As 2017 comes to a close, this weekend at QSAC, the Carlee Beattie shield hosts to the final shield meet of the year. With a successful Australian All Schools under our belt, Queensland’s best junior and open athletes step onto to track one last time before Christmas joined by some of the best athletes this country has to offer.
With favourable conditions predicted on Saturday, the sprinters will be out in force, with an almost national final field on show only two months out from the Commonwealth Games Selection Trials
QLD has always been a mecca for sprinting, frequently delivering red hot conditions, and with the line-up to match
Thanks in part to the Australian Women’s 4x100m hosting a relay camp in Brisbane this week, the sprints will be class. The evening on the track begins with Australia Green and Australia Gold going head to head in a 4x100m. Team orders yet to be confirmed but once you see the sprint line
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The women’s 100m see Australian record holder Melissa Breen lead the field against QLDs own Sally Pearson. Both athletes have a CG B qualifier but will be hoping to dip under the 11.26 needed for an A. Joining them in the field will be Glasgow CG 200m and relay rep Ashleigh Whittaker and Jessica Peris, who recently ran a new 100m pb of 11.63. The field will be rounded out by sub 11.9 runners Abbie Taddeo and Jacinta Beecher.
The 200m field looks just as good with Breen, Whittaker, Peris and Beecher all backing up for the longer distance. Peris should be favourite for this after grabbing a huge pb and CG B qualifier in the 200 only two weekends ago whilst running 23.31. Multiple World u20 rep Maddie Coates joins this field as well with Lauren Wells potentially backing up after the Long Jump, with the prospect of six or more athletes going sub 24s.
You could say that the Men’s field is even more ridiculous. With 7 out of the 8 members of the Gold Coast Gold Relay Program all making the trip to QSAC. The field will be led by 2015 National champion and fifth fastest Australian of all time Joshua Clarke. An enigma on and off the track, he is the only one with a qualifier (b qual 10.22 from March this year) but has already run 10.26 this summer in Canberra.
But it just gets better from there!
Joining Clarke will be 2017 100m national champion Trae Williams who last year dipped up 10.30 multiple times and lead off the Australian 4x100m team at the London World championships. Joining him will be Nick Andrews who ran the third leg in that relay and has already dropped a new pb of 10.32s in late November. Alexander Hartmann, the 2016 100m National champion will also be in the field, as well as Rohan Browning, anchor leg at the London WC 4x100, Aaron Bresland, the fastest man in the west, and rounding out the field, none other than the Halestorm himself Jack Hale. Normally you’d have to wait till nationals to see a line up like this but just head down to QSAC this weekend and we will deliver.
The 200m field will be a littler smaller in size, but not lacking the punch of the 100. Hartmann returns where he is 3-time national champion (2015-16-17) and owns the 10th fastest 200m of all time with his Rio qualifying 20.45 he ran in early 2016.Trae Williams will be hunting that sub 21 (pb 21.02 into a -1.0) but the inform athlete for this 200 is Browning who recently scorched the earth of Sydney Olympic Park running an unfortunately wind assisted 20.54 (+2.9). Browning recently threw down a challenge to all other athletes saying "i hate when athletes wear ankle socks in spikes", so be careful, if any ankle socks are seen near that 200m, you know he'll be fired up. Only 1 athlete has been under the GC B qual of 20.64 (Tom Gamble – 20.61) so these athletes will be looking to join that list.
The Men’s 400m hurdles plays host to an ANZAC rivalry with Ian Dewhurst, the sole owner of a CG B qualifier going head to head with the NZ 400mh record holder Michael Cochrane (49.58) and 4 x time NZ national champ Cameron French (49.72). Leigh Bennett, 2016 National champion, continues to get better with age, and will be hoping for his first sub 50, pushed along by 2014 World junior rep Bryce Collins, Alex Schaffer and the ever-improving duo of Victorians Harrison Kimpton-Moss and Matt De Bruin.
Rounding out the track program will the Men’s and Women’s 400m. The Men’s race will be another chance for Daniel Mowen to strut his stuff after his amazing 46.38 on this very track. Christian Davis did the 400/800 double at the u20 national champs in 2017, winning the 400m in 47.11. Still eligible for the 2018 World U20 champs, a time of 47.35 will be enough to grab a qualifier but a time under 47s will be even sweeter.
In the women’s 400, Caitlin Sargent-Jones steps back onto the track to get her Gold Coast campaign underway, but will be pushed all the way by NSW athlete Gabriella O’Grady who only a fortnight ago ran 53.67 at Sydney Olympic Park.
The evening kicks off with a long jump field featuring 2017 World Championships representative Naa Anang. After finishing 22nd in her WC debut, she is hungry to add a Commonwealth Games berth to that list. Joining her in the field will be 2016 Rio Olympian Chelsea Jaensch who is looking to get back into form after a year off with injury. Lauren Wells is going back to some jumping, an event in which she represented Australia at both World youth and World Uni games level and has already secured a CG B qualifier earlier this year with a 6.44m in early October. The field is rounded out with 6.38m jumper Tay-Leiha Clark, 6.08 jumper Jessie Harper and recently crowned U18 All Schools champion and newcomer to the 6m club (6.06 in Adelaide. Also, a Youth Olympics Qualifier), youngster Annie McGuire.
The men’s Long jump will be held concurrently with the women’s, and hosts a young but very experienced field. 2017 World University rep Liam Adcock had a rampaging 2017 which garnered him a national silver medal and a new pb of 7.90m. Also having a pb year in 2017 was his training partner Shemaiah James, who launched himself to 7.88m in the same comp. U18 national record holder Darcy Roper is also in the field, as well as 2 time national bronze medallist Thomas Soliman (7.76), Jeremy Andrews (7.61) who recently moved from Perth to Brisbane for training, and Tetteh Anang (7.50), older brother of Naa and multiple national medallist in Triple Jump.
The Discus Field is filled with Huge throwing Queenslanders lead by 2017 World University Games bronze medallist and 2017 World Championship representative Taryn Gollshewsky. After reaching the 60m mark for the first time in late 2016, she is already the owner of a CG A qualifier thanks to a 59.94 thrown in January this year. Joining her will be 2016 World u20 Champs silver medallist Kirsty Williams who will be looking to grab her first ever CG qualifier as well as Lyvante Su’Emai, the 15yr old who continues to impress, throwing 48.87 twice this year and leads the way for a chance to rep Australia at the Youth Olympics late next year. Lining up in the Men’s Discus we see Julian Wruck return to the circle as he looks to move himself up the CG qualifying list that sees 3 athletes already with A qualifiers.
The men’s javelin is another young field lead by local Will White. Will’s 2017 finished with a 7th place and a pb (77.74m) at the 2017 World University Games in Taiwan. NSW athlete Rhys Stein will be making the trip up north for the meet, and with a 2017 best of 76.66 (77.34pb) both will be trying to improve on their CG B qualifier and possibly nudge that A standard of 80.80m. Two local youngsters will join this field, and Neil Janse and Oscar Sullivan step up to the open weight. After having a successful final year with the 700g implement (finishing first and third respectively at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games) the boys will need to find their footing with the heavier weight in order to qualify for the 2018 World u20 champs, hoping to reach the standard of 68.70m
The last field event on the program sees an experienced women’s High Jump sees a field of 4 enter all with personal best between 1.88 and 1.92. WC rep Nicola McDermott has already made one trip up to Brisbane this year so far, jumping 1.83, but her pb and season best of 1.90 places her atop the CG qualifying list equal with Eleanor Patterson. Joining Nicola will be 2014 CG 6th place getter and QLD u20 state record holder Hannah Joye, 10th place in that same CG final Zoe Timmers, and 5th place from the 2014 World U20 championships Cassie Purdon.
The program runs from 3pm with the High Jump starting at 7pm. Get on down to QSAC to witness some quality athletics!
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