Athletics SA’s Jack Stolarski starred for Team SA at the Australian All Schools Championships in Melbourne over the weekend snaring two gold medals. Stolarski took out the under 18 pole vault competition with a leap of 4.55m and then followed this up with a jump of 14.71m to clinch the under 18 triple jump title. Stolarski secured the only two gold medals for the SA with a team total of 7 medals. A string of 4th place finishes across a number of events resulted in a lower medal haul than had been anticipated.
Also starring in the field was Emilaya Ellis who won silver in the under 14 girls triple jump with a distance of 11.53m. Not only was this jump a mere 3cm off of the gold medal, but it also eclipsed the previous state under 14 record of 11.31m set back in 2007 by Commonwealth Games representative Margaret Gayen.
Walkers Joe Cross and Rhiannon Lovegrove also came home with silver medals in the under 14 boys 3000m race walk and under 18 girls 5000m race walk respectively. Anna Cross rounded out the podium in the under 18 girls 5000m race walk, securing the bronze medal.
Harrison Evans also produced a great performance in the under 16 pole vault, picking up the bronze medal with a jump of 3.55m.
Finally, whilst just missing out on the medals, the under 14 boys 4x100m team consisting of Thomas Cusack, Noah Le Sage Kightley, Max Hagicostas, and Joshua Chigwidden ran a fantastic race to finish in a time of 47.04. The time obliterated the previous under 14 4x100m state record of 48.92 set in Adelaide in 2006.
South Australia finished in 5th position in the overall points score and had to settle for second position in the Small States Plate behind Western Australia.
The annual Zatopek:10 was also held during the Saturday evening program of the Australian All Schools. The event incorporates the prestigious De Castella Under 20 Boys and Ondieki Under 20 girls 3000m races.
South Australia’s Will McCann produced an astonishing run to finish in 3rd place in a scorching 8 minutes and 12 seconds. McCann slashed 15 seconds from his previous personal best, averaging 2:44 per kilometre. McCann was only 3 seconds behind Western Australia’s Matthew Ramsden who took victory in a time of 8:09.07.
In the women’s event, South Australia’s World Junior Cross Country Championships representative, Sophie Eckel, went in as one of the pre-race favourites. After being well positioned throughout the race, Eckel eventually had to settle for 6th place in a time of 9:40.
Aths SA TV was on hand throughout the championships to capture all of the action. An extensive array of video including highlights, event footage, and interview is available on the Athletics SA Facebook page and can be accessed via https://www.facebook.com/AthleticsSA/videos
Event photos from the Australian All Schools are also available via the following links:
AUSTRALIAN ALL SCHOOLS MEDALLISTS
Jack Stolarski, Boys Pole Vault Under 18 4.55m
Jack Stolarski Boys Triple Jump Under 18 14.71m
Emilaya Ellis - Under 14 Girls Triple Jump 11.53m (State Record)
Joe Cross – Under 14 Boys 3000m Race Walk 14:08.91
Rhiannon Lovegrove Girls 5000 Meter Race Walk Under 18 24:57.48
Harrison Evans Boys Pole Vault Under 16 3.55m
Anna Cross Girls 5000 Meter Race Walk Under 18 25:15.39.
Emilaya Ellis - Under 14 Girls Triple Jump 11.53m
Boys 4x100 Meter Relay Under 14 (Thomas Cusack, Noah Le Sage Kightley, Max Hagicostas, and Joshua Chigwidden): 47.04.
Australian All Schools Points Scores
2015: NSW 910p, Qld 832, Vic 807, WA 585, SA 436, ACT 377.5, TAS 305.5, NT 71 & Fiji 10
2014: NSW 920.5, Qld 826, Vic 752, SA 562, WA 492, ACT 306, Tas 264 and NT 25
2013: NSW 787p, Qld 737p, Vic 633.5p, SA 403.5, WA 335.5p, ACT 279p, 273.5p, NT 51p.
Men 3000 Metre De Castella Under 20
3. William McCann, SA, 8:12.12.
Women 3000 Metre Ondieki Under 20
6. Sophie Eckel, SA, 9:40.80