James Joycey (Vic) was the first athlete atop the podium at the 2016 Australian All Schools Championships this evening, with the hammer thrower hitting 62.34m to win gold and launch his campaign in style.
Joined on the podium by Conor McLaughlin (Qld, second, 60.41m) and Alexander Kolesnikoff (NSW, third, 56.16m), Joycey now looks forward to his preferred event, the boy’s under 18 shot put, on Sunday 4 December.
“After this today, I’m looking forward to the shot put now. I put a lot more work into that across the winter and it’s improved a lot. Hopefully that will keep improving to get me through to the IAAF World Under 20 Championships in 2018,” Joycey said.
“I want to make the hammer and the shot put in 2018 if I can. I’ve got 20 months to keep getting better and hopefully then I can get it done.”
Competition on day one also delivered a Commonwealth Youth Games qualifying mark of 7.28m (w: +0.7) to Zachary Nunis (Vic) as he won gold in the boy’s long jump from Zane Branco (Qld, second, 7.26m) and James Moloney (NSW, third, 7.00m). Grace Brennan (ACT) won the girl’s event with a 6.04m (w: +1.4) performance in the final round.
Meanwhile in the pole vault, a new generation of the talented Parnov family took to the runway in the girl's under 14 event, with Alla Parnov (WA) and Natarsha Parnov (WA) delivering a one-two finish to join their sisters Liz and Vicky as medallists at the Australian All School Championships.
Coached by their renowned father Alex, the twins are aged 13 and soared over 3.05m and 2.95m to ensure their spot among the medallists alongside joint winners of the bronze Cassidy Bradshaw (Vic, 2.85m) and Georgia Tayler (Vic, 2.75m).
On the track in the boy’s and girl's under 18 5000m walk, Declan Tingay (WA) and Katie Hayward (Qld) were unrivalled.
Maintaining four-minute kilometres throughout, Tingay crossed the line in a meet record 20:11.80 to take victory from IAAF World Under 18 Championships representative Kyle Swan (Vic, second) with Heywood also breaking the meet record with her gold medal winning time of 21:40.87.
In other results on day one of the 2016 Australian All Schools Championships:
- Cara Jardine (Qld) ran a strong heat in the girl’s under 18 400m, clocking 56.05 to qualify fastest for the final ahead of Tass Kirsopp-Cole (Vic, 57.17) and Anna Musker (Vic, 57.28).
- In the boy’s under 18 400m rounds, Tyler Gunn (NSW) crossed the line in 48.40 to advance to the round-of-eight fastest, with Christian Davis (Vic, 48.65) and Joshua Perdisat (Vic, 49.62) to join him.
- Leaping 3.46m with her third attempt, IPC Athletics World Championships representative Carly Salmon (NSW) won the girl’s under 18 para-athletics long jump. The boy’s event was taken out by Declan Campion (ACT) with a performance of 6.16m.
- Competition on day one also included the final of the girl’s and boy’s under 18 2000m steeplechase, with Queensland and Western Australia respectively taking gold and silver. It was Lucinda Crouch (Qld) who won the girl’s race, clocking 6:46.14 to edge out her teammate Brielle Erbacher (Qld, 6:58.67), while Luke Graves (WA, 5:53.92) crossed first in the boy’s race from MJ Jansen van Rensburghey (WA, 5:59.32).
Competition continues at the A.I.S Track and Field Centre tomorrow, with Riley Day (Qld) to make her debut on the track in the girl’s under 18 100m where she will be challenged by Kristie Edwards (NSW), Maisie Stevens (NSW) and Lateisha Willis (Vic).
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