Five on fire on big weekend of track and field
Australian Flame athlete David McNeill
his personal best time to take out the men’s 5000m at the Stanford
Invitational meet in California (USA) at the weekend and become one
of five Australians to record Commonwealth Games A-qualifying
performances on a big weekend of track and field.
McNeill was joined by fellow world championships representative
(100m) and Commonwealth Games
hopefuls Kathryn Mitchell
(shot put) and Julian
(discus throw) in posting A-qualifying results ahead
of the Games in New Delhi, India, in October.
McNeill, racing for Northern Arizona Unversity, clocked 13:25.63 to
better his previous career-low mark of 13:30.63 recorded in Walnut,
California, in April last year and saw the world championships
10,000m representative cross the line a massive 10 seconds ahead of
his nearest rival.
The result follows McNeill’s win over 5000m in a new national
indoor record time (13:36.41) and second place over 3000m (8:10.96)
at the NCAA indoor championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas (USA),
earlier this month, continuing a huge few weeks for the 23-year-old
Closer to home, world championships 4x100m relay representative
Aaron Rouge-Serret turned on the standout performance of the
Western Australian state titles, clocking the fastest 100m on
Australian soil in three years and fifth-fastest of all time to
post his first Commonwealth Games A-qualifier in the men’s blue
Slashing nearly two tenths of a second from his previous best
(10.36, w:1.0m), the 22-year-old’s breakthrough bolt sees him join
track stalwart Patrick Johnson
as one only two
Australians to have secure the coveted A-standard over 100m.
In Melbourne, rising shot put star Dale Stevenson recorded his
fifth Commonwealth Games A-qualifier of the year with a heave of
The 2009 World University Games representative claimed the
Victorian state title in emphatic fashion and will now enter next
month’s Go for 2&5 88th Australian Athletics Championships and
Commonwealth Games selection trials a real chance to claim his
first senior national crown.
Also in action at Melbourne’s Olympic Park, javelin specialist
Kathryn Mitchell threw her name into the hat for a ticket to Delhi
with a personal best performance en route to claiming the state
Following her B-qualifier (56.34m) at the Melbourne Track Classic
earlier this month, 27-year-old Mitchell surpassed the A-standard
with her almighty fifth attempt of 59.68m, eclipsing
’s previous state record set in
Rounding out a big weekend of track and field action across the
globe, rising star Julian Wruck posted his first Commonwealth Games
A-standard result at the Texas Tech Invitational meet at Lubbock,
Wruck sent the disc 61.02m to stitch up the A-qualifying mark and
stake a claim for selection to his first senior international meet.
In other top results from across the weekend, Gabrielle
set a personal best and new Victorian record in
the women’s hammer throw with a heave of 64.38m.
Overnight 16 Australians took to the start line of the 2010 IAAF
world cross country championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, where
eight-time world cross country representative Benita Willis was the
highest ranked of the Aussies, crossing the line in 17th place. For
details, click here