22 July 2018
Bankstown and Sydney University in record form on the streets
Bankstown and Sydney University have taken the honours in the Waratah Series Street Relays, held yesterday at Ourimbah on the Central Coast. The winning teams clocked two of the fastest ever times in the eight-years this course has hosted the NSW state road relays on its 68th edition of the championships.
MEN - open
On a perfect day for fast times, 12 athletes dipped under 12 minutes on their 4km legs. But with all of the Bankstown team under that barrier, it ensured a comfortable 75 seconds win in a course record time of 45:49, surpassing the 46:27 recorded by Randwick Botany in 2012.
From the gun, Bankstown were off to a conservative start as Reece Langdon (BAN) faced up to the challenge of the quickest athletes in most teams. Langdon clocked 11:41 to pass the baton in fourth place, behind Ed Goddard (UTN) 11:30, Matt Hudson (RBH) 11:30 and Joe Burgess (SYU) 11:37. But on the second leg, 1500m specialist Rorey Hunter took the Bankstown team into the lead a position they would not surrender until the tape. Hunter clocked the second fastest split of the day, 11:22, as the team held a nine second lead over Randwick Botany at the end of the second leg. On the third leg, marathoner, Matt Cox, extended the Bankstown lead to 48 seconds, as Jordan Gusman sprinter home for the team in the fastest split of the day - an extraordinary time of 11:03.
The placings for second and third were set on the second leg as Randwick Botany, who had won 11 consecutive titles from 2006 to 2016, claimed silver in 47:04, ahead of Sydney University winning the bronze with 48:25. For Botany, teenager Zachary Facioni recorded the equal third best time of the day – 11:30.
11:03 Jordan Gusman BAN
11:22 Rorey Hunter BAN
11:30 Ed Goddard UTN
11:30 Matt Hudson RBH
11:30 Zachary Facioni RBH
11:37 Joe Burgess SYU
11:41 Reece Langdon BAN
11:42 Guy Walters NEW
11:42 Ed Vining RBH
11:43 Matt Cox BAN
11:46 Brad Milosevic GIR
11:52 Andrew Lang MIN
WOMEN – open
While the men’s race was a battle early, the women’s race was never in doubt from the first leg as Sydney University’s Paige Campbell totally outclassed the opposition with a split of 12:54, nearly a minute ahead of second placed UTS Norths. Team members would go on to clock the second and third fastest splits of the day. On the second leg for Sydney University, national under-20 cross country champion, Lara Hamilton ran 13:22, Sarah Marvin was on duty on leg three (13:56 split) and Holly Campbell brought the team home in 13:28 for a two-minute victory in 53:40 – a time on this course that only they have bettered in 2016 (53:27).
As comfortable as Sydney University taking the gold, were UTS North winning the silver. All four team members were around 14 minutes with lead off runner Elise Gallen the quickest in 13:43, from teenager Abbey Rockliff (13:45).
What was in doubt was the bronze medallists. In a strong position over the first three legs, Sydney University B team held a minute lead over Woodstock Runners and two minutes over Newcastle, Easts, Central Coast and Sydney Pacific as the anchor runners started their leg.
But Woodstock Runners’ anchor Bronwyn Hager would be the different, clocking a brilliant 13:55 to bring the team home for a historic bronze medal. The recreational club, had broken through for their inaugural open women’s medal – a terrific achievement.
12:54 Paige Campbell SYU
13:22 Lara Hamilton SYU
13:28 Holly Campbell SYU
13:43 Elese Gallen UTN
13:45 Abbey Rockliff UTN
13:55 Bronwyn Hager WOO
13:56 Sarah Marvin SYU
David Tarbotton for Athletics NSW
Image: Paige Campbell (image courtesy of David Tarbotton)