Eleven Members of the Scots College Athletics team have competed as part of the New South Wales Athletics Team at the National Junior Athletics Championship in Perth. With many boys competing at their first ever National Championship the results were nothing short of outstanding.
The Scots boys got off to a great start with Alex Murrell finishing fourth in the Under 18 Pole Vault competition. Alex who represent Scots in the GPS meet in the High Jump last year has been increasing his vault height with every competition and looks set to become one of Australia best young pole vaulters.
Jordan Gates who has quickly risen to be amongst the top steeple chasers in the nation with a silver Medal performance was looking in the hunt for a National Medal in his first year of Athletics when disaster struck on the first steeple being he pushed from behind on landing injuring his hamstring. Jordan is a true competitor and tried to finish the race on his injured leg before his coaches had to pull him off. We wish Jordan the best in a speedy recovery as he prepares for the upcoming GPS season.
Jacob McCorry has improved dramatically in the sprint hurdles over the past four competitions. He has lowered his hurdle time by more than half a second in each race quickly becoming one New South Wales best young hurdlers. Jacob finished a strong 9th place overall in his first ever Nationals.
Both Timothy Spehr and Matthew Scott competed in the Under 18 and U17 3000m respectively. Both boys had outstanding performance finishing close to personal best. Both boys finished in a good 5th place overall in their age divisions. It will be exciting to see these two boys on the track during the GPS season.
Max Wilson took twenty seconds off of his personal best in the Under 20 3000m Steeple Chase. Max, who has fought back from an injury during the cross- country season has improved steadily throughout the season running some outstanding times. Max finished in a very respectable seventh position overall.
Jack Freer was outstanding in the Under 15 boys 3000m. Jack ran a perfectly paced race to finish with a new personal best finishing the race in a strong 9th position. Jack will be a runner to watch out for in the upcoming Athletics and Cross Country season.
Billy Ryan ran a great race in the Under 15 boys 1500m. Billy has risen to become one of the best young distance runners in Australia finishing in a strong bronze medal position at the State Championship running in the Under 16 division. Billy finished his race at nationals in fifth position.
The year sevens all of whom were competing for the first time on a National stage were a highlight for the Scots College. Cameron Fleming ran a very fast 800m finishing 5th overall. Cameron will be a young runner to watch out for in the future. Charlie Burgess-Hoar has had a great year finishing in the gold medal position at the state Championship. Charlie had a strong performance looking ready for big improvements in upcoming meets. Charlie finished with a Bronze medal at Nationals.
Christopher Ballas has emerged as a young track star. Christopher competed in the 400m running very strong from a tough blind position in an outside lane. On the homestretch he held off a number of competitors being reward for his gutsy efforts with a national bronze medal. Christopher was then selected to run the anchor leg for the New South Wales team earning himself a second bronze medal with an outstanding performance. For his first National Championship two bronze medals is nothing short of outstanding.
I would like to thank all of our coaches at Scots for their outstanding efforts in preparing these boys to compete at a National level. In particular I would like to thank coach Lindsay Watson for his efforts over the week preparing the boys for each of their races.
I would also like to thank all of the parents who came with their sons to Perth making it a great Scots team event. It was clear at the competition that the Scots boys were well supported and their efforts on the track proved this.
With the National Junior Championship complete we are all looking forward to the upcoming GPS season where the experience of our boys should shine.
Mr. Graham Pattison
Director of Athletics