What a great event the Illawarra Track Classic turned out to be.
For a while now this Blue Stars-inspired event has attracted athletic talent from all over NSW in a test of the best over sprint distances.
It was fantastic to see a good number of our athletes, including juniors contesting junior and open events and masters competitors competing in the carnival
In the girls 60 metres IBS Under 12: 1st went to Chelsea Ezeoke 8.18, 2nd Delta Amidzovski 8.66 and 3rd Holly Rea 8.94.
In the girls 100 metres IBS Under 12 category, two of the girls backed up with 1st going to Chelsea Ezeoke 13.23 and 2nd Holly Rea 14.68.
Showing they were made of sterner stuff, juniors Tierney Dunne 6th 7.86 sec, Emir Spiers 8.15 sec and Chelsea 8.15 made their mark in the Open Women's 60m sprints.
Inspired by their huge efforts, juniors fought out the open women's 100m sprint with Tierney Dunne 5th 12.40 sec, Chelsea Ezeoke 9th 12.91 sec and top efforts by Emir Spiers 13.03 sec, Janna Hadaya 13.66 sec and Delta Amidzovski 13.95 sec.
In the open women's 400m again we had a contingent of juniors getting it on.
Hanna Crinnion scored a 59.87 sec run, followed by Casey Cleary 60.47 sec, Chelsea Ezeoke 61.81 sec and Ruby-Lee Paterson 63.69 sec.
The women’s long jump division 1 Open saw Hannah Crinnion 3rd 4.64m, Alyssa Parks 4th 4.51m, and Delta Amidzovski 5th 4.51m.
Women’s long jump division 2 Open, Chelsea Ezeoke came 2nd with 4.55m.
In the women’s shot put division 2 Open, Janna Hadaya 3rd 8.92m, Kristin Mercer 5th 8.13m and Sandra Mercer 9th 5.46m.
In the women’s hammer throw division 2 Open, 14-year-old Jackie Lenartowicz led the way with 34.50m, with Kristin Mercer 4th 22.46m and Sandra Mercer 6th 16.07m.
In a very large men’s field in the men’s 60 metres Open, Jack Bridges ran 7.99.
In the men's 100 metres Open, Zachary Peace ran 11.50, Gabriel Bickel 11.54, Jack Bridges 12.70 and Isaac Parks 14.15.
For the men's 400 metres Open, Zachary Peace ran 51.18 and Gabriel Bickel ran 53.31.
In the men’s long jump Division 2 Open, Isaac Parks finished third jumping 3.86m.
In men’s shot put division 1 Open, Philip Frkovic was 4th 10.37m and a very smooth 37.18m 2nd in the hammer throw.
In the open men's mile, Jordan Heywood finished 9th in 4:46.14.
From the recent Albion Park Carnival, we have two results.
Miki Heywood came 3rd in shot put, discus and the 400m. Zac Heywood came 1st in discus and 2nd in shot put.
Now for a lot of people the Christmas break means going away for a holiday.
Well many of our athletes stayed put to compete in the track classic and parts of the Treloar Shield rounds.
However for young 16-year-old Rosie Tozer, going to Western Australia meant having a go at the WA State Championships.
This resulted in her bringing back to the Gong a gold medal for her win in the Under 17 girls high jump with a height of 1.70 metres. A top effort.
The NSW Country Championships are being held at the Beaton Park track over the Australia Day Long Weekend.
Online entries are now closed.
However if you would like to see athletics in action right across all ages, then entry to the track is free for spectators.
There will be action aplenty.
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Athletics Wollongong has a long and proud tradition in the Illawarra. Since its inception in 1958 (as Wollongong Southern Flame Amateur Athletics Club), we have striven to develop the sport of track and field in Wollongong.
We cater for ages from 8 to 88+ and for athletes of all abilities. The emphasis is on the whole family enjoying athletics: there are few avenues where everyone can get together and compete at the same time.
We contest all athletic disciplines, provide electronic timing in all events and also offer coaching to members interested in improving their skills and abilities.