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NSW All Schools Day 4 Review: Record day

NSW All Schools Day 4 Review: Record day

Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Monday, 16 October 2017/Categories: News

15 October 2017

NSW All Schools Day 4 Review: Record day


Warmer conditions and tail winds were welcomed by the athletes on day four of the NSW All Schools Championships being held at the Athletics Centre at Sydney Olympic Park. The athletes responded with a series of meet records in the 1500m and a marked improvement in 400m times.


There were three records in the 1500 metres, highlighted by Luke Young who was returning from his tremendous second place in the 3000m. He took the 16 years 1500m in defiant fashion and thus is building up a friendly rivalry with 3000m winner and 1500m runnerup, Byron Bay’s Elliott McGaughran. Young ran an outstanding 3:50.08, nearly three seconds under the record. McGaughran was also quick in second with a personal best of 3:54.27.

“I had to go out and redeem myself,” Young said. “Tactics were to hold on and kick it down. It was a three seconds personal best. I could have gone quicker but was hurting on the last lap.”

He is now just a couple seconds from likely putting himself in the frame for national team selection. “I’m aiming for a world junior qualifier this summer.”


Newington’s Angus Beer clinched the middle-distance double and his second record, winning the 15 years 1500m in 4:00.85. He sliced three and a half seconds from the meet record. In the 17 years girls Sarah McDermott just ducked under the 27-year-old meet record held by Suzy Walsham. McDermott clocked 4:25.74.


One of the most convincing wins in the 400m events was recorded by Hawkesbury High’s Caitlyn Ferrier in 15 years age, clocking a meet record 55.55 with a margin of nearly two seconds.

“It felt really good. I didn’t go out too fast in the heat, but still had the fastest time,” said Ferrier who trains with Marilyn Pearson.

“I enjoy training and Maz – she is a great coach.” She had an obvious goal this season at the national championships. “To win national gold, to add to a few silvers I have won.”

Recording the fastest 400m of the day was Carley Thomas in the 17 years, clocking 55.17. “I felt good and less dead than I expected.”

The dual Commonwealth Youth gold medallist was able to reflect on an undoubted highlight of the year.

“It was amazing and an awesome experience. I didn’t know what to expect as I hadn’t checked my ranking.” She also revealed the preparations had not gone smoothly. “I had broken my toe.”


In the boys, overall sub-49 times have not been common place at the NSW schools, but we witnessed seven athletes under that mark. The fastest time of the day was recorded by Mitchell Olbrich as he ran 48.49, passing Tyler Gunn who pulled his hamstring 20 metres from the line but miraculously held on for second in 48.57. In third Thomas Corel was also under 49 seconds clocking 48.88. In the 17 years Sebastien Moir ran a personal best of 48.61 to clinch the 200/400m double. He held off the faster, on paper, Jordan Doris, who ran 48.72. A few months ago, they were team mates on the Australian mixed 4x400m relay team which won gold at the Commonwealth Youth Games. Third in the race on Sunday, was Damien Mizzi, who had run 48.90 in the morning heats, and 49.51 in the final. In the 16-years 400m, Keegan Bell was untroubled in winning in a quick 48.67.


On paper Mark Fokas’ achievement in the 16 years 110m hurdles looked odd. He clocked a meet record 13.95 in the heat, but could only record 14.85 in the final, albeit winning. But the story of the race is the power of Fokas to remain on his feet after smashing the seventh hurdle and overcome a major stumble to finish the race and hold on for the win. An extraordinary achievement.


Very impressive was the 17 years 110m hurdles win by Trinity’s Albert Swann who has been a steady improving athlete over the last few years. He clocked 14.09, just outside his personal best. There was some nippy hurdling in the 15 years by winner Nicolette Donofrio who ran 12.93 after clocking 12.87 in the heat.


There was a stunning run by 15-year-old Abi Stevanovic in the 16 years 100m hurdles clocking 14.21. Her 16-year-old training partners in the Mick Zisti squad, Emily Britton and Imogen Breslin went one-two in the 17 years 100m hurdles.

Britton was pleased by her time of 14.25 seconds.

“It was a good time, considering I sprained my ankle a month ago when warming up at the CIS Championships.”

She felt her improvement has been due to the strong squad, Zisti’s coaching and “doing some gym work at school.”

She has set a goal for the March junior national championships. “I’m aiming for low 13 seconds,” said the year 10 student hoping to study physio or sports science at university. She is also a tremendous all round sportsperson.

“I played soccer last winter, but not sure if I will play next year.“


Eastern suburbs sprinter/jumper Sara Dougan confirmed a very successful return to the track with an excellent treble in the 16 years 100m (12.20), 200m (25.61) and long jump (5.47m). Another to claim a treble was shot put record breaker Alexander Kolesnikoff. He also won the 17 years discus and hammer throw.


Probably the strongest and most competitive age in the high jump is the 15 years girls and Wollongong’s Rosie Tozer endured the close competition to win with her third attempt clearance at 1.71m, before missing her attempts at a new meet record of 1.77m.


The sprinters enjoyed the tailwinds with some quick times and close battles. None were more impressive than rising Camden High star Josh Azzopardi who ran a slightly wind assisted 10.68 to win the 19 years 100m. He has been a revelation this year, under coach Rob Marks. Under the coaching of Melinda Gainsford-Taylor, Kristie Edwards ran a tremendous 11.89 to win the 17 years 100m, ahead of the returning Maisie Stevens in 12.07. A surprise winner was Ellis Teudt in the 16 years 100m in 11.04. The Felix Long fans in the crowd roared their approval when the final time for his 15 years 100m win was rounded down to 10.99. Tamworth’s Emma Klasen, after silver in the 200m, nailed the 15-years 100m title in 12.23, ahead of Isabellah Walker’s 12.35.


A few other performances of note:

  • Jayla Hancock – Cameron added the 15 years 1500m to win the middle-distance double.

  • Tamworth’s Jessica Aldridge capture a throws double, winning the 19 years shot (13.13m) and javelin (43.77m), convincingly.

  • Venita Mailei confirmed a throws double winning the 16 years shot with an impressive mark of 15.16m. He margin of victory was two and a half metres.

  • One of the finest throwers at the championships, Newcastle’s Stephanie Scigala added the 17-years shot put title to her previously won discus, with a putt of 14.95m.


David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW

Image: Caitlyn Ferrier winning the 15 years 400m (image courtesy of David Tarbotton)


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