March 15

A Wet and Wild Masters Championship for the UTS Norths Master Athletes

MARCH 01, 2015

The Masters State Championship was held recently at SOPAC with 14 women and 21 men competing across all disciplines.  The conditions were not exactly set for record times with the rain bucketing down at times our athletes still hung in there and did their best.


Our women were very successful in bringing home 9 gold, 16 silver and 8 bronze medals.  Some ladies like Maria Cimino and Sarah Culhane competed in an incredible 20 events between them. Our most successful ladies were Glenys Whitehead (throws) and Debra Drennan (middle distance) who both won 3 gold medals.


Not to be out done by the ladies, the men brought home 48 medals, 18 gold, 23 silver and 7 bronze.  Warren Jones and Tim McGrath competed in 15 events between them. Warren efforts produced 6 medals and Tim 5 medals. Our most successful men and also our oldest was Nick Bastas (75-79) with an amazing 5 gold medals and 1 silver.  Richard Hughs (80+) won 5 gold from 5 races.


100m 45-49 final, Janet Naylon finishing 5th and Jackie Bezuidenhout winning the race.

Courtesy of Stuart Paterson


Final results


Belinda Chapman 5th 60m, 6th 100m, 5th  200m

Melissa Baulman 2nd Hammer, 3rd Weight Throw

Maria Cimino 5th  60m, 4th  100m 5th  200m, 4th  LJ, 3rd  Triple, 5th  Shot Put, 5th  discus, 4th  Hammer, 4th  Javelin, 4th  Weight Throw

Jackie Bezuidenhout 1st 60m, 1st 100m, 2nd 200m, 2nd  HJ, 2nd  LJ

Janet Naylon 5th  60m, 5th  100m, 3rd  LJ

Caroline Layt 2nd  Shotput, 2nd  Discus

Suzanne Brown 1st  5k walk

Sarah Culhane 7th 60m, 7th 100m, 7th 200m, 2nd 400m, 3rd   LJ, 2nd  Triple, 4th Shot Put, 4th  Discus, 2nd Javelin

Gabby Whelan 5th  100m, 6th  200m, 2nd  LJ

Glenys Whitehead 2nd  Shotput, 2nd  discus, 1st  Hammer, 1st  Javelin, 1st  Weight Throw

Debra Drennan 1st  400m, 1st  800m, 1st  1500m

Margaret Thomas 4th  400m , 2nd  800m, 4th Discus, 4th  Javelin

Nancy Lloyd 2nd 1500m, 2nd  5k

Karen Jones 4th  Shotput, 3rd  Discus, 3rd  Hammer, 3rd  Javelin, 3rd  Weight Throw,

Warren Jones 4th  60m, 5th  100m, 3rd  LJ, 2nd  Shotput, 3rd  Discus, 1st  ammer, 2nd  Javelin, 2nd   Weight Throw

Anthony Guest 6th  100m, 2nd  LJ

Andy West 7th  400m,

Anthony Crimi 6th  60m, 9th  100m, 5th  200m

Tim McGrath 7th  60m, 1st  100m hurdles, 4th  HJ, 1st  Pole vault, 2nd  LJ, 2nd  Shotput, 2nd  discus, 2nd  Javelin

Peter Hanley 1st  800m

Brad Sharpe 2nd  800m, 2nd  1500m

Zoran Novicic 5th  HJ, 4th  LJ, 2nd  Triple, 5th  Discus, 6th  Javelin

David Smith 2nd  60m, 3rd  100m,

Trevor Young 2nd  200m, 2nd  400m

Stuart Paterson 2nd  800m

Vic Ramondetta 3rd  200m, 2nd  400m

Clay Tompkins 1st  HJ, 1st  JH, 1st  Triple

Rob Jones 7th  Hammer, 6th  Weight Throw

Les Gillies 2nd  200m, 3rd  400m, 3rd  800m

Hugh Colbun 3rd , 200m,

Rob Connors 1st  5k walk

Nick Bastas 1st  60m 1st 100m, 1st 200m, 1st LJ, 1st Triple, 2nd  Javelin

Michael Johnson 2nd  60m, 2nd  100m, 2nd  200m, 2nd  400m, 4th  800m

Jim Seymon 1st  5k race walk

Richard Hughes 1st  60m, 1st 100m, 1st 200m ,1st 400m, 1st 800m

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NSW Open Track & Field Championships 27th Feb – 1st March 2015

MARCH 04 2015


Over the hurdle and on to gold  - Bryce Collins

UTS North athletes were successful in winning ten medals in the NSW Open Championships on the weekend.


Bryce Collins continued his excellent season by comfortably winning the 400 metres hurdles in a personal best time of 51.42 seconds. This time not only broke his own u20 and open club records but was only 0.3 outside the state u20 record. The gold medal is an outstanding effort considering that Bryce is still a junior. His next goal is the National Junior Championships in Sydney on 12-15th March.


Also contesting the 400 metres hurdles final was 18 year old Matt Crowe who has only run a handful of these events. Due to his inexperience, he missed some of his strides earlier in the race but finished very well to grab 5th place in an excellent personal best time of 53.84 seconds.


New member Liam Speers won gold in the open discus with a throw of 47.07 metres and a silver in the open shot put in 15.69 metres. Liam recently transferred from Macquarie Hunter to join UTS Norths as he has recently enrolled at UTS and was successful in being awarded an EAP scholarship with UTS.


Rohan Bright ran well to win gold in the 100 metres Para – amb event.

Looking good for the gold - Rohan Bright


UTS student Ruairidh MacDonald won silver in the 10,000 metres in the good time of 31m 50.67s. The race was held in difficult windy conditions when the southerly change came through. Ruairidh is coached by his father and committee member Andrew MacDonald.


Another UTS student and scholarship holder Jay Felton won a silver in the 5,000 metres walk with a time of 21m 48.04s and was only four seconds behind the winner.


William Brown, also still a junior, threw an excellent 51.08 metres to win a bronze in the open hammer throw.


Charlotte Wilson ran well in difficult windy conditions to win gold in the open 3,000 metres steeplechase. Charlotte has recently returned from two years in the States.

Clearing the water jump with gold in sight - Charlotte Wilson

Laura Storey grabbed a bronze medal in the open 400 metres hurdles in a personal best time of 59.62 seconds. Laura and her coach Penny Gillies were thrilled with the run and it is the first time that Laura has run under a minute for the event.


Katrina Hunt, coached by Ron Bendall, won a bronze medal in the 100 metres hurdles.


Jacinta Fisher narrowly missed a medal in the open triple jump with a good jump of 11.97 metres for 4th place. This distance was below her PB of 12.56 which she achieved at the Hunter Track Classic in January. This broke the u18, u20 and u23 club records and only 3 centimetres short of the open record. Jacinta, coached by Nicole Boegman–Stewart, will compete in the National Juniors in the long jump, triple jump and 100 metres hurdles and will finish the season with the National Multiple Events Championships in Brisbane in April.


Other noteworthy performances outside the medals were:

  • Will Austin-Cray 4th in 800 metres final (1m50.77s);

  • Zac Lanigan 5th in 800 metres final (1m50.80s);

  • Anthony Collum 8th in 200 metres final (22.82s in pouring rain & 3.9s headwind). Also ran a PB of 21.85s in the heat to qualify for the final;

  • Paul Cummings 8th in 400 metres final (after running 48.56s in the heat);

  • Sean Barnes 4th in triple jump (14.70m – just missed bronze on a count back);

  • Saxon Ward 6th in javelin (59.50m);

  • Tess Nelson 4th in 100 metres final (14.43s);

  • Ali Bartolomew 5th in 400 metres final (56.28s);

  • Annabel McDermott 5th in 1,500 metres final (4m 26.65s);

  • Elise Gallen 8th in 1,500 metres final (4m 37.67s);

Looking good for a medal – Katrina Hunt



Lucy wins Nagoya Half Marathon

MARCH 20, 2015


Great news - congratulations to Lucy Starrat for winning the Nagoya City Half Marathon on March 8. Lucy’s time of 1hr 18.56s was very good considering it was her first half marathon. Girraween’s Brad Milosevic made it an Aussie double having won the men’s race. Both Lucy and Brad are in the same training squad under coach Ken Green. Lucy was not sure what to expect in her first half marathon but she trusted her training  with many long runs so this work certainly provided a good foundation for her run.


She is having one of her best track seasons ever having recently won the State 5,000 metres Championships. “I’ve had many setbacks over the years (mainly with stress fractures) which has limited the amount of training and racing I have been able to do. But the last 12 months have been the best, most consistent training I have put together and I am starting to see the results of my effort. It was really exciting for me to win the State 5k Champs. I love the track! But to back that up with a win and solid time for my first half in Nagoya was the highlight!”


Lucy plans to continue to train hard during the winter, race in the cross country events and hopefully improve her times in the 10K road races.