Mathews, Coates Lead the Way at the ACT Athletics Championships

It’s crazy to think that the selection trials for April’s Commonwealth Games are less than three weeks away, but that’s exactly what our Australian track and field stars are looking at. With only the NSW, QLD and SA State Championships to come prior to the trials, the ACT Championships were a key part of many athletes preparations leading into the Gold Coast meeting.

It was hard to single out one performance as being the highlight of the ACT Championships, although it was hard to go past the results produced by Luke Mathews in the men’s 800m and Maddie Coates in the women’s 200m. Both performances showed that each athlete is primed for a big showing at the trials. We take a look at all of the important results from the meeting:

Men’s Events

Trae Williams [3fL] (10.23s PB), Jack Hale [4fL] (10.23s), Rohan Browning [5fL] (10.23s)
100m (wind: +0.3) 1 Rohan Browning 10.23, =2 Jack Hale 10.23, =2 Trae Williams 10.23, 4 Joseph Millar (NZL) 10.38, 5 Jin Su Jung 10.56; 6 Zane Branco 10.57 (also 10.55 (-0.8) in the semi final. In the semi finals, Josh Clarke 10.36 (+0.3)


The only disappointing aspect to the final was the no show of Clarke. Still OK for trials, but yet another race where he didn’t race against the top-3 in Browning, Hale and Williams. We really need an CGA (10.15s) from one of our 100m sprinters, otherwise we can only send one ‘B’ qualified athlete to the Commonwealth Games. 18 year-old Branco set yet another PB, bettering his 10.56s from last year.

200m (wind: -0.1) 1 Joseph Millar (NZL) 20.71, 2 Anas Abu-Ganaba 21.02 (20.93 (-0.7) in semi final, 3 Will Johns 21.05 (20.90 (+1.1) in semi final, 4 Kevin Rassool 21.30 (21.21 (+0.8) in semi final. Also in semi finals, Zane Branco 20.85 (+0.8), Trae Williams 20.98 (+0.8), Lawson Power 21.17 (+1.1)

Branco’s 20.85s moved him to no.6 on the Australian U/20 all-time list.

400m 1 Daniel Mowen 46.35, 2 Murray Goodwin 46.37, 3 Kevin Rassool 46.58, 4 Clay Watkins 46.79, 5 Alex Beck 46.84, 6 Christian Davis 47.17. Also in race 3: 1 Lawson Power 46.89

Not bad for a 31 year-old to be churning out PB after PB. Goodwin improved on his 46.64s set back in Jan 14. 20 year-old Mowen was just outside his PB of 46.31s set last year on Dec 16. Massive PB for Rassool back in 3rd – never broken 47 seconds in his career.

800m 1 Luke Mathews 1.45.83, 2 Jeffrey Riseley 1.46.35, 3 Brad Mathas (NZL) 1.46.44, 4 Joseph Deng 1.47.39, 5 Dylan Stenson 1.47.54, 6 Alexander Rowe 1.47.70, 7 Mason Cohen 1.47.85, Also in race 2: 1 Christian Davis 1.49.92, 2 Jordan Gusman 1.49.99, race 3: 1 James Hansen 1.49.77

Interesting to note that this was Mathews 2nd fastest time of his career over 800m, behind his breakthrough run of 1.45.16 nack at the MTC in 2016. Riseley would be satisfied to be within striking distance of Mathews, while Deng continues to show he has enormous potential moving forward.

1,500m 1 James Hansen 3.39.39, 2 Rorey Hunter 3.40.56, 3 Tom Fawthorpe 3.41.71

Just another Tasmanian state record for Hansen (previous: 3.39.56 at HTC on Jan 20), enjoying a very solid season training alongside Riseley in Melbourne.

110mh (wind: -1.1) 1 Nicholas Hough 13.82

Just the wind denied our star sprint hurdler from another ‘A’ standard (13.56s) for the Commonwealth Games.

400mh 1 Cameron French 49.33, 2 Ian Dewhurst 50.04, 3 Leigh Bennett 50.34, 4 Angus Proudfoot 51.49, 5 Bryce Collins 51.84

Outstanding ‘A’ qualifier for French, with Dewhurst not too far behind. Dewhurst has broken 50 seconds on 7 occasions in his career, and needs at least a 49.98s for a CGB. Bennett amazing back in 3rd (PB), and very much in with a chance of wearing the green and gold. 

Long Jump 1 Jeremy Andrews 7.75 (+0.0), 2 Thomas Soliman 7.71 (+0.1), 3 Angus Gould 7.65 (+0.0), 4 Henry Smith 7.64 (+1.0), 5 Benjamin Schmidtchen 7.58 (+0.4), 6 Joseph Muller 7.52 (+0.0)

Andrews enjoyed a 14cm PB in Canberra, and at 25 isn’t giving away a chance to represent Australia at this years Commonwealth Games.

Triple Jump 1 Shemaiah James 16.42 (+0.9), 2 Emmanuel Fakiye 16.26m (+0.0)

James left it until the last round, but with his new PB delivered a statement to selectors that he is pushing hard for a spot on the Australian team for the Gold Coast. Until Canberra he had never jumped over 16m, and was always seen as a better long jumper (7.88m PB in 2017). Fakiye also jumped over 16m for the first time in his career, and was also over the CGB standard of 16.25m. 

High Jump 1 Lee Hup Wei (MAS) 2.28, 2 Brandon Starc 2.24, 3 Nik Bojic 2.20, 4 Joel Baden 2.20

Starc was only 1cm below his best from last year (a 2.25m in Japan). Needs to get back to 2016 form (jumped 2.29m) to ensure that he reaches the ever important CGA standard of 2.28m. 

Shot Put 1 Aiden Harvey 17.86

Javelin Throw 1 Hamish Peacock 76.07, 2 Cruz Hogan 73.02, 3 Luke Cann 70.04

Women’s Events

100m (Wind: +0.4) 1 Riley Day 11.52, 2 Maddie Coates 11.59, 3 Larissa Pasternatsky 11.78 (11.73 (+0.4) in semi final, 4 Brittany Burkitt 11.86 (11.73 (+2.7) in semi final, 5 Olivia Eaton 11.88 (11.79 (+1.1) in heat. Also in semi finals: Mia Gross 11.76 (+1.0), Kristie Edwards 11.81 (+1.0), Jacinta Beecher 11.83 (+1.0)

Still only 17 until March 30, Day smashed her 100m PB (11.59s set last year on Mar 27). She did run a 11.36w in 2016, and if she can do that with a legal wind in 2018 she will dip under the CGB standard of 11.40s. Coates also produced a PB (0.03 under previous PB). People talking about the AR going in the 4x100m are not completely crazy – a sub 43sec performance from the likes of Sally Pearson, Melissa Breen (pulled out of Canberra meet due to hamstring tightness), Day and Coates is not completely out of the question.

200m (Wind: +0.7) 1 Maddie Coates (right) 23.26, 2 Anneliese Rubie 23.40, 3 Jessica Thornton 23.67, 4 Kendra Hubbard 23.74, 5 Mia Gross 23.75, 6 Olivia Eaton 23.80. In semi finals Larissa Pasternatsky 23.49 (+1.3), Riley Day 23.78 (-0.5)

Really waiting for something like this to happen for Coates, as really see the 200m as being her favoured event. The 23.26s win places her well within reach of the Commonwealth Games – with the 23.10s CGA standard only achieved by Ella Nelson so far. Rubie PB, bettered her time set way back in 2013 of 23.54s. 

400m 1 Morgan Mitchell 52.48, 2 Anneliese Rubie 52.57, 3 Bendere Oboya 53.33; 4 Kendra Hubbard 53.44, 5 Angeline Blackburn 53.73.

Great battle between our no.1 and no.2 Australian one lap stars. Rubie ran 52.17s in late 2017, and is looking like her PB of 51.69s could be under real threat this year. Her 800m strength and 200m speed is starting to really show in her ‘pet’ event.

800m 1 Georgia Griffith 2.02.16, 2 Abbey de la Motte 2.03.14, 3 Alicia Kerr 2.05.60, 4 Abigail Regan 2.05.78, 5 Katrina Anderson (NZL) 2.06.51, 6 Sarah Billings 2.07.01, 7 Jemima Russell 2.07.30, 8 Keely Small 2.08.25, 9 Lauren Reid 2.08.38. Race 2: 1 Catriona Bisset 2.06.45, 2 Jayla Hancock-Cameron 2.07.66, 3 Joanna Cubis 2.08.68

1,500m 1 Linden Hall 4.09.32, 2 Jenny Blundell 4.15.03, 3 Abigail Regan 4.15.32, 4 Jayla Hancock-Cameron 4.26.29.

Nothing can stop Hall in 2018, although it looks to be slightly a different story for Blundell. Ran a 4.12.55 to win the HTC on Jan 20, but is a long way from her best of 2016. Needs to find something to overtake the likes of Zoe Buckman and/or Georgia Griffith to make the Australian team for the Gold Coast (that’s if Griffith chooses to again complete the 800m/1500m double).

100mh (wind: -1.2) 1 Sally Pearson 12.87, 2. Brianna Beahan 13.15, 3. Michelle Jenneke 13.40.

400mh 1 Lauren Wells 55.78, 2 Genevieve Cowie 58.27, 3 Sarah Carli 58.53, 4 Sara Klein 59.06

Wells has never run this fast in January, and her performance was even more remarkable being only 30 minutes after competing in the long jump. Needs to choose if she only runs the 400m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games, as the schedule doesn’t really allow for a long jump / 400m hurdles double.

High Jump 1 Nicola McDermott 1.90, 2 Eleanor Patterson 1.85, 3 Cassie Purdon 1.80, Zoe Timmers 1.80.

Equal PB for McDermott and only a fraction away from a new PB of 1.92m (and the all important CGA standard). Patterson not looking likely for a CGA at the moment, but can’t deny her amazing talent in delivering at the highest level (including winning gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games).

Long Jump 1 Brooke Stratton 6.50 (+0.0), 2 Naa Anang 6.40 (+0.0), 3 Lauren Wells 6.29 (+0.0), 4 Chelsea Jaensch 6.28 (-0.1) 5 Jessica Penney 6.27 (+0.0), 6 Tay-Leiha Clark 6.24 (+0.0)

Not the best of conditions for the return of Stratton to the long jump, so should be happy with a solid 6.50m. Big layoff due to injury (last competition being the 2017 World Championships on Aug 11).

Javelin Throw 1 Kathryn Mitchell 61.05, 2 Kelsey-Lee Roberts 59.22

Hammer Throw 1 Alex Hulley 66.86

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