On your mark, set, go for the summer season of 2018/2019 about to commence and Secondary School athletes could not have commenced it in a better manner. Making it through to the combined High Schools is a big effort in itself and to make it into a final is even that little bit better. To bring home a top placing is ranking that athlete as one of the best junior athletes in the State.
Charlotte Smith opened the meet with a magnificent personal best in the girls 13 years javelin with a fabulous throw of 34.57m, one of the best throws for a 13 year old from our club. She is improving all the time in this event and bettered her previous best of 32m twice at the meet. She will now head into the NSW All School with confidence, when all secondary athletes meet together in October.
Emma “flash” Matthews also had a great meet and with her lightening start, held on to take out the women’s 15 years 100m with determined gusty effort that we have become accustomed to in a time of 12.49. Once again, this young sprinter is improving all the time and her sprinting has now developed into a classy act and she too will head to NSW All Schools with a spring in her step.
Talented young sprinter Natasha Hynoski made the State titles from Canberra in both long jump and 100m and she didn’t disappoint. Up against some of the quickest in the start, Natashsa gave herself every chance and in a very close finish, finished in a quick time of 12.89 to record her personal best time. Once again her start was the key to her success and in both semi and final lead the way down the straight to finish in 7th spot in one of the closest races of the meet.
Jonti Faulkner, the youngest in the open men’s pentathlon gave it everything to finish in a top spot, coming in at 7th. His 100m and long jump were his best events, showing he has talent over multiple event disciplines and puts him in a fine spot for the All Schools for his chosen sprint events. He later teamed with his Dapto High School team mates to take out a well deserved 2nd placing in the 17years 4 x 100m. Blue Star member Jake Gander was also a member of the successful team.
Eve Way, in the process of refining her javelin technique , took out 12th spot in her javelin but knows that her changing technique will ensure she improves as the season progresses. Jake Attwell also performed well in the walk, and once again this talented young man will be a force in the coming summer.