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2018 – Notable Australian Performances
Some big names returned to the track/field for the first time in 2018, using the 2018 ACT State Championships as part of their lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games Trials (15th-18th February). This included the likes of Luke Mathews, Jeff Riseley (800m) and Brooke Stratton (long jump).
A full wrap up can be found by clicking here.
In somewhat of surprise so early on the season, Kathryn Mitchell came within 10 cm’s of the National record in the women’s javelin (set back in 2014 by Kim Mickle). The performance was 61 cm’s further than she had ever thrown the javelin, and was only the 4th time she had thrown over 66m, in her career.
Her series at Ringwood was also pretty impressive:
- 66.73m (WL) (PB), foul, 62.01m, 63.45m, 61.80 and 65.58m.
It showed us that she will be very hard to beat on the Gold Coast, with only injury likely to really hamper her efforts of winning gold. The only real threat likely to come from her own team mate in Kelsey-Lee Roberts (64.53m last year), or Canadian Liz Gleadle (64.47m SB in 2017).
Linden Hall has smashed her previous PB in the 5000m (15.53.96) with an impressive 15.18.77 CGA qualifier in Newcastle. The result moved Hall up to no.11 on the Australian All-Time ranking list. It also places her in the top-10 on the Australian distance ranking list (1500m-5000m) – click here for feature article.
Hall had an indifferent 2017, where she failed to make it out of her heat at the London World Championships, but is already showing some great signs heading into the 2018 season. Hall will now look for a fast 1500m at the ACT State Titles.
The other big performances of the night came from Morgan McDonald and James Hansen in the men’s 1500m, and the gutsy win from Paige Campbell in the women’s 3000m steeplechase.
McDonald (3.39.14) and Hansen (3.39.56) both recorded PB’s, with Hansen also producing a new Tasmanian record in the process. Tom Fawthorpe also produced a PB in the same race, coming home third in 3.40.60.
Campbell also recorded a new PB, with the 21 year-old running 8 seconds faster than her time in Melbourne just prior to Christmas last year. Her time of 9.49.60 was good enough to hold off the likes of Olympian Victorian Mitchell (9.53.28) and both Charlotte Wilson (9.53.28 PB) and Bri Ilarda (9.58.35). All four athletes will now be pushing hard for a spot on the Australian team for the Commonwealth Games, where only Genevieve LaCaze has dipped under the CGA qualifier (9.42.00) – which was her SB from 2017 of 9.24.52 set in Berlin.
Other notable performances from the meeting came from:
- Morgan Mitchell in the 400m – 52.77s SB
- Jenny Blundell in the 1500m – 4.12.55 SB
- Abigail Regan in the 1500m – 4.13.92 PB
- Emily Brichacek (15.46.58) and Melissa Duncan (15.52.89 PB) – 2nd and 3rd respectively in the 5000m
Rohan Browning can’t put a foot wrong at the moment, and at the Canberra Track Meet he produced quality sprint double. A 10.25s (-0.2) in the 100m and a 20.71s (0.0) PB in the 200m keeps Browning as the no.1 Australian sprinter leading into the Commonwealth Games Trials.
In the long jump Chris Mitrevski jumped 7.91m, only 6cm’s shy of his PB set last year in Canberra. His series included three jumps over 7.80m, a great sign as he pushes towards the ‘A’ qualifier of 8.09m for the Commonwealth Games.
Other highlights of the meeting:
- Alex Hartmann looks in good form, placing second behind Browning in both the 100m and 200m. His times we 10.41s and 20.78s respectively.
- Jeff Riseley continues his comeback from an injury riddled 2017, with a solid win in the 800m (1.48.54), defeating Alex Rowe (1.48.79) and Dylan Stenson (1.48.81).
- Jordan Gusman went sub 3.40.00 again in Canberra, winning the 1500m in 3.38.97.
- Maddie Coates is a sprinter on the rise – joining Browning in taking out the sprint double in 11.72s (-0.4) and 23.63s (+0.1) – with her 200m time also being a PB.
- Michelle Jenneke ran her first 100m hurdles of the year – and recorded 13.26s.
- Kelsey-Lee Roberts also returned to competition and produced a 60.12m SB in the javelin.
It was hard to know which performance should be rated as number 1 at this years WA State Titles, but in the end we gave it to the 15 year-old sensation in Sasha Zhoya. With performances of 10.61 (+0.5) in the 100m, 21.09 (-0.2) in the 200m and two big vaults of 5.05m and 5.10m, how could you say no.
Zhoya has already broken the U/18 Australian record in the 110m hurdles (when he ran 13.24s in Adelaide late last year), but to now go within 0.19sec of the 200m U/18 Australian record is just crazy. That was only equalled recently when Zane Branco ran 20.90s in September last year.
It’s amazing to think that Kurtis Marschall’s 5.80m didn’t rate as the no.1 performance, but it certainly wouldn’t take much to mount a case for him to take the position away from Zhoya. His performance:
- took him into the world’s top 100 of all-time
- would have ranked him at =9th on the 2017 world list
- added to his already impressive season (after earlier this year clearing a then PB of 5.78m)
- tied him with Simon Arkell at =5th on the Australian All-Time list
- was also a World Indoor qualifier.
Marschall said after the event that he wanted to match it with the best in the world who are currently competing on the European Indoor Season. Renaud Lavillenie of France currently leads the indoor list for 2018 with a best of 5.86m.
In the men’s 100m Jack Hale blasted to a super quick heat run, only to have the timing system malfunction and only a ‘hand timed’ 10.1s was provided (around 10.34s). Everything worked okay for the final, with an official time of 10.23s (+0.4) recorded. This was just shy of his PB of 10.21s.
Other notable performances:
- Aaron Bresland 21.13s (+2.4) in the 200m
- Joel Baden 2.20m in the high jump
- Thomas Throssell 52.13s in the U/18 400m hurdles
- Brianna Beahan 13.10s (+2.2) 100m hurdles
- Melany Smart 4.20.7h (PB) 1500m and 9.19.89 3000m (U/18)
Smart is now moving within the top-30 on the Australian all-time U/20 1500m list, not bad for a 16 year-old.
Georgia Griffith has started her 2018 season off with a bang, running a 2.01.09 800m for a win over Abbey de la Motte (2.02.42) at the Victorian Milers Club meeting in Melbourne. Griffith just missed the CGA qualifying time of 2.01.00, and was also just outside her own career best time of 2.00.90 set in 2017.
De la Motte also produced a time just outside her PB (2.02.19 in 2017), and is finding some good form heading into the trials where she will be joined by the likes of Keely Small and Brittany McGowan in a fight for a spot on the Australian team for the Commonwealth Games.
Jordan Gusman has broken the long standing ACT All Comers record in the the 1500m (previously held by Pat Carroll at 3.39.03 back in 1990), with a commanding win in 3.38.70. Easily his fastest 1500m recorded in January, Gusman also posted a ‘B’ qualifier for the Commonwealth Games. Career wise it was his 4th fastest 1500m – behind his PB of 3.37.97 set last June in Spain.
In her first 400m hurdles of the year Lauren Wells produced an excellent 56.20, just outside her best time recorded in the month of January (a 56.14 back in 2012).
Other solid results came from
- Leigh Bennett in the 400m hurdles (50.68),
- Brandon Starc cleared 2.20m in the high jump,
- Anneliese Rubie ran 53.11 in the 400m,
- Rohan Browning ran 20.94 in the 200m
Jack Hale came oh so close to running a new 100m PB (and recording an ‘A’ qualifier for the Commonwealth Games) with a 10.10 (+2.1) win at the Perth Track Classic.
Hale had previously recorded a 10.13 (+3.4) when only 16y.o, and currently holds the Australian Junior record (10.21 set in 2016). That remains his ‘legal’ PB, but everything is pointing to something special over the remainder of the 2018 dometic season.
Not far behind Hale were Trae Williams (10.21) and Aaron Bresland (10.25).
In the men’s pole vault Kurtis Marschall again showed why he’s fast becoming one to watch in the world of vaulting, with a fantastic clearance of 5.78m – a new PB and a qualifier for the World Indoor Championships. It was the 8th time he had cleared 5.70m or above in his career.
Other notable performances came from:
- Josh Ralph in the 800m – 1.46.95 (CGB)
- Cedric Dubler in the 110m hurdles – 13.86 PB
- Hamish Peacock in the javelin – 80.28m
While Sally Pearson produced yet another quality hurdling display, running a world leading 12.73 (+1.4) to defeat the very unlucky Brianna Beahan (13.02) just 0.01 outside an ‘A’ qualifier for the Commonwealth Games.
Zane Branco is the equal U/18 Australian record holder in the 200m (20.90), but in Brisbane it was his jumping that caught the eye. A 7.61m long jump was yet another WJQ and improved his PB from 7.57m (when winning the 2017 All Schools).
20 year old Joseph Muller also recorded a PB in the men’s long jump – jumping a very handy 7.73m (+0.9). On the track Riley Day recorded a sprint double, taking out the 100m in 11.73 (+2.0) and the 200m (24.05, -0.5).
Daniela Roman became only the 13th ever Australian to break 57 seconds in the women’s 400m hurdles, with a 56.94 PB in Geelong.
Roman, 22, has impressive PB’s of 11.55 (100m), 24.04 (200m) and 13.29 for the 100m hurdles – which interestingly enough also has her 13th on the Australian all-time lists.
Her latest effort was also a ‘B’ qualifier for the Commonwealth Games, and places her in a good spot to make her first senior Australian team.
Jessica Peris, 28, is in career best form in 2018, highlighted again by a 11.41 (+2.1), 23.13 (+3.4) sprint double in Brisbane. In December last year Peris improved her PB’s to 11.63 & 23.31 respectively over the 100m/200m, and is pushing hard to make it to the start line for this years Commonwealth Games.
Also completing a sprint double was Trae Williams. The 2017 National champion over the 100m ran his =5th fastest time of his career in the 100m (10.36, +1.8) and recorded a new PB of 20.83 (+0.4) in the 200m.
John Gikasis is not a name that many athlete fans would recognise, but in Sydney he made everybody stand up and take notice with a scintillating 20.43s 200m – albeit with a +3.1 tailwind.
Gikas is only 18 years of age, and has a PB of 21.40 set back in September, 2016. He did run a windy 10.37 100m in 2016 at the Australian All-Schools – the only small sign of his immense sprinting talent.
Second to Gikas was Alex Hartmann, running 20.44, which was his fastest time over the 200m under all conditions (PB of 20.45 set back in 2016).
At the same meeting in Sydney, Angus Armstrong improved his NSW state record in the men’s pole vault to 5.52m.
Kurtis Marschall has opened his 2018 season in style with a 5.70m vault in Adelaide. It was his =5th biggest vault of his career, and was just shy of his PB of 5.73m.
Hamish Peacock has opened his 2018 season in style with a 83.63m win in the javelin in Hobart. It was his 6th biggest throw of his career and was also the furthest he’s ever thrown in the month of January.