The first evening of competition at the 2017 Athletics ACT State Championships saw 24 UC Ginninderra Athletics Club members in action. There was some personal disappoints on the track with an unlucky DQ however plenty of positives for everyone that competed.
All our athletes in the 800m ran PBs, including massive drops of 5-6 seconds for Meg Freeman, Annika Wise and Rebecca Guest. Raage Noor and Jacob Davill won silver and bronze medals repressively, so too James Lemon and Hayden Todd.
Bile Noor and Nick Donaldson picked up their first medals for the weekend with silver respectively in the 200m Hurdles. They were joined by Alice Fraser who also ran a Season Best finishing fourth overall.
Sidney Shaw won a silver medal in the 3000m Walk in a huge 30s PB.
The Mens Shot Put was also a happy hunting ground for the Tigers with both Stephen Fraser and Luke Allard throwing Season Bests. Stephen won gold as did Cameron Crombie and Eden Thomas. Steve Dodt received a bronze medal only just ahead of his compatriots Luke and Neil Thomas. Cameron was just shy (2cm) of the Australian Record in his throw of 14.65m.
Chris Mecham in his return from injury collected a silver medal in the Long Jump with a mighty leap of 4.34m. Faggy Tshoji achieved a 40cm PB in his Long Jump in what was his first Athletics ACT competition since joining the UC Tigers this season. Bec Guest also earned a PB in the Long Jump competing against in the older girls in the Under 16s. Charlotte Rauraa finished in the top 8 also in the Long Jump. Jeremy Maranan won a bronze medal with his new PB of 5.59m to finish just ahead of Faggy and Michael Spong who finished in the top 8. Nick Donaldson was also competing against in the older lads in that event and jumped well with a best leap of 4.59m.
Michael Spong backed up with a big leap of 1.50m in the High Jump to finish 5th in the State. Faggy finished 9th with 1.40m and their younger team mate James Lemon his second medal for the night with a gold in the Under 14 High Jump soaring to 1.45m an equal PB.
Not to be outdone Charlotte Rauraa threw a new age best with 31.05m in the Under 16 Discus to claim the silver medal.
The competition continues on Saturday and Sunday with many of Australia’s best competing including 9 Olympians, including our own Mel Breen. Spectators are welcome and entry is free.
- 100 Metres, 400 Metres, 1500 Metres, Sprint Hurdles (80m/90m/100m/110m), Javelin (Male & Female), Long Jump (U18, U20 & Open – Male & Female) and all Seated Throws
- 200 Metres, Steeplechase (1500/2000/3000 Metres), Pole Vault (Male & Female), Hammer (Male & Female), Triple Jump (Male & Female), Discus (Male) and Shot Put (Female).
Full results are available and photos have been posted to our Facebook page.