South Australia’s best track and field athletes competed at the Australian Championships in Sydney last week, with strong results coming from both our senior and junior athletes.
Max Stevens improved on his 2nd placing last year in the 3000m Steeplechase, which caused him to miss selection in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, to take Gold in 2019. This performance should see Max automatically selected to run the Steeplechase at both the Oceania Championships (Townsville, June) and World University Games (Naples ITA, July), which are key qualifying events for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
SA athlete Jess Bell, who recently relocated to Canberra to work with National Coach Mike Barber, came away with a Bronze medal in the women’s Javelin. Earlier in the meet Jess won the U/20 title, and then added the Bronze to her tally, beaten only by Commonwealth Games Medallist Kelsey Barber and Athletics Australia’s 2019 Female Athlete of the Year Kathryn Mitchell. Showing our depth in throwing events Lachlan Page earnt a Bronze medal in the Open Men’s Discus throw, gliding to a distance of 54.74m.
Paralympic Gold Medallist Brayden Davidson added to his previous national titles with a big medal haul in 2019. Brayden showed his class, competing in numerous events across the weekend to come away with the full range of medals, Gold in the Long Jump with a leap of 5.52m, Gold in the 200m running 25.85 sec, and a PB run with Bronze in the 100m in a time of 12.55sec. Daniel Kirk continues his drive towards this years World Championships ahead of next years Paralympics with a Silver Medal in the Discus throwing 49.10m.
In the relays, our Men’s 4 x 100m team earned a Silver Medal, combining for a time of 40.96 sec. Our men’s 4 x 400m team closed out a successful championships for SA by earning a Bronze Medal, crossing the line in 3:19.97.
Our Junior athletes showed that South Australia is certainly building some successful momentum. Throwing phenom Jett Carlin proved that he will continue the family’s throwing legacy with events in numerous throwing disciplines and across multiple age groups. Jett took home Gold in the U/17 Hammer and Bronze in U/20 Hammer. This year we also saw the emergence of PJ Carlin, already setting records in the U/14 age group. Jesse Iese added to the strength of our medal tally with Silver in the U/20 Boys shot put, as well as Bronze in the U/20 Discus, while Taylor Larsson was another dual medallist with a Gold in the U/14 Girls Shot Put and a Silver in the U/14 Girls Discus.
In the distance events it was Isaac Heyne who made headlines across Australia with his victory in the U/20 5000m decked head to toe in temporary tattoos to raise money for the Cancer Council - a cause close to his heart, having lost his mother over 3 years ago. Kodi Parkinson produced the double with U/16 Gold in both the 800m and 1500m. Adam Goddard secured a pair of Silver Medals in both the 1500m and 3000m, while Aidan Ross claimed Bronze in the 1500m and Silver in the 2000m Steeplechase in the U/17 age group. Toby Wilks smashed the meet record and claimed the Gold in the U/15 Boys 3000m Walk.
Jumpers Lucy Doney and Emilaya Ellis showed great form in the Women’s U/18 and U/20 Long and Triple Jumps. The highlight being Gold and Silver respectively in the U/18 girls Triple Jump. Chelsea Friedrich showed that SA athletes can go higher too with a win in the U/15 Girls High Jump while clearing a PB and State Record of 1.73m.
Jack Netting dominated the Para U/20 Boys events, collecting three Gold medals for Team SA in the Para U/20 100m, 200m and Long Jump. Inspired by Netting’s performances was Angus Hincksman who claimed dual Gold medals in the U/16 Para Boys 800m and 1500m!
Other notable results from the weekend include Dylan Stenson and Sam Russell who finished 5th and 6th respectively in the men’s 800m Final. Our Male Pole Vaulters continued the SA legacy with two athletes making the final, Jack Downey pacing 8th (5.00m) and Anthony Simons 10th (4.75m). Courtney Smallacombe took home the Bronze Medal in the Women’s Pole Vault with a successful attempt at 3.95m. Tim McGuire returned to national competition, placing 6th in the Long Jump with a best attempt of 7.24m. Rebecca Direen placed 6th (13.44m) and 7th (46.60m) in both the Shot Put and Hammer Throw. To close out a successful career which included Rio Olympics and World Indoor Championships, Long Jumper Chelsea Jaensch placed 7th in the final with a jump of 6.11m.
A full list of medals is available at the bottom of this wrap.
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Gold: 19 Silver: 22 Bronze: 17 Tally: 58 Medals
Bronze - Tristan Camilleri - U20 Boys 10,000m Walk
Gold - Chelsea Friedrich - U15 Girls High Jump
Gold - Darcy Miller - U16 Boys Shot Put
Gold - Kodi Parkinson - U16 Boys 1500m
Gold - Angus Hincksman - U16 Para Boys 1500m
Gold - Jack Netting - U20 Para Boys 100m
Gold - Jess Bell - U20 Girls Javelin
Gold - Toby Wilks - U15 Boys 3000m Walk MR
Silver - Jack Downey - U20 Boys Pole Vault
Silver - Jesse Iese - U20 Boys Shot Put
Bronze - Lucy Doney - U20 Girls Triple Jump
Silver - Ellie Whittingham - U16 Girls 400m
Silver - Marley Raikiwasa - U15 Girls Javelin
Gold - PJ Carlin - U14 Boys Hammer Throw MR
Silver - Anna Rose Gray - U14 Girls Pole Vault
Bronze - Elli Pusonjic - U14 Girls Pole Vault
Bronze - 4x100m U20 Boys (Max Hagicostas, Nathan Rohrlach, Max Cormack, Ben Ridley)
Gold - Jack Netting - U20 Para Boys Long Jump
Bronze - Jesse Iese - U20 Boys Discus
Silver - Taylor Larsson - U14 Girls Discus
Gold - Jack Netting - U20 Para Boys 200
Silver - Olivia Onuma - U15 Girls Pole Vault
Bronze - Bailey Dyer - U20 Boys 3000m Steeple
Silver - Courtney Lewis - U20 Para Girls Shot Put
Silver - Orlando Bernhardt - U14 Boys Pole Vault
Bronze - Jett Carlin - U20 Boys Hammer Throw
Gold - Lucy Doney - U18 Girls Triple Jump
Silver - Emilaya Ellis - U18 Girls Triple Jump
Silver - Darcy Miller - U16 Boys Discus
Gold - Angus Hincksman - U16 Boys para 800m
Gold - Kodi Parkinson - U16 Boys 800m
Bronze - Casey Buchanan - U20 Boys 800m
Gold - Brayden Davidson - Open Para Men Long Jump
Gold - Isaac Heyne - U20 Boys 5000m
Silver - Daniel Kirk - Open Para Men Discus
Gold - Taylor Larsson - U14 Girls Shot Put
Silver - PJ Carlin - U14 Boys Shot Put
Silver - Lucy Mauviel - U18 Girls 1500m
Silver - Adam Goddard - U17 Boys 1500m
Bronze - Aidan Ross - U17 Boys 1500m
Bronze - Emilaya Ellis - U18 Girls Long Jump
Silver - Olivia Sandery - U18 Girls 5000m Walk
Silver - Adam Goddard - U17 Boys 3000m
Bronze - Sam Paech - Open Para Javelin
Silver - Salumi Robberts - U18 Girls Javelin
Silver - Tiana Scholz - U17 Girls Hammer
Silver - Molly Farmer - U18 Girls 200m
Bronze - Lachlan Page - Open Men’s Discus
Bronze - Courtney Smallacombe - Open Women’s Pole Vault
Bronze - Brayden Davidson - Open Para Men’s 100m
Bronze - Jess Bell - Open Women’s Javelin
Silver - Aidan Ross - U17 Boys 2000m Steeple
Bronze - Rosa Twyford - U18 Girls 800m
Gold - Jett Carlin - U17 Boys Hammer Throw
Gold - Max Stevens - Open Men’s 3000m Steeple
Gold - Brayden Davidson - Open Para Men’s 200m
Silver - 4x100m Open Men (Max Hagicostas, Harrison Hunt, Ryan Atkins, Liam Moss)
Bronze - 4x400m Open Men (Oli Callahan, Robert Broadhead, Casey Buchanan, Brett Fisk)