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.