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Illawong Has Weekend To Remember

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Last weekend was a huge weekend for Illawong athletes.

The club had athletes competing across 3 states. There was the NSW Masters held at Homebush, the ACT State Championships which were at the AIS Track and there was the Adelaide Track classic.

Below is the write up of performances over the 3 meets.


Adelaide Track Classic

The Adelaide meet was one of the preliminary meets on the Athletics Australia summer tour. At Adelaide the club had 4 athletes competing. The Adelaide events hosts the National Relay championships and Sam Geddes ran in the NSW 4 x 100m team and Alicia Keir and Alison McAvoy ran in the NSW 4 x 400m relay team. Both teams finished 3rd. Also running on the night was Bryce Coles-Sinclair who ran a pb to finish 2nd in the 3000m. Bryce hit the lead with 150m to go but was run down close to the line.

ACT State Championships

A host of Illawong athletes ventured down to Canberra to compete in these state championships. Due to the lack of competition opportunities in Sydney the championships drew significant numbers of Sydney Athletes and the fields were very competitive. Illawong athletes were prominent in the jumps, sprints and hurdles.

Tomysha Clark in the under 14 won gold in 4 events (80m hurdles, long, triple and high) Tay-Leiha won gold in high and 2nd in long jump (5.76m), Alison Ruse won the u20 triple with 12.60m, while her sister Melanie finished 3rd in the u18 triple with 11.12. The club has a very strong group of jumpers and I’m sure before the season is out some of the club open records will be at risk of being surpassed. In the sprints Jake Hammond won his heat in 10.64, Elly Graf finished 5th in a very strong 100m final, Tomasin Clark finished a close 2nd in the u20 100m in a season best of 12.64 and Laura Turner finished 3rd in the 200m also in a season best of 24.28.

Lastly Melanie Ruse hurt her hamstring in the triple jump. We wish her a very speedy recovery so she is back jumping further next season.

ACT Athletics do a fantastic job at the carnival and all the athletics would highly recommend the carnival.

NSW Masters

At NSW Masters the club had 10 athletes compete in 35 events. The busiest competitor over the weekend was Jamie Muscat who competed in 9 events. Regrettably only 1 was a running event. Jamie threw 14.42m in the shot. This is only 0.08m short of the National Open entry standard. Georg Herger (1st 400m Hurdles, 2nd high Jump), John Simpson (1st 5000m) and John Thompson (3rd 5000m) were other men to win medals. John Simpson is in in his first season with the club and his winning time of 18 minutes 18.39 seconds is a mighty impressive time. David Luck competed in the sprints and he was very close to winning medals.

For the women Natasha Hughes won the sprint double, Karen Herrmann won gold in the 800m and silver in the 400m, Audrey Thomson collected 2 gold and 2 silvers in the throws, and Sue Whatley collected bonze in the discus. Deb Engeler finished 4th and 5th in 5 events doing as many events as Audrey.

Congratulations to all the club members who competed over the 2 days and we wish them luck in the upcoming competitions.