RUBY HUGHES is the new Pacific School Games champion! The Tweed squadder won the 11yrs 800m final, her first Major, in a PB 2.21. Hughes relished the mild conditions at Adelaide’s Mile End track sitting in third at the bell. She then launched a long dash for home, recording the Olympian’s split (1.09/1.12) to secure gold. The effort was doubly credible on the back of her silver in the 1500m three days earlier (4.54). Ruby celebrated at a Rundle Mall choc-shop balcony with a $9 Bulla icecream shake and a half bag of Squirms (coach funded). Congratulations also to KYAH ANDERSON for her silver medal in the 10yrs 1500m (PB 4.56/PSG Record!) and to ISABELLA HARTE whose PB 4.46 in the 12 yrs deserved a medal.
CONOR OSLINGTON-ELLIOT was our standout runner at the National Secondary Schools recording the fastest time among the Queenslanders (PB 8.49)
CALLUM DAVIES went within 2 seconds of a World Junior Qualifier as we ruled the 1500m Classic at UQ on November 2. Davies clocked a PB 3.50 to be first Queenslander and fourth in an international-class field. It also booked him a spot in the Commonwealth Games Trials.
DAISY FAHEY executed a Double KS manoeuvre to ace School Race #1 and qualify for CGT into the bargain (PB 4.39). Nice interview on Livestream too.
ALEX GOUGH (Race #4 Record/PB 4.15) and KLOE LOCKHART (PB 4.55) also won as we dominated with 7 podiums, 16 national qualifiers, 25 PBs and 4 CGTQs (Callum, Daisy, Leah Simpson PB 4.33 and Elle Rutherford).
“MORE OF THE SAME”? YEP!!
Daisy Fahey School Race #1 4.39
Alex Gough School Race #4 4.15 REC
Kloe Lockhart School Race #3 4.55
Isabella Harte * Primary Race #1 4.50
(Prime Coach-Karen Iselin)
Sophie Greer School Race #4 5.10
David Lockhart Masters 4.46
Tom Hartley School Race #5 4.44
QUEENSLAND SECONDARY SCHOOL TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS
QSAC October 12 – 15
SEAN RYAN and MITCHELL BRADBROOK led our 20-medal charge to the top of the aggregate medal table (middle distance) for the 10th year-in-a-row!
In the 16yrs 800m, SEAN proved you can win from the front laying down a lung-busting 57 sec opener. He sealed it with a 59 sec close to win his first State title in the second-fastest time of any age (PB 1.56/AJQ).
In the open 5000m, MITCHELL faced a daunting opponent in dual world junior multi-event medallist Dean Cane. After six laps hanging on at 75-78 sec pace, Mitchell threw in a 74/73 to gap his rival and stride away to his first State gold in a PB 15.44 (AJQ).
Also noted a back-to-form ANNA JONES (PB 800m,2.16/AJQ), dual podium man JAXON PATERSON-WRIGHT (3000m & steeple, PB/AJQ), breakout 3000m ace CONOR OSLINGTON-ELLIOTT (PB 8.53) and first-time State school medallist CIANA JAMIESON.
Sean Ryan 16yrs 800m 1.56
Mitchell Bradbrook Open 5000m 15.44
Jaxon Paterson-Wright 15yrs 2km steeple 6.06
Trent Darbyshire 15yrs 800m 2.01
Elle Rutherford 15yrs 1500m 4.42
Anna Jones 14yrs 800m 2.16
Alanasia Malone Open 3km steeple 12.39
Zoe Culross Open 800m 2.24
Conor Oslington-Elliott 17yrs 3000m 8.53
Alex Gough 16yrs 2km steeple 6.21
Leah Simpson 16yrs 800m 2.14
Ciana Jamieson 15yrs 1500m 4.43
Jaxon Paterson-Wright 15yrs 3000m 8.57
Stephanie Hall * 17yrs 1500m 4.53
Stephanie Hall * 17yrs 3000m 10.32
Michael Hall * 14yrs 3000m 9.30
* Prime Coach – Jackson Elliott
Zoe Culross Open 1500m 4.57
Alanasia Malone Open 800m 2.31
Alex Olders MC 800m 2.26
Alex Olders MC 1500m 4.57
Our other NATIONAL QUALIFIERS were Amy Partrige, Oscar Rutherford, Lizzie Bryant, Jackson Cranitch, Ky Robinson, Daisy Fahey, Jack Salcedo, Jordan Bennett and Kloe Lockhart.
Finally kudos to our race walkers Mackenzie Ofield (13yrs gold) and Amelia Schofield (14/15yrs bronze).
QUEENSLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS
Get ready. Our Little Army is coming. RUBY HUGHES, KYAH ANDERSON and ISABELLA HARTE each won selection to the Pacific School Games with brilliant PB medal-winning performances.
Ruby Hughes 11yrs 1500m 4.59
Ruby Hughes 11yrs 800m 2.22
Kyah Anderson 10yrs 1500m 5.03
Kyah Anderson 10yrs 800m 2.29
Isabella Harte * 12yrs 1500m 4.55
(Prime Coach-Karen Iselin)
LIZZIE BRYANT starred in the AUSTRALIAN JUNIOR CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS at Wollongong on Aug.26 capturing her first national medal, a bronze, in the 13yrs 3000m. Under sunny skies, she positioned herself in the top 8 before passing the national champ and two others in the last narrow, technical kilometre and clocking a swift 10.42 (first 13 year old!).
Saturday morning regular ISABELLA HARTE (Prime coach–Karen Iselin) went one better than Hobart with her fearless challenge to the freakish Imogen Stewart (NSW) netting her silver (10.40).
EMMA-KATE WATT (10th/10.59) and CAITLYN MORSE (17th/11.06) impressed in their national cross debuts to give us a rare win over Victoria (Yep, the state!), 32-37, under the traditional 4-to-score format.
Celebrations continued at the legendary Gong Hotel with the girls taking over the main pool table, forcing the local bikies to use the one outside in the cold.
Congrat’s also to some race walkers who run with us and starred at their Nationals:- JAYDA ANDERSON bronze in the AJ U/14 3000m, LYLA WILLIAMS and ASHANTI HEAP 1-2 in the RWA U/12 2000m and SCARLETT SCHOFIELD 5th on debut.
National Schools Cross Country
KYAH ANDERSON’S maiden national title and RUBY HUGHES’ silver medal on debut were the highlights as six of our runners placed top 10 in frigid, windswept and at times rainy Hobart conditions.
In the 10yrs 2km Kyah calmly extracted herself from the usual bustling pack after 500m in pursuit of arch rival Denielle Hills. Up and down the long mid-race hill, the margin varied between zero and 15m but they were neck and neck into the final straight. Kyah surged in an exciting finish to claim gold in 7 mins 22 seconds.
Earlier Ruby had given us a near-perfect start with a courageous front-running display in the 11 yrs 3km. Powering away beside the Derwent River (“I felt so good”), she looked like she’d stolen the gold until being overtaken with 400m left. Nevertheless 10.56 on that course was a sensational time and netted Ruby the silver medal.
AMY PARTRIDGE also took it out hard in the 13yrs 3km eventually placing a creditable 4th (10.44); JAXON PATERSON-WRIGHT (7th) and JACK PARTRIDGE (8th) impressed in the 14-15yrs 4km, both clocking 12.11 with Jack 3rd in the lower age; while MILLIE HUNT enjoyed an eye-catching debut in the 12yrs 3km (10th, 12.04).
MACKENZEY ORMISTON’S bid for World Schools Cross-Country selection fell just 3 seconds short but she has another shot in 2019. Post race celebrations took place at the Hotel Soho before we adjourned to the wharfside icecream parlours.
Success continued in the Queensland Junior Cross Country titles at mountainous Maleny on July 28 with 8 medals and 17 selected in the Heat Team for the AA Nationals at Wollongong.
Unheralded HARU STEELE broke through for her first state gold medal in the 11 yrs 2km (8.41) while PRIYA MADDERS ran from behing to clinch the QASX/QJX double with gold in the 9yrs 1km (4.11).
Haru Steele 11yrs 2km 8.41
Priya Madders 9yrs 1km 4.11
Jaxon Paterson-Wright 15yrs 4km 13.53
Jack Partridge 14yrs 4km 14.13
Amy Partridge 13yrs 3km 11.51
Sam Chapel 10yrs 2km 7.51
Chloe McLennan 15yrs 4km 16.00
Emma-Kate Watt 13yrs 3km 11.53
Named in the Heat team were John Lean (Open), Jack Salcedo, Alex Gough, Jordan Bennett, Katey Brassey, Keely Whittaker, Olivia Bosnjak (U18), Ryan Marsh, Ciana Jamieson, Chloe McLennan, Shellbee Welsh, Kloe Lockhart (U16), Elizabeth Bryant, Bridget Morrissey, Emma Kate Watt, Dakota Farrell-Thomas and Caitlyn Morse (U14.)
Great job champions and good luck at the Nationals.
MORGAN MATHEWS made her fourth straight National Cross with a determined display in the NSW All Schools Cross Country at a sunny, if chilly, Eastern Creek on July 20. She immediately positioned herself outside the leaders in the 15yrs 4km and hung on to clock 15.13, good for fourth place.
JAXON PATERSON-WRIGHT and KYAH ANDERSON repeated their Gold Coast Marathon heroics with Gold medals in the Queensland Schools Cross Country Championships in perfect conditions at St Pauls.
Jaxon unleashed a withering 2km kickdown in the 15yrs 4km to capture his first state cross title in an impressive 12 minutes 43 seconds.
Kyah overcame a tardy start to wend her way through to the lead in the 10 yrs 2km eventually prevailing in an outstanding 7.12.
We won 7 medals and 15 made the team for Hobart. Significantly 6 placed fourth including ALANASIA MALONE (18yrs), MITCHELL BRADBROOK (18yrs) and JORDAN BENNETT (17yrs) all of whom narrowly missed state selection.
As well MACKENZEY ORMISTON, running up, kept her hopes of a fairytale selection to the Worlds in Paris alive by running the second fastest time of the day in the 4km.
Jaxon Paterson-Wright 15yrs 4000m 12.43
Kyah Anderson 10yrs 2000m 7.12
Amy Partridge 13yrs 3000m 10.57
Mackenzey Ormiston 16yrs 4000m 14.21
Stephanie Hall 17yrs 4000m 15.20
Jack Partridge 14yrs 4000m 13.03
Lizzie Bryant 13yrs 3000m 10.59
Also named in the State Team were Jack Salcedo (16yrs), Leah Simpson (16yrs), Kloe Lockhart (14yrs), Laura Chapel (14yrs) Bridget Morrisey (13yrs), Milly Hunt (12yrs), Ruby Hughes and MJ Lowe (both 11yrs).
We dominated the GOLD COAST MARATHON JUNIOR DASH races with three victories out of a possible four.
JAXON PATERSON-WRIGHT became the first ever boy to successfully defend the title with his 4km time (PB12.36) just 7 seconds outside the record.
KYAH ANDERSON split two state cross country champion boys to claim victory in the girls 2km, running the third fastest time (6.57) in history.
MJ LOWE captured a rare two-in-a-row win in the boys 2km, leading all the way in the fourth fastest time ever(6.55)
Also congratulations to CAIDEN MACFARLANE who starred with third in the 2km (7.19) while JAYDA ANDERSON won the 11-12 yrs 4km (14.56) and JAI HOCKEY was second junior in the Half-Marathon (1hr 23 mins).
A rare trifecta in the 13yr girls headlined our 9-medal haul at the Queensland All-Schools Cross-Country on May 6 at a warmish Kedron.
LIZZIE BRYANT (13), PRIYA MADDERS and CAIDEN MACFARLANE (both 9) each won state gold medals while our 10yr boys took the team title for The Southport School.
Our 3-time world cross-country rep TAMARA CARVOLTH (“I’m back on the program”) capped it off perfectly by winning her third State Open 4km Cross title.
Lizzie and our national bronze medallist AMY PARTRIDGE battled each other to a standstill, just 1sec apart, in the 13yrs 3km with BRIDGET MORRISSEY completing the trifecta and joining them as a national qualifier.
Priya eked out a 4sec margin against quality opposition in the 9yr girls 1500m to claim her first state gold medal, while Caiden successfully defended his title with an unstoppable last 100m kick in the 9yr boys (Good tactics, Clint!).
ANGUS JAMES was within 5secs of a notional (sic) state team selection as he led twins MAX and JACK GALLIE to a team gold medal running for TSS in the 10yr boys.
JACK SALCEDO was our other national qualifier with his bronze medal in the 16yr boys 6km good for a heat team berth.
Lizzie Bryant 13yrs 3km 10.42
Priya Madders 9yrs 1500m 5.59
Caiden Macfarlane 9yrs 1500m 5.40
* Tamara Carvolth Open 4km
Amy Partridge 13yrs 3km 10.43
Ruby Hughes 11yrs 3km 11.12
M.J. Lowe 11yrs 3km 10.50
Kyah Anderson 10yrs 2km 7.17
Jack Salcedo 16yrs 6km 20.23
Bridget Morrissey 13yrs 3km 10.57
LEAH SIMPSON and ALEX GOUGH are our newest stars after their breakthrough silver medals at the Junior Nationals in Sydney, March 27-31.
Leah burst through from the staggers in the U/17 800m to lead by as much as 8 metres approaching the bell (62secs!). She held off all challengers until 600m, then outleaned a Victorian at the finish (PB 2.10).
Alex enjoyed a sensational AJ debut in the U/17 2000m steeplechase, taking the lead after a lap and even drawing away on some of the “dry” steeples. He eventually finished a surprise runner-up in a PB 6.15, just 2sec’s off gold.
CALLUM DAVIES was our third individual medallist, nabbing bronze in the U/20 1500m (PB 3.53) and beating Rio Paralympian Jarryd Clifford in the process. Callum split 63,62,63 and flew the last 300m in 45secs.
Special mention to CIANA JAMIESON for her 800m (2.17) and 1500m (4.41) PB’s, the latter giving her 5th in the U16 age group.
Double golds to EMMA-KATE WATT and RUBY HUGHES on top of a State 400m Record by LEO LLEWELLYN highlighted our 19-medal haul at the Queensland Little Athletics Championships, March 18-19, at QSAC.
Watt’s last-ditch efforts to run down a breakaway leader had the crowd buzzing and she was rewarded by selection in the hardest State Team of all to make. Hughes was equally impressive in the same 800m-1500m double with PBs in both. Llewellyn is the quickest 8/9 year old 400m runner in Qld. Little Athletics history with his 67.67sec (and won the 800m as well).
LYLA WILLIAMS shocked with her “bolt-out-of-the-blue” victory in the 800m (and won the walk too). Future’s looking good!
Alanasia Malone 17yrs 800m 2.26
Emma-Kate Watt 13yrs 800m 2.25
Emma-Kate Watt 13yrs 1500m 5.06
Ruby Hughes 11yrs 800m 2.29
Ruby Hughes 11yrs 1500m 5.05
Kyah Anderson 10yrs 800m 2.34
Lyla Williams 9yrs 800m 2.52
Leo Llewellyn 9yrs 800m 2.36
Alex Olders Para/Amb. 800m 2.28
Courtney Thwaites 17yrs 800m 2.28
Alanasia Malone 17yrs 1500m 5.02
Ciana Jamieson 15yrs 800m 2.21
Ciana Jamieson 15yrs 1500m 4.45
Isabella Harte 12yrs 800m 2.27
Isabella Harte 12yrs 1500m. 5.02
(* Prime Coach–Karen Iselin)
Emily Olders 11yrs 800m 2.34
Isabella Schofield 15yrs Hept. 800m 2.32
Maicey Lynch 12yrs 800m 2.27
Emily Olders 11yrs 1500m 5.19
Congratulations also to Amelia Schofield for her silver medal in the 14yrs race walk.
At the QUEENSLAND JUNIOR TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS on February 25-6, we won 19 middle distance medals. Congratulations to:-
Callum Davies U20 5000m 15.16
Isabella Burdon U20 800m 2.15
Mackenzey Ormiston U16 3000m 9.59
Leah Simpson U17 800m 2.13
Ciana Jamieson U16 1500m 4.48
Trent Darbyshire U16 800m 2.04
Laura Chapel U15 800m 2.21
Jack Partridge U15 3000m 9.43
Jack Partridge U15 1500m 4.28
Jackson Cranitch U15 steeple 7.35
Tehlia Burton U18 800m 2.20
Leah Simpson U17 1500m 4.43
Ciana Jamieson U16 800m 2.21
Elin Walters U16 steeple 7.30
Laura Chapel U15 1500m 4.56
Kloe Lockhart U15 steeple 7.56
Jackson Cranitch U15 1500m 4.37
Amy Partridge U14 1500m 4.52
Oscar Rutherford U14 800m 2.17
32 NATIONAL QUALIFIERS ALL-UP. WELL DONE, CHAMP’S!
MACKENZEY ORMISTON, 15, gave us the best possible start to our State Championship campaign by winning her third straight State Junior 3000m (near-PB 9.59).
JACK PARTRIDGE chipped in with silver in the Boys 14yrs 3000m (9.43) to bring our National Qualifiers for Sydney to a Qld-leading 28 middle distance runners. This includes January qualifiers Elin Walters and Alex Gough (steeple) and Leah Simpson (800m).