Australian Athletics Championships – Day 6

It’s Day 6 and we welcome the cooler conditions and of course the zero rainfall! Yesterday was some of the worst weather ever seen, but let’s not dwell on the past…

The first medal of the day went to the man with the greatest smile in the business Tayleb Willis (U15 100m hurdles final) who powered to the finish line to snatch the silver medal with an awesome PB of 14.62s. It was into a head win as well!!!

Abbey Krippl (Women’s U15 90m hurdles final) was next to feature on the podium, running a quality 90m hurdle final, to grab a bronze medal with a time of 13.51s.

The boy who looks as if he could be a professional surfer or a rockstar, Andreas Weickhardt, was also getting around the medal party snatching a bronze medal in the Men’s U14 90m hurdles final with a time of 14.55s!

To keep the junior celebrations going, Nikola Mandic was dominant in the Men’s U15 300m race walk, powering along in perfect form to cross the line victorious with a time of 13:48.16s.

Denise Snyder and Eleanor Patterson both qualified for the final of the Women’s high jump with heights of 1.81m.

In the Men’s U15 high jump it was Lochlan Curry who stole the win off Queensland’s Ethan Petcos off count back with a height of 1.87m to claim the gold medal!

For the Women’s Open 400m hurdles heats, it was Caitlin Hawks , Ashleigh Horrobin and Kenzie Keenan (NZL, OMAC) who all managed to qualify for the semi finals in what was trying conditions with the win playing havoc on the track! Hawks finished with a time of 63.15s, Horrobin with 61.71s and Keenan with 61.57s. However the notable performance was from Olympian Lauren Wells (ACT) who cruised over the line in 58.86s!

The Women’s U16 1500m final was a stacked field with 18 competitors in total! Georgia Laven was courageous the whole way around the track, holding her nerve to finish with a bronze medal and a time of 4:34.94s.

Down an age division saw both Zoe Woods and Nicola Hogg take out second and third respective for their Women’s U15 1500m final. Woods finished with a time of 4:33.92s and Hogg crossed the line in 4:35.15s.

Still with the 1500m finals, but this time for the Women’s Ambulant, it was Belinda Scott (NSW) who went out fast very early on and maintained the pace for the whole race! However due to percentages in an ambulant event, it was Kirstie Newcombe who grabbed the gold medal with a time of 6:05.46s (89.89%). Bronze medal winner was fellow Victorian Eliesha Byrt with a time of 5:43.34s (76.71%).

The second last track event for the morning session was Women’s U16 3000m race walk, where Victoria finished with second and third place! Alanna Peart was clutch the whole way round, holding her stride, and crossing the line solidly with a personal best time of 14:51.15s. Teammate Chloe Karagiorgos was close behind, finishing with a bronze medal time of 14:55.35s! Over in the Women’s U17 division, it was Gemma Peart (yep, sister of Alanna) who wanted to join her little sis in the medal party, and managed to do so with a well-deserved bronze in a time of 15:58. No doubt their cousin Rachel Tallent (Rio Olympian) took some inspiration from the medal sister act!

At the conclusion of the Women’s Open heptathlon, it was Rachel Limburg who finished as the highest ranked Victorian on 4918 points, capping off the day with 5.35m in the long jump, 37.40m in the javelin throw and 2:30.34s for the 800m. Celeste Mucci finished 12th after pulling out of competition after a day one.

The Women’s 800m heats were one of the feature events of the night with Zoe Buckman, Georgia Griffith and Abbey de la Motte all qualifying through to the final! Buckman finished with a time of 2:05.62s, Griffith with 2:07.30s and de la Motte with 2:05.45s!

Another feature of the night were the Men’s 1500m heats (47 competitors in total) which saw Isaac Hockey, Adam Pyke, Ryan Gregson, Tom Fawthorpe and Jodran Williamsz all qualify for the final! Hockey finished with a time of 3:52.67s, Pyke with 3:45.54s, Gregson with 3:47.74s, Fawthorpe with 3:48.49s and Williamsz with 3:47.08s. All the lads looks confident out on the track whilst running beautifully. The final will no doubt be between Matthew Ramsden (WA) and Gregson!

Luke Stevens started his Friday night off perfectly with a win the Men’s Open 400m semi final, crossing the line comfortably with a time of 47.72s! Will be a tough ask against Steven Solomon (NSW) though who seems to be in magnificent form…

In the Women’s 100m heats it was Brittany Burkitt, Kendra Hubbard and Hana Basic who all qualified for the semi final. Burkitt looked the most comfortable with a time of 12.10s, however, it’s going to be tough to beat Melissa Breen (ACT) who looked in good condition qualifying with a time of 11.83s! Hubbard finished with a time of 12.17s and Basic with 12.32s.

After two days of grueling competition for the Men’s U20 decathletes, it was Gary Haasbroek (7090 points) who reigned supreme and grabbed himself a seriously well-deserved gold medal! Matthew Harcourt (6554 points) was also a dominant force over two days, just quietly going about his business, and finishing with a silver medal! Special mention goes to Michael Cann (5706 points) who under distress of an ankle injury battled through the pain and severe rain yesterday to back up competition again today and complete every event. The three lads deserve a good rest!

Another special mention needs to go to Hamish Nelson (Men’s Open decathlon) who wore the vintage Athletics Victoria gear for both days! We have a feeling there may be a petition started to bring it back…

We’ll sign it 🙂

In the Men’s 100m heats, there was only one Victorian who qualified in Michael Hansford with a time of 10.82s.

Jack Dalton was huge in the Men’s hammer throw, coming in second with a distance of 68.14m. Whilst Ned Weatherly narrowly missed a podium finish, placing fourth with a distance of 62.44m.

The final event of the night was the combined Men’s and Women’s 10,000m  race walk which saw Rio Olympian Rhydian Cowley grab the silver medal with a time of 41:35.60s and Rachel Tallent also grab silver in the Women’s division 46:24.07s, with Simone McInnes narrowly missing a podium finish with a fourth placed time of 47:11.44s.

For a full list of the Day 6 morning session results click here.

For a full list of the Day 6 evening session results click here.