Inexperienced athletes impress at state
ELEVEN inexperienced Isis District Little Athletics Club members needed snorkels when they competed at the McDonalds State Athletic Championships last week.
Queensland State Athletic Centre in Brisbane was lashed with heavy rain, and made for extremely tough conditions for our athletes.
The club’s most senior qualifying athlete, Under-15 Matthew Haaksma, along with U12 Cooper Burns and U13 Shae Cochrane, competed in high jump, triple jump, shot put and javelin respectively to start our weekend.
Haaksma threw down the challenge to the rest of the team with his 10th-placed finish in high jump on Friday night, and a 27cm PB on day two to place fifth place in shot put.
Burns and Cochrane were nervous but did well under pressure.
Burns reduced his event count due to ongoing injury but still managed a 4.4sec personal best in the 400m.
Coach Kerry Wills decided to introduce the team to Pancake Manor on the second day, and the performance-enhancing chocolate did the trick as both U10 Ella Blanch and U12 Jackie Freshwater recorded personal bests.
“After a PB in nervousness this morning, Jackie pulled out a PB in high jump, her first ever state champs competition,” Wills said.
Ella and Luke Adamson ran personal bests in their 400m events (by 10sec and 1.02sec respectively), while Matthew continued his weekend’s astounding form to land a 32cm personal best in triple jump.
Events were delayed by up to three hours as the heavens opened, and when they did restart they were reduced to timed heats on the track and three attempts on the field.
The wet track and sodden field certainly made for interesting results for the remainder of events.
What appeared to be a mediocre single event for U10 Jackson Rehbein effectively became a 10cm improvement in his shot put best.
Individual personal bests on the track by U12 Jackie, U10 Ella and U11 Lou continued to inspire the remaining members.
U14 Jenny Freshwater
started her campaign slowly but overcame more rain to record an 11cm personal best in high jump.
U13 Shae Cochrane jumped just below her triple jump best at the same time.
The final day saw a slight morning drizzle and another shower later in the day continue to keep the track and field heavy and wet.
This did not deter centre newcomer and youngest team member, U9 Joey Vella, who slashed his 800m PB by almost a full minute to finish ninth.
U10 Luke Adamson reduced his in the same distance by more than eight seconds to finish 10th.
The weekend was rounded off with Isis’ rising track stars, U11 Lou Eborall, U10 Ella Blanch and U10 Luke Adamson, competing in the 200m timed heats.
The final personal best went to the athlete who started the weekend with a PB, U15 Matthew Haaksma, with a 1.64m improvement on his best discus throw.
Full team results on P17.
Joey Vella and Luke Adamson at the state championships.