Tuesday, February 10, 2015

2015 NSW Junior Championships, SOPAC Homebush - 6th - 8th February

Under a blistering Sydney sun, which saw many officials searching for cover, the heat and weather were no setback. We had great participation numbers from the Junior Striders at the NSW Junior Championships.

It was a strong turnout with 27 registered athletes, 19 boys and 8 girls, achieving fantastic results and personal bests.

At final count there were 11 medals in total - 5 Gold, 5 Silver and 1 Bronze.

First off the mark was Hayden Blaskett, bringing home Gold in the U14 3000m Race Walk

Gold to Hayden Blaskett

Lining up with for the U15girls 3K run were Olivia Hogg, Sophie Gocher and Astrid Kingsmill.   All girls got PBs, and Sophie had a great run coming 2nd, which she followed up with another Silver in her first 3000m Steeplechase.

U15 and U16 Girls 3000m starting line
Sophie Gocher, Olivia Hogg and Astrid Kingsmill 3000m

There was a strong turnout for the 800m 1500m, and 3000m races over the 3 days.  Particular mention to Josh Phillips who won Gold in both his U17 800m and 1500m races.  Josh achieved a time of 1.58:82 in the 800m, just off the club record of 1.58:42.

Bryn Lynch also had a fantastic result in his U16 800m and 1500 races, winning a Silver in both. 

Bryn Lynch on the way to securing one of his two Silver Medals

Keiran Tall and Harlan Mulherin running well in the U18 3000m.  They came 4th and 9th respectively.

Harlan Mulherin and Keiran Tall U18 3000

Harlan Mulherin and Keiran Tall U18 3000

Another gold medal winner on the day was Tessa Constantine.  Tessa ran in both the U17 400m with a 4th place and a gold for the 400m Hurdles.  Well done Tessa!  

Tessa Constantine wins Gold in 400 Hurdles

We're not sure if was the lure of water on a hot day, but there were great runs in the Steeplechase.  Adam Halmy went through to win Gold in the U20 3km race; while Ben Jagger, Luke Gorman, Liam Gorman, Max Mahon, Daniel Cooper and Sophie Gocher (silver) all put in a great performance

Adam Halmy on the way to a Gold Medal

Ben Jagger about to hit the water

The youngest age group available was the U14, but it was great to see U12's Emily Gocher and Emma Mahon stepping out for fantastic run in 8th and 9th place respectively.

Emily Gocher and Emma Mahon gave a great performance in the U14 1500

Will Law in the U16 3000m

Jack Mills lining up for U17 3000m

U14 1500 - Jack Coates, Keiran Gorman, Curtis Kingsmill
Jack Coates

Congratulations to everyone that raced over the 3 days!

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