Competition at the Queensland Athletics Junior Championships saw several of our Oceania HPTC athletes on the track over the weekend with some strong performances.
George Molisingi produced two Vanuatu National Junior Records in the Under 20 200 metres on Sunday with a time of 22.74 in the heats, followed later in the afternoon with a 22.65 in the final finishing 6th. George is closing in on Moses Kamutís National record of 21.57 which was set in Cairns in 2007.
Alongside the Queensland Junior Championships there were a number of senior events conducted to give the athletes a chance of a hit-out before next weekendís Senior State Championships.
Rodman Teltull (PLW) stepped out in his first race of the season to record a National Record and personal best time in the 100m of 10.75. Rodmanís record lowers his previous record which he set in Wallis and Futuna at the Pacific Mini Games in 2013 of 10.87. It was a great run after a frustrating 2014 dealing with a series of injuries Rodman is very pleased to be in such good form for his first race this year.
Toea Wisil (PNG) and Patricia Taea (COK) ran in the Womenís senior 100m both running solid times of 11.78 and 12.31 respectively. Patty once again was painfully close to her personal of 12.29. Toea also had a strong hit out over the 400m running 55.65 proving that she is a force to be reckoned with at this yearís Pacific Games to be held in Port Moresby in July.
A number of other athletes from PNG who are in Australia preparing for the Pacific Games in Port Moresby in July this year were also competing on the weekend at the championships with a number of good results being recorded.
In the U20 400m and 400m Hurdles Joshua Penniel took out Gold in the 400m Hurdles in 55.02 and finished 5th in the 400m in 50.42. In the Senior Menís events Robson Yinambe finished with times of 11.57 in the 100m, 23.28 in the 200m and 52.30 in the 400m.
Mowen Boino at 36 years of age proved he is still capable of producing quality times running 49.29 in the 400m. Another of PNGís senior athletes, Nelson Stone ran well in the 200m with a time of 21.64. Wesley Logorava showed that his time training in Australia is having a positive effect on his times when he ran the 100m and 200m with times of 11.00 and 22.02 respectively.
We now look forward to next weekendís Queensland Athletics Senior Championships and the Queensland Track Classic when a number of the Pacific Islands best athletes will be performing. After becoming a Dad for the first time we are looking to see what Leslie Copeland (FIJ) will produce in the Menís Javelin. Leslie is currently training in Australia under the watchful eye of coach James Goulding.
Plenty more to come with the Australia Domestic Season heading to the crescendo of the National Championships to be held in Brisbane on the 26, 27, 28, 29 of March.