NSW State 3000m Championships

It was hard to know where to look at the NSW State 3000m Championships in Sydney, as our junior middle distance stars nearly upstaged the overall winners of the Open events. Brilliant wins to Bridey Delaney (9.09.85) and Jordan Gusman (7.58.38), both personal best performances, were closely followed in by terrific runs by 16 year-olds Josh Torley (8.11.84) and Zach Facioni (8.13.71) in the men’s race and 15 year-old Catherine Miller (9.14.90) and 14 year-old Abbey Rockliff (9.24.93) in the women’s race.

It has been an excellent year for Gusman, 21, who has set PB’s over the 800m (1.49.28), 1500m (3.40.28), 5000m (14.48.03) and broke through the 30 minute barrier for the 10km (29:59) on the Gold Coast in July. He now moves into the top-70 on the Australian all-time list for the 3000m and we look forward to seeing some more top performances over the upcoming domestic season.

The race behind Gusman was just as enthralling as we saw Australia’s two top junior middle distance runners in Torley and Facioni go head to head. The two 16 year-olds didn’t meet at the recent NSW All Schools Championships, but they made up for it with a fantastic race that saw Torley just prevail by just under 2 seconds.

Torley is not new to being in the headlines as shown by his results over the past two years:

  • Runs a 33:29 10km as a 13 year-old
  • Runs what is unofficially an Australian best for a 14 year-old over the half marathon (78:20)
  • Last year ran 8.25.31 over the 3000m
  • In February this year ran a 14.30.33 5000m
  • At the Canberra Half marathon this year ran another PB of 70:04
  • At the Melbourne Marathon festival in October produced yet another PB in the half marathon of 67:06 (again likely to be an Australian best for the age group)

In the women’s event it Delaney who had the strength over the final stages to come away with a strong win in a PB of 9.09.85. Jenny Blundell also came away with a PB (9.13.93), while next over the line was the 15 year-old NSW All Schools sensation in Catherine Miller (9.14.90).

Miller’s time was just outside the Australian U/16 record (held by Emily Brichacek) of 9.08.93 – a time that Rockliff (5th in 9.24.93) would also have in her sights on over the coming years, including a very much anticipated 3000m race at this year’s Zatopek meeting in December.

Parnov in Good Early Season Form

Vicky Parnov’s post on Instagram after her competition on Friday night said it all

“Nothing beats the feeling of jumping PB’s at comp especially ones that have stood since 2007. YAY”

Competing at an interclub meeting in Perth, Parnov was excited after clearing 4.00m in the women’s pole vault off only 6 steps. In the same competition both Alana Doust and Emma Philippe cleared 3.40m.

In other results from the meeting:

  • Wendy Seegers ran 11.98s (+2.4) in the women’s 100m
  • Aaron Bresland ran 10.52s (+2.1) in the men’s 100m
  • Jack Copeman ran 48.24s in the men’s 400m
  • Luke Graves ran 9.12.6h over the 3000m steeplechase (after previously producing a 5.57.44 over the 2000m Steeple at the WA All Schools Championships – November 1st. Great results from an up and coming 16 year-old steeplechaser)

Additional Results from the Treloar Shield Meeting – Round 4

In a great comeback to the track Jessica Thornton produced a strong 200m time of 24.10s into a -2.0m/s headwind.

  • Bryce Collins ran 52.90s in the men’s 400m hurdles
  • Lora Storey ran 2.09.44 in the women’s 800m
  • Will Austin-Cray ran 1.52.46 in the men’s 800m
  • Jasmine Fountas jumped 12.13m in the women’s triple jump

Note: a full wrap up of the Victorian All Schools Championships will be available over the coming days.

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