Written: Casey Sims, Jayden Lyttle, Liam Oliver
Photos: Casey Sims
It’s just past the halfway mark of the Virtual GC Marathon and Team QUT is making strides. We caught up with two Tigers from QUT Athletics Club to see their progress and goals for the Virtual Gold Coast Marathon. Jayden Lyttle is currently leading the Unisport 10km and Half Marathon races (at the time of writing). Liam Oliver is our second QUT runner and also taking on the Para-athlete Championship.
Ok Tigers, introduce yourselves. Who are you and what do you typically run?
JL: Hi I’m Jayden - I’m a mathematics and engineering student. My favourite distance is the steeplechase but I definitely like to dabble across anything from the 1500m to the marathon.
LO: Hi I’m Liam, I’m a PhD student investigating mental fatigue and nutrition at QUT. I like anything 10k or above!
How did you get into running?
JL: I started running at 14 after I moved to Queensland. Historically I had never been into running but as a family effort to be healthy we all went out and I enjoyed it so much I haven’t stopped.
LO: I have mild cerebral palsy so started slowly with the Couch 2 5k smartphone app back home in England when I was 16. I was then lucky enough to get a place in the 2018 London Marathon and have never looked back.
What races are you doing for the Virtual Gold Coast Marathon (VGCM) and what are your goals for these races?
JL: For the VGCM I am trying to do all four distances. My goals are just to put a time I can be happy with down. This off season has been long and just getting out there and running is awesome for me.
LO: I had a bad accident five weeks ago where I feel off my road bike at 60km/h and broke three ribs, my scapula and clavicle. I spent three days in hospital and started running two weeks later. At first my goal was just to run once, but I enjoy it so much that now my goal is to run every distance at least once, inspire any other Para- or able-bodies athletes to keep going and become the “Virtual Para-Champion” in the process.
What’s your favourite running path around Brisbane?
JL: I would have to go with the path along the Oxley common. Very pretty scenery and there’s always the chance you spot a cow!
LO: Mount Coot-tha is great. The views there make the tough trail running worth it!
What’s the next running adventure after the VGCM finishes in July?
JL: After july I hope to get back into Cross Country and hopefully qualify for the nationals again. I would also love to do more road races as they come available again.
LO: I’ve never tried cross-country before, so that’s my next big challenge. I can’t wait for the season to get going!
What’s your advice to those who are yet to get involved with the VGCM?
JL: The majority of the effort for the VGCM is getting out there. Once you get started, keep going!
LO: Every step is a step forward and limits only exist if you let them. Find what you enjoy and every run, walk or roll will feel great!
Thanks Tigers! We will be watching those leader boards!
It’s been exciting seeing QUT Staff, Students, QUTAC Tiger Community and Alumni come together to score points in the VGCM races. So, what’s next when this all comes to an end on July 31st? The good people at Queensland Athletics have brought back the cross-country season in the month of August leading into the State XC Championships 5th September at Limestone Park – Ipswich. Cross country is a chance to have a race in the parks of Brisbane, and it’s open to everyone - 10 years to Masters. Cross country has a twist for the open age groups, as you get to choose your distance - Short Course (3km), Medium Course (4-5km) Long Course (6km-10km). The QUTAC Tigers will be at each event, with some running cross country for the first time, it’s a perfect opportunity to get involved. https://qldathletics.org.au/index.cfm/competition/
Good luck out there on your run, walk or roll and go get ‘em Tigers
After the State Relay Championships write-up, I found myself completely drained of creative vitality, but I suppose it was only a matter of time until I exploded back onto the scene. In a way the grand return was as inevitable as the sunrise. In my absence from creative writing, I have certainly contemplated the deeper meaning of our human existence, and from a dank putrid cave I have emerged with the answer. The deeper meaning of life is to adhere to the mantra of being a QUT Tiger, and if that isn’t enough to quell any existential dread that may have plagued some of our readers, I don’t know what is. Despite numerous sporting events being cancelled in the current landscape, that in no way detracts from the performances of our sensational athletes. I hope this article reinforces the incredible contributions that each and every one of you bring to our club . You all have all put in a brilliant effort this season and have so much more to give. All we can do is focus on the positives which I certainly plan to do in this article!
The Athletics Championships arrived once more as we always knew they would. Does anyone else feel as if years are passing by quite quickly? Honestly disturbing.
The first day saw a host of incredible Tigers emerge into the athletics arena. In the Women’s 400m Open Hurdles Final, Jarmillia Murphy-Knight claimed the silver medal with a time of 62.70. The big J was seen flying around the track, and the dramatic nature of her flight really made it feel like there was an orchestra behind her every step. Perhaps it was my mind overcompensating in this matter. Congrats Jarmillia Additionally, Lauren McAdam came a close fourth in the Open Women's 400m heats. It was a nail biting spectacle to be sure Meanwhile Aidan Cusworth claimed gold in the U20 400 metre hurdles for the boys with a time of 53.76. Who cares about the Kraken being unleashed. Worry about Aidan being unleashed, and setting the bar insanely high for the rest of society. Let me wipe some sweat from my brow. Awesome work Aidan.
Additionally in the U20 boys 400m hurdles, we had Cooper Schmidt run 55.28, Chanupa Amarasinghe run 55.62, and Max Brockhurst run 58.91. These times qualified the boys for Nationals. I need to get posters of these lads up all around QUT campus, so students can catch a glimpse of the master hurdle clearers on their way to class and feel inspired. This is the proper way to raise overall GPA scores. Meanwhile Jayden Lyttle killed it in the boys U20 3000m steeple chase with a time of 10:09:27. That's another national qualifier and another reason to scream for joy in public and private. Congratulations Jayden on a brilliant time.
In the girls U17 High Jump, Sophie Lillicrap claimed a silver medal with a world stopping jump of 1.55m. Excuse me while I pause my Spotify playlist and reel forward in delighted shock. Sophie certainly knows how to perform. In the U18 Girl’s High Jump, Grace Scotney did not understand the concept of surrendering to the odds and we were the beneficiaries of such an outlook. She claimed silver with a jump of 1.55m, mesmerising the world. In the U15 boys discus, Moto’otua Kia came fourth in a fantastic athletics display that made the QUT executives mutter incessantly under their breath about such awesome ability. Later I traded notes with the QA wonder Dave on innovation in our sport.
In the U20 girls shot put final Felila Kia claimed bronze with a terrific throw of 11.57m. Such ability must surely have increased the demand for sunglass purchases across Australia. Hear me out. My understanding is that witnessing the presence of awesome ‘fire’ results, is apt to cause damage to the human retina, and naturally humans must protect their eyes. Stretching? Take it up with the president if too absurd. Congrats Felila! In the Open Women’s Shot Put Final, Talosaga Kia came fourth with a brilliant throw of 12.15m, and received the silver medal in the U20 girls shot put. Officials are now considering creation of a documentary series to track this super star! Great work Talosaga!
Day 2 saw two constants come into play once more: the sun rising and the Tigers excelling. There is beauty in watching a sunset, being part of an extended family gathering (sometimes) but nothing beats seeing the Tigers in action. In the U20 boys High Jump Final, Henry Hardcastle went absolutely hardcore, literally raising the bar over and over, until he jumped a total of 2m to win the silver medal and our admiration. Congrats Henry! In the girls Shot Put U18 Finals, Felila Kia demonstrated exactly the kind of energy that was present when the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. Yes! These articles now have historical comparisons I am sure Kia can corroborate my theory. She threw a total of 13.61m to take gold. Congrats Kia!
Meanwhile in the Open Women’s 400m heats, we had numerous athletes from our team compete. Lauren McAdam ran a cracking time of 57.48 qualifying for semis. Meanwhile Jarmillia Murphy-Knight and Laura Mangos also ran brilliant laps. Helicopters containing individuals from all manner of secret societies were seen flying into the stadium, casting major spotlights on these girls. I hope these societies got what they wanted because that must have been annoying. Laura didn’t seem to mind afterwards, as evident by how nonchalantly she was biting into a mango while flashing a toothy grin.
Meanwhile we also had the boys U20 400m sprint heats. Denzil Perkins put up a sensational run, coming second with a time of 51.56. Cottonmouth, a villain from Luke Cage once remarked, “Everyone wants to be the King.” Denzil doesn’t have to want to be the King; he just is as demonstrated by these results. Congrats mate! In the 400m U20 heats, there were an abundance of Tigers on the track. Mackenzie McIntyre ran a time of 49.08, Oliver Maher 49.59, Nicholas Meek 49.59, and Chanupa Amarasinghe ran 50.38. Meanwhile Cooper Schmidt ran 51.29 and Aidan Cusworth ran 51.51. Seeing so many Tigers barrel into the track for this event was quite the epic spectacle. I wouldn't be surprised if these boys becoming scientists in the field of lactic acid in the future, considering how closely aquatinted they became with this property.
In the 400m Men’s Open heats we had Jordan Spry run 48.83. Yes! You can whistle if you want. Jordan was seen running out of ink signing autographs later with his pen. Hayden Shoobridge meanwhile ran 50.16 seconds, to which his coach Stacey Taurima was seen screaming triumphantly and beating at the safety rail as his protege sent sparks in his direction. Meanwhile Liam Johnston ran 52.03 and Marty Clark 52.11. These boys dazzled in a moment that will not be easily forgotten unless our memories are erased. Even memory erasure could never permanently eradicate such an emotionally charged event from our subconscious systems.
In the 100m Sprint Opens we had Naa Anang run an awesome time of 12.01 qualifying for the final in which she ran 12.14 to get the bronze medal. I had the very great honor to introduce myself to Naa over this championship weekend, and might I add that the rumours are true: she is a star off the track as well. I forgot to get an autograph. Anyway, it was so great to see her back in action after her injury. Sophie Winter meanwhile ran a solid time of 12.82 which caused all my back hairs to stand on end at the sport being pushed in new directions. It was great to see Maddie Woodbridge out on the track as well, her arms slicing through the air with such force and agility that a gust of wind must surely have upset the wind meter. Congrats Maddie you Airbender!
In the Open Men’s 100m heats we had numerous Tigers compete. Firstly we had Alex Hartmann being an absolute lunatic as always, by running a time of 10.60. The sound of his every shockwave contact with the ground drowned out the screaming of his many fans. I looked up to the grandstands, and I saw something that chilled me to the core. Alex’s coach Travis Venema, had his jaw open so wide while cheering, that for a second I was afraid Pennywise had come back for IT Chapter 3 (Brisbane City). Meanwhile Justin Cavanagh performed brilliantly as well running a time of 10.79. This man is so cool he deserves a Culture King brand named after him. Both Alex and Justin qualified for semis.
Additionally, Callum McCarthy ran 10.94 and Julian Lay ran 11.20, both qualifying for semis. Meanwhile Jin Yoshi ran 11.31, and Joshua Beale ran 11.59. What can I say about these boys? They all ran stellar times, and if the trend setters in the retail scene are smart, they will ensure that the faces of these boys are imprinted on the front of snapbacks for maximum visibility. The final event for day two was the U20 girls 800m finals. Annabelle O’hara and Jacinta Nicolas did the club proud by running two absolutely excruciating laps of the track. It appears that transcending the limitations of pain is not just an ability possessed by monks in obscure corners of the world. These ladies have that power too.
In the Boys Triple Jump Under 20, hope was personified in human form. Landon Courtney jumped an awesome distance of 12.79m. As James Brown once sang, “I feel good.” That is the exact sentiment the grandstand members felt while watching Landon perform. Congratulations mate. In the girls Long Jump U16, Jannali Cuba competed against some serious wind to the delight of the QA officials who were ready for a show, while they sipped on their gatorade colours of choice. Jannali did us proud in such furious conditions. I just hope she was able to get every grain of sand out of her shoes.
Now I am aware I was remiss in recording many of the field events with my camera. The truth is, I saw those javelin sticks and shot put balls, and worried that it was possibly the end for me. Endeavouring to survive I kept my distance. I still love you guys and alas, I will attempt to right that wrong now by giving the field events the true coverage they deserve.
In the girls Discus Throw U17 final, we had Kajsa Shield win gold with a brilliant throw of 41.40m. If I had been on the field I certainly would have been knocked unconscious by the incredible lengths to which the discus travelled. Congrats Kajsa. Meanwhile in the U20 girls discus final, Kia Talosaga claimed gold as well with a throw of 48.53m. I think we all know what deserves to grace the front of the Brisbane Times now. Actually, let’s think bigger and get Kia on the front page of the Courier mail where eager readers can sip their coffee while reflecting on the future of Australian sport.
The sensational performances in the discus just kept coming for day three. Felila Kia in the Under 18 girls discus final threw a whopping distance of 46.63m to claim the gold. Felila you are an absolute legend. The manner in which your throw arced across the field was so well executed, that I had to re-consider if I was living in the matrix because I could not reconcile a performance this good with reality.
In the boys shot put under 15 we had Moto’otua Kia put on a heartstopping performance when he threw 13.32m to win gold. Now I’m not an economics major, but surely this has to pump sufficient revenue back into the economy. Creating hope after all leads to increased investment, and there sure was a bunch of hope going around after this spectacle. Congrats Moto’otua!
In the Men’s Open Pole Vault Finals I was witness to some incredible displays of agility. My favourite super hero is Spider-Man, and the way two of our lads gracefully flung their bodies over the pole, was worthy of the wall crawler himself. Triston Vincent and Cedric Dubler were absolute machines, clearing the same height of 4.90m to take gold and silver respectively. If I had the choice to live as Cedric or Triston for one day I would ‘jump’ at the opportunity to see the world through their eyes! Congrats lads!
In the U17 boys Triple Jump Final, Jayden Polovich claimed silver with a jump of 12.67m! Jayden is what we would call an innovator with his form, and MIT’s entrepreneurship program would be wise to take notes on his novel approach to this sport. In the Women’s Open Triple Jump we had three Tigers operate as an absolute unit. Aliyah Parker got the gold medal travelling 12.96m, Rebecca Keen claimed silver with 12.08m, and Sami Gurdon received the bronze with 11.34m. Their coach Stacey Taurima was seen roaring with delight at these performances. However for these brilliant ladies: it was just another day at the office. Ever heard about Charlie's Angels. Let's go with Stacey's Angels for this one. These ladies took out the full podium: an absolute take over that made many smirk with pride. If these ladies were share prices, Warren Buffett would be making a considerable investment right now.
In the boys 100m Under 17 heats, Ashley Wong was out in pure, unadulterated form running a time of 11.40 against a furious -3 headwind, qualifying for semis. Meanwhile in the Under 18’s for this event, we had Aryan Sharma also compete against a furious wind and run a time of 12.67. I imagine Aryan was playing the Weekend’s song, “Blinding Lights” as he put everything he had into his race. I myself was blinded by his great performance. In the 100m Under 20 boys heats we had Sam McArthur run 11.12, Kalten Mason Run 11.57, and Mathis Limal run 11.57. All these boys qualified for semis, and also qualified for high levels of respect from the QUT Athletics executive. I can see the twinkle in the eyes of Mathis just now when he finds out about this intangible award.
In the Open 100m Semis, Alex Hartmann ran a sensational time of 10.66, and then an even quicker time of 10.41 seconds during finals to win the gold medal. How was that for a birthday gift Alex? The Tigers gave Alex an incredible rendition of the birthday song that made him cry for joy. I gave him a birthday peck on the cheek later per his request, because a champion deserves to get what he wants on his special day. His fiancee Amy was not available to comment.
Justin Cavanagh also dazzled, running 10.80 seconds in the semi and 10.50 in the final to win bronze. This man deserves his own fashion line: “The Cavanagh Variety.” I’m sure that would go well in New York, and would receive countless investments. I know I'll be the first to jump on board and support such a venture. Congrats Justin. Also props to Julian Lay who ran 11.55 in semi’s against a -3.99 headwind. That is an atrocious level of wind and you did the Tigers proud. This young man was snapped by dozens of paparazzi as he finished a gruelling race, and won the hearts of countless ladies.
In the Boys 100m Under 16 Finals we had Jake Smith run 12.03 to win the bronze medal. Jakey boy, I’m currently reading a book called, ‘What it takes. Lesson in the Pursuit of Excellence,’ and I think in a revised edition of the book, you deserve your own chapter/case study. Congrats.
In the U17 100m finals, Ashley Wong claimed gold with a time of 11.25 against a -2.3 headwind. Blimey. Ash, you love your Star-Wars. Others may not get this reference, but I know you will. The whole Mandalorian race would surely have taken notice of your performance, with every smuggler in the galaxy likely to be investigating your power.
In the U20 100m Finals we had Sam McArthur run 11.07, Mathis Limal run 11.46, and Kalten Mason run 11.52. Congrats to these boys on giving me a reason to get out of bed in the morning. I know I'm not the only one you are rousing from an intense slumber.
Finally for day three, we had some great 400m performances in a series of gripping finals. In the boys 400m U17 finals, we had Denzil Perkins claim the silver medal with a time of 51.63. Denzil exploded around the track, defeating the one true enemy: lactic. Congrats. In the U18 400 final had Joseph Gehrke ran a time of 50.26, causing the audience to beat their chests in a wild frenzy at witnessing such an exciting finish.
In the boys Under 20 400m finals, the Tigers occupied five lanes. It was a sea of orange stripes blurring together on the track. We had Mackenzie McIntyre run 47.91 claiming gold, Oliver Maher ran 49.97, Nicholas Meek 50.02, Chanupa Amarasinghe 50.63 and Cooper Schmidt ran 51.18. These results are fantastic boys and I hope your dm’s are hit with messages from hundreds of adoring fans. How’s that for a dopamine hit? Yehhaw!
In the Women’s 400m Sprint Open Finals, Lauren McAdam pushed to the absolute limit in a race against time. My watch exploded into pieces, as if it couldn't handle keeping track of her epic performance. Off to the repair shop I go, but I suppose it is worth it. Congrats Lauren for performing at such a high level. Finally in the Open Men 400m Final, Hayden Shoobridge and Jordan Spry did us proud running 49.01 and 49.09 respectively. For these three Tigers I should go into wikipedia and immediately edit the “inspiration” page with short blurbs about each person. This would improve the accuracy of the page.
DAY FOUR (THE FINAL HURRAH)
This has been a whopper of a write up and my fingers are currently cracked and bleeding as I get into this final day but it has to be done. Tanya Wong inspired me to never give up! If I didn’t cover the final day I would be committing the most egregious wrong, and that certainly doesn’t adhere to the philosophy of being an executive member on the Tiger council.
In the boys Long Jump U20, Niklas Schultze claimed gold with a jump of 6.68m. Additionally Hamish Macintosh got the silver medal with a jump of 6.36m. Both these boys performed exceptionally, and quite frankly, if representatives from AI companies had been present, I am sure they would have updated their efficiency algorithms from this new experience.
In the Boys U20 Hammer Throw Final, Julian Celano came third with a throw of 47.71. Ethan Benetts, meanwhile came forth with his own fantastic throw of 44.26m. In the Open Men’s Hammer Throw we had George Crossan throw 46.91m, getting the silver medal and Julian Celano compete again to throw 39.71. I’m actually surprised a tear in time didn’t form from the force on display here. If the hammers had flung into a parallel dimension, then the inhabitants of this alternative universe, would talk for centuries regarding how much power was required to breach their realm. I’m not a scientist but I can tell you the energy generated in these throws was unprecedented. Congrats boys!
In the Under 17 girls javelin throw, Kajsa Shield was not to be trifled with. Kajsa has been on the scene for years, but the way she launched her Javelin on day four was indicative of a lady on the warpath, with a score to settle with the field. Kajsa threw a total of 44.19 to claim gold. Congratulations Tiger!
In the Women’s Open Javelin Throw, Talosaga Kia knew it was time to party, and I wish I had launched fireworks into the air, so she could have had a dazzling backdrop display as she threw a distance of 40.02m. QA officials informed me that any firework launching I planned was strictly prohibited. Buzz kill? At least I have this write up. Congrats on gold Talosaga!
Jake Smith returned in the boys long jump U16 to claim the gold with a jump of 6.38m. Who would have thought Jake would find and retrieve a piece of solid gold in the QSAC stadium. He didn’t even need to become a pirate and go galavanting around the world for such treasure. I suppose there is time for such excitement later in his athletics career. Good on you Jake!
In the Boys Long Jump Under 18, Landon Courtney was clearly ready to get it done once more. He just can't be stopped. Landon jumped a classic distance of 6.45m, which made the hairs of every person in the QSAC stadium stand on end. Congrats Landon on a great season!
In the girls Triple Jump U16, Aisha Jannali Cuba knew the score, knew the risks, but still defied every conceivable notion of fear when she won the silver medal, with a jump of 10.68m. Shortly after, in the U17 girls triple Jump, Luca Graumann was like an airbender, channeling this essential element, as she became one with the air, right before landing in that dreaded pit with a distance of 11.33m. Congrats Luca on winning Bronze. In the Boys Under 17 Long Jump, Jayden Polovich got the gold medal with a jump of 6.74m. I was nearly rushed to the paramedics as my heart was beating so fast in my chest at this turn of events. Congrats Jayden and make sure to polish that gold medal. Ask Alex Hartmann if you need any tips on how to achieve maximum shine.
The boys Under 20 Discus Throw Final saw Ethan Bennetts throw a distance of 39.71. He was making people in the grandstand grit their teeth so hard that many will have to make an immediate appointment to the dentist in coming weeks. Congrats Ethan!
Let’s now talk more about the girls Triple Jump, which was such an exciting highlight to the day. In the Under 18 Triple Jump girls final, Simone Berndt won the gold medal with an 11.75m jump. Isabelle, McIntosh meanwhile put in a stellar jump of 10.80m. In the Under 20’s Girls Triple Jump, Ella Graumann won gold with a jump of 12.10m. I was also witness to Ara Dugandzic being so rhythmic in her movements that I thought I stumbled into a ballet without paying for tickets. These ladies did exceptionally well, and we all can’t wait to see what else they have to contribute going forward in athletics. Congrats to Stacey once again for not just being a pretty face, for not just having a baby recently(awesome stuff) but also being a damn good coach who knows how to assemble an unstoppable unit of athletes.
In the Under 14 boys discus throw, Rory Smith revealed himself to be jack of all trades when he threw a distance of 28.8m. QA officials, including Dave the man, were seen weeping in joy as Rory refused to go gently into that good night and I don’t blame them. Congrats Rory! Rory was also a stellar performer in the boys u14 90 metre hurdles where he powered down the straight to attain a time of 15.03 seconds. I've seen raw power in the film Interstellar during the 'docking scene' but this was something else.
In the Women's Open Discus Throw Final we had Talosaga Kia win the bronze medal with a distance of 48.76m, and Felila Kia come fourth with a throw of 44.10m. If I close my eyes now I can still hear the pandemonium in QSAC following these performances. There was the sound of a mighty thunderclap, as if the gods were celebrating, and Shikira’s hit song “Hips don’t lie” exploding into life from the QSAC speakers. Both ladies hearing their favourite song began to dance as if their lives depended on it, and they have revealed another talent. Congrats!
Finally for the last in the field reporting, we had Joshua Cowley jump a distance of 7.66m to get the silver medal. Once again Josh sets the standards for aviation in Australian society. What a legend. Adam Kovacevic brought honour to the Tiger Stripes as well in a feat of soaring the Tigers will never forget.
In the Girls U20 10, 000 metre Race walk we had Sophie Charlotte Hamann dazzle the crowds. Who says walking can’t be exciting, especially when we have a competitor as fierce as Sophie. She truly made the team proud as she relentlessly pursued her goals, and showed the world that walking is no easy feat. She demonstrated the best way in which to power walk to the shops whilst maximising energy, so she must be truly thanked for that.
In the Under 17 Girls 200m sprint heats Abby Cusworth pushed it to the absolute limit, her performance perfectly encapsulating what determination looks like. In the U18 girls 200, Isabelle McIntosh made the club proud as well with a solid run. Both ladies had an incredible photo finish that Casey Sims will be analysing for decades to advance her hamstring research. Everyone is a winner. In the Open Women’s 200m heats Jacinta Beecher came first with a time of 23.26. She expertly balanced the hope of the nations on her back, whilst retaining an upright form. Impressive, and I think I could learn a thing or two here.
In the boys 200m Under 17 heats the big Ash Wong came first with a time of 22.28, and Denzil Perkins came fourth with his own time of 23.55. Both Tigers qualified for finals, and also qualified for some serious handshakes from important international diplomats if I had my way. In the 200m Under 18 boys heats, Joseph Gehrke ran 23.43 and Aryan Sharma ran 25.61. Both boys deserve their own Runners Tribe spreads, and not to mention sponsorship deals. I just love seeing the 'Self Actualisation' quadrant from Maslow's Hierarchy of needs come true in real life.
In the Under 20 200m heats for the boys Sam McArthur ran 22.41, Nicholas Meek 22.80, ,Niklas Schultze 22.65, Oliver Maher 22.87, Aidan Cusworth 23.28, Mathis Limal 23.36, Kalten mason 23.46, Genyr Diaz 23.50 and Cooper Schmidt 23.96. Talk about an abundance of Tiger on the track. These boys remind me of the guardians of the galaxy. They are a motley crew of personalities who get the job done and look good doing it.
In the 200m heats for the opens, Alex Hartmaan showed why he is all heart once more, running 21.41. My stomach lurched in nervous excitement as I scrutinised this incredible figure in Australian sporting history put on a show for me (and others I’m sure). Josh Beale was an absolute lunatic on the track as well, exploding out of the blocks with the same level of conviction he brings to reading complicated cases in his law degree. He ran a time of 23.65. Meanwhile Liam Johnston ran an awesome bend causing an uproar of approval from the crowd.
In the girls 100m U17 hurdles final Abby Cusworth soared like an eagle, rousing the spirits of the common folk and showing what can be done putting your mind to the task, running 15.89 seconds for her event.
In the U20 boys 100m hurdles I had the absolute privilege to witness Gum Mabor win bronze with a time of 15.62 seconds. Max Brockhurst meanwhile ran 16.10. Both boys were swamped by the paparazzi after their performances but Gum didn’t seem to mind and Max took it in his stride. Both were seen leaping around the stadium with earnest energy later. Perhaps they should model for the Cavanagh Variety Brand. We all know that would boost sales for Justin.
We had several competitors in the 1500m race events. In the U20 girls 1500m final, Saibh Rennie ran 5:04.72, Annabelle O’hara ran 5:07:31 and Jacinta Nicolas ran 5:48.73. In the Open Women’s 1500m race Charlotte Pearce made a grand return to the track and we are all the better for it with her cracking time of 4:55.27. I enjoyed screaming her name every time she finished a lap! Whenever I see these ladies in public, I hope to salute them for their supreme efforts, and shower them with compliments. I am your biggest fan, ladies, but it is possible Casey may say that she is in fact the biggest fan. In such an awkward situation, I leave it up to your discretion to make the final judgement. Bravo!
In the U17 boys 200m Ashley Wong was indomitable once more with the strength of an ox, the speed of a cheetah and the grace of a dove. He ran 22.27 to win gold. Congrats Ash! In the U20 200m final for the lads, Sam McCarthur got bronze with a time of 22.51. Sam somehow managed to keep his hair in perfect place while running, and made the cameras work for him. This is the beginning of international stardom it seems. Meanwhile Nicholas Meek ran 23.20, Oliver Maher, 23.37 and, Niklas Schultze 23.75. I was screaming the names of these boys as they rounded the bend near my position. Such excitement induced a rapid heart palpitation but it was all worth it.
In the Men’s 200m Opens Final Alex Hartmann won gold once more: a fitting medallion for a fitting man. Finally in the 200m Open Women’s Final, Caitlyn Smith put in a sensational run to end the competition
State Championships is over for another year and we couldn't be prouder of our team. If any of you ever feel down for whatever reason, just come and find this article to reminisce over your stellar performances, and be reminded of how far you have all come. As a group, you have represented the club with absolute class and given it all your all, which the executive are supremely proud of. Temporary inconveniences in the sporting landscape will not hold any of you legends back from future greatness. It will only be a matter of time until the current crisis is over and we can all go back to competition. In the meantime stay safe, meditate on how classic you all are, rest up and keep on roaring.
It's good to be back ladies and gentlemen, hitting the keys of my MacBook in quick succession, and staring at the plush QUT Tiger animal on my desk for inspiration. He needs to stop roaring. It's very distracting and quite obnoxious. Anyway, what a creature, and what a representation of the furiously motivated team the Tigers comprise of. QUT had some insanely good performance this year at State Relays, where the glint of batons in respective Tiger hands caused onlookers to shield their eyes, from the intense glare of history unfolding.
The 100m relays proved to be as intense as anticipated, with an abundance of teams causing a recreation of the old testament flood. We've been in sore need of rain anyway, so I guess we're the beneficiary of mother nature's decision. In the Women's 4X100 Open Relay we had Jarmillia Murphy - Knight, Kate Ullman, Loreen Kaliyati, and Sophie Winter run so fast that the Black Eyed Peas song, "Pump It," would have been an appropriate background melody. These ladies ran a time of 49.61 to win Bronze. Congrats ladies! In the U20's 4X100 girls, Rebecca Keen, Ella Graumann, Ara Dugandzic and Simone Berndt also claimed bronze with their legs moving faster than a lecture recording on triple speed. Definitely not recommending that you deploy this study methodology ladies, but up to your discretion.
In the 4 X100m girls U 18 Relay Grace, Scotney, Kajsa Shield, Charlize, Sivyer, and Abby Cusworth ran an awesome time of 51.46 in a very close race that made Casey Sims scream for joy and nearly drop her camera. Special shout out to Kajsa who engaged so much turbo power that she suffered an injury. This is sometimes the price of violating the speed limit it seems. Rest up Tiger.
We also had the men compete in the 100m relays. In the Open's category we had three QUT teams compete, much to the delight of the QA officials, who had to hold back tears of joy for seeing so many Tigers out of the zoo, fully integrated into society. Alex Hartmann, Cedric Dubler, Daniel Mowen and Preston Degarnham ran for the A team, clocking a time of 41.93 to come second. Alex had a jaw dropping start, and his "cute little head band" was clearly worth the $300 he paid for it. The rest of the boys followed his prime example with Daniel Mowing down the competition, Cedric straining for glory and Preston defying the odds. Congrats boys.
In the B team, we had Liam Johnston, myself (Daniel Jebb), Joshua Beale (absolute wild card) and Cooper Degarnham clock a time of 45.13 to come fifth. Cooper's start was so explosive that I nearly did not retrieve the baton during the change over, but luckily in a crowd pleasing stunt, the B team shifted from anarchy, to organised chaos in just a mere matter of milliseconds. Was an honour boys. In the C, team James Pannam, Travis Venema, Jin Yoshi, and Martin Clark came 6th, just behind the B team. Coach Travis clearly demonstrated that he still has it, and that these young whipper snappers (the b team) best be careful when he is on the track.
In the boys U20's 4 X 100, the excitement didn't stop with the A and B team putting on a show. The A Team, consisting of Sam Mcarthur, Kalten Mason, Cooper Schmidt and Nicholas Meek (who was anything but meek) came first with a time of 43.39. I thought Black Friday deals were exciting, but after watching Sam's strong finish, the only thing I wanted to buy in that sales period was his autograph. The B team comprised of Joseph Gehrke, Gum Mabor, Oliver Maher and Mathis Limal. These boys came second in 44.64 seconds, right behind the a-team. I'm going to go broke paying for all these autographs but I suppose their re-sell value will be extraordinary. As Gum remarked to me on this matter: "Trust me, it's worth the price and you'd be a fool to not capitalise." I responded with a curt nod and a new found perspective on life.
Next we had the U18 boys 4X100m relays. in the A team, we had some more insane performances from Aidan Cusworth, Genyr Diaz, Ashley Wong and Niklas Schultz who displayed more technical innovation with their form than Thomas Edison upon conception of the lightbulb, when they clocked a time of 42.30. The boys flew like eagles, and voices of grandstand members (including the brilliant Nat Wong) became hoarse, screaming in triumph as Ash powered through the final leg to deliver a win for the Tigers. This time was spectacular, breaking the previous record of 42.4 that has stood since 1985. The B 4X100 boys U 18 team also put on a heart stopping show. The fantastic four consisting of Aryan Sharma, Landon Courtney, Josh Fabiani and Flynn Stewart fused their various talents, exploding like Pompeii itself during each leg. Bravo Tigers. Props to Aryan, Cooper and Aidan who like Alex, successfully rocked out a head band. Start a brand boys. We also had the U16 boys 4 X 100 squad consisting of Ethan Haskins, Rory Smith, Oskah Stewart and Josh Fabiani do us proud in a stacked race that will never be forgotten. All the best for the future boys.
The next exciting set of relays which occurred were the 4X200m relays. In the Open Women's 4 X 200m, we had the Women's A Team come second with a time of 1:44.54 seconds. Loreen Kaliyati and Sophie Winter had every fibre of their being spiritually connect with the track, with track and human becoming hard to differentiate. So seamless was this pairing. Meanwhile, it was heartwarming to see Olivia Nock out in monstrous form again, with an athletic move set so sophisticated, and out of this world, that some have speculated she is a higher life form, who escaped from Area 51 during the raid earlier this year. I cannot comment on the accuracy of such claims. Jarmillia Murphy Knight also was part of this team, killing it once again with the perfect combination of grace and swiftness, setting QSAC on fire with her ability
The B Team for the Open Women's 4 X 200m also put in a brilliant run with Steph Bain propelling herself through the screaming wind with a battle scream of her own, whilst Laura Mangos channelled something deep within to change the game. Kate Ullman and Maddy Woodbridge clearly had a good breakfast from the athletic prowess they exhibited during this race, with road runner type speed. Hats off ladies!
During the Men's 4 X 200 the intensity became nail biting. In the Open's Category, the A Team came first. That's Alex Hartmann, Preston Degarnham, Daniel Mowen and Cedric Dubler getting it done with a time of 1:27.36. These lads deserve to grace the front of all christmas post cards for the festivity and joy they brought to all of QSAC. Anyone who has a cowboy hat on, now is the time to throw it away and scream, "Yehhaww." Should these boys be in Fast and Furious 10? That's a question I shall leave with you.
In the B team Liam Johnston, myself (Daniel Jebb), Hayden Shoobridge and Cooper Degarnham ran a time of 1:31.21. The change overs were beautifully executed, and we have all agreed to get tattoos of the red track ticks tattooed on our foreheads in memory. The C Team consisting of Joshua Beale, James Pannam, Jin Yoshi, and Travis Venema also did us proud. I fell to my coach's feet (Travis), after the race and proclaimed him the King of Brisbane for his performance and teaching, and vowed to wear a Spider-Man costume at the track one day in his name. Will you be my Green Goblin Travis? Joshua Beale certainly thinks will be the case.
In the Men's 4 X 200 U 20 team, the crowd went wild at a celebrity squad on the track. Sam McArthur, Kalten Mason, Cooper Schmidt and Joseph Gehrke had enough combined will-power to offset the earth's gravitation field, running a time of 1:32.13 to come first. With that mischievous glint in Kalten's eyes, I think it's safe to say these boys knew they had something special to offer. In the B Team we had Mathis Limal, Aryan Sharma, Josh Fabiani and Adam Dobson come fourth in a highly orchestrated and synergistic display of visual goodness. Aryan started break dancing after the event in commemoration of this spectacular day, and as a way to impress Gatorade sponsors. Bravo to the U 20 boys teams.
In the boys U 18 4 X 200m team it was an explosive race. Niklas Schultze, Nicholas Meek and Genyr Diaz ran the first three legs with more conviction than early morning Black Friday shoppers. Sparks were indeed flying, as they always do. A group of Tigers, including myself gathered at various points around the track, and felt the excitement flow through through us as we saw the Tigers excelling. Our cheers, ecstasy, and cries of jubilation ran through the stadium, possibly breaking the sound barrier. Ash put in a strong final leg, winning gold despite a small injury which I hear he is recovering well from. The boys ran a time of 1:31.84 which was absolutely blistering. In a heartwarming event, an abundance of Tigers congregated around Ash in the medic tent after as an act of solidarity. This demonstrated, not for the first time, that the Tigers are a family, and always have each other's backs.
Ah yes, the dreaded 400m relays. Now this was a remarkably painful race. I should know as my coach forced me into the bleeding thing. As I remarked to Murry Goodwin afterwards, "That wind was insane" to which he reciprocated such sentimental with his cool and calm demeanour. I want this primary school teacher to educate my children in the future. I already feel smarter from conversing with him. Anyway, that was off tangent so for that I slap my own wrist.
In the Women's 4 X 400m open team we had quite the sporting division with QUT coming third in a time of 4:07.07. Steph Bain was phenomenal, quickly passing the competition with a stride so wide and elastic Mr Fantastic would be jealous. How she flew. Sophie Winter was maddened with the scent of competition around her, using this to her ultimate competition advantage, while Jarmillia Murphy-Knight refused to allow the adversity of the wind to comprise her turbo capabilities. Laura Mangos ran the final leg and my goodness she was magnificent. It was a close battle against UQ for third place, and Laura's ears rang with a cacophony of cries urging her to engage that last bit of energy to stay ahead. As her body threatened to give out, her will did not, and she got us third place. Later she draped that bronze medal around her neck to hundreds of paparazzi who would not stop snapping away. I will bend the knee to you Laura for this achievement.
In the Open Men's 4 X 400 there were two teams. In the A team we had Alex Hartmann, Liam Johnston, Daniel Mowen and Hayden Shoobridge run a time of 3:25:55 to come second. Daniel Mowen had a brilliant final leg that made the whole stadium shudder from the impact of this herculean figure. It is rumoured that this team per Alex's instruction make a quick stop to Ireland in the weeks prior to this event to kiss the Blarney Stone (stone which when kissed, allegedly grants good luck - tourist attraction). If this is true boys, then it appears that pit stop was worth the travelling distance.
The B team also put up a heck of a fight, only missing third place by the most narrow margin with a time of 3:31.26. James Pannam started us off, following the most stringent of time specifications. He passed onto Josh Beale, who with this aid of his $600 sunnies ran an incredible leg. The teeth were grit, the face was strained, but the man has never looked better. Someone photo shop him on the catwalk. Cooper Degarnham was so calculated and fluid in his movements that I believed I was watching a terminator T-800 in action: terrifying and awe-inspiring simultaneously. When he passed the baton onto myself for the final leg I took off like a "stabbed rat" true to form, feeling the wind. blow me to hell. In a desperate battle to the finish with QE11 Track Club it was obvious two men weren't going down without a fight. In a close race we just missed third. Congrats to all the opens boys in this event. I salute you!
We also had two teams in the U 20 boys 4 X 400m. The B team came third with a time of 3:33.64. That's Flynn Stewart, Aidan Cusworth, Kalten Mason, and Chanupa Amarasinge, getting it down for the world to see, in picturesque form. These lads should become poster boys for Athletics Australia from the grit they demonstrated. Despite the A team being disqualified, these Tiger lads still got around each other in another heart warming moment for the day. These things happen in the sport and you just have to walk it off when it happens. This support and comradeship allowed these boys to quickly recalibrate and dominate in the 4X200m. Can I have a yeehaww from the men and a woohoo from the ladies?
In the women's open shot put and discus we had strength personified in action. The Open Ladies threw a combined total distance of 25.22m in shot put to come fourth, and 102.20m in discus to come second. Congratulations to Talosaga Kia, Kajsa Shield and Jesse Sims for making those shot put balls, and discus items perform dazzling arcs through the sky, in a feat of super human strength. In the Open Men's, Marty Clark, James Pannam and Julian Celano threw a combined total of 27.23m in shot put, and 99.28m in the discus to come second in both events. If that doesn't make the veins in your neck bulge in absolute yet positive shock, then I don't know what will. We also had the U 20 boys perform in shot put and discus, with the team consisting of Julian Celano, Ethan Bennets and Flynn Stewart. These lads threw a total of 28.75m in shot put, redefining the norms of the sport, and the muscular capabilities of the body. They also threw a distance of 98.45m to come first in discus. Yeehaww. It would be an egregious wrong for Santa to not stop by the house of these individuals on dec 25 after how much of a positive impact they have had on society, and not to mention the club.
If you thought we didn't have teams for high jump you were wrong: dead wrong. In the Open Women's High Jump we had Aliyah Johnson, Aisha Cuba and Grace Scotney come second with a distance of 4.44m. The way these individuals manoeuvred over the bar was so methodical, and shockingly good, that I had to rush to the water fountain and splash my face to fully process such imagery. There was a long line of paparazzi behind me, similarly waiting to flash their flustered faces. In the U20 boys High Jump, we had Gum Mabor Ethan Haskins, and Will Boland jump a total of 3.47m to come first. Congrats! You all deserve to have your respective faces imprinted on Australian currency going forward. There is nothing I desire more than pulling out a $50 note with Gum's face. The last high jump team we had was the U18 girls, consisting of Aisha Cuba, Grace Scotney and Kajsa Shield. who attained first position with a jump of 4.14m. Bravo to all these high jumpers!
The final event I will recap on is the Long Jump. We had some killer teams braving the dreaded sand put. As Anakin Skywalker once remarked, "I don't like sand..." Well sorry Anakin, but you shot yourself in the foot from potential Long Jump glory. Maybe if Anakin had a grander purpose in sport, he wouldn't have resorted to conquest of the galaxy.
In the Open Women's Long Jump we had Aliyah Johnson, Lily Richter and Rebecca Keen achieve glory, attaining first position with a distance of 16.42m. The crowd went off their nut, screaming in triumph, and I for one don't blame them - this was a show. In the Open Men's Long Jump we had Sam McArthur, Kalten Mason and Travis Venema - nicknamed, "The Flying Monkey Troop." They jumped a total of 17.73m to come first. In my opinion these lads have never looked more inspiring than when they were defying the odds in the pit. A chant of "Venema" was taken up by people in the grandstand, causing Travis to slightly tear up afterwards, as he took a bow, and subsequently performed a series of three pirouettes in quick succession to end what he described as "the perfect day." These movements truly encapsulated his entire career, and what the sport is all about.
In the U20's boys Long Jump A team we had Hamish Macintosh, Nick Schultz and Landon Courtney jump 19.22m to come first, and the B team consisting of Gum Mabor, Adam Dobson, and Callum Cossan jump 18.31m to come second. I hope onlookers had a good pair of sunglasses to protect their eyes from such a fiery performance. Congrats lads. In the U20's girls Lily Richter, Aisha Cuba and Maddie Woodbridge also made our Tigers proud leaping for glory and travelling through the sky in a spell bounding display. Congrats to all the Long Jumpers.
In the U 18's boys long jump we had Josh Fabiani, Flynn Stewart and Ethan Bennetts come second with a distance of 16.87m. The momentum of these boys was extraordinary, and seemed to defy the laws of physics. In the U 18 girls long jump we had Ara Dugandzic, Ella Graumann and Simone Berndt rise up to the occasion jumping a total of 14.47m. Popcorn was allegedly selling out like mad at the same time these ladies were competing. Correlation? I think so. Lastly we had the U 16's boys team where Ethan Haskins, Oskah Stewart and Rory Smith competed brilliantly, their Tiger Stripes slicing though the air. Congrats to all the long jump participants.
This was a long write up, as there were so many brilliant performances to capture. 2019 is nearly over, yet the athletic drive of our Tigers is only just beginning. It was so great to see an abundance of Tigers take over QSAC which resulted in QUT Athletics coming fourth overall for this relay championship. We're only just getting started and we can't wait to see how everyone performs at meets, with good sportsmanship, jovial times, and 100% effort continuing to be hallmarks of our Tiger family. Till the next time.
Been a pleasure
Two months ago, during a dark and stormy night, a ragtag group of QUT representatives met in an underground bunker for highly classified purposes. The security for this meeting was of such a sophisticated nature that each representative had to pass a variety of clearance tests included eye-retina and finger-print scanning technology. We can thank the boys from our engineering faculty for such innovation. This bunker hosted some of QUT’s finest minds including Casey Sims (QUT Athletics President) and Georgia Robertson (QUT Running President) who knew the score had never been bigger.
At the culmination of this historic meeting Casey and Georgia clasped hands, this symbol of union sending an audible shockwave across the room. You’ve probably deduced the purpose of this meeting from the write up title, but allow me to elaborate for clarity. The mission was simple: QUT Sport, utilising the talent of QUT Athletics and QUT Running would join forces and infiltrate the South Bank 5km parkun. Such a historic feat had never been done before, yet this initiative endeavored to provide volunteers from these clubs to operate as marshals at various checkpoints of the running course. Several Tigers would also run against the clock. The goal was to spread joy and efficiency in such copious quantity, as to leave an indelible mark on parkun forever.
The morning began with furious whipping winds, which failed to deter, but rather strengthened the resolve of our Tigers. I have to say that it was ironic our volunteers experienced nothing but ill-intent on the Goodwill Bridge, courtesy of mother nature. To start the day our volunteers gathered at the parkun starting point, where Georgia Robertson roused the troops with an awe-inspiring speech, blasting away any remaining vestiges of sleep deprivation. QUT Sport’s Officer Adele Rose was spotted wiping away a singular tear, and I think we can deduce the cause of such an emotional reaction. Dan Bond, a QUT Tiger was quoted saying, “You see these kinds of speeches in movies, but to experience this in real life...Well it’s quite mesmerising.” The wonderful Benjamin Leaver, one of parkun’s main volunteers, was also on-site, operating as the main tactician for the Tigers by leading our volunteers to their required checkpoint destinations, providing relevant kit and equipment. Brendan’s instructions were so succinct that he deserves his own training academy, and on top of that a statue made in his likeness at the race starting point.
Our Tigers were all in the optimal strategic position when the participants began running at 7am. At the first QUT Garden’s point checkpoint, we had Louis Yanagisawaand myself (Daniel Jebb) control the flow of parkun Participants. This was an iconic pairing and I couldn’t help but admire Loui, as he expertly shouted words of encouragement to on comers, who seemed to swell with renewed purpose and energy. At the second QUT checkpoint we had another wild bunch of characters emboldening the runners: Andrew Crawshaw, Phedra Chew, Lukas Apel, Alex Ihreskog and Torjus Urke. Special mention to Phedra Chew, who was so enthusiastically and gracefully jumping around her checkpoint, that she could have qualified as a serious contender for “So you think you can dance.” Alex was seen swelling with pride at her performance. This group provided support of such an immense caliber, that their checkpoints possessed the same energy as a Kendrick Lamar or Taylor Swift concert.
At another checkpoint at the foot of the Goodwilll Bridge, we had Daniel Bond, Georgia Robertson and Brittany Waterson light up the area. Their efficiency in directing and cheering the people was so fully fledged that Michael Jackson would have classified them as “Smooth Criminals”. Socrates famously quoted “I am the smartest man alive because I know that I know nothing.” I’m sorry Socrates but we finally know something: The Tigers are a force to be reckoned with.
Casey Sims, was like a chameleon perfectly blending into the environment, snapping photographs left, right and center with her behemoth of a lens. She moved in such a subtle manner that it was almost as if she had a teleportation device strapped to her wrist. The engineers boys? Anyway, I think after exhibiting such brilliant camera ability firsthand, Casey could certainly try her hand at being a private investigator, exploiting the more unscrupulous and depraved elements of Brisbane City. For some reason I don’t think that is a lifestyle Casey desires; Athletics will do for now.
At the remaining checkpoints along the Southbank walkway we had Lukas Michalek, Lachlan Caldwell, Adele Rose, Trinity Chau, Phoebe Chew, Cailum Roberts, Guusje Scheijen and Lena Milacher assist. They treated the parkunners so royally, that it would have been thematically consistent to roll out a red carpet. Phoebe had such a carpet stowed away in her car next to her Six Guccii handbags yet declined to unfurl it during the run for safety reasons. Cailum instead decided to put on a show, pirouetting to the delight of the runners who seconds later increased pace. It should be noted that Lukas Michalek is undertaking a PHD in chemistry, his specialty investigating “Polymer Brushes”. If Lukas had been able to produce a Polymer Brush during this parkun event, he would have been in the presence of his two favouritethings: running and Polymer material. Alas, he had to settle for just the running this time. Perhaps he will have polymer samples at the next parkun.
Aside from marshalling volunteering we also had several Tigers compete for this 5km extravaganza. Firstly Jayden Dows, ran a sensational time of 19:31, attaining 10th position overall. I had the pleasure of high fiving this young man as he zipped past me, an extra gust of wind momentarily causing me to spin on the spot in his impressive wake. Jayden loves his indie films, so I would love to make one about his life. Secondly we had Isuru Dharmasiri run a sensational time of 21:09, coming 23rd for the males. I possessed the best seats in the house, watching this athlete rush past me, his form so impressive I want him to grace the next issue’s cover of Men’s Health, spilling all regarding his breathtaking pace. Additionally we had Kate Ullman run for the team. Whilst usually a sprinter (100/200m), Kate demonstrated that there was no challenge she would not rise to, and that she was versatile to any distance, making me question if there really are limits to human potential.
You’ll want to take a breath for this one folks. If anyone has seen Wonder Woman then they know this titular hero is a force to be reckoned with. Similarly, the QUT Sports Coordinator, Emily Rosemond can be described in a similar fashion. Emily had her boots (maybe running shoes) on the ground with the Tiger Troops, weaving in and out of runners as gracefully as a gazelle. Emily ran a time 24.14, which qualified her as 14th female over the line: a truly picturesque scene. Adele was seen later in possession of a chilled drink, in order to calm her nerves at witnessing such human evolution.
There were other special appearances during the day I would like to make mention to. Firstly, it was great to see the parkun CEO Tim Oberg return to parkun, putting in a great effort for this event. Tim runs for the club, “Dirty Cheetahs,” and I think it’s safe to say that with a PB of 20:17, that his club name could not be more appropriate. Lastly, we had Liesel Jones, former Olympic Swimmer, compete in parkun for her very first time. She attributed part of her success in this event to the volunteers who helped bolster her resolve, as she passed through various checkpoints. It seems Liesel goes with the flow, regardless of whether she is in water or upon land. Congrats Liesel.
Everyone put in a brilliant effort for the QUT SPORT takeover of parkun. Props to Casey and Georgia for getting this off the ground. It proceeded better than we could have expected with 510 participants in total. A special thanks to all the volunteers and runners who helped turn South Bank into an arena for the roar of the Tigers to compete with the roar of the wind. Until the next parkun.
The Nitro Athletics Championships has come and gone, but good grief, what a roaringly good time we all had on the track. That wasn’t meant to be a pun for QUT Tigers, but it certainly could operate as such. Yes, I’m back, in case you were wondering, and not a second too late it seems. There is reporting that needs to be done to inspire you all in your day to day routines.
We had two brilliant athletes compete in both the female 60m and 150m sprint events. Firstly, Sophie Winter had only momentary seconds to collect a breath before she loaded herself into the blocks for her first event, her hopeful presence, slicing through the darkness of the night. She streaked down the track to attain of time of 8.46 seconds in the 60m, and 19.89 seconds in the 150m. So methodical and concentrated were her movements that she could have been included in a multi-million dollar Nike commercial (or Adidas I suppose).
Secondly, we had the brilliant Kate Ullman compete. Now it should be noted that Kate has been away for a considerable time on exchange, so this was truly an auspicious occasion. Many a tear was shed upon seeing her authoritative yet quirky demeanor return to the track. It is even rumored that the whole athletics stadium momentarily halted their fervent and chattered excitement, to provide an emotionally charged and synchronized salute! Kate ran scorching times of 8.60 in the 60m, and 20.69 in the 150m. What a patriot! Glad to see you return Kate! Great effort ladies!
In the male 60m Marty Clark did us proud, running a time of 7.62 seconds to come third in this event. If television crews had been around, this surely would have caused a spike (Track pun? Casey loves these) in their ratings. Congrats Marty. Frazer McGuffe also competed, running a time of 7.75 seconds. I'm glad I wasn't holding a hot drink at the time, as such viewing pleasure would have caused me to relinquish my grip and painfully burn my lap. Casey Sims was screaming (not soundlessly) at witnessing Frazer rise to the occasion, his very presence changing the game forever. Both these boys displayed enough power on the track to power a nuclear fusion reactor. Tony Stark would have been so proud at this innovation.
In the male 150m meters we had two athletes compete. This is going to get a bit weird and meta for me considering I am one of those poor sods: Daniel Jebb. This day was always sure to happen inevitably. God help us. Joshua Beale ran spectacularly, his arms at a perfect 90 degrees. This is something I have never mastered, but one day I will, and my coach Travis Venema will look up to the heavens, his face stained with tears of joy. As I rounded the bend, I saw the cheetah that is Josh in my sights, and I engaged all the horsepower I could muster to keep up with him. If Leonardo Davinci had been present I think he would have immediately put pen to canvas, and conceived of another masterpiece, inspired by this clash of titans. Josh ran a time of 17.10 seconds. while I clocked 17.17 seconds. At the finish line, I was tempted to bend the knee before Josh. Instead we shook hands and looked towards the beautiful sunrise together, weeping in joy at putting it all on the track, and thus engaging in self-actualization.
Next, we had four athletes compete in the 1000 meters event. For the males, we had Tim Vincent and Cathal Brennan run, clocking times of 2:40.79 and 2:45.62 respectively. For the ladies we had Kate McLennan run 3:13:13, and Stephanie Bain run 3:14:38. Special mention to Steph who has returned to the track after a long hiatus. Steph loves her memes ladies and gentlemen, but her performance was anything but a meme. I’d describe it as a cinematic series of action shots that would have had Steven Spielberg in a frenzy of excitement. Congratulations to all the athletes who pushed to their limits in this race.
Relay events also occurred. In the mixed 2X100m relay we had Joshua Beale and Sophie Winter Run for the A Team with a time of 24.40seconds. Their team synergy was undeniable, the two rolling through like steam trains, the living embodiment of athletic conviction.
Meanwhile in the 100m relay B Team we had Jamie Pannam, nicknamed the beast return alongside Kate Ullman, the duo running a time of 24.47. Jamie’s stride length was so impressive that I couldn’t help but scream out his name, as his impeccable form streaked past the grandstand, the baton becoming a symbol of hope in his hand. You just can't make this stuff up, can you ladies and gentlemen?
In the Mixed 2x2x400m sprint medley we had Kate Watson and Mackenzie McIntyre run for the A Team, running 4:20:38. In the B team, Cathal Brennan and Laura Mangos were able to run a time of 4:25:31. I think we should all drop to one knee and pay these athletes the due respect they deserve. The event was absolutely excruciating for our athletes yet they persevered against the clock, lactic acid and all their personal demons. Our Mascot Tiger was heard howling in triumph at these results. I don’t blame him. This was historic. See just below for a photo of these legends.
In the mixed long jump we had four athletes compete. Firstly for the males, Josh Cowley soared through the air with a distance of 7.19m and Adam Kovacevic travelled 6.61m, claiming first and second for the men respectively. For the females Liley Ritcher and Casey Sims claimed first and second position respectively, knocking their accuracy predictions out of the park. This was edge of your seat entertainment. I thought End Game was good, but the tactics on display from these Tigers rivalled the combined intellect of Tony Stark, Bruce Banner and Scott Lang. I’ve said before that Casey Sims is the reincarnation of Einstein and this certainly supports the theory. Congrats to all our long jumpers.
In the Mixed Shot Put we were witness to the finest caliber of strength in the city. Firstly, for the A Team we had Talosaga Kia throw 12.80m to come first, and Marty Clark throw 11.81m to come second. In the B team, we had Haydn Lane throw 9.70m and Casey Sims throw 7.29m. These throws were so powerful that the laws of nature rebelled and a crack in time formed, releasing a host of horrors into the UQ arena. Thankfully, our Tiger Mascot and Jesse Simms were able to stabilize this ethereal wound, reverse the horrors, and allow our athletes to remain unscathed. Haydn in a statement to the club said that he knew he put in a good effort, but didn’t realize his effort would contribute to reality been bent. Rookie error Haydn! You’re on the executive for this club. You should know.
Nitro Athletics was a resounding success and our athletes truly gave it their all. A big congratulations to Casey Sims for getting this initiative off the ground. Things are shaping up very well for Nationals Division 1 2020, and not to mention Nitro 2020. Was amazing to see all our Tigers get around one another, with some members at the track solely there to spectate. What a team! Been a pleasure reporting once again.