In 28-degree weather and slight tail winds, athletes were treated to near perfect conditions at the State Athletics Facility for the inaugural Jai Taurima Shield. The event started at 12:00pm right after the first QA Stars clinic that was sold out well before the deadline closed. Commonwealth Games athletes Nik Bojic, Joshua Robinson and Robbie Crowther ran their specific event groups giving them technical tips to take away to their training. The kids got to hear about the boys athletes pathway and also got to have a tour of the QAS gym. The morning also hosted a Qld Heat Team managers meeting to brief all the managers on the Australian All Schools Championships in Adelaide in December.
The Jai Taurima Shield poses as the first event of the shield series where athletes compete for their clubs to ultimately try to earn a spot in the club championship competition at the end of the season.
The major highlight of the day was Matt Denny and Julian Wruck stealing the show by displaying their dominance early in the season. Denny’s 66.81m throw has launched him to second place in the current U20s world rankings, a mere 13 centimeters behind first place. This throw has also placed him as the 4th best throw of all time in U20s. Wruck, an Olympic, World Championship and Commonwealth Games representative throwing a 2014 season best of 65.54m, qualifying him for next years World Championships in Beijing.
In the Pole Vault Matt Boyd opened up his season going off 8 strides jumping 4.30m with Rob Hill equaling the same height.
Lara Nielsen performed well in the Hammer Throw with a 60.20m, Althea Mackie 39.35m and Sara Wessling 16.38m.
On the track Nick Boylett started off his season flying, taking home the double in the 100m and 200m events. With a wind speed of +2.5 in the 100m, Boylett ran a credible time of 10.38s with Chris Dale and Chris Musgrave rounding out the top three. In the 200m Boylett took out the race in a time of 20.77s with a +1.0 cementing his dominance this season.
In the women’s 100m, Commonwealth Games athlete Michelle Cutmore ran an impressive 11.92s with a +2.1. Lauren O’Sullivan and Kiara Chambers rounded out the top three. In the 200m young gun Nicole Kay of Maroochydore posted the fastest time of the day in 24.45s taking out the U18 age group.
In the junior ranks Brandon Herrigan achieved three World Youth qualifying times (One was unfortunately windy so will not count.) Firstly in the 100m running a 10.65s with a +2.5, the 200m with a 21.43s and +1.0 and in the 100m hurdles with a 13.76s and a +1.8.
In the men’s and women’s 400m Tommy Connelly won the Men’s A race in a time of 48.88s ahead of Simon Spann 49.74s and Tom Gamble in a time of 50.18s. The women’s Open 400m was taken out by 15 year old Maddy Attlee in a time of 55.61s ahead of Jessica Haig in a time of 57.71s. Also a very special mention goes to Torita Isaac also broke the Australian U20 Record in the T38 400m in a time of 1.06.69 and was only 0.03 off the QLD Open 400m.
The inaugural Jai Taurima Shield was taken out by QE2 Track club with 414 points. Followed by Jimboomba Athletics Club with 322 points and Uni of Qld in 3rd with 305 points.
There were so many incredible results today and lots of new personal bests. A special mention must go to the officials, announcers and time keepers who had a huge day out in the sun with only small breaks throughout the day, we couldn’t do these days without your assistance.