12 February 2018
Gunn fires over 400m at NSW Juniors
Across the weekend of the NSW junior championships we were treated to tremendous performances across all disciplines by the wealth of NSW talent in our state.
Central Coast’s Tyler Gunn highlighted the weekend’s quarter-mile running with a brilliant 46.87 time to win the under-20 championships. His quick time was the fastest by an Australian junior for over two-and-a-half years and one of the fastest in Australian this summer. It also dipped under the IAAF World U20 Championships standard of 47.35. Guided by leading race-walking coach Frank Overton, Gunn has enjoyed a tremendous month, winning the NSW open championships (47.18) and a quick, marginally wind assisted, 100 metres of 10.73 at the NSW Country Championships.
In the under-18 long jump, Para-athletics World Championship medallist Erin Cleaver (MQH) achieved a Commonwealth Games B qualifier for the T38 para long jump. Three attempts in her series were over the standard of four metres highlighted by her best of 4.20m.
The Denis Knowles-coached Sally Shokry (HIL) continues to pepper the 46 metres barrier in the under-17 discus as she pursues the Youth Olympic Games qualifying standard of 46.76m. On the weekend she hit 46.15m, her fifth over the barrier.
Commonwealth Youth Games champion, Alex Kolesnikoff (TRI) and Aiden Harvey (SYU) nailed world junior qualifiers in the shot put. Both just reached 19 metres over the standard of 18.35m (with the 6kg implement). Kolesnikoff took the honours with 19.11m, ahead of Harvey on 19.01m. Kolesnikoff also won the discus with 52.90m.
One of the standout emerging athletes at the championships was Sutherland sprinter Jack Hornery who convincingly won the under-16 100m (11.49) and 200m (22.19). One of the finds of athletics over the last year has been the Rob Marks coached Josh Azzopardi (CAM). He won the under-20 sprint double over high-quality fields in impressive times. In the 100m heats Three athletes including one international dipped under 10.80. Japan’s Masato Ekawa won in 10.75, ahead of Azzopardi with 10.78 while Hugo Whitehead (SYU) returning to form running 10.79. In the final a just illegal wind of 2.1m/s pushed Azzopardi to 10.50 with Trinity’s Chris Ius second with 10.73. In the 200m the final was a stacked international field with Azzopardi again victorious in 21.66 into a very strong 2.1m/s headwind. He defeated Saod Al Humaidi (QAT) 21.76 and Whitehead 21.82. In the under-14 boys sprints, the photo had to be called to split the top-two. Armidale’s Andre Cooper got the 100m decision by 0.008 second in 12.96 over Douglas Park’s Lachlan Jones with the same time. Cooper took the 200m in 25.80. A feature of the 100m was that six athletes in the top-10 ran for clubs in the Macarthur area, including two medallists from Douglas Park. In the 200m five of the top-seven were also from Macarthur.
The sprints theme continued in the 400 metre events across a few age groups. Emma O’Reilly (SSR) won the under-16 by nearly two seconds, clocking 56.60. In the under-17s National champion Caitlyn Ferrier (ASW) was even quicker with 55.80 and she also won a very close 200m in 24.87 ahead of Emma Klasen (ILL) 24.89. There was a major PB of 53.95 by Commonwealth Youth Games 800m champion Carley Thomas (UTN). She slashed her PB from 54.12 set in December. It was also another IAAF World U20 Championships qualifier. Later at the carnival she added the 800m title. A few other 400m athletes went on to win a doubles. Shayan Adhikari (CBT) won the boys under-14 400m in 55.92 and the 800m (2:14.17). Two athletes were also able to compile trebles, Chelsea Ezeoke (WOL) in the under-14 100m (13.35), 200m (25.59) and 400m (58.98), along with Donovan Bradshaw (CHE) in the under-15 100m (11.84), 200m (23.61) and 400m (53.57).
There is an emerging friendly rivalry developing between three under-16s athletes in the para sprints and jumps. In the 100m and 200m, Mali Lovell (UTN) defeated junior international Alissa Jordaan (UTN), with Holly Saunders (CHE) third. Lovell’s dominance continued with wins in the 400m and 800m. Saunders was back to the top of the podium in the long jump with a winning distance of 2.47m. She also added gold in the shot and discus. Wollongong’s Karlee Symonds won the under-20 para events from 100m to 800m, including wins in the 100m and 200m over Paralympian Tamsin Colley (HIL)
Tyler Gunn’s train partner, Allanah Pitcher (MIN) won the under-16 3000m walk, 50 seconds ahead of another of Australia’s leading junior race walkers Emma Blanch (SGD) in times of 13:58.88 and 14:47.98 respectively. The Central Coast provide many of the walk champions, including Izabella Dunne (MIN) under-14 3000m walk, Joel Kemp (MIN) in the under-16 3000m walk and Oscar Tebbutt (GOS) in the under-18 5000m walk.
There was an impressive all round performance by Annika Lynch (UTN) winning the under-16 90m hurdles, 200m hurdles and high jump. Her 90m hurdles win was over a very strong field where just 0.34 seconds separating the top-six. Joshua Kalozi from Goulburn claimed a similar treble winning the under-14s 90m hurdles (14.08), 200m hurdles (31.45) and triple jump (10.89). The best hurdling of the weekend was displayed by Emily Britton (CHE) in the under-18 100m hurdles to defeat club-mate Mia Hemsworth 14.00 to 14.43. Fifth in the race, Susie Douglas (UTN) ran a very good 63.75 in the 400m hurdles in her debut season over the longer distance.
Leading Australian heptathlete, Celeste Mucci travelled from Melbourne to compete in the under-20 100m clocking a tremendous 11.85 in the heat and 11.90 in the final, turning back NSW’s Kristie Edwards’ (UTN) 11.95.
National champion, Venita Mailei (CBT) had no trouble winning the under-18 shot put (14.88m), but was pushed until the last round in a thrilling discus competition with Orange’s Ebony Hay. Mailei let at the half-way point 40.79m to 39.17m. But the competition came alive in round four with Hay taking the lead with a mark of 41.54m, She extended the lead to 41.76m on her last attempt, but on the last throw of the competition, Mailei responded with 41.82m, to win by just 6cm.
Central Coast’s Ashlyn Blackstock was impressive with 13.60m in the under-15 shot, and in the discus, her and Maliyah Osbaldiston (BAN) were both over 40 metres with distances of 40.45m and 43.15m respectively.
NSW open triple jump champion, Desleigh Owusu (CBT) won the under-18 event by over one metre with a best of 12.17m. There were a number of other strong triple jump performances. Connor Murphy (TRI) won the under-18 (14.43m), while in the under-17 Ryan Marshall (SYP) bounded a 14.12 wind assisted. Three athletes managed the claim the long/triple jump double. Lauryn Kasozi (HIL) in the under-14s 5.17m/10.82m, Laud Codjoe (NEP) under-16s 6.56m/13.15m and Nakeisha Brimble (CAM) in the under-15s (5.06m/11.21m)
The very consistent Alex Petersen (SYU) reached 12.27w in the under-20s and Alexandra York (TRI) 11.96m in the under-16 event.
On the same weekend the national women’s javelin record was broken, there was two excellent performances by the under-18 girls. Jasmine Lockwood (SGD) won with a throw of 46.43m, in a series which included three throws over 45m. In second was Lianna Davidson (ASW) with a distance of 45.92m.
In the distance events there was treble by Imogen Stewart (ILL). She won the under-14 800m (2:16.14) and 1500m (4:38.55) and stepped up to claim the under-15 3000m in 10:33.00. Quickest at the championships over 1500m was Sarah McDermott (UTN) who enjoyed the benefit of the Japanese visitors with Yume Goto pushing her all the way to the line, with McDermott taking the honours 4:24.58 to 4:24.94. There was a good double by Abbey Rockliff (ASW) in the under-18s 1500m (4:33.96) and 3000m (9:53.52). Her brother Sam won the under-16 3000m in a time of 9:13.71. South Coast’s Australian champion Jaylah Hancock-Cameron (BAN) won her usual middle-distance double in the under-17 800m (2:08.38) and 1500m (4:28.89)
Westfields emerging hurdles star, Latecia Lolohea won a close double in the under-14, 80m hurdles (12.86) and 200m hurdles (33.39).
Two track stars in the under-17s were unstoppable claiming doubles. South Sydney’s Felix Long dominated the 100m running 11.17, but was pushed to the line by Wagga’s Godfrey Okereyang with Long winning 22.41 to 22.50. Okereyang won the long jump with 6.61m and stepped up and win the under-18 100m in 10.95. Also in the under-17s, the talented Newington middle-distance runner Angus Beer won the 800m (1:55.77) and 1500m (3:58.42). Tracking closely behind Beer is Joshua Atkinson (HIL) in the under-16s winning the same double in times of 1:58.58 and 4:20.23.
Adamstown’s Emily Whelan cleared the best high jump of the weekend, 1.76m to win the under-20 event. Novocastrian Leyton Lloyd with a four gold medal haul in the para under-20 events. He won the 100m (12.18), 200m (24.83), javelin (25.71m) and an impressive 5.50m in the long jump.
In the high jumps, there were two athletes over two metres. Harrison Brierley (ILL) cleared 2.06m in the under-20s, while Angus Clark (TRI) was over 2.04m in the under-18s. There was a close battle for the medals in the under-18 2000m steeplechase with a couple of seconds separating the leading three. Armidale’s Henry Sindel won in 6:23.51, ahead of Luke Gosper (BAN) 6:25.27 and Joshua Mumford (Byron) 6:26.03.
View the full results here.
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Image: Tyler Gunn (image courtesy of David Tarbotton)