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.