Taylah Sengul (NSW) has dramatically increased the national girl’s under 18 shot put record at the Australian All Schools Championships in Hobart (Tas) today.
Blasting out a 17.18m best mark, Sengul was joined on the highlights list on day three by Tai Denicaucau (NSW, shot put), Paletina Lemi (NSW, shot put), Mackenzie Little (Vic, javelin) and Henry Smith (Vic, high jump), who all posted qualifiers for the 2013 IAAF World Youth Championships next year.
Karyne Di Marco and Breanne Clement coach Sengul and to date in 2012 she has won two medals, a gold and silver, at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships and joined the Australian Spark team to compete at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona.
Here at the All Schools, the Target Talent Program athlete opened her account with 14.96m before her record mark in round two and a foul. Temi (second, 15.25m) and Denicaucau (third, 15.15m) joined her on the medal podium.
Sengul said: “I guess I found the power today. I don’t really know what else to say. My last throw was a foul but by that stage I was just so excited it didn’t matter.
“It is just great to throw well and finish my year well here. Now I can start getting ready for the season after Christmas and doing my best again at the Australian Juniors.”
Little, who won the national under 17 crown at Australian Junior Athletics Championships in March, improved her personal best to 56.68m to record her qualifier for the IAAF World Youth Championships. It is her second performance above the required distance for Donetsk (UKR).
A member of the 2012 Under 17 Development Squad, Little opened her account with her winning 56.68m, before 47.64m, 47.70m and a 44.91m mark to close her four throw series.
Smith was the last to enter the competition at the boy’s under 18 high jump, with his first clearance coming at 1.90m. Success at 1.95m, 2.00m, 2.03m, 2.06m and 2.09m followed before stumbling at 2.13m. Smith’s performance is his first qualifier for the 2013 IAAF World Youth Championships.
Multiple meet records were also shattered at the Domain Athletics Centre today.
The first to fall was the girl’s under 16 pole vault, with Emma Philippe (WA), who is coached by Alex Parnov, equalling the meet record of 3.80m to win from Elizabeth Baral (NSW, second, 3.10m) and Emily Crawford (NSW, third, 2.95m).
Clara Smith (Qld, first, 13:22.87), Jemima Montag (Vic, second, 13:38.63) and Katya Martin (Qld, third, 14:13.53) also etched their names into the record books, with all walking quicker than the previous meet record to cross for the three medals in the girls’ under 16 3000m walk.
In other highlights:
- Brother-and-sister duo Hugh Nicklason (Tas, 1:52.47) and Claudia Nicklason (Tas, 2:10.89) delivered silver medals to the host-state of Tasmania in the boy’s under 18 800m and the girl’s under 16 800m.
- Iman Balla set a new personal best of 5.86m (w: 0.0) to win the girl’s under 18 long jump, with her performance just nine centimetres shy of a World Youth Championships qualifier.
- Shemaiah James (Qld) added two more gold medals to his All Schools trophy case by winning the boy’s high jump with a 2.03m leap and the boy’s long jump with a best mark of 7.04m (w: 0.3).
- Mathew Denny (Qld) won a third gold medal in the boy’s under 18 shot put, with a 18.73m best mark in round four.
After three days of competition at the Domain Athletics Centre, New South Wales were crowned winners of the Championship Cup with a final point score of 773.50. The Championship Plate, awarded to the smaller states based on population, was won by Western Australia (416 points).
The final standings are:
1. New South Wales (773.50pts)
2. Victoria (700pts)
3. Queensland (653pts)
4. Western Australia (416pts)
5. South Australia (392.5pts)
6. Tasmania (380pts)
7. ACT (218pts)
8. Northern Territory (88pts)
To view and download live results from the Australian All Schools Championships, please follow this link.
Competition on the Apple Isle continues tomorrow at the Australian Schools Knockout Final.
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