Day 3 of Uni Nationals was another jaw dropper. It proved once again that when our Tigers are pressed to the grind stone, they are sharpened into the most magnificent shapes imaginable. Despite some of the results being criminally good, there is no need to call the police. Just sit back, relax and accept that things are the way they are.
Our Tiger greatly enjoying Day 3 at Sydney.
Firstly we had Erika Gage compete in the Open Women's Long Jump. I think at this point, and after yesterday's performance in the high jump, it is safe to say Miss Gage likes to oppose the fundamental laws of gravity. Erika knew that her first event was just the beginning, and she still had one in the chamber. She knew the sand was a worthy competitor, but did not allow it to faze her, jumping a total distance of 5.09 metres to come sixth. Congratulations Erika on delivering once again and raising our blood pressure from all the excitement.
Bit different from leaping over a bar today, yet Erika still delivered.
Additionally in the Open Women's Long Jump we had Lily Richter return once again. Lily has competed in many events this uni games to a high standard, jumping a total of 4.58m in the Long Jump. Every town and city contains it's own set of myths and legends. After today Sydney will forever remember, and recount, "The Flight of the Lily." How's that for a cultural impact Sydney? Congratulations Lily.
Ritcher is a multi-talented lady. Sprinting one day, jumping the next.
In the Open Women's Javelin throw the President of this wonderful club, and the keeper of the key to many hearts, brandished a dangerous weapon. Casey, pulled her arm back, and let the Javelin stick soar dazzlingly through the air, amidst a back drop of unruly fans screaming and cheering. Some of the onlookers claimed that Casey began to emit a blue effervescent aura, as if her performance had elevated her to a higher spiritual realm. What a treat for the onlookers, and a reminder we can all elevate, if we just put ourselves out there. Congratulations Casey.
Casey elevating herself to a higher level of consciousness.
In the Open Women's 1500m, all eyes were on Saibh Rennie who ran 3.75 gruelling laps of the track. Saibh ran terrifically, with each lap making the onlookers more and more impressed. Some individuals speculated whether Saibh was given the super soldier serum, similar to Captain America, in order to enable her to pull off this performance. It was later found that no serum was needed. The only essential ingredients were a good diet, and a heart of gold. Take notes everyone. Saibh ran a fantastic time of 4:53.46 in this event. Congratulations Saibh on a great performance at Uni Nationals.
The Sydney Olympic Track, the host of so many classic track performances.
Today we also had some very exciting relay performances. In the Open Women's 4X100m relays the Tigers put on a show. Firstly Sophie Winter exploded from the blocks, barrelling forwards with such force that the track started to shudder. She passed on the baton to Sophie Henderson, who incorporated the baton momentarily into her self concept, running with it as a part of her being. Casey received the baton and as the third leg runner, turned the onlookers into gorillas again, as they started biting their chests in awe at her sprint ability. Casey took the team from last to fourth place. Lily Richter received the baton from Casey, running the final leg, putting on a heart stopping performance which will not be forgotten. The ladies got a time of 54.05m to come fourth. Congratulations everyone.
In the Open Men's 4X100m relays the Tigers took on the challenge, rising beautifully to meet it. Jamie Pannan, the man renowned for precision, logic, and heroism, emerged from the blocks with a trail of sparks, and an explosion from his quads. Might need Casey to check that out. He passed the baton onto Josh Chapel who took on the essence of the DC character, the Flash briefly, before Nicholas Bell, ran a brilliant third leg, like a man who has nothing to lose. Lachlan Caldwell ran the final leg, proving that although he is primarily a high jumper, that he can also sprint as well. The men got a time of 45.91 to come fifth. Congrats on a great effort this relays lads.
Our two 4X100 teams, hoping a video isn't being taken.
That's a wrap on Day 3 of Uni Nationals. We only have one more day left and what fun we've had already. There's nothing like Athletics, and the "Tigership" on display. A partnership made in heaven.