Tas Road Champs Results

The Tasmanian Road Championships were held on conjunction with the Launceston Running Festival. Congrats to all athletes who took part in the event, especially our UTAS members who produced a heap of personal bests on the new, super quick course.

Men Open 10km
3rdThomas Murton30:51
4thSamuel Field (FSU31:09
5thHarvey Chilcott31:13
7thBailey Murzecki-Hince31:19
12thAli Foot33:43
14thEvan Brett33:58
20thShaun Batten36:59
23rdCorey Stanley38:41
26thKeegan Popowski39:19
29thHayden Bishop39:54
34thPatrick Harrison42:11
Men O40 10km
2ndShaun Batten36:59
Men U16 5km
2ndIsaac Bonsey16:08
3rdJai Eccles17:03
4thLachlan Fox17:15
Women Open 10km
2ndOrla Timmins35:55
9thAgnes Sakina53:51
Women U18 5km
1stNatasha Bonsey38:36
Women U14 5km
3rdAleiah Yanock-Sebastian29:13

Full results for the Tasmanian Road Championships can be found HERE

Results for all Tasmanian Running Festival Events can be found HERE

Caleb climbs to #1

CALEB KIRKPATRICK has ended 2020 on a high, climbing to the top of the Australian Rankings in the U17 Hammer Throw.

It was just two short years ago Caleb picked up a Hammer for the first time. Having his first competition in February 2019, Caleb recorded a throw of 23m with the U16 4kg implement. Fast forward to December, and Caleb ended 2019 with a best of 55.61m under guidance of coaches Evan & Huw Peacock.

With the new year came an increase in implement weight, with Caleb moving from the 4kg Hammer to the U18 weight of 5kg. Despite the challenges 2020 has delivered, Caleb has maintained his commitment to training and his improved results throughout the year have been a deserved reward.

Caleb opened 2020 with a throw of 41.99m with the 5kg implement, and despite the cancellation of the Australian Junior Championships, Caleb’s dedication to training has seen his results steadily improve throughout the year.

The Tasmanian All Schools in October was the first State meet of the season, and Caleb delivered a personal best of 56.32m, exceeding his best distance with the lighter 4kg implement. With the Australian All Schools cancelled due to COVID, Caleb’s has had to be satisfied with local competition to end 2020, competing against his coach Huw Peacock for bragging rights about who throws the furthest with their respective weights at local interclub meets. The final Hammer competition for 2020 was held at the Hobart Interclub meet on the 6th December, when Caleb ended the year on a high, throwing a new personal best of 57.95m, making him the number 1 ranked Hammer thrower in Australia in the U17 age group. Congratulations Caleb!

Athletics South Awards

The Athletics South Awards for the 2019-2020 Track & Field season were presented following the Come & Try Day on the 3rd October.

Nick Earl was awarded the Athletics South Medal for the best performance throughout the season. Nick was a regular at Interclub meets in his first season in the state, finishing the season with a set of State Championship medals from the 1500m, 5000m & 10000m events.

Liam Shelton was named the U20 Male Athlete of the Year, with Cathy McKeown winning her third Masters Award.

Indy Brideson was acknowledged for her contribution to the sport by being presented with the Doreen Frawley Award. In addition to her consistent results at Interclub, Indy regularly officiates events and has achieved her Level 1 Coaching accreditation.

Another National Record for Stewy

Stewart McSweyn claimed the Australian 1500m record at the Doha Diamond League meet 💎

The 1500m record caps off a brief but sensational campaign overseas for Stewart, where he has claimed his second Australian Record in less than 10 days in winning the Men’s 1500m in Doha. Stewart entered the event with the best seed time of 3:31.48 and enjoyed a sit behind the pacemaker until the bell when he took the lead and surged away from the field. Racing against the clock, Stewart put on a show of strength, speed and confidence to take out the event in 3:30.51.

The King of King Island is now arguably the King of Australian Distance Running.

14 August 5000m 13:13:22 Monaco
23 August 1500m 3:31.48 Sweden
29 August 5000m 13:09.83 Sweden
8 September 1500m 3:34.25 Czech Republic
14 September 1500m 3:32.17 Croatia
17 September 3000m 7:28.02 Italy (Australian Record)
25 September 1500m 3:30.51 Doha (Australian Record)

3000m Record for Stewy

Tasmania’s Stewart McSweyn has set a new AUSTRALIAN (& Oceania) 3000m record at the Rome Diamond League meet.

Stewart’s time of 7:28.02 was more than four seconds faster than the great Craig Mottram’s previous record of 7:32.19, set in Greece 14 years ago to the day (17 September 2006) and gives the 25yo Tasmanian his third National record after breaking the 10000m and 1500m(i) records in 2019.

The most impressive thing about Stewart’s time is that he recorded it less than 72 hours after winning the 1500m at the Hanzekovic Memorial in Croatia, where he recorded the fourth fastest time ever by an Australian of 3:32.17.

Stewart’s time over 3000m is the third fastest recorded by an athlete in 2020, adding to his impressive world rankings in the 1500m (5th 3:31.48) and 5000m (8th 13:09.83).

Congrats Stewy, we are so proud and happy for you! #beansingit