3 December 2017
The 64th NSW women’s heptathlon championships has lived up to expectations and more, as we build up towards the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. A young group of five all rounders have battled through the seven events over two days to re-write the records books.
Victorian 18-year-old Celeste Mucci has smashed her PB and the 27-year-old Australian under-20 heptathlon record with a score of 5870 points. In third place overnight, she stormed home with a massive windy long jump of 6.48m, a PB javelin throw of 42.32m and a three second PB 800m time of 2:28.22. It was her third Commonwealth Games B qualifier, remaining 130 points short of the A standard. It also moved her to number seven under-20 in the world this year. It was also the highest score by an Australian for nine years.
Taking the NSW title and placing second was 20-year-old Alysha Burnett with a score of 5758 points. It was her fourth Commonwealth Games B qualifier, in an amazing year which has included three scores over 5800 points. Her day two was solid with a 6.00m long jump, 44.98m javelin and 2:29.70 800m.
In third was former Novocastrian and now ACT representative Sophie Stanwell who led the event overnight after compiling a tremendous day one. She kicked off the day with a PB in the 100m hurdles, clocking 14.02. In the high jump she was over 1.70m, a very solid result, then in the last two events, she was just outside her PBs with marks of 12.36m in the shot and a brilliant 23.91 in the 200m. He 200m was just 0.01 seconds outside her PB set in 2013. But competing in her first heptathlon for 20 months, she slipped a little on day two, clearing 5.75m in the long jump, throwing 34.01m in the javelin and clocking 2:19.62 in the 800m. Her score of 5661 was her first Commonwealth Games B qualifier and second best ever score.
Queenslander Tori West, 22, just missed a Commonwealth Games qualifier with a PB score of 5570, while placing fourth as Queanbeyan’s Andrea Thompson, 19, added 94 points to her personal best tallying 5366 points in fifth place. She also moved to number nine under-20 in Australian history.
The Australian under-20 heptathlon record Celeste Mucci broke, was set in 1990 by Peta Kennedy. A very talented sportsperson, who under her married name of Peta Jurson, play netball for Melbourne Phoenix and Melbourne Kestrels. Tragically in 2008 she lost her life to melanoma cancer.
Australian AllTime list – U20 women Heptathlon
5870 Celeste MUCCI V
5788 Peta KENNEDY V
5673m Sharon JAKLOFSKY-SMITH Q
5547 Alysha BURNETT N
5468 Jane JAMIESON N
5459 Casidhe SIMMONS Q
5401 Clare THOMPSON Q
5392 Lauren FOOTE S
5366 Andrea THOMPSON A
5323 Megan WHEATLEY W
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Image: Alysha Burnett (courtesy of David Tarbotton)