6 November 2017
Illawong nail relay record twice
In less than three hours the Illawong Revesby Workers Athletics Club under-16 girls 4x100m team delivered two state records on a weekend where there were only four records set.
The team of Michaela Cosgrove, Emma Klasen, Elena Delevaris and Isabellah Walker nabbed the under-16 4x100m relay state record in the heat clocking 48.34, just 0.06 seconds under the record. That was just a warmup for the final where they were quicker with 47.62 for a total reduction of the record of 0.78 seconds. The time nearly surpassed the older state relays under-18 record, a team which included the 11.39 second sprinter Diane Holden.
The championships’ first state record was achieved by the Central Coast Club in the men’s under-18 4x1500m walk record. They sliced more than a minute from the record clocking 25:29.40. The Frank Overton coached quartet, of Dylan Richardson (17 years), Jack McGinniskin (14 years) and Oscar Tebbutt (15 years) also included star female race walker Allanah Pitcher (14 - Female).
In the blue-ribbon relay event, the men’s 4x100m, it was an exciting down to the wire race, with Sydney University’s Rohan Browning just holding off Cherrybrook 40.25 to 40.31 seconds.
The line-ups, bristling with internationals were: Sydney Uni - Andrew Annan, Jin Su Jung, Rohan Browning and Nick Hough, and Cherrybrook - Harry Andrews, Nick Andrews, Evan Clothier and Jordan Shelley.
In the women’s open 4x100m, Sydney Uni’s team of Tavleen Singh, Larissa Pasternatsky, Luisa Healey and Michelle Jenneke, defeat UTS Norths to take the title in a time of 46.21. However in the heats, Illawong Reversby Workers Athletics Club clocked 45.79, just missing the 23-year-ago record of 45.68 set by a Cumberland Ryde Hornsby team which likely included Melinda Gainsford-Taylor. Unfortunately, Illawong were unable to challenge the record in the final, after dropping the baton on the first change.
Westfields Sports Athletics Club had two good cracks at the under-18 boys 4x100m relay record. Chasing the 42.07 second mark, they clocked times of 42.79 and 42.92, winning the final ahead of recordholders Trinity. The UTS North masters (200+) women after just missing the 4x200m record, by 0.19 seconds, nailed the 4x100m record clocking 56.29, breaking the clubs’ own record of 56.63 set in 2015.
Good to see some small clubs win relay state titles. Mosman Athletics Club took the under-20 men’s 4x100m and Camden the under-16 girls 4x800m relay. Rejoov Runners also collected a podium finish with second in the women’s 4x800m masters (200+) event.
There was a very close battle in the under-20 men’s 4x800m relay with Bankstown’s Jordan Doris anchoring the team to victory in 7:55.29 over UTS Norths 7:56.21. But in an equally close race, the open men’s 4x800m came down to the line. Bankstown’s Jordan Gusman this time couldn’t hold off Sydney Uni’s Alex Pettigrew.
Overall, it was a very strong championships for Sydney University in the open events winning 19 medals including nine titles. One of their most convincing was the open women’s 4x200m team of Emily Duve, Tavleen Singh, Larissa Pasternatsky and Gen Cowie who won by over four seconds.
Surprise winners in the women’s long jump, were Campbelltown with leading performances by triple jump (Desleigh Owusu) and high jump (Mecedes Sovilj) specialists leaping 5.41m and 5.47m respectively.
Illawong Revesby Workers continued their domination of the women’s high jump titles. They won the open event led by Eva’s Kostopoulos’ 1.60m and in the under-18 Illawarra were pushed by Sydney Pacific. Best on day were Georgia Kalnin (ILL) and Nicole Freestone (SPY) both over 1.70m. In the men’s under-18 Illawong were unable to defend their title as the South Coast just won 7.20m to 7.10m. Nick Horton’s 1.90m for South Coast was key for their victory. In the open men’s high jump, Illawong’s consistent four jumpers with clearances of 1.85m or 1.90m, fell just short of winners Sydney University with the star Alex Cerroti clearing 2.00m. Event legend, Nick Moroney lead his club, Macquarie Hunter to the bronze with his own clearance of 1.90m.
A strong performance by the under-18 women’s javelin by St George, falling just short of the meet record set last year by Asics Wests. Best for St George was Jasmin Lockwood with a throw of 39.36m.
As we have witnessed for over a decade now, Asics Wests have been unstoppable in the men’s javelin. The took gold and silver but this year didn’t threaten their own record. Rhys Stein led the event with his one measured throw of 66.26m.
The under-14 women’s long jump was a tremendous competition with eight teams battling for the medals, with Sutherland winning and just missing the meet record. Sutherland’s strongest was Charlie Hallard who leapt 4.85m, while the event winner was Maddison McIntosh with a mark of 4.95m.
There was a thrilling competition in the women’s open discus with a couple of metres separating the medallists. Sydney University (141.32m) got home for the win ahead of Campbelltown (140.32m) and UTS Norths (138.88m). Best individual in the competition was Campbelltown’s teenage shot put specialist Venita Mailei.
One of the biggest wins of the weekend was by the Newcastle under-18 throwing group of Ashlyn Blackstock, Bella Ferfoglia and Kheilani Haimau-Ikihele winning the shot put by over five metres. Again the best individual was the Australian under-17 champion Venita Mailei from Campbelltown with a mark of 15.40m. She was also the best in the open women’s shot with a distance of 12.97m with the 4kg implement. The Newcastle under-18 throwers added the discus title, winning by over 16 metres.
There was a very close battle in the open women’s javelin with just 38cm deciding the event. The St George squad got the verdict, 134.43m to Sydney Uni’s 134.05m
Image: Illawong open girls 4x100m record breakers