As we approach Autumn the winter cross country season starts to commence. There is the ANSW events and regular West Met Cross Country season from March through till September. Further information on these will be brought to you as the time approaches. UTS Norths will also let you know of other winter fun runs in the Northern Sydney region. The first is the Kuringgai Chase Fun Run and Barry Easy Walk on the 16th March organised by Special Olympics Upper North Shore Region. This is a true feel good community event to suit all ages and fitness levels with 4.5km and 9 km courses through the leafy streets of Wahroonga. Share the fun with our Special Olympics athletes and their Knox Buddies to raise funds for the Special Olympics Upper North Shore Region.
Further information at their website http://www.kuringgaichase.com.au/
UTS Norths Masters brings home a bucket load of medals
By Jackie Bezuidenhout
The NSW masters championships were held last weekend at Glendale and saw a strong contingent of UTS Norths athletes competing. Our top performer has to go to David Thebridge in the mens 35-39 age category, with a very credible tally of 5 gold and 2 silver medals. Taking gold in all three sprint events and second in the 400m. On the field David showed his versatility in taking the honours in the long jump and high jump and placing second in the shotput.
Clay Tompkins, (60-64) a multiple masters of the year winner, did not disappoint with a gold in high jump, long jump and triple jump. Nick Bastas (75-79) an athlete that is always having a go, was very happy with his 3 gold medals in the long jump, javelin and triple jump and was equally satisfied with his silvers in 60m, 100, and 200m. Tim McGrath, one of our most versatile masters athlete took part in 8 events in the 50-54 age category and walked away with a medal in every event, notably 3 golds in the pole vault, shotput and discus. Warren Jones, the youngster in the pack, also had a crack at an exhausting 8 events and also managed to bring home 3 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze.
Brad Sharpe (50-54) and Debra Drennan (55-59), making it a family effort, achieved 5 gold between them, dominating the middle distance events. Debra also showed that a middle distance runner can sprint and took out gold in the 200m.
New comer, Maria Cimino (40-44), took part in an incredible 11 events. Maria always out to get a PB performed really well and medaled in the 400m and weight throw. She is now aiming for the nationals and yet another few PB’s along the way. Another new comer, Mike Johnson proves that is never to late to give it a go and came 3 in the 100m for the 75-79 age group.
Other very notable performances came from Andy West (2 gold, 3k steeplechase 45-49), Adam Parsonage (gold triple jump, 45-49) and Les Gilles (gold 400m, 65-69). Our walkers Doug Barrett (60-64), Suzanne Brown (45-49) and Jim Seymon (75-79) dominated the 5k walk and all came home with gold.
Other medal winners included David Smith (2 silver in the 60m, 100m, 50-55), Janet Naylon ( silver long jump 45-49), Hugh Colburn (silver 60m, 400m, 65-69) and Gabby Whelan (silver 400m, 50-54)
- Andy West 45-49 (1) 5000m, (6) 800m, (1) 3k steeplechase
- Jackie Bezuidenhout 45-49 (1) 100m, (1) 200m, (1) long jump
- Janet Naylon 45-49 (7) 100m , (5) shotput, (2), long jump, (7) 60m
- Maria Cimino 40-44 (5) 100m (5) 200m, (5) discus, (4) long jump, (4) shotput, (4) 60m, (3) 400m, (5) javelin (4) triple jump, (3) weight (4) hammer
- Mike Johnson 75-79 (3) 100m
- David smith 50-55(2) 100, (2) 60m
- Tony Crimi 50-55 (10) missed out by 0.4 for the final (6) 200m, (7) 60m
- Adam Parsonage (10) 100m 45-49 (6) 200m, (11) 60m (6) 400m (1) triple jump
- Debrah Drennan 55-59 800m (1) 55-59 200m (1), 400m (1)
- Les Gillies 65-69 (3) 800, (1) 400m
- Brad Sharp 50-54 (1) 800,, (1) 1500m
- James Culhane 45-49 (5) 800, (4) 1500m
- Doug Barrett 60-64 (3) javelin, (1) 5k walk (3) discus
- Suzanne Brown 45-49 (1) 5k walk
- Jim Seymon 75-79 (1) 5k walk
- Hugh Colburn 65-69 (2) 60m (2) 400m
- Anthony Guest 45-49 (8) 60m (4) 400m
- Gabby Whelan 50-54 (2) 400m
- David Thebridge 35-39,(1) 100m (1) 200m (1) long jump (1) 60m (2) 400m, (2) shotput, (1) high jump
- Clay Tompkins 60-64 (1) long jump (1) triple (1) high jump,
- Tim McGrath 50-54 (1) pole vault (2) long jump , (3) javelin, (8) 60m (2) 100m hurdles (1) shotput (2) high jump (1) discus
- Nick Bastas 75-79 (2) 100m (2) 200m (1) long jump (1) javelin, (2) 60m (1) triple
- Warren Jones 30-34 (3) 100m (2) javelin, (1) weight throw, (2) long jump, (1) hammer, (3) 60m (2) discus, (1) shotput
- Stuart Paterson 55-59 (3) 800m.
Well done to all that competed and good luck to those who are flying off to Hobart for the Nationals on the 8th March.
Gold to the two Emilys and AnnaPosted 11th Feb 2014 Contributor Peter Douglas
Emily Augustine with the gold and Antonia Howard with the silver
UTS Norths female members showed their strength in the distance events at the State Juniors last weekend.
Annabel McDermott won the u16 3,000 metres by some 7 seconds in a time of 10m02.23s. This was a good time in the windy conditions and was not far outside her pb.
Emily Augustine won the u18 3,000 metres in 10m17.35s and fellow club member Antonia Howard was second in 10m22.45s.
The other Emily – Emily Hopper won gold in the u18 1,500 metres in 4m34.6s. Emily Augustine was third in 4m36.39s. Emily Hopper backed up on the Sunday in the u18 800 metres where she was forced to make the pace but was just outsprinted to the line. She won a silver with a time of 2m14.18s.
Big medal haul for UTS Norths in the NSW Junior Championships
Posted 11th Feb 2014 Contributor Peter Douglas
There were a swag of medals won by UTS Norths members in the State Junior Championships on the weekend at SOPAC.
Heading the list was Josh Clarke who blasted a brilliant 10.20 seconds in winning the u20 100 metres. This is Josh’s PB but cannot be officially recognised as there was a 3.3 metres wind assistance. As reported on nswathletics.org.au, this is the fastest time ever by an Australian junior in all wind conditions. Josh did run a legal 10.36 in the heats. This is a PB beating his previous PB of 10.51. This time also breaks the club u20 record which was set by Olympian Tim Jackson in 1988. Josh’s program is now for the Open State Championships, National Juniors in Sydney followed by the World Juniors.
Anthony Collum brought up the quinella for the club with a silver in 10.61 seconds.
Matthew Wood won the u18 metres in a legal 11.06 seconds just pipping an Illawong athlete for the gold. He made it a double by winning the 200 metres in a pb of 21.50s. This time is only 0.2s outside Josh Clarke’s club record. Finally, he narrowly missed a third gold when beaten only by 0.03s in the 110 metres hurdles with a good time of 14.03 seconds.
The u18 800 metres produced a quinella for UTS Norths when Ben Moss won in difficult conditions in 1m 56.09 from Zachary Lanigan in 1m56.23s.
Chris Dwyer was another outstanding performer with an excellent win in a pb height of 2.03 in the u18 high jump. Chris, a Riverview student will be concentrating on his year 12 studies this year but still managed his pb height on minimal training. His short term goals are the State Opens and the National Juniors.
Katrina Hunt was another to score gold over the weekend. She won the u20 100m hurdles (13.92s) and 100 metres (11.95s) and won silver in the u20 200 metres in 24.78s.
McKenzie Little threw a brilliant 54.69m to win the u20 javelin and in the process threw a 4 metres pb. She achieved a World Junior qualifier in three of her throws and finished some 14 metres ahead of her nearest competitor. To top it off, she broke the u20 club record which was held by Annabel Davies who is now her coach.
Kristie Edwards won gold in the 16 200m in 25.17s with Sophie McGovern 2nd in 25.44s. Sophie also won a silver in the u16 100 metres in 12.73s.
Jacinta Fisher showed her versatility with three medals - 2nd in the u18 triple jump (11.59m) and bronze in the 100m hurdles (14.54s) and the long jump (5.38m);
Other noteworthy performances were:
- Tim Heyes 2nd u18 hammer 49.69 (just 2cm behind the winner) & 4th u18 discus 46.90m;
- William Brown 3rd u20 hammer 46.60m;
- Alex Moore (just joined the club) 2nd u18 400m 48.56 & just missed a medal in the 200 metres with 21.87s;
- William Lloyd 2nd u16 100m hurdles 13.86s & 3rd u16 200m hurdles 27.77s;
- Aaron Jeffery 2nd u18 long jump 6.49m;
- Will North 2nd u18 pole vault 3.30m;
- Alec Diamond 2nd u18 discus 48.93m, 2nd u18 shot 14.11m;
- Ed Goddard 3rd u18 3,000m 9m16.16s;
- Gus Whelan 3rd u16 2,000m steeplechase 6m57.73s;
- Matt Crowe 2nd u18 400m hurdles 55.53s;
- Claudia White 3rd u20 3,000m 19m43.84s;
- Bella O’Grady 2nd u18 100m hurdles 13.64s & 2nd u18 100m 12.10s;
- Nicola Haggety- Mayers 3rd u18 100m 12.44s;
- Eliza Woollett 2nd u16 400m 60.53s;
- Will Richardson 3rd u20 400m hurdles 56.37s;
Willett bags four gold medals
Posted 11th Feb 2014 Contributor Peter Douglas
Alex Willett was one of the star performers for UTS Norths at the State Junior championships by winning an amazing four gold medals. They were:
- U14 Long Jump 5.43m;
- U14 Triple Jump 11.42m;
- U14 High Jump 1.71m;
- U14 Javelin 36.70m;
In addition, Alex won a bronze in the 90 metres hurdles in 14.01s. His javelin was an exciting contest against Aiden Butcher of Narromine. Both threw 36.70 metres but Alex won the gold on a countback. His high jump of 1.71m was a pb and a new club record.
Alex is having a fantastic season having recently won the state pentathlon in January. He will now aim for the State Little A’s and National Juniors in Sydney. He is also a member of Manly Little A’s and attends Killarney Heights High School.
Third to Alex in the u14 high jump was Lachlan Dalton who cleared 1.59m and was beaten for the silver medal on a countback.
Lachlan also showed his versatility by winning gold in the u14 200 metres hurdles with a great time of 31.91s. This broke the club record which has stood since 1983.
Alex receives his gold for the the high jump. Lachlan (right) won the bronze