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QAS track and field athletes face international competition on home soil

13 March 2015

Queensland’s track and field athletes hosted competitors from across Australia and guests from Malaysia and Papua New Guinea in a triple-header of events at the Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre (QSAC) on the weekend from 7–8 March 2015.

The Queensland Track Classic and the Queensland Open Championships kicked off the action-packed weekend with several QAS athletes making the most of the home soil advantage.

Queensland’s golden girl Sally Pearson headlined the event. She competed in her first hurdles race of the season, winning in a time of 12.74s (wind +0.3) and qualifying for the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.

In the men’s 100m race, Queensland’s Tom Gamble finished second in 10.41s with fellow Queenslander Alex Hartman following behind in third place with 10.46s.

The men’s 400m race was a hotly contested event with Queenslanders Craig Burns and Alex Beck going head-to-head. Craig finished first in 46.64s, ahead of Alex who finished in second place with a time of 46.77s.

Queensland’s Brittany McGowan won the women’s 800m race, clocking the fastest women’s 800m run this year in a time of 2:03.34s.

The field events saw Mathew Denny contest the men’s hammer throw and securing the gold medal with a distance of 68.59m.

In the men’s discus throw, Olympian Julian Wruck claimed victory with a distance of 63.40m. Julian’s win wasn’t an easy feat as he was closely chased by fellow Queenslander Mathew Denny who recorded a personal best of 61.55m.

Mathew Denny then went on to compete in the men’s shot put event finishing in second place with a distance of 16.63m.

The men’s long jump saw QAS jumps program athletes compete, including 2014 Commonwealth Games representative Robbie Crowther who finished in first place. Robbie jumped 7.74m (wind +0.8) ahead of fellow QAS athlete Shemiah James who recorded distance of 7.58m (+0.7).

The women’s pole vault saw reigning Commonwealth Games champion Alana Boyd finish in first place with a clearance of 4.40m.

At the same event, Paralympic silver medallist Carlee Beattie (F46) jumped an IPC A qualifier of 5.53m in the women’s long jump.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Grand Prix also commenced on Saturday 7 March. This event featured Australia’s best para-athletes, alongside competitors from seven countries, including a strong team from Japan.

The event, which was held in Australia for the first time, saw over 100 para-athletes make their mark on the international stage ahead of the World Championships in Qatar in October.

QAS scholarship holder Alberto Campbell (T20) won the men’s 400m (ambulant) race in a time of 50.28s and securing an IPC world championship A qualifier.

In the men’s 100m wheelchair race, Queensland’s world championship finalist Sam Carter (T54) finished first clocking a time of 14.88s with fellow Queenslander Matthew Cameron (T54) not far behind in second place with 15.04s.

It was an all-Queensland podium finish in the men’s 400m wheelchair race when Matthew Cameron turned the tables on Sam, placing first with 50.60s ahead of Sam who clocked 51.29s. Triple world silver medallist Rheed McCracken (T34) followed suit in third place with a time of 54.59s.

Rheed then went on to finish in second place in the men’s 800m wheelchair race in a time of 1:46.94s.

QAS’s Torita Isaac (T38) led the women’s events with a win in the 400m ambulant race with a time of 65.00s, another A qualifier in the lead-up to the IPC World Championships in Qatar in October.

For full results and information visit the Queensland Athletics website. 

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13 March 2015