Track and Field with Valmai Loomes

Perfect sunny Wollongong weather presented itself for the IBS Interclub Meet conducted in conjunction with Athletics NSW. More than 350 athletes travelled from all parts of the state to take part in what can be classed as one of the best meets the club has hosted.

Great support from our local athletes and IBS officials along with outside athletes and officials of ANSW saw an event programmed around sprints, middle distance and one throw - javelin, and one jump - triple jump.

Star of the men's sprints was NSW 60 metres champ, Campbelltown's Anus Abu Ganaba, who ran a wind assisted 10.26 and then backed this up with a solid win in the 200 in a good time of 20.91.

Top local sprinter in the 100 were Athletics Wollongong's Sam Zustovich and Blue Stars' Corey Williams.

In the 200m, Mitchell O'Neill from Athletics Wollongong was the quickest local man.

In the women's 100 and 200, another double was taken out when Monique Quirk won both in 11.48 and 23.54.

Quickest registered local athlete was Delta Amidzovski (AW) and Lauren Percival from IBS.

South Coast hurdles champ Sari Carli took out the women's 400 metres in a personal best time of 54.66.

Blue Stars athlete Monique Byers and training partner Sue Seitaridis, along with Athletics Wollongong's Tayissa Buchanan were hard to separate in a hard-fought women's 400 metres.

Surprise winner of the men's 400 metres had to pull out a personal best with James McPaul (AW) taking out the men's 400 metres with IBS' Cameron Chisolm coming in 4th overall.

Commonwealth Games rep Nick Hough showed fine form over the 110 metres hurdles and, having qualified for the Olympic Games, is now waiting to hear if he is selected.

Women's open hurdles was won by Jessica Wong from UTS Norths. A great race was witnessed in the men's 800 metres won by Joshua Aitkinson from Rohan Laurendet. Atkinson recording a quick time of 1min 53.77sec.

Fastest local athlete was William Dyball, with the Nowra club filling a lot of the minor placings.

In the women's section, the 800 metres was won by Sutherland's Amy Bennet with Kembla Joggers' Grace Pomery being the highest placed local.

In the field events, Blue Stars 17-year-old javelin thrower Alex Del Popolo threw a personal best 54.74 metres, while Asics West John Crandell threw the spear 60.47 metres

Sydney University athlete Connor Murphy was the star of the triple jump with a great jump of 15.86 metres.

Overall the meet produced some fabulous results with junior athletes lining up against seniors and masters in an event that is not conducted in age but ability in that particular event.

What a great day of fast quick competition that has brought athletes down to Wollongong to compete against our own local athletes. Well done everyone.

The Open men of Illawarra Blue Stars fielded a team in the NSW State Club Championship, and although it came together at the very last minute, the team performed well and all members of the five-man team should be proud of their performance.

Some of our open men were not available, but the members rallied around and a good team was formed to represent the club.

Top performance was recorded by Corey Williams who scored the top points for the club by taking out 3rd placing overall in the long jump out of 17 competitors.

Newcomer to our club, Joshua Baulch was next with a very good 5th placing overall in the 400 metres out of 24 competitors in a star-studded event. This 19-year-old is a talent and his ability over the 400 and 800 metres will be watched with great interest.

Jonty Faulkner moved up a division to take on the men's open 100, and teamed with clubmate Cameron Chisolm, both performing well. Jonty also scored points for the team by competing in the shot.

Samuel Jones came down a distance when he took on the 1500 metres athletes, an event he rarely contests, opting for the longer distances of 5000 and 10,000 metres.

Baulch, Williams, Faulkner and Chisolm then teamed to take out 9th overall in the 4x100 metres relay, combining very well for the first together as a team.

HOW THEY PERFORMED

Cameron Chisolm 100m 11.63, 19th overall 43 competitors.

Jonty Faulkner 100m 11.61, 17th overall 43 competitors.

Jonty Faulkner Shot 7.81m, 16th overall 22 competitors.

Joshua Baulch 400m 49.01, 5th overall 24 competitors.

Corey Williams long jump 6.68m, 3rd overall 17 competitors.

Samuel Jones 1500m 4min 20.08sec, 16th overall 22 competitors.

Baulch, Williams, Faulkner, Chisolm 4 x 100 relay 44.36, 9th overall 16 teams.

Points are allocated from 80 for 1st, followed by one less point each position down to the final placing, in a concept that proved popular over the one day instead of the usual two-day, dragged out event, that in particular favoured the larger clubs.