Such Great Heights

Australian Athletics Championships

Medallists, High JumpMelbourne University Athletics Club has returned successful from the 88th Australian Athletics Championships and Commonwealth Games Selection Trials held in Perth from the 16th to the 18th of April.  Two MUAC athletes, Jannelle O’Sullivan and Hannah Alderton, won medals, and 10 of the 13 MUAC athletes competing made the final of their event.

A select group of MUAC athletes traveled to Perth to compete in the Australian Athletics Championships at the brand new Western Australian Athletics Stadium, reputed to be one of the fastest tracks in the world.  Expectations were high for personal bests and great performances and there was no disappointment from the MUAC contingent.  The Women’s High Jump, held on a warm Sunday afternoon, saw Janelle O’Sullivan and Hannah Alderton soar to great heights, both jumping 1.80m to claim silver and bronze respectively, with O’Sullivan claiming silver on a countback.  This is the culmination of a sterling season for both athletes, having claimed gold and silver at the Victorian Championships, and they are now only a few centimetres from the Commonwealth Games B qualifying standard (1.86m).

Jacquie SharplesJacquie Sharples claimed two personal bests in the heats and the finals of the 400m hurdles to shine in her newly adopted event.  Lauren Jauncey ran spectacularly well in the 100m and 200m, stopping the clock in under 12 seconds in the 100m with a time of 11.98, and making the final of the 200m with a run of 24.31.  Linda Allen claimed fifth in the triple jump, hop, stepping and flying a distance of 12.90m.  Anthony Hanna took on Steve Hooker in the final of the Pole Vault and came away with a height of 4.60m and 9th place.  Irie Hill jumped 3.80m in the final of the Pole Vault to claim yet another Masters world record.

The track and field season may have ended but MUAC will be back in action in two weeks with the start of XCR’10, the Athletics Victoria road and cross country competition, and the MUAC Annual Dinner, the ne plus ultra of social events, which will be held on Saturday, 22nd of May.

200m, Lauren Jauncey

Photos (more to come).


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Hannah Alderton High Jump 3rd place, Final, 1.80m
Linda Allen Triple Jump 5th place, Final, 12.90m
Hamish Beaumont 3000m Steeplechase 11th place, Final, 10.05
Jo Bromfield Triple Jump 7th place, Heats, 11.75m
Anthony Hanna Pole Vault 9th place, Final4.60m
Irie Hill Pole Vault 8th place, Final, 3.80m
Kath Iannello Pole Vault NH
Lauren Jauncey 100m, 200m 100m – 8th place, Semi, 12.19secs200m – 4th place, Heat 2, 24.64secs, Final, 7th place, 24.31s
Mitch Mackenzie High Jump 15th place, 1.80m
Jannelle O’Sullivan High Jump 2nd place, Final,  1.80m
Jacquie Sharples 400m Hurdles 8th place, Final, 62.54 secs
Lisa Wolski 100m 8th place, Heat 3, 12.40secs