Ipswich medal rush at Qld titles
IPSWICH and District Athletic Club competitors underlined their impressive progress this season, combining to win 19 medals at the Queensland Junior Track and Field Championships.
The Ipswich club medal haul featured 10 gold, six silver and three bronze medals in testing weather conditions at QSAC in Brisbane.
Many of the athletes who shared in the success have qualified for the Australian Junior championships in Sydney from March 14-18.
Leading the way at the state junior titles were Jessica Rowe, Erin Wright, her sister Hayley, Rochelle Vidler, Joshua Carrick, Alexander Gough and Benjamin Thomas.
Clifton athlete Rowe won gold medals in the under-14 hammer (31.68m), discus (30.41m) and shotput (a personal best 10.74m).
Competing against older athletes, Rowe also collected a silver in the javelin (28.70m).
She joined the Ipswich club at the start of the season last October.
"It's absolutely amazing to see how well she's done and she's still only 12 competing in the under 14 year age group,'' club president and coach Vic Pascoe said.
Hurdler Erin Wright won her under-15 90m and 200m events. Her 200m run was a personal best 30.12s.
Older sister Hayley added another family gold medal in the under-18 100m hurdles in a personal best 13.85. Her 100m run, finishing fourth, was also a personal best (12.52).
Vidler continued her steady season by winning the under-18 hammer with a 60.85m throw.
Carrick collected gold in the under-16 200m hurdles. He achieved a personal best in finishing second in the 100m hurdles (14.53).
Gough bolstered the club's gold medal tally by winning the under-18 steeplechase in a personal best 6.17.53.
Pascoe rated his effort a standout performance as he reduced his personal best by six seconds to qualify for the Australian Junior Championships.
Consistent performer Benjamin Thomas collected a gold and silver.
He won the under-18 200m (22.38) and set a personal best time of 11.02s in finishing second in the 100m.
Other medal winners were club newcomer Laylani Vaas (silver in under-16 discus), Camryn Novinetz (silver in U16 3km walk), Ryan Stewart (silver in the U17 2km walk), Toby Stolberg (bronze in the U14 high jump), club newcomer Cooper Farnsworth (bronze in U14 100m) and Jude Thomas (bronze in U17 1500m).
Having come through Little A's, Vaas achieved personal bests in four under 16 events.
"It's amazing to get some of these young ones coming through so well,'' Pascoe said, having coached her in sprints and hurdles.
Vaas was among the growing group of athletes improving their times or distances, capping a fine club performance.
"It's fabulous to see how well they have all done,'' Pascoe said.
"They have worked all year for it and to do a PB at the state championship, there's nothing better.''
Full results review in Wednesday's Queensland Times.