Last Saturday saw the staging of the Sydney Track Classic. In one of the biggest upsets of the domestic season, SUAC’s Ella Nelson was able to beat home the national record holder at 100m, Melissa Breen and Sally Pearson, the Olympic Champion in the sprint hurdles. Nelson also managed to run a personal best and break the club record in the process recording a time for the 200m of 23.24. Club Captain Elizabeth Jenkins was 8th in the same race.

Nick Hough reigned supreme again in  the 110 hurdles. The talented IT/Law student recorded the 3rd fastest time ever by an Australian to win in Sydney and is just narrowly outside the world championships qualifying standard of 13.47. Hough is undefeated this season in the 110 hurdles.

James Nipperess chased teammate Jack Colreavy for the first kilometre of the 3000m steeplechase then assumed the lead and was unchallenged to the finish taking the victory in a slick 8.40.84. Nipperess will chase a faster time this weekend at the Melbourne Track Classic where he needs 8.28 to qualify for the world championships.

In the 100m Josh Clarke was very impressive in the men’s 100m, finishing 2nd by just 1/100th of a second to Panama’s Alonso Edward. Edward was the silver medalist at the last world championships over 200m It was a personal best time for Clarke and also equaled the SUAC club record held by Jarrod Geddes.

In other events on the night Annie Rubie ran a huge race to finish 4th in the 800m. Alix Kennedy was 5th in the discus and Natalie Archer was 8th in the 5000m.

At the Australian National Junior Championships Nicola McDermott finished 3rd, in what was arguably the strongest junior high jump competition ever staged in Australia, six of the top ten best juniors in the world were competing. McDermott cleared 1.88 which was a personal best and a new SUAC club record as well as being  a World Uni Games qualifying performance. Interestingly McDermott only narrowly missed the bar at 1.92.

Other notable performances came from Matthew Dowsett (2nd 110 hurdles), Jamie Carr (2nd 400 hurdles), Joe Burgess (3rd steeple), Courtney Schultz (2nd 4×400).

This weekend’s action sees SUAC athletes travel to Melbourne for the Melbourne Track Classic.

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