Athletes end summer season on high note

Members of Illawarra Blue Stars have ended the summer season on a high with some outstanding performances in recent major meets.

Our athletes contesting the Australian Open and Youth Titles were outstanding and the performances now rank them amongst the best in the land.  What an effort for young Grace Adams to bring home the bronze medal in the girls U16 200m hurdles in a time of 29.14.  She backed this up with a finals spot in the short hurdles over 90 m to gain 8th spot in a time of 13.63.  Younger sister Ashlyn, competing in the U14 girls also made the final of the short hurdles to finish in 7th spot in a time of 13.49.  Both girls have had an outstanding season.

Jye Shumack has finally done it: a brilliant 2 metres in the high jump, and although he was beaten on a countback for 3rd spot, his magical 2 metres shows this talented young man has the ability to go even further.  He was joined by club mate Nicholas Horton who qualified for three events to take out 14th in the hurdles in 15.44, 6th in triple jump with 12.99m and 8th in the high jump with 1.95m, showing how close the high jump competition was.

Chelsea Lenarduzzi could not produce the form of last year and finished in a good 4th in the Open women’s shot with 14.17m but considering her injuries, was a great effort.

Sprinters Kyle Grubnic was again an unlucky racer, just missing the Open men’s 100m semi final.  His heat time of 11.11 placed him in 25th overall, while Lachlan Parry took out 36th spot in a time of 11.27, in a highly contested Open 100m.  Female sprinter Stephanie Power was lucky to make it to the start line and her time of 12.66 placed her in 39th overall in the women’s Open 100m.

Connor Dymond was placed 10th in his hurdles , this young man showing a lot of potential as a very good all round athlete in sprinting and hurdling.  

Congratulations on great results and well done for making it to national level.