Gold galore at Australian Championships

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Sydney University Athletics Club members continued their amazing season with a 22 medal haul at the Australian Athletics Championships being held at the South Australian Athletics Stadium in Adelaide.

The tally includes ten gold, four silver and eight bronze medals from the record 71 SUAC competitors at the Championships, including Under 20s and Juniors.

Two of the golds came from Nicola Olyslagers, who collected her 5th consecutive national women’s high jump title, and three-time national women’s 100m hurdle champion Michelle Jenneke. Both have now earned official selection for the Paris Olympic Games.

Other SUAC gold medallists included Angie Ballard (100m and 400m wheelchair), Cam McEntyre (men’s javelin), Connor Murphy (men’s triple jump), Mackenzie Little (women’s javelin), Mitchell Hatfield (Under 20 men’s high jump – PB), Tali Baltineshter (Under 20 women’s javelin – PB) and Sarah Clifton-Bligh (women’s club throw).

SUAC’s silver medallists included Liam Adcock (men’s long jump), Liz Clay (women’s 100m hurdle), Tom Tucker (men’s 4X100m) and Isaac Kwan (men’s 4X100m.

The bronze medallists included Alexandra Harrison (women’s high jump), Nick Andrews (men’s 110m hurdles), Alex Beck (men’s 400m), Rebecca  Bennett (women’s 400m), Sarah Clifton-Bligh (wheelchair shot put and 100m), Allanah Pitcher (women’s 10,000m walk – PB) and Allegra Mcgivern (women’s 3000m steeplechase – PB).

SUAC also had a host of finalists at the Championships, including Rohan Browning (100m 4th), Erin Shaw (High Jump 5th), Jenny Blundell (5000m – 5th) Lachlan Raper (800m – 5th), Jono Titmash (High Jump – 6th), Jacob McCorry (110m Hurdles – 7th), Katrina Blackett (Javelin – 7th), Mya Kearns (Pole Vault – 7th), Chris Ius (200m – 7th), Obssa Youssouf (800m – 8th), Chris Ius (100m – 8th), Angus Clark (High Jump – 8th), Cristobal Corvalan (U20 Javelin – 10th), Lily Tilt (Heptathlon – 12th), Helena Macarthur (High Jump – 12th) and Avilash Tharmanesan (Shot Put – 19th and Discus Throw – 23rd).

The Athletic Club is sitting on 10 national titles for the 2023-24 season and looking to one of its juniors to make it 11 during this week, equalling the 11 the club held in 2021.

Meanwhile, SUAC member, high jumper Mitch Hatfield, will be attending the World Under 20 Championships in Peru after pulling off clutch jump PB at the Championships to qualify.