The Jandakot Airport Track Classic took place over the weekend (13/01), with a range of strong athletes competing in a diverse series of events.
The star of the event was Australian gold medallist Sally Pearson, who took gold as she begins her bid for a third straight 100m hurdles Commonwealth Games gold.
It proved a good tournament for the UWA Athletics Club, with athletes taking medals in multiple events around the track.
In women’s high jump, UWA graduate Zoe Timmers came out on top, against two fellow UWA Athletics Club members. The St Hilda’s teacher previously competed in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, where she made the finals after a strong jump in the qualifiers.
UWA student athlete Grant Szalek competed in the men’s high jump, coming in second behind Olympian Joel Baden.
UWA Athletics duo Nina Kennedy and Liz Parnov took out silver and bronze respectively in the women’s pole vault. Kennedy posted a couple of Commonwealth Games A-qualifiers last year, and showed off a shortened approach at Jandakot.
In the men’s javelin throw, UWA student athlete Cruz Hogan came in third place behind Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Hamish Peacock. The result is positive for the 23-year-old who tore both sides of the medial ligament in his right knee in August last year.
Meanwhile, in a series of running events, UWA athletics cleaned up in the medal count. The U20 Men’s and Women’s 4x100m, U20 Women’s 4x400m and Open Men’s and Women’s 4x400m relay teams all took out gold medals, with the U20 Men’s 4x400m and Open Men’s and Women’s 4x100m teams took silver.
Next up for UWA athletes is the 2018 Go for 2 & 5 Athletics WA State Championships, to be contested at the WA Athletics Stadium from 19-21 January.
Graduate Officer, UWA Sport Marketing, Communication and Events