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Sunday, 24 January 2010 01:13

State Club Championships

Randwick Botany Harriers men came 6th at Club Championships while women team, although incomplete, finished 9th. As expected, strong performances came from distance guys, namely first two places in 3000m but icing on the cake was win in 4x400m relays.

Michael Saunders, James Roff, Bradley Woods and Steven Solomon put a real show and claimed somewhat unexpected victory. Saunders, who finished his 800m few hours before, ran a strong leg of 51.4 to put RBH in contention. James Roff, after his third place in 200m hurdles, backed up with very good 48.6 putting our team in top three. Bradley Woods fought hard (his second 200m was fantastic) and ran solid 50.4, not a bad effort after his 1.53.71 800m run earlier. It all came down to the last leg with young Steven Solomon getting baton in second place but chased by Olympian Lachlan Renshaw. Steve ran brilliantly (he clocked 47.9) and put a surge in last 120m to edge very good Sydney Pacific team. Final time was 3:19.23.

Other notable performances include 3000m double with Jeremy Roff clocking 8:09.38 and Jeff Hunt's 8:13.25, Bradley Woods 800m in 1:53.71. Full results are available here. Team results are shown below.








Female Team Scores             
Place Team                                           Points    
1 Uts Northern Suburbs               UTN             240.5
2 Cherrybrook Senior                 CHE             218  
3 Illawong & Districts               ILL             191  
4 Sydney University                  SYU             181.5
5 Asics Wests Track                  ASW             166.5
6 Hills District                     HIL             162  
7 Sydney Pacific                     SYP             147.5
8 Bankstown Sports Senior            BAN              93  
9 Randwick Botany                    RBH              49  
Male Team Scores                                

Place Team                                           Points       
1 Sydney University                  SYU             211  
2 Sydney Pacific                     SYP             208  
3 Illawong & Districts               ILL             196  
4 Asics Wests Track                  ASW             186.5
5 Uts Northern Suburbs               UTN             183.5
6 Randwick Botany                    RBH             145  
7 Hills District                     HIL             123  
8 Cherrybrook Senior                 CHE             110  
9 Bankstown Sports Senior            BAN             108 

The weather conditions were horrible. Competition started with temperature over 40 deg and change came just before sprints started with temperature dropping some 20 deg. It was tough to compete but everyone contributed as much as they can. Big thanks to club coaches Leo Hollestelle, Ken Green, Sean Williams and Peter Spehr for helping putting this team together.

Also we shouldn't forget Jim Dawes and Michael Delaney who went little bit out of their comfort zone and competed in their non-specialist events like shot put and discus (and actually scored valuable 15 points).

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