MUAC athletes hit their peak at AAC

94th Australian Athletics Championships


The weekend after Easter saw 10 MUAC athletes embark on a journey to Sydney Olympic Park for the 94th Australian Athletics Championships and Olympic Trials, a four day event that tests the courage and determination of even the strongest athletes.

The championship event kicked off with the Senior Men’s 800m heats which our own Sam Blake took the stage in. He was put in a strong heat and was with the pack at the 600m mark but where he would usually start his kick, he instead got lactic, finishing 8th in his heat in 1.55.04min and missing out on the final.
Next on the track saw the Senior Men’s 5000m race which featured a very stacked field with the likes of Sam McEntee, Brett Robinson, Collis Birmingham, Mitch Brown and Ben St Lawrence. Conditions were sublime and the comentators were wondering if the Olympic Qualifier would be reached tonight (13.25min). Nick Earl and Charlie Park tried to hold their own and Charlie came close to a PB in a time of 15.10.25min beating his training partner Nick. Earl, still recovering from a lingering illness, tempo’d around in 15.18.08min trying to blow the cobwebs out for the Steeplechase in a few days’ time. The winner, Sam McEntee came home in 13.37min, missing out on the OG qualifier.
Aaron Page competing in the Senior Men’s Decathlon had his 100m, Long Jump, Shot Put, High Jump and 400m and was sitting in 14th position after day 1.

Day 2 saw Page finish his Decathlon with the 110m Hurdles, Discus, Pole Vault, Javelin and the glorified warm down (1500m). He fought valiantly and ended up 14th overall but was 10th Australian.
The Senior Women had their 800m heats in the evening, which were originally planned for 4 heats and an A and B final. The officials decided they could get away with 3 heats and put 11 in each heat setting the athletes up for some messy racing. Ellen Schaef got slammed into the fastest heat of the day and after jostling her way through the field she managed to come from near last to sprint home hard for 5th in her heat and a 2 second PB, 2.07.85, narrowly missing out on the final by 0.7sec and ending up 11th overall.
Sam Blake deciding that he wasn’t quite done yet took the stage again in the Senior Men’s 1500m. Still feeling the 800m from the day before, he finished 12th in his heat in 4.00.22min.

Joel Baden had HighJump on Day 3 at Sydney missing 2.21m, he came 4th overall but 2nd Australian behind Thomas Brennan of WA on countback. |
Cath McRae unfortunately did not clear the starting height of 3.40m in the Pole Vault.

Day 4 and the last day of the Rio Selections featured the Men’s 3000m Steeplechase and the Victorian Champion Nick Earl took the stage along with fellow team member Yohan Philip. It was a particularly hot day and the sun was beating down on the guys who were set to race at midday. With last year’s defending champ absent, the race was open. James Nipperess ran very strongly and was crowned the National Champ whilst being 12secs of the OG qualifier. Nick, feeling a bit stronger than Thursdays 5k, was still not at 100% and managed a 12th place (9.31min) and Yohan secured 17th place (10.59min).

94th Australian Athletics Championships