Day 3 featured the heats and finals of the 200 Metres, Steeplechase, Pole Vault (Male & Female), Hammer (Male & Female), Triple Jump (Male & Female), Discus (Male) and Shot Put (Female).
Melissa Breen collected her second Gold of the Championships with a time of 23.59s in the Open Women’s 200m. Compatriot Sarah Blizzard (25.34) also ran strongly in the Heats and couldn’t quite match Mel’s Season Best performance to make the final.
UC Ginninderra Athletics Club had four Open Men in the competition with Spencer Cox doing the best of the guys with a 24.33s. However Luke Allard again showed what a great champs he was having with his third PB of the meet in stopping the clock at 25.97s. Training partners Steve Dodt (29.29) and Neil Thomas (29.99) enjoyed an epic battle in the last 100m to see who would have the bragging rights – its now shared at 1-1 a piece.
The U20 Women also featured two UC Tigers with Nathalie Cerritelli (27.84) and Gabriel Slattery (29.69) both enjoying the fast conditions. Gabby’s time was a new Personal Best.
Matt Walters in the U20 Men ran a near perfect race to finish just outside his best with a time of 22.85s and officially the fastest Tiger at the Championships this year. Matt was also our fastest 400m runner yesterday where he won a Silver Medal.
The Club had 13 athletes in action in the 200m and the juniors had just as much fun as the Senior Athletes. Chris Mecham won the U14 Sprint Double with a new PB of 25.76s. His squad mates Jeremy Maranan (23.97) and Austin Tetteh (25.29) both ran PBs too. Raage Noor was Ginninderra’s third athlete in the U16s Preliminaries and he just narrowly missed a PB clocking 26.34. Jeremy made the final where he won the silver medal.
Rebecca Guest (27.45) also made the U16 Final in the Women. She improved her 200m PB by over half a second and did that wen she ran in the final finishing 5th, the only 13 year old in the final, over powering to older athletes in the last 30m. Rebecca also finished 6th in the Triple Jump final with leap of 8.13m, capping off a magnificent three days of competition for her with five new PBs.
Jeremy Maranan (11.23m) collected the silver in his Triple Jump final and finished the weekend also with four new PBs.
Jeremy’s Coach Steve Dodt won the Open Men’s Triple Jump to cap off a good weekend for him where he added the Gold to his Silver in the Long Jump and Discus (21.93m) and Bronze Medals in the Shot Put and Javelin.
Neil Thomas won the Bronze Medal in the Discus (17.85m) which upped his medal tally to one Silver (Javelin) and two Bronze medals (Discus and Long Jump).
Stephen Fraser just missed out on a medal in the U18 Discus (32.78m) but made up for it with a Silver in the Hammer (32.84m) in a new Personal best performance. Steve won the Shot Put on Friday night giving him two medals for the competition.
Charlotte Rauraa won the U16 Hammer Competition with 27.95m. This added to her Silver in the Discus and Bronze in the Shot Put (10.52m) today.
The Club’s growing Steeplechasers did awesome today with James Lemon winning the 1500m (5:20.12 – PB), Jacob Todd collecting a Silver in the U16 2000m (7:26.84) and Angela Riach winning the U18 Women 2000m (8:26.02).
Today’s efforts saw 12 new medals added to the Club’s impressive hall of 35 Medals on Days 1 and 2. The Team also accomplished 53 Personal Bests across the three days in what has to be the most impressive statistic for the Championships.
The athletes will now turn their attention for the next couple of days eagerly awaiting news on selection for the National Championships,