Five Sydney University Athletics Club (SUAC) representatives performed strongly for Australia at last weekend’s World Relay Championships, held in the Bahamas.
2014 Commonwealth Games representative Josh Ralph ran both the 4x800m and the 4x400m. In the 4x800m, Ralph ran the first leg for a strong Australian team who eventually finished fourth and in the process broke the Australian record – a record which has stood since 1967. In the 4x400m, the Australian team finished 13th.
In the women’s 4x400m, Anneliese Rubie ran the first leg for the Australian team. The girls missed the final by only 0.25 of a second, with Rubie running personal best splits in the both the heat and the b final. The positive for the Australian team was that their performance has put them well and truly in contention for a medal at the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
In the 4x100m, Jin Su Jung lead off for the Australian team and ran strong legs in both the heat and final, pushing his claims for selection in the Commonwealth Games 4x100m relay squad. Jung passed the baton to Jarrod Geddes in both the heat and b final. The pleasing news for Geddes is that he looks to have overcome the calf injury he sustained prior to the National Championships and hopefully, like Jin, he will be added to the Commonwealth Games team next week. Ella Nelson also ran a strong second leg for the Australian women’s 4x100m team in the heats on the Saturday.
On June 3 the Australian team for the Commonwealth Games will be formally announced and SUAC are expected to have some further athletes added to the six who have already been pre-selected. The pre-selected athletes include Ian Dewhurst, Josh Ralph, Nick Hough, Ella Nelson (all SUSF Elite Athlete Program scholarship holders), Angie Ballard (former SUSF EAP scholarship holder) and Em Brichacek.