The Australian All-Schools titles in Adelaide on December 5-7 saw OLIVIA BURDON star with gold in the 16-17yrs 1500m. Her 4.23 was a 6 second PB and just a second outside the qualifying time for next year’s World Youth Champ’s in Colombia. LARA CROUCH took 7 seconds off the championship record in the 13yrs 1500m (4.26 / 8 sec. PB) to nab silver. Border Striders had six medal-winners, equal to Victoria and ahead of every other state except NSW!
GOLD Olivia Burdon 16-17yrs 1500m 4.23
SILVER Brodie Modini 16-17yrs 1500m 3.56
Issi Burdon 14-15yrs 800m 2.12
Lachlan Cowley 14-15yrs 1500m 4.03
Lara Crouch 13yrs 1500m 4.26
BRONZE Justin Currie 14-15yrs 3000m 9.09
A special mention to JAMISON STOVIN who has run with us periodically. He won the National 13yrs 3000m walk under coach Steve Langley. Likewise CASSIDY ORMISTON (Coach Poly Fung) made a creditable debut in the long jump.
The national schools championship season kicked off with the Australian Primary Schools at Tasmanian outpost Penguin on Nov.29-30. ELLE RUTHERFORD became only the fourth girl in a quarter of a century to win the 800m title in each of the 10, 11 and 12 year age categories.
GOLD Elle Rutherford 12yrs 800m 2.18
BRONZE Lara Pert 11yrs Multi-Event (800m/2.29)
Harrison Turner 10yrs Multi-Event (800m/2.28)
* Genesis CC teacher Joel White had major input into our multi-eventers
Athletics championship season kicked off for the 2014 / 15 year with the NSW All Schools held at Sydney Olympic Park on October 8 – 12.
SILVER Brianna Campton 13yrs 1500m 4.42.49
BRONZE Cara Feain-Ryan 15yrs 2000m Steeple 7.27.33
Cara Feain-Ryan 15yrs 1500m 4.48.47
Brianna Campton 13yrs 800m 2.15.03
Morgan Mathews 12yrs 1500m 5.13.91
Brianna’s 1500m result qualifies her for Nationals in Adelaide on December 5-7.
Moving north of the border, the Queensland Primary titles at QSAC on Oct.15 saw us win 33% of the 800m medals, one up on last year:
GOLD Elle Rutherford 12yrs 2. 20
SILVER Ellie Ryan 12yrs 2.20
Lara Pert 11yrs 2.27
Gabbi Martin 10yrs 2.36
BRONZE Anna Jones 11yrs 2.28
Harrison Turner 10yrs 2.25
Primary Nationals this year are being held in Penguin (what the?!) We don’t know whether to be more amazed that a place called Penguin exists, or that a town of less than 4000 people on the remote north west coast of Tasmania gets to have a synthetic running track!
Also making the Nationals in Penguin on Nov.28-30 is Oscar Rutherford (Tetrathlon 10yrs champion/800m 2.26). Lara Pert (gold) and Harrison Turner (silver) also medalled in the Tetrathlon thanks to their school coach, Joel White.
The Queensland Secondary School titles at QSAC on October 23 – 26 saw us dominate for the seventh straight year with 19 middle distance medals (including 10 gold).
GOLD Jack Taylor 18-19yrs 5000m 16.12
Lilli Burdon 16yrs 1500m 4.30
Brodie Modini 16yrs 1500m 4.02
Issi Burdon 15yrs 800m 2.15
April Scurr 15yrs 1500m 4.44
Lachlan Cowley 15yrs 1500m 4.08
Lucinda Crouch 13-15yrs 2km Steeple 7.10
Justin Currie 14yrs 800m 2.00
Justin Currie 14yrs 1500m 4.14
Lara Crouch 13yrs 1500m 4.44
SILVER Lilli Burdon 16-17yrs 3000m 10.01
Callum Davies 15yrs 800m 2.01
India Williams 15yrs 1500m 4.47
Lucinda Crouch 14-15yrs 3000m 10.15
Lachlan Cowley 14-15yrs 3000m 9.08
Jazmin Smith 14yrs 800m 2.16
Lara Crouch 13yrs 800m 2.18
Ryan Roberts 13yrs 1500m 4.24
Alex Olders AWD 800m 2.35
Alex Olders AWD 1500m
BRONZE Lucinda Crouch 14yrs 1500m 4.48
In addition to most of the above medallists, our race walkers Kenza Benzenati, Jamison Stovin and Michaela Woodward, 400m runners Scout Cooke and Rachel Pieszko, and Amelia Mabarrack (3000m) were selected for the National All-Schools. All up 18 representatives. Good luck to all!
The Australian Cross Country Championships were held in Albany WA on August 23, probably as far flung as it gets for those traveling from our corner of the country. The weather was glorious, the course was, well, what can I say? It wasn’t muddy? And the food was really good! Once again we held on to our status as the leading junior squad in the country, with 6 individual medals won, and the Queensland 12 year girls won team gold. Big congratulations to all.
GOLD Mackenzey Ormiston 12yrs 3000m 10mins 44s
SILVER Elena Green U16 4000m 14mins 00s
Jacquie Soden U20 (school) 6000m 22mins 11s
BRONZE Jacquie Soden U20 (overall) 6000m
Lilli Burdon U18 4000m 14mins 00s
Lachlan Cook U18 6000m 19mins 05s
Our Paul Scurr and David Morse made up half Queensland’s bronze medal-winning team in the open men. The state selectors rewarded Paul with a berth on Queensland’s team for the National Half-Marathon in Sydney on Sept.21.
Congratulations also to ADAM BUCHHORN (*Prime coach–David Smith, but does endurance with us) who won the Australian U/14 Road Walk title, (2km, 11min 04sec), also held in Albany.
Cross Country championship season kicked off on July 18 with our Tweed Squad athletes competing at the NSW All Schools Cross Country Carnival at the scenic (not) Eastern Creek raceway. Icy winds blowing straight off the Blue Mountains across the exposed course were unpleasant for both runners and spectators, but at least it stayed dry, and it was helpful to remember that this might be good conditioning for Nationals being held in Albany W.A. on August 23 where it is sure to be cold and we have also heard probably muddy.
Our NSW medallists were:
GOLD Jacquie Soden 18yrs 6km 23.32
Mackenzey Ormiston 12yrs primary 3km 12.19
SILVER Brandon Copeland 18yrs 8km 26.25
Morgan Mathews 12yrs secondary 3km 12.57
Finn Reece 11yrs 3km 12.14
BRONZE Brianna Campton 13yrs 3km 12.24
In addition to the above, Cara Feain-Ryan (15yrs) also gained selection to the NSW team to compete at Nationals.
Moving north of the border, the Queensland Primary Schools Cross Country Championships were also held on July 18, at John Paul College. Conditions here were coolish and very windy. We won eight medals (one short of our record) and qualified 11 for the Nationals.
GOLD Ellie Ryan 12yrs 3km 10.40
SILVER Tayla Behr 12yrs 3km 10.42
Jaxon Patterson-Wright 12yrs 3km 10.02
Dakota Farrell-Thomas 10yrs 2km 7.59
Jason Wulff 10yrs 2km 7.32
BRONZE Elle Rutherford 12yrs 3km 10.43
Anna Jones 11yrs 3km 11.23
Gabby Martin 10yrs 2km 8.02
Elin Walters and Chloe McLennan (both 12yrs) together with Sakura Sugiyama (10yrs) were also selected for the Nationals.
On July 20 we won a record 16 medals, including 6 golds, in the Queensland Secondary School titles run at Toowoomba’s Kearney Springs fields in perfect conditions.
GOLD Lachlan Cook 17yrs 6km 19.08
Sophie Malowiecki 17yrs 4km 13.45
Lilli Burdon 16yrs 4km 13.48
Elena Green 15yrs 4km 14.11
Katrina Robinson 14yrs 4km 14.13
Lara Crouch 13yrs 3km 10.54
SILVER Rebekah Matulis 18yrs 6km 25.02
Jack Taylor 18yrs 8km 27.52
David Lean* 16yrs 6km 19.47
Bradley Warnes 15yrs 4km 13.03
Lucinda Crouch 14yrs 4km 14.32
Alex Olders 13yrs AWD 3km 35%
BRONZE Jeremy Briggs 17yrs 6km 20.03
India Williams 15yrs 4km 14.48
Courtney Thwaites 14yrs 4km 14.40
Leah Simpson 13yrs 3km 11.19
* prime coach Nicholas Toohey
Also selected for the Nationals were Keely Whittaker, Paris Shield, Alexander Stitt, Ryan Roberts and Harry Briggs (all 13yrs), Katey Brassey, Thwane Fouche, Callum Davies and Braelan Renton (14-15yrs), Amelia Mabarrack, Brodie Modini and Jordan Pizzica (16-17yrs).
Best result ever for any squad!
We won 16 medals (up from 10 last year) in the QA Cross-Country Championships held at Rivermount College on August 2. Conditions were perfect as our U/14 girls went 1-2-3-4-5.
GOLD Lachlan Cook U/20 8km 25.16
McKenzey Ormiston U/14 3km 10.16
Anna Jones U/12 2km 6.56
Cooper Carswell U/10 1km 3.54
Tayden Tomich U/10 1km 3.56
Paul Scurr 45-54yrs 12km 43.45
SILVER Louis McAfee U/20 8km 25.19
Cara Feain-Ryan U/16 4km 13.49
Chloe McLennan U/14 3km 10.18
Ethan Smith U/12 2km 6.55
Kyah Anderson U/8 1km 4.29
BRONZE Bradley Warnes U/16 4km 12.42
April Scurr U/16 4km 14.01
Tayla Behr U/14 3km 10.18
Hamish Moss U/12 2km 7.01
Devon Bell U/12 2km 7.09
QA has named 14 of our runners in its Heat team for National Cross:- Christabel Kingdon, Morgan Mathews, Mackenzie Cullinane, Harley Nielsen, Sam Delaney (U/14), Alanasia Malone, April Scurr, India Williams, Rachel Pieszko, Lachlan Cowley (U/16), Isaac Hough (U/18), Eloise Carroll (U/20), David Morse and Paul Scurr (Open). Well done!
A further seven will race in WA after being promoted from the reserve list. Congratulations to Erika Gage & Jake Brooks(U/14), Anastasia Heikkila, Blake Lee-Obrien & Luke Kingdon (U/16), Alex Clements & Jaydon Waldron (U/18). Also Ryan Bidner (U/20) has joined us.
New Zealand School Sport Cross Country championships 21 June
Bronze Katrina Robinson Yr 9
The Queensland All Schools Cross Country championships held on May 10 saw one of our best results ever, with 12 state champions and 25 medals (35% of the total), including trifectas in the 12 year girls and 14 year girls. A well deserved special mention to Katrina Robinson who achieved the longest winning streak in the event’s 54 year history with seven consecutive wins, and Lachlan Cook with six.
GOLD Jacquie Soden (NSW) 18-19yrs
Rebekah Matulis 18-19yrs
Lachlan Cook 17yrs
Lilli Burdon 16yrs
David Lean * 16yrs
Elena Green 15yrs
Katrina Robinson 14yrs
Mackenzey Ormiston (NSW) 12yrs
Tayla Behr 12yrs
Anna Jones 11yrs
Sakura Sugiyama 10yrs
Alex Olders 13-15yrs AWD
* Prime coach Nich Toohey
SILVER Jack Taylor 18-19yrs
April Scurr 15yrs
Lucinda Crouch 14yrs
Lara Crouch 13yrs
Ellie Ryan 12yrs
Jaxon Paterson-Wright 12yrs
Dakota Farrell-Thomas 10yrs
Dakohta Soden * 8yrs
* Prime coach Mum
BRONZE Brodie Modini 16yrs
Courtney Thwaites 14yrs
Leah Simpson 13yrs
Ryan Roberts 13yrs
Sophia Briggs (St Hilda’s) 5-7yrs
Athletes competing at the Queensland Little Athletics Championships in Cairns on the weekend of March 21-23 braved torrential rain, and scorching heat when the sun did come out. Border Striders achieved 19 medals, and two athletes, Harry Briggs and Brianna Campton, were selected on the State team to compete at the Australian Little Athletics championships on May 3.
GOLD Braelan Renton U15 800m 2.11
Braelan Renton U15 1500m 4.24
Courtney Thwaites U14 800m 2.19
Courtney Thwaites U14 1500m 4.50 rec.
Brianna Campton U13 800m 2.21
Brianna Campton U13 1500m 4.57
Daniel Webb U12 1500m 4.54
Dakota Farrell-Thomas U10 800m 2.44
SILVER Jayden Waldron U16 1500m 4.27
Christian Ridley U14 800m 2.16
Chritstian Ridley U14 1500m 4.44
Harry Briggs U13 800m 2.18
Harry Briggs U13 1500m 4.40
Issi Schofield U12 1500m 5.19
Amelia Schofield U11 1500m 5.40
BRONZE Jayden Waldron U16 800m 2.08
India Williams U14 1500m 5.04
Caitlin Boyle U12 1500m 5.19
Issi Schofield U12 800m 2.38
A total of 15 medals won at the Australian Junior Championships at Sydney Olympic Park on March 12-16 was a new Border Striders record.
There were some thrills and spills, notably Lachlan Cook storming home after a fall in the Under 18 mens 1500m heat to successfully qualify for the final. Brodie Modini retained his title of unbeaten Australian Junior Champion in the 1500m when he brilliantly won the Under 17 mens event. The usual extreme weather saw the under 14 girls being pulled off the start line for the 1500m final when a lighting storm passed over just at the wrong time, much to the disgust of the girls who were certain they could dodge lightning bolts. The storms saw Braelan and Lucinda have to wait until next morning for their steeplechase golds after their races were called off and held over. Braelan’s double gold medal winning performance in the steeple and 3000m is even more remarkable as he had flown straight to the championships from the Australian Youth Triathlon in Queensland where he was part of the Gold medal winning relay team.
Congratulations to all our athletes who competed. Some were happier with their results than others. Remember that just achieving a qualifying time to compete at the championships is something to be proud of, and at Junior level, even the most disastrous of races can teach valuable lessons that will be important to your future results.
Special congratulations to our medallists as follows.
GOLD Lilli Burdon U18 3000m 9.52
Brodie Modini U17 1500m 3.57
Braelan Renton U16 3000m 8.49
Braelan Renton U16 Steeple 6.17
Katrina Robinson U15 3000m 9.54
Justin Currie U15 3000m 9.32
Lucinda Crouch U15 Steeple 7.11
SILVER Isabella Smith* U18 1500m 4.31
Elena Green U16 1500m 4.33
Elena Green U16 3000m 9.41
BRONZE Marlie Campton U18 1500m 4.33
Lachlan Cook U18 3000m 8.47
Brodie Modini U17 800m 1.57
Lucinda Crouch U15 1500m 4.39
Lucinda Crouch U15 3000m 10.18
* Isabella Smith – prime coach Eric Brown
32 middle distance medals at the Queensland Junior Championships on February 21-23 was yet another record – up from 26 last year.
GOLD Louis McAfee U20 1500m 4.01
Olivia Burdon U18 3000m 9.56
Marlie Campton U18 1500m 4.35
Elena Green U16 3000m 9.54
Elena Green U16 1500m 4.42
Braelan Renton U16 3000m 9.07
Braelan Renton U16 Steeple 6.36
Louisa Scott-Young U16 800m 2.16
Brianna Campton U14 1500m 4.51
Brianna Campton U14 800m 2.20
SILVER Jacquie Soden U20 5000m 18.16
Eloise Carroll U20 Steeple 14.39
Isabella Smith* U18 1500m 4.37
Marlie Campton U18 800m 2.12
Katrina Robinson U16 3000m 9.56
Jared Pascoe U16 1500m 4.25
Cara Feain-Ryan U16 1500m 4.43
Courtney Thwaites U16 800m 2.17
Lucinda Crouch U16 Steeple 7.21
Harry Briggs U14 1500m 4.43
Lara Crouch U14 1500m 4.54
Lara Crouch U14 800m 2.21
BRONZE Jacquie Soden U20 1500m 4.47
Louis McAfee U20 800m 1.56
Isabella Smith* U18 800m 2.12
Brodie Modini U18 800m 1.55
Cara Feain-Ryan U16 3000m 10.20
Justin Currie U16 3000m 9.19
Justin Currie U16 1500m 4.25
Courtney Thwaites U16 1500m 4.47
Jared Pascoe U16 800m 2.05
Will Harris U14 800m 2.18
* Isabella Smith – prime coach Eric Brown
Good luck to all at Junior Nationals in Sydney.