Wollongong athletes prove multi-talented

Fast lane: Sprinter Mitchell O'Neill. Picture: David Tarbotton

Fast lane: Sprinter Mitchell O'Neill. Picture: David Tarbotton

The NSW Combined Events Championships comprise of multi-events like the decathlon, heptathlon and outdoor pentathlon held during a meeting at Campbelltown last month.

Christine Shaw again showed why this pocket sized power house is a formidable Masters athlete in the Women 60-69 division.

During her long jump lag of the pentathlon Christine jumped a state record leap of 3.98m which contributed to her state record massive points tally totalling 3304 points, which comfortably beat the previous record.

Anthony Howlett in the 50-59 Men's Pentathlon was competing against the pain from an injured back. With just one event to complete Anthony was lagging behind the medals but pushed himself in the 1500m to finally finish in silver medal position by nine points.

Thomas Noakes has moved up to the U20 division after having blitzed the U18s Decathlon competition last season. Trailing after the end of day one, he had a spectacular second day, overhauling the leader and winning a gold medal with 6148 points. Thomas saw improvement in eight of the 10 events in compared to his performance of last year.

Middle distance specialist Olivia Sivills excelled in the 2000m Steeplechase coming first in 7min 46.46 sec.

Talented young hurdler Jett Link scored a fast 2nd in the 110m hurdles in 15.79 sec and the dedicated Kailee Moore making another carnival appearance scored a 3rd in the Women 100m hurdles in 15.54 sec and a second in the 300m hurdles in 48.82s.

At the Central Coast interclub meet - held after the Country Championships were delayed until February 26-28 - Rosie Tozer produced a high jump performance of 1.82m, a meet standout.

She equalled her all time personal best and her performance would have met the qualifying standard for the 2020 World Junior Championships which were to be held in Nairobi, Kenya.

In the Women 300m hurdles 76.2cm, Moore, Kailee 1st 48.42 sec and followed this up later in the Div3 Mixed long jump with a 4.58m 8th.

In the Men 100m Open, two of our fastest put on a great show with Mitchell O'Neill, 3rd 10.84s, James Mcpaul, 8th 11.06s, and Masters athlete Michael Doodson 12.57s.

In the 200m events Eleanor Tozer ran 26.37 sec in the women's and for the guys Mitchell O'Neill was fourth in a fast 21.61 sec, James McPaul was 10th in 22.02 sec and Michael Doodson ran 25.18s. James McPaul, ran 51.60 coming 13th in the Men Open 400m.

In the mixed Division 2 discus Chelsy Wayne showed why she is a talent to watch for the future. Against Open class she won bronze with an enormous hurl of 39.46m. And 13 year old William Willis was fifth in 38.04m, Jamaya Wayne was 6th with 36.94m and Jaidah Jarvis was 8th with 34.06m.

The NSW Masters Championships will be held at Campbelltown on February 13-14. The Region 4 Little Athletics State Selection trials will be held at Wagga on February 6-7.