1 October 2018
NSW All Schools day 4 review – Wood treble
The 2018 2XU NSW All Schools Track and Field Championships closed with another outstanding all-round performance by an athlete, on this occasion Lachlan Wood who won a fourth medal in an extraordinary range of events from 100m to 800m.
The GPS 100m to 800m champion, Lachlan Wood (King’s School), stepping up in competition and still won three gold and a silver in tough competition. On day four, Wood won the 12-years 400m by nearly two seconds clocking 52.92 seconds.
“I pushed it to the end,” Wood said, “It was a very hard event especially after running the 800m earlier. I have to thank Hayden Todd, he had won the 800m and I knew he would be close at the end (of the 400m), that is why I pushed it at the end. I think the time was almost a record.”
Wood had earlier won the 100m, 200m and taken a silver in the 800m.
One of the best field athletes at the championships was Clara Nourdine (Mt St Benedict). In the triple jump she had raised the meet record by just 2cm. In the long jump on Sunday, after two fouls, she was in danger of being eliminated from the competition, but on her third attempt, amazingly broke the meet record by 1cm with a distance of 5.44m. On her last attempt she again leapt 5.44m, to equal her new record. It had been a very close competition with Sienna Bond (PLC) second on 5.35m and two athletes equal on 5.28m in third. The bronze medal went to Lauryn Kasozi (Mitchell H) on countback from Charlie Hallam (OLMC Burraneer).
Seeking selection in the team for the Australian All Schools, 12-year-old Chelsea Ezeoke (Lake Illawarra H) had moved up to the 13-years events and ran into very tough competition in the 100m, 200m and shot put, finishing just off the podium in all events, but in the 400m she was unstoppable winning in an outstanding meet record of 57.54.
“I was not expecting a record, but very happy and also have a chance to break it again next year.”
She had also broken her 200m PB during the championships.
“I’m happy with my PBs as I went up an age group and those girls pushed me to achieve.”
In the 12-years 1500m Dane Mitchell (Marist College Penshurst) broke the 14-year-old record, clocking 4:40.00 to win by eight seconds.
“I took it out very hard with my first 800m 2:24 and I tried to bring it home,” said Mitchell who had finished second in a dramatic 800m on Friday where gold and silver medallists had finished in the same time of 2:18.71.
The girls 15-years 1500m was one of the highest standard distance events on the weekend when two sub-10 minute 3000m athletes, Lauren Carey (Menia H) and Sarah Schiffmann (Gloucester H) met over the shorter distance. But in a terrific race, former national under-14 schools champion, Nicola Hogg (Abbotsleigh) signalled her return to form, under coach Ben Liddy, to win in 4:28.84, just missing her PB of 4:28.34.
“I started off fast then got into rhythm,” said Hogg. “It was hard running a heat yesterday too, as I was expecting a straight final.
“I went for it at the end and hoped I could hang on.”
She set her PB in December 2016, almost two years ago.
“I’ve had a bit of a dip in form, so it is good to get back into it.”
There were two close races in the boys 1500m events. In the 16 years Angus Beer (Newington C) and Trinity’s Thomas Virgona followed their 800m battle with another classic in the metric mile. Beer hung on in a tactical race 4:00.20 to 4:01.00. In the 17-years Luke Young (Toronto H) held off 3000m champion, Oli Raimond 4:01.51 to 4:01.99. It was the perfect hit-out for Young, who two days later was departing Australia for the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina.
“I stayed at the front and kicked home,” said Young. “It is nice to run against Oli as he is a good athlete.”
Also, in the team for the Youth Olympics, was girls 16-years 1500m champion, Jaylah Hancock – Cameron with 4:28.93. She had on Friday won the 800m with ease. A third Youth Olympic Games-bound athlete, Keegan Bell (Hills Sports H) ran a strong 400m to win the 17-years in 48.04.
Emily Britton (Ravenswood G) was a convincing winner in one of her last major races over the 76cm hurdles claiming the 17-years 100m hurdles title in 13.91, not far outside her PB.
“I was aiming to get under 14 seconds so I’m happy with that.”
Her next goal is the senior hurdle height.
“I graduate to the 84cm height, so hoping to get competitive so I can race them at nationals.”
Also impressive in the hurdles was Britton’s training partner Emilia Duncan (PLC) who in the 14 years 90m hurdles, despite a 1.7m/s headwind, ran the same time as the 15-years, recording 13.20, not far outside her PB of 13.06
After winning silver in the discus throw, Karina Bell (Danebank - Hurstville) was locked in a dramatic 13-years javelin competition. After round three she led narrowly from Emma Polikowski (Mackellar) and Ariana Levy (St Pauls Grammar Penrith) 36.63m, 36.45m and 35.76m respectively. But in the last round, suddenly Levy hit 39.56m taking the lead by three metres, but Bell was not to be denied and responded with a gold medal winning mark of 40.38m in the last throw of the competition.
There was a similarly close battle in the 16-years girls shot. After round three Alysha Pearson (St Pauls Grammar Penrith) was just 1cm ahead of Bella Feroglia (Swansea H) 14.34m to 14.33m. In the final put of the competition, Pearson, knowing she had the gold, relaxed and hit an improved 14.39m.
One of the finest throwers at the meet was undoubtedly Kaitlyn Coulter (East Hills G) who stepped up an age and won the 15-years shot by 1.4m with her 14.05m effort. From the successful David Bruce coaching stable, and in her fifth season in athletics, Coulter was short of her PB (14.55m) and is aiming to reach 15.50m this year.
There was a dramatic 17-years long jump. With Connor Murphy (Trinity Grammar) looking for a triple jump/long jump double, he was just nabbed in the last round by NSW U16 long jump record holder Alex Willett (Killarney Heights) as he leapt 6.94m to edge past Murphy’s best of 6.90m.
Other performances of note:
Quick hurdling by Nicolette Donofrio (Santa Sabina) in the 16-years 100m hurdles clocking 14.05, just outside the meet record.
After missing the podium in the 200m and placing third in the 400m hurdles, Mark Fokas (Kingsgrove H) had a strong win in the 17-years 110m hurdles clocking 14.48.
Trinity athlete Theo Kidd completed a hurdles double, adding a victory in the 16-years 110m hurdles to his earlier 400m hurdles win.
Clocking the fastest 1500m of the weekend, Imogen Gardiner (PLC) just missed the 17-years record running 4:27.49.
Caitlyn Ferrier (Hawkesbury H) closed the meet as the fastest 200m and 400m athlete, with a win in the 16-years 400m in the third quickest time of her career – 54.69.
Josh Atkinson (Castle Hill H) bounced back from his silver in the 800m to take the 15-years 400m in style, with his first sub-50 second time of 49.72 – barely outside the meet record of 49.68.
Guthrie twins Jasmin and Isabella (Asquith Girls H) went one-two in the 15 years 400m 56.06 to 57.71 respectively.
In the 14-years 400m, Jessica Wardrobe (Engadine H) has stamped herself as an emerging star with a PB of 56.20. She is coached by the very young coach Jacinta Doyle who holds the 12-years long jump record.
Trinity Grammar’s Sebastian Ghisso ran a slick time of 12.79 in the 13-years 90m hurdles to just miss the meet record of 12.69. He was pushed all the way by Mulwarree High’s Joshua Kalozi who ran 12.85.
Enormous throw in the 14-years discus by winner Siotame Hansen (Patrician Brothers Blacktown) 58.69m.
A pair of wins in the seated para shot and discus by Sarah Jane Clifton-Bligh (PLC Croydon) 12-15 years and Aimee Ficher (Hunter Valley Grammar) 16-19 years.
Venita Mailei (Airds H) added the 17-years shot title to her previously won discus with a very impressive distance of 14.98m.
David Tarbotton for Athletics NSW
Image: Lachlan Wood (image courtesy of David Tarbotton)