northern Suburbs Little Athletics

School: Saint Pius X College Chatswood

University: UTS

Interesting Fact: Just like my club colours I grow both black and red hair 

 Christian Foster (IBS)

Event: 4x400m Relay

PB: 47.98

Coach: Stuart Miller

Previous Coaches: Lukas Chodat and Marcus Arnold (Albury)

Club/s: Wollongong Athletics

Previous Clubs : Albury LA, Wollongong City LA

School: Edmund Rice College Wollongong

Interesting fact: His mother won Ladies Stawell Gift when I was aged 6

Georgia Wassall (SYU)

Events: 800m, 4x400m relay

PB: 2:01.78

2014 World Junior Champs ranking: 3rd

Coach: Kevin Wills (I've been with Kevin since I was 10 years old)

Club: Sydney University Athletics Club,

Previous club: Asics Wests. 

School: I graduated from Central Coast Grammar School last year. 

University: Sydney University. I'm in my first year studying bachelor of applied science in exercise physiology. 

Interesting fact: My dad was a "mathlete", how embarrassing! 

Katrina Hunt (UTN)

Events: 100m Hurdles, 4x100m relay

PB: 13.69

2014 World Junior Champs ranking: 22nd

Coach: Ron Bendall

Previous Coaches: Andy Burton, Paul Switzer, Peter Healey

Club: UTS Norths 

Previous Clubs: Northern Suburbs Little Athletics Club

School: Roseville College 

Interesting fact: My cousin was a death eater in Harry Potter



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