The 2019 Coles WA State Track and Field Championships saw hundreds of athletes, including interstate and international visitors, descend on the WA Athletics Stadium for the three-day competition.
It was a stellar weekend of competition, with plenty of personal bests, qualifying performances and newly crowned State Champions.
Friday’s competition saw Byrony Glass win her 26th consecutive title as State Champion in the Open Women’s Hammer Throw, with a season’s best throw of 49.74m. An incredible achievement for one of the State’s best throwers.
Ella Pardy showed her form in the Open Women’s 100m Para, posting a B qualifying performance and season’s best of 13.23m (0.7) for the 2019 World Para Athletics World Championships. Pardy also achieved a B qualifier in the 200m with 28.42 (-2.4).
The Open Men’s 100m was set to be a headline event for the weekend with 5 interstate/international visitors taking to the start line against WA’s fastest man Aaron Bresland. Conditions did not disappoint, with Joshua Ross winning Heat 1 in 10.51 (1.9) and Jack Hale recording 10.23 (1.3) to win Heat 2, over Bresland in 10.47 and Jacob Despard in 10.48.
The Open Men’s 100m Final, held on Day 2, lived up to all expectations after the heats, with an impressive win by Hale in 10.12 (3.0), followed by another tight finish between State Champion Bresland (10.411) and Despard (10.417). Calvin Borowski took home the silver medal with 10.64 (6th overall) and Kachana Seneviratne with 11.02 for bronze.
Sarah Edmiston took to the Open Women's Discus field, achieving an A qualifier (35.65m) for the 2019 World Para Athletics World Championship to place second behind Jessica Siviour (45.50m). Edmiston went on the win the Open Para Women's Discus later in the afternoon with 35.40 - another A qualifying performance. After achieving a bronze medal at the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships, Edmiston will be one to watch in Doha later this year.
Day 3 saw Grant Szalek leap 2.20m in the Open Men’s High Jump to win the gold medal – his second for the weekend after taking the Open’s Men’s Triple Jump title on Day 1. Szalek’s performance is a 2019 World University Games qualifier and he’ll now turn his focus to the 2019 Australian Championships to stake his claim for selection.
Jackson Hamilton continues to break records every time he steps in the competition arena and this weekend was no different. Jackson set new personal bests and Australian Records in the Under 18 Para Men’s Discus and the Under 20 Para Men’s Javelin with 50.20m and 47.67m respectively.
These performances were just a few of the many highlights of the weekend - congratulations to all athletes and their support teams. We now look forward to the 2019 Australian Athletics Championships, where all medal winners from the weekend (and the 2018 WA All Schools Championships) have qualified to compete, in addition to those who have achieved the qualification standard.
Athletics WA would like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful officials and volunteers for their time and efforts over the past three days.