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MacKenzie’s great javelin throw in Nationals
A total of 15 UTS Norths members competed in the Australian Open Track and Field Championships in Melbourne.
The highlight was MacKenzie Little who threw a fantastic bronze medal performance of 54.61 metres in the Open Javelin. MacKenzie is only 17 but showed plenty of cheek against her more senior competitors. She threw a massive PB of 57.60 metres in the qualifying rounds to chalk up a B qualifier for the Commonwealth Games. She was selected for the World Juniors in July but declined selection as she wants to concentrate on her HSC studies. Her performance also smashed the club open record of 52.30 metres which has stood since 1975.
Jacinta Fisher won a terrific silver medal in the under 18 women’s heptathlon. Jacinta, 16, improved on her gold medal performance in the NSW Championships from 4,432 points to 4,842 points.
New member Anna Laman, a UTS student, came 7th in the open 1,500 metres final in a very good time of 4:22.20.
Emily Augustine, was another junior to shine in the open competition by finishing 11th in the final of the 1,500 metres final in 4:30.73.
The strong male contingent of distance runners in the club performed well. They are all UTS students and are all coached by James Fitzgerald:
· James Hansen – an excellent 4th in the 1,500 metres final in 3:50.48;
· Adrian Plummer – 7th in the 1,500 metres final in 3:53.18;
· Dylan Dudley – 2nd in his heat of 1,500 metres heat in 3:53.26. Dylan backed up with a 9th in the 3,000 metres steeplechase final in 9:21.75;
· Matthew Cox – 4th in the 5,000 metres final in 14:52.12;
Also competing in the Australian Open Championships were:
· Ali Bartolomew – seventh fastest Australian in the women’s 400 metres;
· Emma Hunt – eight in heat of women’s 800 metres;
· Maren Schuermann – sixth best Australian in the open women’s long jump;
· Liz Clay – ten fastest Australian in the women’s 100 metres hurdles;
· Tess Nelson – 16th fastest Australian in the women’s 100 metres hurdles;
· James Gurr – eight fastest Australian in the men’s 800 metres;
· Paul Cummings - sixth in heat of the men’s 400 metres;
· Jordan Gusman – seventh in heat of the men’s 800 metres;
Congratulation to all competitors!
Contributor: Peter Douglas
Annabel McDermott Finishes Second at World Championships
UTS Northern Suburbs Athletic Club had another International break through last night with Annabel McDermott (15) finishing 2NDindividually at the World Schools Cross Country Championship in Israel. Annabel attends Abbotsleigh Ladies College.
Congratulations to Annabel and her coach James FitzGerald (Jimbo) on a terrific result.
This championship forms part of the ‘International Schools Sport Federation’ (ISF) which was established in the early 1970’s.
For further information of the Cross Country championship please refer to the attached link: www.isfsports.org/isf-sports/crosscountry/
Northern Zone finishes up for another season.
The long running Northern Zone competition finished up for the season with a shortened program, trophy presentation and party. The trophy winners for the age group points scores were:
- 30+ Warren Jones 30+ Melissa Baulman
- 50+ Gavin Murray 40+ Sarah Culhane
- 60+ Graeme Allomes 50+ Sue Gore
- 70+ Nick Bastas 60+ Jill Senior
- 80+ Jack Sturzaker 70+ Lesley Eller
The Northern Zone competition commenced in the late 1960’s soon after the Chatswood Rotary Athletics Field opened. It was one of a number of outer ground zone competitions that were conducted in Sydney at the time eg Central Zone, Blair Zone, Southern Zone etc. At the end of the season the Angus and Coote Shield was held between all of the zones. Now, the Northern Zone competition is the only one that is still running. It doesn’t get the 150 – 200 competitors that it used to get, but it still provides a valuable competition for athletes of all ages.
Congratulations to the medal winners!
Contributor: Peter Douglas
Four of the Best to World Juniors
UTS Northern Suburbs Athletic Club would like to congratulate four of our outstanding juniors in their selection in the team to compete at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene Oregon USA in July.
Josh Clarke, coached by Nancy Atterton, was selected for the 100m. An easy selection after his 10.34 meet record at the Australian Junior Championships going well under the World Junior qualifier of 10.55 seconds. This followed up his 10.36 heat and 10.20 wind assisted blistering finals run at the State Championships. Anthony Collum, coached by Ron Bendall, also made the team for his improving and consistent form this year, highlighted by a 4th at the National Juniors in a time of 10.66 seconds. Another of Ron Bendall’s squad to make the World Juniors is Katrina Hunt in the 100m hurdles and for the Women’s 4 x 100m relay. The fourth member of the squad from UTS Norths is Bryce Collins in the 400m hurdles, coached by Paul Switzer, who ran the qualifier at the state junior championships in a time of 51.83 seconds.
Katrina Hunt in action courtesy of Ron Bendall
Mention should be made of other UTS Norths athletes Liz Clay and Madison Gipson. Who although they achieved the World Junior qualifiers for the 100m hurdles, due to the strength of the competition in this event, were not selected for the team.
Showing the strength of our club in the junior competition, UTS Norths has the highest representation of any club nationally with four club members. Well done to all four of you on your efforts this year and we will be following you with keen interest during July.
Dylan and James off to Uganda for World Uni Cross CountryPeter Douglas
Two of UTS Norths' top distance runners, Dylan Dudley and James Connor, have flown to Entebbe, Uganda for the World University Cross Country Championships. Both are coached by James (Jimbo) Fitzgerald and they will be in the open race over 10.5kms. It is held on Saturday 22nd March. Dylan was forced to withdraw from last weekend's Sydney Track Classic due to the after effects of eight innoculations that he had to take prior to his flight to Entebbe.
Good luck guys!
James Connor in action
NSW Open and AWD Championship 2014 Results
At the recent NSW Open and AWD Championships held over the weekend of 28th February to 2nd March, the UTS Norths club was well represented with many outstanding performances across all disciplines. On day 1 of competition Mackenzie Little continued her winning ways of the season in taking out the Women’s Javelin with a throw of 51.29m. Newcomer to the club Matthew Cox showed his long distance form by taking out the Men’s 10,000m in a time of 30:22.94. In the AWD division, Rohan Bright took all his events in the 100m, 200m, Long Jump and Discuss Throw.
Rohan Bright Mackenzie Little (courtesy Daily Telegraph)
There were another five medals won by club athletes. Trychelle Kingdom was only just pipped by 0.63 seconds to finish second in the Women’s 800m in a time of 2:05.81. In the Men’s 800m Jordan Gusman clinched the bronze in a time of 1:49.61. The women’s hurdlers also continued top season form with Liz Clay finishing third in the Women’s 100m hurdles in a time of 14.06sec and Lora Storey taking out bronze in the Men’s 400m Hurdles in 1:03.47. Maren Schuermann cleared 6 metres again to win bronze in the Women’s Long Jump.
Other athletes to make finals include:
- Emily Augustine 6th Women’s 1500m 4:26.02
- Alexandra Bartholomew 4th Women’s 400m 55.78 seconds
- Alexandra Bartholomew 9th Women’s 200m 25.02 seconds
- Robbie Baskin 8th Men’s 100m 10.90 seconds
- Robbie Baskin 6th Men’s 200m 22.10 seconds
- Will Brown 7th Men’s Hammer Throw 42.51m
- Bryce Collins 4th Men’s 400m Hurdles 52.65 seconds
- James Connor 11th Men’s 1500m 4:00.53
- Dylan Dudley 4th Men’s 1500m 3:48.86
- Jacinta Fisher 7th Women’s Triple Jump 11.53m
- Katy Hobbs 6th Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase 12:04.93
- Emily Hopper 7th Women’s 1500m 4:27.48
- Katrina Hunt 4th Women’s 100m 12.17 seconds
- Emma Hunt 8th Women’s 400m 58.17 seconds
- Warren Jones 8th Men’s Hammer Throw 34.61m
- Ruairidh MacDonald 5th Men’s 10,000m 32:00.98
- Renee Robson 5th Women’s 200m 24.67 seconds
- Elana Withnall 7th Women’s Long Jump 5.34m
- Nick Walker 7th Men’s 3,000m Steeplechase 10:31.91
- Steven Washburn 4th Men’s 5,000m Walk 21:47.84
Congratulations to all who competed at the State level.
Club Records Update
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