LUCINDA CROUCH extended her unbeaten record in the steeple at Nationals to 4 at the 2016 Australian All-Schools U/18 girls 2km in hot, fly-blown Canberra on December 2-4. She had to overcome a severe back spasm to claim gold in an even-split 6.46. CALLUM DAVIES starred in a classy U/18 boys 3000m, lowering his PB to 8.37 for bronze after a sprint to the line with Rio Paralympian Jarryd Clifford. LARA CROUCH was the only runner to challenge favourite Keely Small in the U/16 girls 1500m eventually settling for bronze in 4.36. A special acknowledgement to AMELIA SCHOFIELD, who runs with us and who broke through for her first national medal in the 3000m walk (specialist coach Robyn Wales). ANNA JONES (1500m), ISSI BURDON (800m) and CALLUM DAVIES (1500m) all placed 4th while SEAN RYAN PB’d the 800m in 2mins-flat.
Morgan Mathews launched our State Schools Championship season with a bronze medal in the 14year girls 1500m (4.55) at the NSW All-Schools in Sydney on October 17.
At the NSW Primarys, Ayva Samuelson was named fist reserve for the Nationals in the 12yrs 800m after her PB 2.28.
The Queensland Primary Champ’s at QE11 October 18-19 saw PBs galore by our runners, 6 medals and 5 national qualifiers:
SILVER Ruby Hughes 10yr Girls 800m 2.32
M.J.Lowe 10yr Boys 800m 2.26
Trista Hockey 11yr Girls Multi (800m/2.35)
BRONZE Maicey Lynch 11yr Girls 800m 2.27
Amy Partrige 12yr Girls 800m 2.23
Ethan Smith 12yr Boys Multi (800m/2.27)
And finally, a world youth qualifier in the steeple by LUCINDA CROUCH highlighted our 20-medal haul (9 golds!) at the Queensland Secondary School titles (Oct.20-23 at QE11). Lucinda’s 6.37.51 eclipsed the former world junior record of another Border Striders runner, MELISSA ROLLISON, from 1998. This means we have the two best Queensland junior steeplechasers in history. Doubles to CALLUM DAVIES and ELLE RUTHERFORD, the DAVIES-LACHLAN COWLEY 3000m quinella and making up half the field in the 14yr girls 1500m final were other highlights.
Callum Davies 17yrs 1500m 3.58
Callum Davies 17yrs 3000m 8.46
Isabelle Burdon 17yrs 800m 2.11
Lucinda Crouch 16/17yrs 2km steeple 6.37 (#6 All-time Australian)
Justin Currie 16yrs 800m 1.55
Jack Salcedo 15yrs 1500m 4.14
Elle Rutherford 14yrs 800m 2.12
Elle Rutherford 14yrs 1500m 4.35
Trent Darbyshire 14yrs 800m 2.00
Lachlan Cowley 17yrs 3000m 8.49
Lucinda Crouch 16yrs 1500m 4.33
Leah Simpson 15yrs 800m 2.11
Lara Crouch 15yrs 1500m 4.41
Sean Ryan 15yrs 800m 2.01
Mackenzey Ormiston 14/15yrs 3000m 10.20
Alex Olders 14/15yr MC 800m (2.29/86%)
Alex Olders 14/15yr MC 1500m (5.05/87%)
Lachlan Cowley 17yrs 1500m 4.01
Anna Jones 13yrs 800m 2.16
Anna Jones 13yrs 1500m 4.41
Note:- Amelia Schofield won gold in the 13yrs 3000m walk (15.49) to join our huge list of national qualifiers.
Stop Press:-Oscar Rutherford (2.17) and Jayden Morris (2.19) qualified for the Australian U/14 boys 800m.
Stop Stop Press:- Alanasia Malone was also selected for Australian All Schools being held in Canberra December 2-4, giving us 14 in the Heat Team.
Cold, drizzling conditions made it tough for our 27 -strong contingent at the Australian Cross-Country Championships in Canberra on August 20. The standouts were our world interschool champion LUCINDACROUCH who won her fifth Australian Cross medal; and unheralded AMYPARTRIDGE whose sensational national debut left her just 3secs shy of the gold medal. MACKENZEY ORMISTON also gets a nod for her 4th placing in the U/16s (first 14 year old) with her time good enough to medal in the U/18s. We had eight runners in the top 10 plus our two medallists:
BRONZE Lucinda Crouch U18yrs 4km 14.20
BRONZE Amy Partridge U14yrs 3km 10.50
The Queensland Junior and 10km Championships at Maleny on July 30 featured a “hill from hell” at the finish. Special congrat’s to Sam Chapel on his first state medal after a blanket finish with squad member Angus James.
Lily Dolton U20 6km 24.07
Keely Whittaker U/16 4km 15.44
Anna Jones U/14 3km 11.37
Lucinda Crouch U/18 4km 15.25
Samuel Chapel U/10 1km 3.49
Eleven of our runners made the Queensland “Heat” team for Nationals:
John Lean (Open/AC), Lily Dolton, Marlie Campton, Ebony Wilson, Grace Lewis (AC) and Jayden Waldron (U20), Taya Hosking, Brianna Campton and Sean Ryan (U/16), Emma-Kate Watt and Laura Chapel (U/14). That gives us a neat 30 starters in Canberra. Congratulations to all.
An absolute “slog-fest in mud” (like Roma and Oakbank some years back) aptly describes the Queensland Schools Cross Country Championships at Maryborough Showgrounds on July 17. We led with 3 gold medals, and 17 have qualified for Nationals so far.
Chloe McLennan 14G 4000m
Amy Partridge 12G 3000m
MJ Lowe 10B 2000m
Lucinda Crouch 16G 4000m
Leah Simpson 15G 4000m
Jaxon Patterson-Wright 14B 4000m
OTHER NATIONAL QUALIFIERS were Callum Davies and Lachlan Cowley (17s), Keely Whittaker & Jack Salcedo (15s), Mackenzey Ormiston & Tayla Behr (14s), Anna Jones, Jack Partridge & Laura Chapel (Heat team)(13s), Trista Hockey (11G) & Emily Olders (10G). Congratulations on succeeding in shocking conditions.
On July 22 the NSW All-Schools Cross-Country Championships took place at a “heavy under-foot” Eastern Creek course. MORGAN MATHEWS led the way with a silver medal in the 14yr girls 4000m to gain automatic selection in the NSW team. JOSH MUMFORD’S 7th in the 15yr boys 4000m also qualified him for the Nationals.
Good luck to all in Canberra. Take gloves and a beanie that covers ears.
Two stars, KYAH ANDERSON and CAIDEN MACFARLANE, were born at the Queensland All Schools Cross Country titles on April 30 at Kedron. Our 19 medal haul also featured three national qualifiers – state junior track champ LACHLAN COWLEY (photographer extraodinaire who took the ultimate “selfie”), Australian Youth Triathlon silver medallist KEELY WHITTAKER and the unheralded LAURA CHAPEL.
Kyah Anderson 9yrG 1500m 5.29
Caiden Macfarlane 8yrB 1000m 3.39
Lachlan Cowley 17yrB 6km 20.27
Keely Whittaker 15yrG 4km 15.20
Laura Chapel 13yrG 3km 11.16
Jascha Raymond 11yrB 3km 10.55
Emma Dreyzin-Howell 10yrG 2km 7.53
Leo Llewellyn 8yrB 1km 3.40
Belle Regan 8yrG 1km 4.03
Marlie Campton – NSW – 18/19yrG 6km 26.24
Reid Zemek 18/19yrB 8km 32.49
Emily Raeburn – NSW – 16yrG 4km 15.58
Drew Younger 15yrG 4km 15.32
Tayla Behr 14yrG 4km 15.22
Oscar Rutherford 12yrB 3km 10.26
Dakota Farrell-Thomas 12yrG 3km 11.13
MJ Lowe 10yrB 2km 7.39
Ruby Hughes 10yrG 2km 8.07
Emily Gallagher 8yrG 1km 4.05
Congratulations also to KRISTY RIGBY (bronze in U/20 4km, 16.01) and PAUL SCURR (silver in masters 45-50yrs 4km, 14.33).
A National All-Time #10 performance by CARA FEAIN-RYAN and a three-in-a-row steeple gold by LUCINDA CROUCH highlighted our squad’s 12-medal haul at the 2016 Australian Junior Championships conducted in a Perth furnace March 8-13. Cara’s 6.40 elevated her to #10 woman in Australian history (thanks Paul Ryan for the stat’s). Lucinda PB’d her steeple (6.49) to complete a rare trifecta. CALLUM DAVIES went from “under the radar” to national 3000m champ courtesy of a 25sec final 200m, and was the only Queensland boy to win a middle distance gold medal, while ELIN WALTERS announced her arrival on the national stage with her first gold in the steeple. ANNA JONES won her 1500m gold twice, once when the bellringer went early and she sprinted the third lap, then again after regrouping to hold them off on the fourth (PB 4.41)!
Callum Davies U18 3000m 8.40
Cara Feain-Ryan U18 2km Steeple 6.40
Lucinda Crouch U17 2km Steeple 6.48
Elin Walters U15 2km Steeple 7.19
Anna Jones U14 1500m 4.41
Lucinda Crouch U17 1500m 4.29
Justin Currie U17 800m 1.55
Lara Crouch U16 800m 2.10
Mackenzey Ormiston U15 3000m 9.57
Anna Jones U14 800m 2.16
India Williams U18 800m 2.12
Lara Crouch U16 1500m 4.28
State Little Athletics Championships on March 19-20 at QEII saw gold medal winners MACKENZEY ORMISTON, REBECCA WEBB and KYAH ANDERSON lead our 14 medal haul.
Mackenzey Ormiston U14 1500m 4.51
Rebecca Webb U10 800m 2.34
Kyah Anderson U9 800m 2.45
Alanasia Malone U16 800m 2.23
Mackenzey Ormiston U14 800m 2.24
Ciana Jamieson U14 1500m 5.01
Emma-Kate Watt U12 1500m 5.14
Emma-Kate Watt U12 800m 2.32
Alanasia Malone U16 1500m 5.00
Jamison Stovin U15 800m 2.11
Ciana Jamieson U14 800m 2.27
Ethan Smith U12 1500m 5.01
Jayda Anderson U11 1500m 5.25
Trista Hockey U11 800m 2.34
An equal record 19 golds (45% of total) highlighted our 34 medal distance haul at the Queensland Junior Championships held at QEII February 11-14. Special congrats to LACHLAN COWLEY and CALLUM DAVIES who recorded the fastest 1500m times of any age. QA named 27 of our runners in the Heat Team for the Nationals in Perth.
Cara Feain-Ryan U20 3000m steeple 10.45
Jordan Pizzica U20 3000m steeple 10.29
India Williams U18 1500m 4.43
India Williams U18 800m 2.16
Lachlan Cowley U18 1500m 4.00
Lachlan Cowley U18 800m 1.58
Callum Davies U18 3000m 8.55
Lucinda Crouch U17 2000m steeple 7.06
Justin Currie U17 800m 1.58
Lara Crouch U16 1500m 4.39
Lara Crouch U16 800m 2.15
Brianna Campton U16 3000m 10.36
Mackenzey Ormiston U15 3000m 10.15
Mackenzey Ormiston U15 1500m 4.47
Daniel Webb U15 2000m steeple 7.40
Elle Rutherford U15 800m 2.21
Trent Derbyshire U15 800m 2.09
Anna Jones U14 1500m 4.51
Anna Jones U14 800m 2.24
Ben Cook Open 5000m 14.43
Marlie Campton U20 800m 2.20 Prime Coach Eric Brown
Callum Davies U18 1500m 4.01
Hugh Williamson U17 2000m Steeple 6.39
Lucinda Crouch U17 1500m 4.34
Sean Ryan U16 1500m 4.24
Leah Simpson U16 800m 2.16
Elin Walters U15 200m Steeple 7.20
Cara Feain Ryan U18 1500m 4.52
Louisa Scott-Young U17 2000m Steeple 7.51
Josh Chapel U16 3000m 9.47
Sean Ryan U16 800m 2.08
Erika Gage U16 2000m Steeple 8.00
Ellie Ryan U15 800m 2.23
Tayla Behr U15 3000m 10.36
Jack Partridge U14 1500m 4.49
ANNA JONES clocked a massive PB 2.16 to capture her first national medal, a gold, in the 12yrs 800m at the Australian Primary Schools championships in Canberra. LARA PERT also qualified for the Junior Nationals with her PB 2.23 in the Multi Event 800m, clinching gold for her as well. We also won 4 medals at the Secondary Schools Nationals in Melbourne, while LACHLAN COOK’S pb 8.15 in the Zatopek 3000m puts him on track for a World Junior qualifier over 5000m.
Anna Jones 12yrs 800m 2.16
Lara Pert 12yrs Multi Event 2.23 800m
Cara Feain-Ryan 16/17yrs steeple 6.54
Ellie Ryan 13yrs 1500m 4.37
Courtney Thwaites 14/15yrs Steeple 7.09
Lara Crouch 14/15yrs 1500m 4.30
Rebecca Webb 10yrs 800m 2.31
Trista Hockey 10yrs Multi-Event 2.40 (800m)