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No. 28    January 2000
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Ansett Australia All Schools Championships

  jonathan symonds and chris williams
SCT medal winners Jonathan Symonds & Chris Williams

tim curran
Bronze for Tim Curran in the Javelin

craig core
Craig Core steeples to a bronze medal

anna neumaier
Kaila McKnight leads the Under-14 women's 1500m. The ACT's Anna Neumaier (16) won the silver medal

womens steeplechase
The first water-jump in the Under-18 women's 2k steeplechase. Catherine Lamb leads Nikki Egyed and Shannon Hill

women's steeplechase action
Kara Nicholl, Victoria Mitchell, Joanna Wall and Leonie Burford negotiate the first water-jump in the 2000m steeplechase

the water jump
Bree Keith, Kathryn Parkinson and Carrie Bailey at the water jump

steeplechase leader
Catherine Lamb leads 550m from the finish. She was eventually run down by Nikki Egyed who clocked 6:48.40 to Catherine's 6:50.06

ashley colquhoun
SCT's Ashley Colquhoun competing in the Under-14 men's 1500m walk

chris williams
Chris Williams in 5th with 100m to go in the Under-14 men's 800m

under 14 men's 1500m start
Start of the Under-14 men's 1500m

under 14 men's 1500m
Victoria's Tim Rooke leads the 2nd pack with Chris Williams (35) about to make his move

under 14 women's 1500m
The field lines up for the Under-14 women's 1500m final

lisa corrigan
Lisa Corrigan leads Victoria's Kimberley Crow one lap out in the Under-16 1500m. Lisa won easily running 4:30.88

Sprint hurdles action in the shadow of the 2000 Olympic Stadium Australia

December 9-12, 1999   SIAC - Sydney

"A-C-T... A-C-T... A-C-T..." came the chant from the crowd at the Ansett Australian All Schools Championships.

It was late on the final day and the ACT team were vocal in the emptying main grandstand. They were supporting Under-16 Javelin thrower Tim Curran, an outside chance at a medal. In the shadow of Stadium Australia (venue for the 2000 Olympic Games), Tim kept the excitement level high. He moved into the bronze medal position with his third throw. It was a big personal best of 62.39 metres - less than 2 metres away from gold. The final two throws produced no improvement and Tim came away with the ACT’s 5th medal for the championships.

On the way home to Canberra the SCT contingent stopped in at BP Marulen for dinner. This also doubled as Teresa’s birthday celebration with an ice-cream cake provided by Jason from McDonalds across the highway. Whilst waiting we chatted about the highs and lows of ‘All-Schools 1999’...

The good stories overwhelmed the disappointments beginning with Jonathan Symonds’ surprise silver medal in the 3000m. It was Jonathan’s third serious run over the distance and in a freak Sydney monsoon the ACT colours were in the front pack of runners. Jonathan survived another competitor’s mid-race fall and chased the break-away leader to the line in 9:05.38 - a 30-plus second improvement from his first 3k in October.

Chris Williams always puts on a show for crowd with his often used ‘come-from-behind’ tactics. It was no different in the Under-14 men’s 800m with Chris entering the home in 5th place - 10 metres away from the medals. With his usual storming finish Chris pulled a bronze medal from the fire running a 5 second PB of 2:06.02. Not bad from a runner who has only just cracked 60 seconds for 400m.

The steeplechase being my favourite track event I had my fingers crossed during the running of the men’s Under-18 2000m race. Craig Core is one of those distance runners possessing rare talent. After a modest start Craig moved into third place with two laps to run. Then, on the second last water jump he made his move and charged into the lead. Were we about to witness the ACT’s first gold medal of the championships? Alas, it was not to be with Craig falling victim to the fast finishing Richard Jeremiah (6:00.10) and William Devjak (6:02.75). A podium finish bronze medal was some consolation for a relieved Craig who, although running a PB, was slightly disappointed with his moderate time of 6:08.54.

The diminutive Anna Neumaier is one determined middle distance runner. Coached by SCT’s Garry McRitchie, Anna (from Woden Harriers) was something of an underdog in the Under-14 1500m after her 800m run of 2:20.69 placed her 5th in the final. Anna left her charge to the final lap, after running mid-field in the early stages. Raising a ‘Williams-like’ roar from the ACT section of the stands, Anna flew home for a well deserved silver medal - her time of 4:50.61 just over 2 seconds adrift of winner Kelli Griffin.

There were numerous other SCT performances worthy of mention:
A 12 second personal best to Kate Cheyne for 9th place in the Under-14 1500m (5:03.21). Jason Pang produced big PB’s in the Under-16 800m and 1500m. Also in the 1500m, Darryl Hill ran a great PB of 4:34.24 after a disappointing steeplechase. Scott Dziubinski cleared the same height as bronze medalist Thomas Mansfiled (3.80m) but placed fourth on a count-back.

The ‘All-Schools Hard-luck Award’ went to Dene Davis who suffered a bad stress fracture during his 400m hurdles heat. Dene won comfortably in 56.52 to place himself in medal contention for the final. Mark Shepherd was one place away from making the final of the Under-16 men’s 800m placing 5th in his heat with 2:01.74. Michael Hosking ran a PB in the Under-16 men’s 2k steeplechase running 6:49.49 for 18th place.  


SCT Athletic Club Results  

U14 w800m Heat 17Kate Cheyne2:33.05
U14 w1500m FINAL9Kate Cheyne5:03.21
U18 w800m Heat 27Noni Clarke2:21.28
U20 wHammer13Katrina Onus29.54m
U14 m800m Heat 47Darryl Hill2:19.76
U14 m800m FINAL3Chris Williams2:06.02
U14 m1500m FINAL5Chris Williams4:27.40
U14 m1500m FINAL11Darryl Hill4:34.24
U14 mShot Put16Kosta Kouparitsas12.52m
U14 mDiscus20Kosta Kouparitsas30.87m
U14 mJavelin20Kosta Kouparitsas33.41m
U14 m1500m Walk9Ashley Colquhoun8:12.97
U16 m400m Heat 25Matt Fahey53.24
U16 m800m Heat 29Jason Pang2:10.09
U16 m800m Heat 45Mark Shepherd2:01.74
U16 m1500m FINAL6Mark Shepherd4:13.20
U16 m1500m FINAL7Jonathan Symonds4:14.03
U16 m1500m FINAL21Jason Pang4:39.60
U16 m3000m FINAL2Jonathan Symonds9:05.38
U16 m3000m FINAL23Courtney McCabe10:13.24
U16 m2km Steeplechase18Michael Hosking6:49.49
U16 m2km Steeplechase24Darryl Hill7:03.80
U16 mShot Put10Nick Kouparitsas15.37m
U16 mShot Put20Tim Curran13.39m
U16 mDiscus21Tim Curran44.44m
U16 mJavelin3Tim Curran62.39m
U16 m1500m Walk8Michael Hosking6:45.46
U16 m1500m Walk21Ashley Colquhoun8:13.23
U18 m3000m FINAL13Craig Core9:10.91
U18 m3000m FINAL16Matt Keen9:20.12
U18 m400mH Heat 21Dene Davis56.52
U18 m2km Steeplechase3Craig Core6:08.54
U18 mPole Vault4Scott Dziubinski3.80m

under-16 1500m start
Packed start for the Under-16 men's 1500m

under-18 men's steeple
Richard Jeremiah (1311) won the Under-18 men's 2000m steeplechase

under-16 women's 1500m
Amanda Jenkins, Marnie Ponton, Rebecca Kozien, Sophie Curtis and Ruth McDonnell run the Under-16 women's 1500m

michael hosking
SCT's Michael Hosking ran a PB in the Under-16 men's 2000m steeplechase


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