Stewart McSweyn claimed his second Australian title for the season, taking out the 5000m Championships and gaining his second auto nomination for the Tokyo Olympics.
With the pace slow early, Stewart broke away from the pack 7 laps out with Sam McEntee (WA) hot on his heels. Stewart finished in 13:38.77 after running the last 2000m in 5:03, with training buddy Matthew Ramsden (WA) outsprinting McEntee to steal second place. Having already produced an Olympic qualifying time in July last year, tonight’s win has given Stewart his second auto nomination for Tokyo, securing his first when winning the 10000m Championships in December. Nick Earl competed in the second of the Melbourne Track Classic 5000m events finishing in an impressive 14:27.35.
And for the trivia lovers – Sam McEntee raced in Hobart in the Briggs Athletics Classic 5000m in 2016, which was Stewart first run for our club. Sam took the chocolates that night in 13:42 with Stewart second in 13:45.
Congrats to James Hansen who finished =1st in the Australian Mile Championships at Bankstown last night. With a huge dive to the line, James drew with NSW’s Rory Hunter to finish in 4:14.60. The season ahead is looking pretty good for James, running a 10km personal best in the Burnie 10 (29:51) in October, before opening his track season by taking out the Victorian 5000m Championships in November with a new personal best of 13:58.85.
In Victoria the Steigen Spectacular was held, with Nick Earl showing some serious speed to snatch silver in a sprint finish in the 10000m event. Nick clocked 29:34.57, just outside of his personal best over the distance. As part of the program, there was a new teams concept introduced which allowed athletes to go into a draft to be selected for sponsored teams. The events were based on an elimination process which produced some great tactics from athletes and entertainment for spectators. Josh Harris & Jordan Tyler both went into the draft and competed in the 3000m for their respective teams. The Steigen also offered a Men’s 200m which was taken out by Northern Suburbs athlete Jack Hale in a slick 21:07.
The Tasmanian Marathon & Half Marathon Championships were held in conjunction with the Cadbury Marathon this morning PLUS the Tasmanian Combined Events Championships were held across the weekend at the Domain – and didn’t we see some super results! Nick Earl and Milly Clark were the stars of the weekend, both athletes breaking course records to claim overall victory and the State titles in the Marathon & Half Marathon respectively. Nick lit up the marathon course from the get go, taking an early lead which left him with just Josh Harris who was riding the lead bike for company throughout the 42km event. Nick finished in an incredible 2:18.39, taking over 5 minutes off the previous record for the event. In the Half Marathon, Milly Clark set out to claim the course record as part of her preparation for the Tokyo Olympics, finishing first in the Women’s event and an amazing 9th overall for the 21km course. Milly ran 1:13.01, reducing the previous record by over a minute and setting a new Tasmanian Open/Allcomers record in the process. Aaron Harvey impressed in the 10km event, finishing second overall, with Josh Harris stepping off the lead bike for the Marathon to finish third. Perhaps the most impressive result from the event was Milly Clark’s second run for the day, when she took out the 10km event AFTER her Half Marathon victory in a slick 34:01 – one of the best times ever recorded by a Tasmanian over the distance. Full member results below.
At the Domain, Tassie’s best Masters athlete Geoff Gibbons made a much welcomed return to the Combined Events, taking out the Men’s Open Decathlon while Andrew Bonsey was victorious in the M40 Decathlon. Day 1 of the Decathlon proved challenging for all with strong winds hindering performances. Day 2, the ‘decathletes’ day delivered better conditions, with both Geoff and Andrew finishing their 10 events with strong runs in the 1500m. Congratulations to everyone who competed across the weekend and thanks to all Officials & volunteers who assisted at both events.
Marathon Nick Earl – 1st overall/Tas Champion 2:18.39 (course record) Annabel De Jong – 2nd Tas Champs 3:36.06 Half Marathon Milly Clark – 1st overall/Tas Champion 1:13.01 (Tasmanian & course record) Nathan McLaughlin – 10th overall 1:13.15 Karinna Fyfe – 2nd overall 1:16.58 Hayden Bishop – 23rd – 1:19.18 Orla Timmins – 2nd Tas Champs 1:23.07 10km Milly Clark – 1st Female 34:01 Aaron Harvey – 2nd 32:41 Josh Harris – 3rd 34:09 5km Isaac Bonsey – 6th 17:10 Ben Brockman – 13th 18:40 Tanya Bonsey – 29:49
Hamish Peacock opened his season in style, taking out the Men’s Javelin at the Jandakot Airport Perth Track Classic.
Hamish recorded a best of 78.43m to finish ahead of Cameron McEntyre (NSW 75.42m) with WA local Luke Cann third. The next major meet for Hamish will be the Sir Graeme Douglas International Continental Tour Meet in New Zealand on the 23rd February then returning home for the Tasmanian Championships on the 28-29 February where he will be chasing his 15th State title.
Hamish was joined in Perth by fellow Tasmanian’s Jack Hale, Jacob Despard & Brandon Clark. Jack Hale (NS) lit up the track in his prelim of the 100m, setting a new Tasmanian record of 10.12 before going on to finish 2nd in the final in a wind assisted 10.10 (2.2), with Jacob Despard (OVA) 12th in 10.78. Brandon Clark (NS) performed well to finish 5th in the Men’s Long Jump with a best of 7.27m.
Emily Canham has broken the Tasmanian Open Javelin Record, throwing a huge 42.98m at the Athletics South Reunion Day meet in Hobart today.
Emily recorded the throw in R5 after a solid battle with teammate Agnes Sakina in the earlier rounds of the featured McDonald Family Javelin. Today’s result is also a new U20 Tasmanian Record – with just 6 days to spare! Congratulations to both Emily and super Coach Evan Peacock on a super result.
Hamish Peacock made it a UTAS double of the feature throws, taking out the McDonald Family Discus with 47.28m. Our thanks to Peter & Maureen McDonald for their ongoing support of these events, and to all those who contributed to a great day of athletics in Hobart.
Entry lists and the final timetable for the Tasmanian All Schools are now available for download via the links below.
Late entries are now open for this event, if you wish to enter contact 6234 9551 during office hours on Thursday.
In addition to the Schools events there’s two handicap feature races open for entry with some prize money up for grabs. If you want further information or details on entering contact Nicole Perry at email@example.com
If you are not a school student and handicap events aren’t your thing, there’s a range of open events being held as part of the program for this weekend. For further information or to enter the open events head to https://atinvite1-1920.eventdesq.com
As a club we are rich with talent and leadership and today we would like to acknowledge the efforts of two of our younger members, Indy Brideson and Caleb Kirkpatrick.
Indy and Caleb showed some exceptional leadership during and after a major event held at the Domain earlier in the year. Both took it upon themselves to clean up the mess left behind by others, Indy during the event and Caleb the following day when he arrived for training. We are incredibly proud of the example set by Indy & Caleb and presented both with Leadership Awards at our end of season presentations. Our future is in good hands.