It’s been an exciting start to the 2019 Go for 2 & 5 Track and Field Season, with hotly contested State titles and some incredible record-breaking performances! Over the past two weeks, the Under 20 and Open athletes competed in the State 10,000m Race Walk Championships and the State 5,000m Championships to race for the title of State Champion.
In the Open Men’s event, Declan Tingay won the race in 43:27.46. The Australian Under 20 Record Holder lead from start to finish to claim the title over Andrew Duncan and Bradley Mann. In Men’s Under 20 event, Benjamin Reid took the line honours on 49:59.16. Recently, at the Oceania Australia 20km Race Walk Championship, Declan Tingay achieved a World University Qualifier with a time of 1:26.22
In the State 10,000m race Walk Championships, held on the 23rd of January, Melissa Lewis won the Open Women’s event in 59:14.15 – a new State Record in the W30 Masters category (pending).
Last week’s Strive Program A incorporated the State 5,000m Championships, where our distance stars showed their class. In the Women’s Under 20 5,000m, Melany Smart claimed a new State Record with 16:08.30, surpassing the previous record (formerly held by Clarissa Herbst) by 46 seconds.
On the 2nd February, Kurtis Marschall achieved a World Championships Qualifier in the Pole Vault with a jump of 5.81m, before narrowly missing 5.88m, which would have seen him top the current World Rankings for 2019. Liz Parnov also jumped an equal World Championships Qualifier on 18th January, with a new personal best f 4.56m.
On the track, Kayla van der Linden twice bettered the U16 800m Record, with 2:08.76 and 2:08.15 on the 18th of January and the 1st of February respectively.
Jackson Hamilton broke two Australian F12 Under 18 Para Records, both in Shot Put and Discus, with 13.43m and 49.64m respectively, despite only moving to the age group as of the 1 January 2019.