11 October 2017
NSW All Schools Championships – Boys preview
There have been a multitude of leadup school carnivals for NSW’s teenage boys ahead of the 2017 NSW All Schools Championships commencing on Thursday. Already many new names are appearing who are on the pathway to national championships and more.
Commonwealth Youth representatives, Jordan Doris, Sebastien Moir, Alex Kolesnikoff, Jackson Sharp and Yadin Ngeng are back on home soil and set to compete for their school.
NSW, traditionally the strong state in sprinting, has another great crop emerging and a number of them are in the Trinity Grammar school program. Commonwealth Youth Games hurdler, Sebastien Moir is just concentrating on sprints and has hit some good times recently, including 21.78 in the 200m. Another Trinity star, Byron Hollingworth-Dessent has been quick recently clocking 11.04. Westfields Sports High junior international Yadin Ngeng will be one of the favourites in the 17 years sprints after an outstanding 2016/17 summer. Most impressive this school season in the 18 years has been Joshua Azzopardi at the CCC clocking 10.84 in the 100m and over 200m notching up a win over Will Roberts.
In the 15 years 100m Wagga’s outstanding sprinter Godfrey Okerenyang was pushed to the line in the CIS by Cranbrook’s Robert Patterson. The NSW All Schools will feature a rematch. However they will be joined on the line by CHS champion, Felix Long who won an outstanding four titles in the 100m/200m/400m/100m hurdles.
Another outstanding athlete is the 16 years is specialist hurdler, Mark Fokas who has also been scintillating form in the sprints at the CHS. The Kingsgrove High athlete, won the 100m (11.06), 200m (22.13) and smashed the open 400m hurdles record set in 2000 with a time of 53.53.
In the hurdles Trinity’s Albert Swann won the 17 years CAS 110m hurdles by a whole second in a time of 14.27. The 15 years CAS title was captured by Ethan Bateman with a time of 14.30. GPS 13 years 90m hurdles champion, Ethan Quintana just missed the GPS record with 13.16.
Over 400m in the 16 years age, expect Keegan Bell to step it up from his CHS win in a very comfortable 50.15. In the 17 years Central Coast’s Tyler Gunn, held off Rouse Hill High’s Mitchell Olbrich in quick early season times of 48.48 and 48.76, respectively.
In the middle distance, Angus Beer and Luke Young have been outstanding in leadup meets, but they have not been the only ones.
Beer, 15-years, set two records at the GPS, 1:55.37 (800m) and 4:00.50 (1500m). Then added the CIS double in times of 1:56.37 and 4:01.15. Similarly, Young has been in tremendous form with CHS wins at 800m (1:56.78) and 1500m (3:58.43 record). However, there is a few athletes clipping at his heels. In the CHS 800m, Leeton’s Josh Baulch ran 1:58.92 for second. In the 1500m, Caringbah’s Oli Raimond also dipped under the CHS record, clocking 3:59.85. Just 1.42 seconds separated them. But over 3000m there was an even closer battle between Young and Raimond with Young completing the treble in 8:49.31, with Raimond in 8:50.10.
Then from seemly nowhere two more 16-year-old athletes appeared at the CCC, both who will be pushing for a podium finish. Armidale’s Lawson Fittler clocked 1:56.18 over 800m and in the 1500m Lismore’s Elliott McGaughran 3:59.89. These 16 years 800m and 1500m races are going to be highlights at the NSW All Schools.
Commonwealth youth representatives Jordan Doris and Jackson Sharp, who will run in the 17 years, have also been looking good. Doris ran 1:56.88 (800m) and a solid 48.55 in the 400m, pushed to the line by a new find, Damien Mizzi with 48.64. Sharp ran 4:00.64 (1500m) and 1:54.70 in the 800m, where he also had some company and a new name Obssa Youssof who ran 1:56.07.
Trinity’s Theo Kidd had a field day at the CAS Championships last month winning six gold and a silver medal. His matchup with a number of athletes across a range of events has set up some exciting events in the 14-years boys age. He won two CAS high jump titles, with clearances of 1.79 and 1.80m, then at the CIS he upped the stakes clearing an outstanding 1.95m. Kidd won 14 years and 15 years 100m hurdles at the CAS, then he improved to 13.73 at the CIS but was edged by Riley Hemsworth who ran 13.61. At the GPS Hemsworth ran quicker, 13.55, to take the record. CHS winner, Mitchell Lightfoot (Maitland High) will be one to watch too.
The 14 years 100m is an exciting showdown between CAS champion, Theo Kidd (Trinity), CIS champion, Max Mandera (Barker), CHS champion Jack Hornery (Port Hacking) and CCC winner Laud Codjoe. What a showdown the NSW All Schools will be. National champion, Codjoe is all class in the long and triple jump events.
World Youth shot put champion, Alexander Kolesnikoff will be favourite to win a 17 years treble in the discus, shot and hammer. In his speciality he has been over 18 metres in the shot at the GPS and CIS. Amongst the new wave of throws emerging are 13 years gold shot putter Patrick Spence (Oakhill College) who hit 16.06m in the CIS. Australian champion Lucas Rose warmed up with a 10 metres win in the CHS discus with a throw of 49.28m. In the 14 years, all round thrower Picnic Point’s Jason Parmaxidis brings in good form where he won the shot/discus/javelin treble at the CHS. Most impressive was his 51.24m discus throw.
In the jumps, there was a GPS record in the 13 years long jump by Newington’s Renato Pane, leaping 5.99m to win by an astonishing 65cm. in the 15 years high jump St Joseph’s college’s Luca Burnett cleared a record height of 1.94m. What a matchup it will be against Kobi Sharp who also cleared 1.94m in the 15 years CHS carnival. NSW long jump record holder Alex Willett won a close CHS 16 years long jump with just 6cm separating the medallists.
A couple of Central Coast race walkers look unbeatable. Joel Kemp clocked 6:38.57 in the CHS 15 years 1500m walk, while Oscar Teebult won the 17 years 3000m walk in an easy 13:20.52.
The country is often strong in distance races and that is confirmed by the medallist in the CHS 2000m steeplechase. The winner was Glen Innes High’s Matt Champion in 6:22.11, ahead of Duval High’s Stuart Geddes (6:27.23) and Woolgoolga High’s Isaiah Koopmans in 6:29.70.
EVENT PROFILE – NSW All Schools Track & Field Championships
When? 12 to 15 October 2017
Where? Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre
More information: timetable, entries, history of the event, age groups, rules, records here.
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Image: Mark Fokas (courtesy of David Tarbotton)