Nketia gets the double as ACT records fall
The 2017 Australian All Schools Athletics wrapped up last weekend (8th – 10th December) in Adelaide with ACT athletes bringing home some impressive results and records to end the 2017 year.
With a team of 97, Athletics ACT entered into the All Schools Championships with a reasonably small team in comparison to the 250 NSW team members and 200 Queenslanders. Nonetheless the ACT athletes were not shy to let their presence be known as the team walked away with an impressive 17 medals (5 Gold, 7 Silver & 5 Bronze) and 7 new ACT age records.
Day 1 of competition saw our walkers claim 4 medals with Tom Hunt (U14 Boys 3000m Walk) and Mitchell Baker (U18 Boys 5000m Walk) taking gold. Hunt’s performance also saw him better the ACT U14 3000m Walk record by more than 30 seconds. Laura Burns (U14 Girls 3000m Walk) improved on her bronze from the 2017 Australian Junior Championships to take silver, whilst Connor Frew made it a one-two for ACT in the U18 Boys 5000m Walk. Just missing the medals, and a clean sweep of the U18 Boys event Tim Fraser crossed the line in 3rd but was penalised 30seconds for a contact infringement and subsequently dropping Fraser back to 4th. In the field Itamar Oren took silver in the U14 Boys Pole Vault and improved the ACT U14 Boys Pole Vault record to 3.00m. Nathaniel Halpin picked up a bronze in the U16 Para Boys Shot Put.
Day 2 was the beginning of the ‘Eddie Show’ with Edward Nketia storming to an impressive victory in the U18 Boys 100m, with a new ACT U18 Boys record and World Junior Qualifier of 10.51s. Nketia backed up later in the day to assist the U18 Boys Swedish relay. ACT athletes continued to show their strength in the distance events with Luke Levay (U14 Boys 1500m) taking silver and Tom Palfrey (U16 Boys 1500m) picking up bronze. Multi-eventer Colby Eddowes lined up in a deep U16 Boys 100m Hurdles final where he claimed bronze against some top quality international athletes. Nathaniel Halpin added to his shot put bronze with silver in the U16 Para Boys Discus and bettered the national T01 U16 Discus record by 78cm.
Competition had barely begun on day 3 when Eloise Millington took bronze in the U18 Girls Triple Jump. A new star was found in Ahmed Al-Ani, a relatively new-comer to athletics with minimal training lined up for his first national final in the U14 Boys 100m where his astonishing performance landed him a silver medal. Max Rosin raced a smart 800m in the U16 Boys event to take Bronze. Our U18 Girls in the 400m Hurdles showed true strength with Annemaria Leszcynksa taken Gold and Riley Proudfoot Silver, in the same event Molly Sturgiss stepped up from the U16’s into the U18’s for the 400m Hurdles to finish 9th. To round out an impressive weekend of athletics Edward Nketia capped of his weekend in Adelaide with the 100/200 double as he battled to the line in the 200m final to take gold an ACT U18 Boys 200m record of 21.40s.
Other performances of note:
· Lucie Beahan bettered the ACT U18 Girls Pole Vault record to 2.70m
· Lizanne Van Scheppingen in the U16 Girls Pole Vault broke the ACT U16 record, which now stands at 2.55m
· Danny Riley in the U14 Boys Hammer Throw broke the ACT U14 record with a new mark of 32.97m.
A special thank you should go to all the ACT team managers, the four team leaders (Angus Thompson, Mitchell Baker, Molly Sturgiss and Lucie Beahan) and all the parents and coaches who travelled and supported the ACT team in Adelaide.
We now look towards the 2018 ACT Championships (26th-28th January) to find our next ACT team to represent at the Australian Junior Combined Championships in Melbourne (March 2nd-4th) and Australian Junior Championships in Sydney (March 14th-18th).
Full Results can be found here
Executive Officer | Athletics ACT