Sydney Uni too strong for northern neighbours

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The Sydney University Athletic Club (SUAC) has defeated the University Queensland Athletic Club (UQAC) 9-5 at the University of Queensland Athletic track at St Lucia in Brisbane.

For ten years the two clubs have enjoyed a very healthy rivalry and an entertaining night of athletics highlighted this.

Nine athletes competing at the meet had previously represented their country at least at University games level.

Almost perfect conditions meant for some strong performances and good competition. There were many highlights over the course of the evening. The men’s 100m saw the return of the three time national champ at 110 hurdles Justin Merlino who took out the 100m in 10.82.

The Women’s 100m was one by Australian World Championship representative Caitlin Seargent in a touch over 12 seconds. Seargent  narrowly defeated SUAC’s Larissa Pasternatsky in a tight race. Pasternatsky went on to win the women’s 200m later in the evening holding of a fast finishing Virginia Trad from UQ.

The men’s 400m was won by SUAC’s Joshua Ralph in a personal best time of 47.84. Ralph looked comfortable going to the front early, controlling the race from start to finish.

The women’s 800m was dominated by UQ’s Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist (4×400) Caitlin Pincott. Pincott opened up with a fast 200m and was never headed. The men’s 800 was similar story, but this time for SUAC, with SUAC’s club captain and Beijing Olympian Lachlan Renshaw going straight to the lead and sailing to an easy victory in an what augers well for his trip to the USA later this month.

James Nipperess won the Men’s 3000m continuing the great form he has shown this year in the steeplechase. Fellow SUAC members Jack Colreavy (8.32) and Nick Bellemore (8.54) also ran huge personal bests in the 3000m.

In the field events Australian representative Joshua Robinson prevailed over SUAC’s Andrew Giltrap in the Men’s Javelin. Giltrap went on to win the discus later in the evening. Jacqui Fry also won the women’s javelin for SUAC.

Overall the meet was a huge success.

“Finally the two great university athletic clubs have been able to stage a match,” said UQAC Nick Lorenz President.

“It’s been a long time coming but well worthwhile. We threw everything we had at them but SUAC were simply too strong for us on this occasion. We look forward to next year.”