Flashes of brilliance at meet
By RICHARD WELSH
October 10, 2011
EASTERN Suburbs athlete Hamish Peacock provided the highlight as a new season of interclub athletics kicked off at the Domain Athletics Centre at the weekend.
Peacock hurled the javelin 77.58 metres to break his own state record, set just two weeks ago at the Australian University Games.
Injury-free and with an eye on the Olympic selection trials in March, Peacock will not compete for three weeks before building up his training towards the Olympic selection A and B standards of 82.00m and 79.50m respectively. These are now very firmly in sight.
Peacock headed a clutch of fine performances by the throwers, who showed the benefits of regular competition throughout the winter.
National youth representative Danni McConnell twirled the hammer 56.52m to better the world junior (under 20) qualifying mark for the second time in a week while fellow hammer throwers Mikayla Genge (51.04m), Rebecca Direen (54.13m) and Huw Peacock (59.27m) were also in top form.
Two 14-year-olds added to a good-quality first meet. High jumper Tim Coad leapt a personal best of 1.85m to win the men's high jump and Jaymie Hall won the women's 100m in a slick 12.66sec.
While making use of a rare Domain tail wind, the sprinters were still surprising quick for so early in the season.
Hall's 100m was the fastest first-up time for several years as she held off senior sprinter Kate Mudge (12.75sec).
But Hall found Mudge too strong over 200m. Mudge's 25.98sec was her fastest time for several seasons and will be a benchmark as the season progresses.
Charlie Leek also produced a notable first-up performance in the men's 100m. His 11.02sec gives him a share of the state No. 1 ranking in this calendar year with teenage star Max Waldron.
Leek is likely to dip under the 11sec barrier in the near future.
The men's 200m was taken out by Sam Keenan in 23.29sec.
Long jumpers Brandon Clark and Julian Rushworth had a close battle in the sand pit with Clark emerging the victor, 6.56m to 6.44m.