The AIS hosted 41 Rio 2016 Olympians and Paralympians as well as 11 starters from Coles Nitro Athletics Melbourne at the 2017 SUMMERofATHS Grand Prix on Saturday.
The two day competition, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th March, is the penultimate hit-out for Australia’s best athletes ahead of the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships, which double as the Selection Trial for the London 2017 IAAF World Championships and World Para-Athletics Championships.
UC Ginninderra Athletics Club rolled out is own super stars of the sport with Matt Walters (400m), Kathryn Ross (Shot Put, Discus), Cameron Crombie (Shot Put), Sarah Blizzard (100m), Steve Hocking (400m), Melissa Breen (100m, 200m), Chris Hamer (5000m), Jordan Gusman (5000m), Joshua Johnson (5000m), Jessica Penney (Long Jump) and Angus Gould (Long Jump).
Jordan Gusman contested his first ever 5000m National Race on the Track and came away with the Silver Medal in 13:48.56.
Team Telford and Jordan’s training partners Chris Hamer (7th – 14:15.25) and Joshua Johnson (5th – 14:14.21) ran Nationals qualifying performances in their top ten finishes in the 5000m.
Matt Walters broke the U20M 400m Club Record running in the 400m “B” Final. Matt’s time of 49.81s smashed the former record (50.1s) by Richard George from 1993.
Steve Hocking (51.69) ran a season best in the 400m in a time that would have won him the Gold medal at the recent Athletics ACT Championships and an automatic qualifier for Nationals.
Mel Breen has continued her strong start to the competitive season with a silver medal in the 100m finishing with 11.47s from Oceania Champion Toea Wisil.
Sarah Blizzard came third in the “B” Final clocking 12.02s which would have given her 9th in the A Race. Mel backs up on Sunday in the 200m.
Kathryn Ross won the seated Discus (14.41m) and came second in the seated Shot Put (4.76m) in the lead up to her first Nationals since starting the sport this season.
Cameron Crombie, Kathryn’s training partner, won the Ambulant Shot Put event with a 14.61m effort which is just 5cm shy of his Australian and Oceania Records (F38).
The program also featured an Athletics ACT pre-meet where a number of the Club’s athletes participated including Mel and Sarah before their finals in the evening.
Ken Telfer is on the rise towards the AMA Nationals in Darwin with a very impressive 12.48s in the 100m. Ken’s times have been improving across the season and he’s looking to peak just in time for Nationals in June.
Gabby Slattery racing the best in the country including ten mates Mel and Sarah in the Women’s 100m finished in 14.24s which is narrowly outside her PB by 0.08s.
Annika Wise showed she’s in good form with another solid 800m time of 2:23.28 ahead of her debut in that event at Nationals in a fortnight’s time.