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QAS athletes on show at Australian Athletics Championships

30 March 2015

National Hammer Champion Matt Denny

National Hammer Champion Matt Denny

National Women's Pole Vault Champion Alana Boyd

National Women's Pole Vault Champion Alana Boyd

Following the success of Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) athletes on day one of the 93rd Australian Athletics Championships, the pressure was on for the remaining three days of competition.

Day two saw an impressive performance by Matthew Denny in the hammer throw. At just 18 years of age, Denny became the youngest Australian hammer throw champion. In the final, Denny’s throw of 69.15m was just shy of the personal best he set the week before at the IAAF World Challenge in Melbourne. His first open age title follows his gold medal performance in three events at the Australian Junior Championships two weeks prior.

Dane Bird-Smith was also a standout performance on Friday, winning gold in the men’s 10,000m walk with a time of 39:53.89 ahead of Victorian Rhydian Cowley (42:29.00).

Saturday saw QAS athlete Alana Boyd put in a championship record breaking performance in the women’s pole vault. Boyd’s jump of 4.60m broke the 16-year-old record held by Emma George. Boyd also posted her second consecutive IAAF World Championship qualifier following her performance last weekend in Melbourne.

Matt Denny attempted to continue his winning streak from the previous day with a 58.16m throw in the open men’s discus final. It was a case of history repeating as Julian Wruck threw 62.03m, earning the Queenslander gold ahead of Denny. Wruck’s throw earned him a spot alongside Alana Boyd at the IAAF World Championships.

Sunday brought the fourth and final day of competition with long jumper Robbie Crowther putting in a season best performance. His leap of 8.05m earned him a gold medal and his third national title following earlier success in 2008 and 2014.

“I feel good, while it wasn’t a personal best but that is the most times I’ve jumped over eight metres in competition, definitely  provided a boost in confidence,” Crowther said post-race.

QAS golden girl Sally Pearson was set to appear in the final of the women’s 100m, but it wasn’t to be following her withdrawal the night before. Citing tightness in her hamstring during her 11.28s run in the semi-final as the cause, her gold medal run in the 100m hurdles proved it was simply precautionary. The win in 12.59s was on the back of a meet record of 12.71s in the heats and provided her a secure spot for Beijing.

“I wanted that, but I didn’t know if I was being realistic or not for that time (under 12.60s), so I’m really happy that it came, it’s such a relief and really nice to finish a season off like that,” Pearson said.

Results list

Day One—Thursday 26 March

  • Women’s Long Jump (Ambulant): 1st Carlee Beattie (T47/F46)
  • Men’s 800m (Wheelchair): 1st Rheed McCracken (T34/F35)

Day Two—Friday 27 March

  • Men’s Hammer Throw: 1st Matthew Denny
  • Men’s 400m (Wheelchair): 1st Rheed McCracken (T34/F35), 3rd Matthew Cameron (T54)
  • Men’s 400m (Ambulant): 1st Alberto Campbell (T/F20)
  • Men’s 10000m Race Walk: 1st Dane Bird-Smith

Day Three—Saturday 28 March

  • Men’s Discus Throw: 1st Julian Wruck, 2nd Matthew Denny
  • Women’s Pole Vault: 1st Alana Boyd
  • Men’s 100m (Wheelchair): 1st Rheed McCracken (T34/F35), 2nd Matthew Cameron (T54)

Day Four—Sunday 29 March

  • Men’s Long Jump: 1st Robbie Crowther, 3rd Henry Frayne
  • Women’s Long Jump: 1st Chelsea Jaensch
  • Women’s High Jump: 2nd Cassie Purdon
  • Men’s 200m (Wheelchair): 2nd Matthew Cameron (T54)
  • Women’s 100m Hurdles: 1st Sally Pearson
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30 March 2015