27 September 2018
NSW All Schools day 1 review – three records
The 2018 2XU NSW All Schools Track and Field Championships opened at Homebush today in perfect weather and the athletes took advantage of the conditions breaking three records, reports David Tarbotton for Athletics NSW.
It came down to a clutch jump for triple jumper Charlotte McGill (Kambala) and she was equal to the challenge. After three rounds in the 16-years event, McGill was in second, 72cm behind the event leader Jezebel Navusolo (Lakes Anglican Grammar). But on her last attempt McGill bounded out to a massive PB of 12.40m to take the win and the meet record.
Was McGill feeling under pressure before that last jump? “I was, but I looked at dad and he gave me the thumbs up that no one can jump further than me,” the result was now within her hands to finish second or move up and take the win.
“I felt relaxed, knowing I was through (to the nationals) and just gave it all I had. The jump felt good, but my first foul felt a lot smoother.”
The year 11 student has just emerged from recent exams and has been happy with her training this year. What are her triple jump goals this year? “I feel I am capable of 12.75-12.85m this season,” which will set her up for the 2019/20 season which leads into the World U20 Championships year. “That is the end goal.”
Youth Olympics Games bound-Anthony Vlatko had a comfortable win in the 17-years 800m in 1:56.24 and later declared his preparations are on track for his international debut.
“It was tougher conditions than I thought today, so I sat in then kicked. I had the speed (to win) so it worked out well.”
In preparation for the Youth Olympics in two weeks, Vlatko has had a schedule of quality races at the CHS, then GPS school meets.
“I’ve run a 1:55 pretty easy so 1:50 or 1:49 is on the cards as I have been training really well.”
There was a second meet record in the triple jump, when Clara Nourdine (Mt St Benedict) broke a 12-year-old mark. Nourdine, coached by Nicole Boegman-Stewart, compiled a very consistent series of 11.43, 11.47w, 11.43 and 11.43. Her second round leap, although slightly wind assisted, took the old meet record of 11.45m and a win in the 13-years event. In the 17-years boys triple jump, Connor Murphy (Trinity Grammar) also compiled a consistent series and added two centimetres to his PB bounding out to 14.83m. It is a distance only two athletes have surpassed at the meet ever.
In the 13-years hammer throw Samuel Perkins (Rooty Hill) smashed the meet record by six metres hitting 46.91m. All his four throws exceeded the old standard of 40.82m. In the 15-years, Thomas Shannon (Knox) came tantalising close to the record reaching 60.85m in round two and falling just 12cm short of the record. It was also within two metres of his PB.
“It was consistent today, but I need more speed in the circle,” Shannon said. He has just emerged from a CAS season where only shot put is on the athletics program. “I’m now focusing on hammer and shot towards the nationals. I think the events are even, although in hammer I have achieved better results at nationals.”
There was some terrific hammer throwing by the girls. In the 14-years, Breanna Griffiths (Casula H) was within one metre of the meet record with her throw of 47.21m. In the 15-years there was an incredibly close battle between two training partners in the Karyne DiMarco/Breanne Clement squad. Renee Hardy (Windsor H) led in the first round with a throw of 50.84m, but by round three Teagan Neich (Greystanes H) had taken the lead with 51.09m. In round four, Hardy seized the lead back with a throw of 51.52m. What could Neich do on the last throw of the event? The answer was a very good attempt to take the win, but alas fell short spinning the hammer out to 51.38m. Teagan’s brother Brendon Neich, won the 17-years hammer by 10 metres with a throw of 55.47m.
Kings School’s Nickolai Simmons made attempts at a vault meet record and the highest ever in the history of the meet. After opening at 3.80m in the 17-year pole vault, he cleared 4.60m on his first attempt, but missed three attempts at 4.76m, above the record of 4.75m
In the race walks Emma Blanch (Caringbah High) was the quickest of the day clocking 14:29.57 to win the 15-years, however equal to that performance was the good time of 14:53.85 by Emma Thomas (Muirfield Tech H) to win the 13-years. In the boys, Jack McGinniskin (West Wallsend H) just missed the 16-years 5000m walk meet record by two seconds, clocking a time of 22:53.83.
It has been an impressive debut season at the 400m hurdles for Trinity’s Theo Kidd in the 16-years event, clocking 57.30 for the win. Maitland High’s Mitchell Lightfoot won the 15-years 200m hurdles by 1.52 seconds in a time of 25.94. In just his second year of hurdling, the former sprint specialist, has learnt the skill quickly.
Best on ground in the steeplechase events was 17-years winner Paris Tier (St Clares Waverley) 7:15.95 and 19-years champion Hannah Cerezo (Abbotsleigh) with 7:17.61. The first girls 800m gold medal handed out was claimed by Jessica Bird (PLC) in the 14-years in a slick time of 2:13.82.
Day two commences at 9.30am Friday.
EVENT PROFILE – NSW All Schools Track & Field Championships
When? 27-30 September 2018
Where? Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre
More information: timetable, entries, age groups, rules here.
History NSW All Schools Championships.
David Tarbotton for Athletics NSW
Image: Triple jump champion and record breaker Charlotte McGill (image courtesy of David Tarbotton)