Friday night’s competition saw the Under 16 State Record fall in the Women’s Javelin with Teya Saville from West Track Club throwing a huge 47.22m. Congratulations to Teya and her coach Kimberley Bodini.
It was a tight battle in the Women’s 200m, where Youth Olympic Games silver medallist Sophie White edged out National Heptathlon medallist Kiara Reddingius in an exciting finish. World Under 20 representative Adam Kopp took out the Men's 200m in 21.88.
Our Pole Vault stars were on display early in the evening, with Olympian Liz Parnov producing 4.35m and IAAF Continental Cup representative Stephen Clough vaulting 4.80m.
The action continued on Saturday as the 2018-19 State Open Relay Championships were held in conjunction with the Little Athletics WA State Relay Championship event. The Mixed Distance Medley Relay was the first senior event for the day where clubs could choose what position to run their male and female competitors in the 1200m, 400m, 800m and 1600m legs. UWA Athletics were the first across the line for the 10-lap race in a time of 10:57.69, with Joondalup Track Club’s Brandon Ford moving through the field to take silver in 11:52.98, followed by Cockburn Athletics Club for bronze.
It was a close race in the Women’s 4x100m, with UWA Athletics emerging victorious and junior star Taylah Cruttenden chasing down the Curtin team in the final leg to secure the silver medal for West Track Athletics Club. In the Men’s 4x100m, Curtin’s team held off a late charge by UWA to add another State title to their rich history in the event.
UWA Athletics entered the Women’s 4x400m as favourites and did not disappoint, taking the gold in a time of 3:45.35. The silver medal went to West Track in a time of 4:21.42 – a gallant effort particularly given several team members had competed in the 4x100m and the Mixed Distance Medley Relay.
The Men’s 4x400m was a great race between Cockburn Athletics Club and UWA Athletics Club, with Luke Shaw and Joshua Hook handing the batten over almost simultaneously after the first leg. In the end, UWA pulled away to win in a time of 3:21.74, closely followed by Cockburn in 3:25.29.
Full results for the State Open Relay Championships can be founds on the 2018-19 Results page.
Athletics WA would like to express our gratitude to our officials and volunteers, many of whom were also at the stadium all day Saturday for the State Relay Championships. We would also like to thank our community members who volunteered on Friday to help cover the shortage of officials and we hope to see you back again soon. If you are interested in becoming involved with officiating, please contact the Athletics WA office.