The Sydney University Athletics Club (SUAC) has confirmed its stature as the strongest senior track and field club in NSW after winning the NSW Open Age Pennant Championship for the second consecutive year.
The six round competition uses a cumulative points system to determine the victor and the final scores highlighted the club’s dominance, with SUAC scoring 3122 points ahead of UTS Norths who scored 2113, a margin of over 1000 points. To put this in perspective SUAC scored roughly 500 points per week, hence winning the competition with almost two rounds in hand.
The competition has a real team feel with more than 80 SUAC athletes competing over the six rounds of the competition. The standout contributors for the SUAC women were Charlotte Van Veenendaal (60, 100, 200, 400m), Milly Clark (Distance events) and Elizabeth Jenkins (60, 100, 200, 400m).
On the men’s side of the competition the standout contributors were Nick Hough (60, 100, 200, 110m hurdles) Matty Mountford (shot put, discus, hammer throw, javelin, 60, 200m) and Jin Jung (60, 100, 200m, high jump, javelin).
Possibly the highlight of the entire competition was the 200m produced by Nick Hough in the final round of the Club Premiership. Hough ran a 20.67, making him the third fastest Australian junior of all time behind Darren Clarke and Fred Martin. It was also the fastest time by any Australian for two years at 200m and smashed the SUAC 200m record which formerly stood at 20.93 set by Andrew Richardson in 1999 (one of the very first Sports Union scholarship holders).
This weekend SUAC will contest the NSW Club Championships at Homebush.