CAITLYN MORSE enhanced her road racing credentials with victory in the Great South Junior 2.6km Run (10.17), joining a select group of girl runners who have beaten all the boys in a race. Got to love it!
Also noted JENNY DALEY'S third place at last month's International Women's Day 10km in the over 60 year category. Well done Jenny!
PAUL McINTOSH starred for us at the State Veterans Track champ's taking silver in the 800m (PB 2.11).
Congratulations to MATTHEW LOWE (U/11) and LIZZY BRYANT (U/12) for their victories in the State Surf Life Saving Youth Beach Run titles at Hervey Bay on February 18-19.
Congratulations to TILLY BARRETT and TASH HEIKILLA who went 2-3 at the National Junior Tre-X (off-road) titles on the Sunshine Coast February 11.
November 6 saw our triathletes scoop a full set of medals in the Queensland All-Schools at Lake Kawana. Unheralded GWEN WATSON broke through for her maiden state mini-aquathon title; national runner/swimmer MJ LOWE starred with a silver in the primary boys aquathon; and ADELE PHILLIPS made a claim for selection to the Nationals with bronze in the junior triathlon.
Breakout runs by ELLE RUTHERFORD, ANNA JONES, CAITLIN BOYLE and AMY PARTRIGE highlighted our 9-podium blitz at the UQ 1500m Classic on November.
We had four in the Women's Classic with LUCINDA CROUCH driving the pace against Commonwealth Games runner Brittany McGowan, taking second place in a near-PB 4.29. ELLE RUTHERFORD flashed home in an amazing PB 4.29 while LEAH SIMPSON lowered her best to 4.39.
ANNA JONES stunned older runners with a come-from-behind close in Schoolgirls Race #1, recording a monster PB 4.37 (and aced the Livestream interview after).
CAITLIN BOYLE went from under-the-radar in SG Race #2 to legitimate national-class, winning in an almost unbelievable 4.42.
AMY PARTRIGE's 4.53 national qualifier in Primary #1 was equally impressive.
FIRSTS Anna Jones SS#1 4.37 NQ/PB,
Caitlin Boyle SS#2 4.42 NQ/PB
RUNNERS-UP Lucinda Crouch Classic 4.29 NQ
Trent Darbyshire SS#3 4.24 PB
Bronte Thompson SS#3 5.00
Ruby Hughes PS#2 5.12 PB
THIRDS Elle Rutherford Classic 4.29 NQ/PB
Amy Partrige PS#1 4.53 PB/NQ
Kyah Anderson PS#2 5.14 PB
National Qualifiers also to Callum Davies, Lara Crouch, Jack Salcedo and Oscar Rutherford.
NB Congratulations to JAYDA ANDERSON who broke the State Little Athletics record in the 1500m walk (7.22).
Good luck to our 66 runners at forthcoming State Schools Track Championships. The breakdown is 15 at Qld. Primary, 46 at Qld. Secondary and 5 at NSW Champ's.
Newcomer SHANTEAL HANSEN (20.41) and CAITLIN MORSE (20.58) are headed for stardom following their 1 - 2 finish in the U13 division in the Bridge to Brisbane on August 28.
JAMES TURNER earned $400 for his runner-up performance at the Sunshine Coast Half-Marathon (PB 1hr 13mins) while junior YASMIN DOHERTY broke through for her first road race victory in the 5km (20.52).
KYAH ANDERSON won the Brisbane Marathon junior 2km (8.30) while TRISTA HOCKEY prepared for National Cross with victory at the North Lakes 2km (7.45).
HARRY BRIGGS enjoyed a nice payday winning the 4.2km Kalinga Dash (14.33) while TAMARA CARVOLTH (8km/29.15) and AEYSHA GRANZIEN (3km/12.57) dominated female divisions at Rail Trail.
CHLOE McLENNAN triumphed at the Sunco Uni 5km (18.02)
The State Duathlon (Run-bike-run) Championships at Springfield on August 31 saw four of our runners on the podium after they completed a cross-country preparation with us. ELLIOTT GRAY (14-15yr sprint) and SOPHIE BURGER (10-11yrs) won gold while ADELE PHILLIPS (12-13yrs) and TRISTA HOCKEY (10-11yrs) notched silvers.
CALLUM DAVIES launched his international career with double gold in the Melanesian Games at Suva, Fiji, on July 9-10. Davies overcame humidity and gusty seaside winds to win gold in the U/18yrs 3000m (8.57) before repeating the dose in the U/18 1500m. LACHLAN COWLEY was equally impressive in the U/18yrs 800m prevailing in 1.57 before returning to nab silver in the 1500m. LUCINDA CROUCH kept her unbeaten international record intact with victory in the 1500m (4.36) while INDIA WILLIAMS put an injury-plagued three months behind her with silver in the U/18 800m (2.23). Live stream video of the races is available.
GOOD LUCK to our 98 runners at the Queensland (81 running at Maryborough) and NSW (17 at Eastern Creek) Schools Cross Country Championships over the next fortnight.
JAXON PATERSON-WRIGHT and MATTHEW (MJ) LOWE scooped both boys titles at the Gold Coast Marathon Junior Dashes on July 2. Jaxon clocked the second-fastest time (12mins 39secs) ever in the 4km to turn back a national-class field by almost a full minute. MJ, still only 9, was similarly impressive in the 2km with his winning time (6.55) behind only our KOBI RUTHERFORD (6.43/REC) and CASEY O'BRIEN (6.51) on the All-time list. KYAH ANDERSON also secured a podium when third in the 2km (7.20) with her time fast enough to win every edition except for the Katrina Robinson and Imogen Stewart victory years. Also noted BLAKE TURNER (runner-up in the 2km) sporting the Border Striders singlet. All are in great form for the coming State Cross-Country Champ's.
AA has selected four of our runners in its junior team to contest the Oceania Melanesian regional championships in Suva, Fiji, July 7-9. LACHLAN COWLEY (800m, 1500m), INDIA WILLIAMS (800m,1500m) and CALLUM DAVIES (3000m) will make their debut in Green and Gold, while LUCINDA CROUCH (1500m) will try to repeat her World Interschool Cross Country heroics. Congratulations
Initial reactions of our runners after winning the World Schools Cross-Country team title as members of St Margarets. Race distance was 3.4km.
LUCINDA CROUCH (GOLD, 11.00mins) "It spread out at the start with no packs. Lara was with me early on. I decided to just hang on to the lead. The Turkish girl challenged near the last bend but I held her off. It was a fun race, very scenic".
LARA CROUCH (BRONZE, 11.08) "I was level with Lucinda for awhile but I was aiming for a top 20 and not evn sure about that. So the outcome was a pleasant surprise. With 100m to go I knew they couldn't catch me".
ISABELLA BURDON (5th, 11.15) I felt good early but the second lap (1700m) was hard. I felt faster on the way back and I wish I'd caught the fourth girl. My voice has gone so that means I ran hard".
BRIANNA CAMPTON (28th, 12.06) "I felt dead early but then better the further it went. My finish was actually quite good. I ran in waffles".
ALEX CLEMENTS (65th, 12.59) "I probably went out too hard for too long. I can't even remember the middle of the race at all. Once we left the gravel and got onto the grass I sprinted and towards the end I passed five".
At the huge Intraining Twilight festival, JAMES TURNER placed 3rd behind two Africans in the Half Marathon (1.17) while LUCINDA CROUCH was also 3rd in the 10km (40.13). LARA CROUCH (18.44) and CARA FEAIN-RYAN (19.37) went 2-3 in the 5km while CAITLYN MORSE PB'd the junior 1000m (3.20) for 2nd.
The Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival saw CHLOE McLENNAN take out the 5km Fun Run (18.14) while BEN COOK won the Olympic Distance Triathlon.
KYAH ANDERSON (U/9, 2.52) and newcomer RUBY HUGHES (U/10, 2.51) starred at the Little Athletics Junior Carnival with 800m victories while AMALI MOORE broke through for her first win in the Run GC Junior 1000m at Kurrawa.
Congratulations to our AMELIA SCHOFIELD (1500M walk) and LARA PERT (400m, Relay) for making the hardest team of all - the State team to contest the Australian Little Athletics Championships in Adelaide, April 24. Well done also to Amelia's walk coach, Robyn Wales, and to whoever is looking after Lara's track work.
TAYLA BEHR warmed up for the Junior Nationals by winning Under 16 honours in a field of 10,000 at the International Women's Day Run in Brisbane on March 6. Taylah's time was 19mins 09seconds and she finished an impressive 8th overall. DAKOTA FARRELL-THOMAS (19.13) was third junior and an amazing 10th overall while new rising star STELLA GRACEY (22.47) was second U12.
LUCINDA CROUCH became the equal-youngest winner of the Queensland Open 1500m title for at least a quarter of a century with her 4.32 good for gold. She's just turned 16! ELIN WALTERS netted a silver in the open women's 3000m steeplechase (12.00) at the tender age of 14! LARA CROUCH went within an ace of being history's youngest Qld 1500m champion clocking 4.33 for bronze. Congrat's girls and good luck in Perth.
We kick off the year with mention of significant performances that escaped into cyberspace in 2015. Sorry folks.
2015 Gold Coast Marathon: CAITLYN MORSE enjoyed a breakout victory in the 2km Junior Dash with her 7.30 edging teammate TRISTA HOCKEY by 3seconds. FINLEY NEYLAN (6.59) was an impressive runner up in the boys. MACKENZEY ORMISTON (14.11) was second again in the 4km Junior Dash with JAXON PATERSON-WRIGHT (13.18) third in the boys. BRODIE MODINI (17.45) prevailed in the 5.7km Peoples' Race with MORGAN MATHEWS (20.57) and SARAH CHAMPLEY (21.20) going 2-3 in the girls. LACHLAN COOK (30.47) took silver in the State 10km Road title also held with the GCM.
2015 Bridge to Brisbane: LACHLAN COOK (15.03)and LILLI BURDON (16.12) won the 5km races, each banking $1000 in the process. BEN COOK (31.40) was runner-up in the 10km with TAMARA CARVOLTH (37.08) third female.
LARA CROUCH, 14, became the youngest-ever winner of the UQ 1500m Classic in atrocious conditions on November 5. Heavy rain made it a splash-a-thon. It took Lara two laps to get past AJ 3000m champ Katrina Robinson and claim the $500 first prize.
BRODIE MODINI and LACHLAN COOK were always prominent in the men's race before falling to ex-training partner Max Daddo's explosive finish. Amazingly Brodie was just a second behind his Commonwealth Youth Games medal-winning time. Special mention must go to DAISY FAHEY and ELLE RUTHERFORD who utilised suicidal early pace tactics. Daisy's 4.41 was an 11-second PB and broke the Schoolgirl Race 2 record. Elle was only caught in the last 200m but her 4.39 was a 7sec. PB. ANNA JONES had a good try at BRIANNA CAMPTON'S Primary School record (4.46), falling just 2 seconds short.
WINS Lara Crouch Elite Women, 4.29 Daisy Fahey Schoolgirl Div.2, 4.41 (REC) Nick Erzetic Schoolboy Div.2, 4.18 Anna Jones Primary Girls, 4.48
RUNNERS-UP Brodie Modini Elite Men, 3.56 Elle Rutherford Schoolgirl Div.1,
4.39 Tehlia Burton Schoolgirl Div.2, 4.49 Caitlin Boyle Schoolgirl Div.3, 5.12
THIRDS Lachlan Cook Elite Men, 3.57 Ellie Ryan Primary Girls Div.1 4.39 Alanasia Malone Schoolgirl Div.2, 4.52 Samantha Korck Primary Div.2 5.28
COMMONWEALTH YOUTH GAMES Hot and windy conditions greeted BRODIE MODINI and a world-class field at Apia Stadium for the 1500m. World youth record-holder Tamari Taki and his Kenyan teammate went off the front in a suicidal 56/1.55/2.56 with Taki winning in 3.39 (=a 3.56 mile!). Brodie co-led the chasers in 63/2.10/3.15 before closing in an unprecedented 40 secs--Taki closed in 43!-- to nip the Brit's for the bronze medal (3.55). Great green and gold debut, Brodie!
With all Regionals completed, we have a record 120 runners qualified for State Schools Cross-Country. The breakdown is 30 to QPS, 67 to QSS and 23 to NSW PS/SSX.
Border Striders is playing a major role in St.Margarets College's bid to represent Australia at the World Interschool Cross-Country in Budapest next year. St Margarets went one step closer on Saturday by winning the Queensland School Trial with LUCINDA CROUCH, LARA CROUCH, ISABELLE BURDON and BRIANNA CAMPTON going a perfect 1-2-3-4 while BRONTE THOMPSON and ALEX CLEMENTS played the key "pusher" roles in denying the opposition higher positions.
The Queensland Medium Course Cross-Country Championships at Yeronga on June 13 netted us 9 medals including half the open ones.
TAMARA CARVOLTH (Open) and CHLOE McLENNAN (U/16) won State gold medals; LACHLAN COOK (Open), ELLIE RYAN (U/16) and ISABELLA GORDON (U/14) took silver; and JORDAN PIZZICA (Open), BRODIE MODINI (U/20), THWANE FOUCHE (U/20) and SHELLBEE WELSH (U/14) won bronze. Congratulations all.
LACHLAN COOK starred in the Queensland Open 4km Cross-Country Championships at Kedron on May 9 taking bronze in a swift 12.45 (also gold for first junior). PAUL SCURR added a silver in the 35-44yrs masters division to his growing collection (14.19).
Also congratulations to our ALEX CHRISTIE for her first-ever open road race victory in the Mothers Day 4km on the Gold Coast.
MACKENZEY ORMISTON ran a PB of 4mins 45 secs to capture the bronze medal in the 1500m at the Australian Little Athletics titles in Perth on April 26. JASMINE HAYES did likewise in the 80m hurdles while JAI HOCKEY picked up valuable field event points for Queensland. Well done all!
Back home, our girls won all the Gold Coast Bulletin Fun Run short races with LEAH SIMPSON (5km), JORDAN BENNETT (2.5km) and MICHAELA PULFORD (1km) successful. JAMISON STOVIN was our best boy, capturing the 2.5km races.
There was further success at the Australian Schools Triathlon on April 29 at Penrith with TAHLIA FLETCHER winning gold in the juniors (13-14yrs) and RYAN ROBERTS taking the bronze. We'll claim one third of those medals. Well done Tahlia and Ryan.
Our girls dominated the Intraining Twilight Runs on March 22 with LARA CROUCH, ELLIE RYAN and TEHLIA BURTON's trifecta in the 5km. The 10km saw TAMARA CARVOLTH and LUCINDA CROUCH (Ist junior) go 2-3 and beat the downpour.
The Queensland Sprint Triathlon Championships on March 29 at Redcliffe brought gold for ADELE PHILLIPS (10-11yrs), silver for TRISTA HOCKEY (7-9) and FINN REECE (10-11) and bronze for MIA HAYDEN (12-13). Great work!
MACKENZEY ORMISTON will represent Qld at the Australian Little Athletics Championships in Perth (April 26) in the 800/1500m. Good luck!
OLIVIA BURDON won the New Zealand Youth (U/18) 1500m Championship in Wellington on March 8 with a time of 4.25.
BRODIE MODINI maintained form with victory in the Qld Men's 1500m title (3.54) on March 8. At 16, he is believed to be the youngest-ever winner of the title!
Congratulations to ANDREW O'BRIEN (40-44yrs) and ALEC O'BRIEN (U/20) who've been selected in the Australian team for the World Duathlon Championships to be held in Adelaide in October.
The March road running scene has proved lucrative for JAMES TURNER ($250 for second at Port Macquarie Half-Marathon) and LACHLAN COOK ($250 for third at Mooloolaba 5km). CHLOE MCCLENNAN won Clive Palmer's Coolum 5km as well.
The Australian Youth Triathlon at Twin Waters on March 12 saw gold to our TAHLIA FLETCHER and bronze to RYAN ROBERTS, both in the 13-14 year age groups. Good luck at the National Schools in Sydney.
We have 35 runners through to 800/1500m races at State Little Athletics on March 21-2 following recent Intercentre championships. Three are ranked #1 - MACKENZEY ORMISTON (U/13 800/1500m), EMMA-KATE WATT (U/11 800m) and REBECCA WEBB (U/9 800m). Good luck all.
Congratulations also to JACOB CARUANA, JESSICA CORLISS, RYAN ROBERTS, GEORGE NIELD, TAHLIA FLETCHER and LATICIA TRANSOM on their state selection for next month's National Schools Triathlon. All have run with us this season.
The Queensland Junior Track Championships, after being postponed a week due to a cyclone (?), brought us a 39 medal bonanza at QSAC on February 26 - March 1. This was up on last year's record 32 medals, and as a result QA named 39 or our runners in it's Heat team for Nationals in Sydney, March 11 - 15. Of note, we won every girls 1500m gold except the U20's, and the U17 girls 1500 / 3000 trifecta.
Congratulations to TAMARA CARVOLTH and BEN COOK on their results in the State Open 5000m championships held on 26 February. Tamara took silver in the women's in a time of 17.11, and bronze for Ben in the men's in 14.50.
BRODIE MODINI clocked a 6 second PB of 3.50 for the 1500m at Newcastle's Hunter Classic on January 31. His consistent 61-62sec splits saw him dip under the World Youth qualifier. A repeat effort and gold at National Juniors will see him selected for WY in Colombia. Well done Brodie!
OLIVIA BURDON started the year with the same brilliance she finished 2014, capturing silver in the Queensland Open 3000m Championship at QSAC on January 24. Lilli, still riding the boost gained from her week at Falls Creek over the New Year, lowered her PB by an incredible 13 seconds to clock 9.36, less than 2 seconds behind dual world championship racer Jackie Areson. More importantly she was just 4.5 seconds outside the qualifying standard for the World Youth Titles later this year. Great work, Lilli!
Olivia Burdon's new Queensland junior mile record highlighted our 13 podium blitz on the UQ 1500m Classic on November 6. Lilli lowered Angela Raines-White's 1989 record by .05 second in what was the 11th fastest ever time by an Australian junior and number 5 by a Queenslander of any age. And a $700 bonus prize to boot! Well done Lilli!
Wins Lilli Burdon Elite Mile 4.43.31
Paul Scurr Masters 1500m 4.30
Lucinda Crouch SS # 1 4.34
Mackenzey Ormiston PS # 1 4.49
Runners-Up Lara Crouch SS #1 4.34
Daisy Fahey PS #1 4.55
Jaxon Paterson-Wright PS #1 4.41
Jack Partridge PS #2 4.58
Thirds Brodie Modini Elite Mile 4.17
Cara Feain-Ryan SS #1 4.36
Will Omeara PS #1 4.53
Emma-Kate Watt PS #2 5.24
Mikaela Woodward 1500m walk 7.20
Pictured above, trifecta to Border Striders in the SS #1 race, 1st Lucinda Crouch, 2nd Lara Crouch, 3rd Cara Feain-Ryan
Our runners won six of the ten gold medals in the Queensland All Schools Triathlon and Aquathon Championships at Kawan on November 9. More than 20 qualified for State at Hervey Bay late February 2015.
GOLD Jessica Hoskin Senior Tri 65 mins 39s
Laticia Transom Junior Tri 41.04
Ryan Roberts Junior Tri 38.00
Harrison Turner Primary Aqua 11.43
Tayden Tomich Kids Aqua 7.36
Connor Mcareavey Kids Aqua 6.51
SILVER Adele Phillips Primary Aqua 12.12
BRONZE Tahlia Fletcher Junior Tri 41.57
Sakura Sugiyama Primary Aqua 12.15
Trista Hockey Kids Aqua 8.00
Blake Turner Kids Aqua 7.16
BEN COOK won his first senior men's triathlon title, the Olympic Distance, on Oct.12 at Redcliffe Peninsula. Well deserved.
BEN COOK led our stars at Bridge to Brisbane on Sept.7 placing second in the 5km (PB 14.39) just 4sec's behind an Olympian. Our junior girls, LIZZIE MOSS (20.28) and SHELLBEE WELSH (20.43) went 1-2 in the U/14 division while SEAN RYAN broke through to be second junior boy (18.03). SAM BENNETT (36.26) also starred when third junior in the 10km race. As well LARA CROUCH (42.08) and ERIKA GAGE (44.54) were the top two under 13s in the 10km with MATTHEW MOATE third boy. JAXON PATTERSON-WRIGHT (18.44) was third boy in the 5km with LACHLAN COOK runner-up in the 14-18yrs (15.02).
The month ended with a bang for PAUL SCURR who won his second national medal, a teams bronze (again), at the Australian Half-Marathon in Sydney on Sept.21. He clocked 1 hour 18 mins in his debut at the distance. Meanwhile daughter APRIL SCURR was second junior in the massive Bridge 9km Bridge Run behind the world schools cross-country silver medallist.
On the previous night TAMARA CARVOLTH ran second to an Olympian in the Bay Twilight 10km ($200), ELLIE RYAN was runner-up in the women's 5km ($100) and JAYDON WALDRON placed third in the men's 5km ($50/1st.junior). HARRISON and BLAKE TURNER went 2-3 in the Kids 1km while TAYDEN TOMICH and CAITLYN MORSE did the same in the girls race.
Congratulations to LOUIS McAFEE (Idaho) and ISSI SMITH (North Carolina) on being awarded full USA athletics scholarships. Also to ISHA POMANA on her selection for the 2015 World Duathlon Championship and CIERA STAFFORD who is currently racing on the West Coast USA.
The Queensland Duathlon Championships at Springfield on Aug.10 saw gold medals go to RYAN ROBERTS & PARIS SHIELD (12-13), ISHA POMANA (30-4), ANDREW OBRIEN (40-4), SKYLA TOMICH (10-11) & TAYDEN TOMICH (U/10); silvers to ADELE PHILLIPS (10-11) & COOPER CARSWELL (U/10); and bronzes to SYDNEY O'RILEY (U/16), KEELY WHITTAKER & GEORGE NIELD (12-13). Great work!
Three Border Striders starred at the Brisbane Marathon Festival on Aug.3. FINN REECE won the junior 2.2km outright (8.11) with CAITLYN MORSE second girl in 9.12. JAMES TURNER beat 2000-odd runners in the 10km, placing third to national-class runners in a PB 35.18. Comebacker TAMARA CARVOLTH banked a cool $1500 for a course record and victory in the Townsville 10km.
The State Mountain Running championships on July 12 at Bellbird Park saw Caitlyn Morse win the U12 gold and Katey Brassey the U14 silver. Great work in a tough event.
We were the most successful squad again at the Gold Coast Marathon festival on July 5 with six placings in junior and development races.
Our winners were Harrison Turner (2km, 6.55) and Katrina Robinson (4km, 13.47); while runners up were Sakura Sugiyama (2km, 7.17), Mackenzey Ormiston (4km, 14.26), Bradley Warnes (5.7km, 18.39) and Sarah Champley (5.7km, 20.42). Louis McAfee, still a junior, won the bronze medal in the Queensland Men's 10km Road Championship. A special mention to Paul Scurr whose massive PB 2.49 in the marathon made him instantly one of Australia's quickest masters' marathoners.
Bella Smith, who does some endurance training with us, starred at the Oceania Championships in the Cook Islands on June 25-26. Her medal haul consisted of silver in the 1500 (4.37), and an 800 bronze (2.14). Great work for the off season.
On June 21 at Palmerston North, Katrina Robinson won bronze in the Year 9 race at the New Zealand Schools Cross Country titles. Great result on a challenging, slippery, muddy course, congratulations Katrina.
The State Medium Course Cross Country Championships held at Yeronga on June 7 yielded Gold for Katrina Robinson (U20 4km, 14.17) and Paul Scurr (Masters 8km, 29.30); Silver to Louis McAfee (Open 8km 26.14) and April Scurr (U20 4km 14.53); and Bronze to Thwane Fouche (U20 4km, 15.23). Well done!
Congratulations to Brianna Campton on two medals at the Australian Little Athletics championships held at Lakeside Stadium in Melbourne on May 3, silver in the 1500m and bronze in the 800m.
On April 1st, three of our runners competed at the World Schools Cross Country Championships in Israel. Brian's report from the Championships:
"Anyone further back that fifth ate dust, the track being dry throughout, and hard in places. The day got hotter as it went on, and the races were accompanied by sonic booms which were either Israeli jets breaking the sound barrier overhead, or nearby mortar tests.
Lachlan Cook - Silver - sat in tightly bunched lead pack throughout, taking inside line on 90 degree corners. Was left to battle it out with two Turkish runners, when the first of them went with 1500m to go. Lachlan led Australia to a team silver.
Lilli Burdon - 4th - sat in the lead pack and made a strong move from 6th to 4th to 3rd at the halfway mark. Overtaken by a Turkish runner on downhill with 1km to go but hung in to take 4th.
Marlie Campton - 12th - Felt very good on the first lap and hit halfway in 2nd right behind the eventual winner. Ran out of endurance on the last lap, but pushed scoring runners of the 2nd and 3rd placed teams back to ensure team Gold for Australia.
The International Women's Day 5km Run on March 9 saw a career breakthrough for 15 year old Alex Clements. Out of 9,000 starters, Alex placed an incredible 5th (pb 18.49) and was the first placed U16 girl. Well done Alex, a fantastic result!
We have a record 41 athletes heading to the Australian Juniour Championships in Sydney on March 12-16, up from 23 last year. In addition to the state medallists listed on the results page, we will be represented by Emily Beston, Chloe Bradley, Jacob Bragg, Lachlan Cook, Thwane Fouche, David and John Lean, Rachel Pieszko, Jordan Pizzica, Ellie Ryan, Leah Simpson, Jazmin Smith, Bree Watson, India Williams and Kelsie Willoughby. Athletes who train with us and have qualified in exotic events are Jasmine Hayes (80m hurdles) , Tianah List (400 hurdles, javelin) , Annie McGuire (jumps) , Maddie McGuire (400 hurdles) , Jamison Stovin (3000m walk) and Scout Cook (400m).
Good luck to all.
Secondary School Girls - Winners Tweed Blue Bolts (Jacquie Soden, Gabby Stanek, Maddie Dick, Marlie Campton) 13mins 07secs
Secondary School Boys - QEII (Jonathon Hoffman, Richard Baron, Jacob Bragg, Braelan Renton) 11mins 58
Olivia Lucas starred in the Queensland Open Championships at QEII on March 26 - 28. She is State Champion in the 3000m Steeplechase, being first Queenslander across the line in 10.53, and took bronze in the 5000m (17.16). Katelyn Simpson won the bronze medal in the 800m (2.10).
In major road race action, Katrina Robinson launched our new uniform at Intraining's Twilight 5km on March 23, placing second in 18.09 seconds. Our Pacific Masters Games champion Melanie Black was third in 19.03.
At the Sydney Track Classic on March 9 - 10 Katelyn Simpson lowered her PB to the incredible time of 4min 18secs. This has clinched her a trip to Europe with Australian Under 21 squad. Well done Katelyn, you are an inspiration to all the younger runners!
In Sunday 10th's International Women's Day 5km run at Southbank we placed four runners in the Top Ten (out of 8,000)! They were Sophie Malowiecki (2nd, 16.42), Lilli Burdon (3rd, 17.03), Tamara Carvolth (5th, 17.33) and Rebekah Matulis (9th, 18.07). Also our Alex Clements (14th, 19.23) was the third under 16 girl to finish. Fantastic result girls!
On March 17th, Jacquie Soden was the winner of the open women's 5km race at Runaway Bay, in a time of 17.26, scoring $250 for her effort. On the same weekend Lilli Burdon placed second in the Mooloolaba 5km run (18.33), a result which rewarded her with a prize purse of $500. Congratulations girls.
Some great results to report for Border Striders competing on the weekend of 19th and 20th Januay.
Congratulations to Lachlan Cook for surviving the hottest day ever on record in Sydney, with temperatures over 44 degrees seeing day one of competition at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival cancelled and all athletics events squeezed into day two. Lachlan's performance was as sizzling as the previous day's weather, winning a silver medal in the 3000m, in a personal best time of 8.42, just 2 seconds behind the winner Ververt Fidelis of Brazil.
On Sunday the World Cross Country trials were held at Stromlo Forest Park in Canberra. Leshay Wells came 7th and Olivia Lucas finished 9th. Leshay's time of 21.39 was a personal best for this course, and was a time that would have gained her selection in any other year. Well done to both girls.