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April - May Reports

Hi folks, I've just been doing some researching and here's a few results from last month, plus all I could find from the Sydney 10 held on the w'end.

St George Cross Country April 21st
Ashley Pernecker WU14 4km Cross Country 19th 17:08.45

Sydney 10 May
5thSam Liddell MU14 5km 5th 18:45.33* (41st overall)
Talon Woodward MU14 5km 6th 19:23.00 (49th overall)
Callan MacLeod MU20 10km 7th 33:14.66* (48th overall)
Andrew Land MOpen 10km 21st 33:32.89 (54th overall)
Charlie Brooks MOpen 10km 23rd 33:36.59 (56th overall)
Graham Kinross M65-69 10km 4th 46:53.52* (383rd overall)
Ashley Pernecker WU14 5km 9th 20:39.29* (40th overall)
Sally Hunt W50-54 10km 8th 45:42.40* (99th overall)

Congratulations to all who competed and recorded such terrific results. Once again, my apologies if I’ve missed anybody and please notify me if I have and I’ll amend the results.

Cheers. Geoff

PS Club Records. Well done to Sam, Callan, Graham, Ashley and Sally!!

National Masters Championships

Hi folks, here’s the list of Mingara, and ‘friends’ results of the National Masters C'ships being held in Perth.

Mingara Athletics Club




Day 1

January Jones W50-54 5th Heat 2 60m 9.31 DNQ for Final, 7th Heat 2 100m 15.12 Qual for Final
Sally Hunt W50-54 2nd 800m 2:48.86 (4th overall but 2nd Aussie)
Ernie Leseberg M45-49 1st 60m Final 7.43*
Brett Reid M50-54 6th 60m Final 8.12 
Vicki Townsend W50-54 6th 60m Final 9.08, 3rd Heat 1 100m 14.45 Qual for Final, 3rd Shot Put 10.76m
MIck Daly M55-59 5th 60m Final 8.31

Day 2
Ernie Leseberg M45-49 2nd 100m 11.50, 2nd in the 100m Male Champion of Champions! Wow, AWESOME result Ernie!!!
Brett Reid M50-54 5th 100m 12.74
Sally Hunt W50-54 3rd 1500m 5:46.64
Gavin Murray M60-64 2nd Discus 43.95m
Mick Daly M55-59 5th 100m 13.11
Vicki Townsend W50-54 6th 100m 14.42, 3rd 80m Hurdles 14.75, 3rd High Jump 1.30m, 2nd Discus 28.18m, 8th Javelin 19.48m
Kelly Hunter W40-44 1st Discus 40.20m, 2nd Javelin 27.33m

Days 3 and 4
January Jones W50-54 7th 400m Final 1:30.02, 8th 200m Final 33.53
Sally Hunt W50-54 4th 5000m 21:44.88, 4th 8km Cross Country 34:23.50* 
Gavin Murray M60-64 Discus 47.19m*, 3rd Throws Pent, 3600*, 2nd Weight Throw 15.88m
Ernie Leseberg M45-49 2nd 200m Final 24.22, 1st 160yrs+ 4x100m
Brett Reid M50-54 3rd= 200m Final 26.36, 1st 220yrs+ 4x100m

Mick Daly M55-49 6th 200m Final 27.64 
Vicki Townsend W50-54 1st Triple Jump 8.43m, 2nd Throws Pent, 5th 200m Final 31.39, 1st 220yrs+ 4x100m, 2nd Outdoor Pent
Kelly Hunter W40-44 2nd Weight Throw 11.53m
*Club Record

Allcomers meet held at SOPAC

Hi folks, here's the report and results from the Allcomers meet held at SOPAC last Saturday. Mingara was well represented with Sally Hunt, Julie Peksis, Vincent Williams, Ben Denham, Jack Vane-Tempest, Nicholas Papalexion and his mighty daughter Marianne whose effort in the Mixed Handicap 1500m was HUGE especially when one considers she's only 11!!!!

Marianne Papalexion

The h’cap was based on posted 1500m times already having been achieved this season and Marianne was the 5th runner to start some 30 or so secs after the gun. She ran superbly, overtaking two of those who started in front of her, narrowly missing her PB by only about 5secs, and just missing out on a podium finish by being overtaken by the back marker only 30m from the finish. It was a superb run and effort from this young lady and congratulations go to her, and her mum and dad for their fantastic support and encouragement.

Sally ran the 3000m and it was an AWESOME effort to go so close to setting her 2nd PB in a distance race in only a week. To run down that finishing straight with Graham Kent, her husband John and I yelling our heads off at her to sprint faster all the while switching our eyes from her to the time, and to know in her own mind that she had nothing left to give, was an almighty effort and deserving of the highest praise for courage, commitment and sheer guts! She needed to finish under 12mins 18secs and came very, very close as can be seen by her time. 5 seconds over 3000m is not a lot of distance that’s for sure.

Meanwhile, not to be outdone, Julie Peksis, after her commendable efforts at State last w’ed, realised her body simply wasn’t up to the rigours of an 800m followed 45mins later by a 200m so sense overcame valour and she opted to only run the 200m and ran it beautifully. The work Julie’s done on her sprinting this season is really paying off as she drove all the way to the finish line.

Ben and Jack ran terrific times, and achieved good places, in their 100m and 200m, as did Nick Pap in his 200m. All 3 boys deserve congratulations for their efforts as they near the end of what has been a very, long, and compacted season. Vincent Williams, who’s only 13 I think, ran a superb race in the Open 3000m, finishing 7th in Heat 2 in a terrific time for someone so young. Great effort Vincent!

A big shout out and thank you to our timekeeper extraordinaire Graham Kent who manages each week to keep exceptionally accurate progressive lap times, times for each lap, and finishing times, and is often called upon by the ANSW officials to check his times against theirs in case something goes wrong with the electronic timing. That's how accurate he is!!!

Here’s the results:
Ben Denham MU20 2nd Heat 2 Open 100m 11.24 9th/69 overall, 5th Heat 3 Open 200m 23.49 22nd overall
Jack Vane-Tempest MOpen 8th Heat 2 Open 100m 11.53 21st/69 overall, 3rd Heat 2 Open 200m 22.82 9th/53 overall
Nicholas Papalexion M40-44 4th Heat 7 Open 200m 27.60 48th overall
Vincent Williams M10-14 7th Heat 2 Open 3000m 10:45.10 22nd overall
Julie Peksis W55-59 3rd Heat 7 Open 200m 36.01 52nd overall
Sally Hunt W50-54 10th Open 3000m 12:23.83
Marianne Papalexion W10-14 4th Mixed H’cap 1500m!!

Cheers everyone and congratulations to all on your fabulous efforts.

Jack V-T Julie Peksis Nick Papalexion Super Sally Hunt


NSW State Masters C'ships held at Blacktown.

Hi folks, here's the AWESOME list of results from the Mingara Masters Athletes who competed over this past w'end at the NSW State Masters Athletics C'ships. There were some simply out-of-this-world performances, notably headlined by the unbelievable efforts of Ken 'The Mo' Stubbs, and Greg Rowe in the Men's and Ange Jones and the Shaz McAbs in the Women's. Each of these athletes was in so many events it was hard to know which ones they didn't run, walk, jump or throw in!!

From Julie Peksis's brilliant effort in her 400m final to give away a 30m lead with less than 100m to the finish, to narrowly by 0.02seconds, catch the lass in front of her who basically fell over the line as she was collapsing having 'hit the wall' hearing Julie's approach, to the mighty Shaz McAbs running down her competitors in the 100m, to our legend John Wall setting a new PB in his 60m, to Georgie Papalexion's terrific comeback meet, to his better half Mel's fabulous efforts in both her 800m and 1500m just missing PBs, to 'Super' Sally running within 1sec of a PB in her 800m then SMASHING her 1500m PB by more than 3sec, to the stupendous Shot Putting Sprint and Hurdles Legend Nicole Robinson, to our Superstar M60 thrower Gav Murray entering 4 events and winning them all, just to highlight a few performances, each and everyone of you should be enormously proud of what you achieved this w'end. My personal congratulations to you all, to Cheryl Anne for her support, encouragement and brilliant photography and also Michael for his terrific videos and photos.

Here’s the list of results.

Greg Rowe M55-59 8th 60m 12.82, 12th 100m 17.62, 8th 200m 42.92, 5th Long Jump 3.02m, 6th 6kg Hammer 17.56m, 6th 6kg Shot Put 6.45m, 5th 1.5kg Discus 18.39m, 6th 11.34kg Weight Throw 6.16m, 1st 5000m Racewalk 35:28.45*
Mark Byfield M55-59 2nd 5000m 20:08.99
John Wall M70-74 1st 60m 8.77, 1st 100m 14.17, 1st 200m 30.26,
Ken Stubbs M70-74 3rd 60m 11.60, 3rd 100m 18.98, 4th 200m 43.18, 3rd 400m 1:44.12, 1st 2000m Steeple (no time recorded ??), 1st 4kg Hammer 23.57m, 2nd 4kg Shot Put 9.15m, 3rd 1kg Discus 24.37m, 2nd 500g Javelin 23.43m, 1st 7.26kg Weight Throw 9.50m 2nd Long Jump 2.56m, 2nd High Jump 1.10m
David Smith M60-64 2nd 60m 8.73, 2nd 100m 13.33
Brett Reid M50-54 3rd 60m 8.37, 3rd 100m 12.89, 4th 200m 26.57 (by 0.01!!)
Ernie Leseberg M45-49 2nd 60m 7.65*, 1st 100m 11.53, 1st 200m 23.95
George Papalexion M45-49 5th 60m 8.52, 6th 100m 13.20, 5th 200m 27.99
Jason Cheney M40-44 4th 60m 8.53, 4th 100m 12.56, 5th 200m 25.77, 4th Long Jump 4.81m, 3rd 2kg Discus 27.69m
Michael Randall M60-64 1st 800m 2:32.17, 2nd 1500m 5:16.93*
Paul Kelaher M45-49 4th 800m 2:19.77
Gavin Murray M60-64 1st 5kg Hammer 42.74m, 1st 9.08kg Weight Throw 15.59m, 1st 5kg Shot Put 11.78m, 1st 1kg Discus 44.85m
Will Connors M40-44 3rd 800g Javelin 34.45m*

January Jones W50-54 7th 100m 15.25, 5th 200m 31.30, 3rd 400m 1:14.30, 10th 3kg Shot Put 6.34m
Richelle Ingram W45-49 3rd 60m 9.11, 1st 100m 14.12, 3rd 200m 30.06, 5th 4kg Hammer 13.11m, 3rd 1kg Discus 21.59m, 6th Javelin 17.32m, 4th 9.08kg Weight Throw 5.80m, 3rd Long Jump 3.39m
Nicole Robinson W40-44 2nd 60m 8.64, 2nd 100m 13.51, 1st 80m Hurdles 14.89 1st 4kg Shot Put 7.48m
Ange Jones W35-39 5th 60m 9.85, 6th 100m 15.31, 2nd 80m Hurdles 23.89, 4th 4kg Hammer 16.90m, 3rd 4kg Shot Put 8.61m*, 1st 1kg Discus 32.95m, 1st 600g Javelin 22.91m, 5th 9.08kg Weight Throw 7.38m*, 4th Long Jump 4.05m, 3rd Triple Jump 8.65m, 2nd High Jump 1.30m
Julie Peksis W55-59 3rd 400m 1:21.17, 2nd 800m 3:14.82, 6th 200m 35.88, 5th 1kg Discus 17.47m
Sally Hunt W50-54 2nd 800m 2:48.95, 2nd 1500m 5:38.93 PB!!!
Melanie Anne Trimboli W35-39 5th 800m 2:54.97, 2nd 1500m 6:04.80
Aanika Milne W35-39 2nd 60m 8.35, 1st 100m Hurdles 16.32

Mingara has just the BEST group of talented, committed, determined, skilful and supportive in all NSW Masters Athletics. I doubt any of club can match our camaraderie. Congratulations to all.



*Club Records

NSW Junior C'ships list of entrants

Hi folks, good luck to the following Mingara athletes competing in this coming weekend's NSW Junior C'ships.

Callum Sutton U18 Discus, Hammer
Harley Simity U17 Discus, Hammer
Cameron Steer U16 Long Jump, 100m, 200m
Cameron Cheney U15 Javelin
Tom Herbert U16 400m
Sean Rae U16 800m
Callan MacLeod U20 3000m Steeplechase
Jakob Madden U18 2000m Steeplechase
Jason Kovacs U18 100m
Jye Kovacs U20 100m
Taine Petersen U20 100m
Ben Denham U20 100m
Joel Kemp U16 3000m Racewalk
Jack McGinniskin U17 5000m Racewalk
Hamish Hart U15 1500m, 3000m
Zac Martin U18 1500m
Vincent Williams U14 800m
Riley Grant U17 High Jump
Riley O'Neill U16 Discus
Jackson Barnes U15 High Jump
Aymn Hamilton U14 100m
Terry Mihellis U20 800m

Ashley Pernecker U15 200m Hurdles, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m
Bronte Carroll U20 100m, 200m
Tori Robertson U14 80m Hurdles, 200m Hurdles, 100m, 200m
Hannah Regan U18 100m, 200m
Jade Beavan U15 100m, 200m
Jez Navusolo U17 Triple Jump, 100m, 200m
Bess Chippendale U20 400m
Rachael Mortell U20 400m Hurdles
Hayley Corduroy U14 Long Jump, High Jump
Izabella Dunne U14 3000m Racewalk
Chloe McLoughlin U15 3000m Racewalk
Hannah Bolton U16 3000m Racewalk
Allanah Pitcher U16 3000m Racewalk, 5000m Racewalk
Ella Robertson U16 3000m Racewalk
Amy Walker U18 5000m Racewalk

What a fantastic effort by so many of our Juniors! 37 by my count and hopefully, I didn't miss anyone or their event. For a relatively, small Country club, even allowing for our close proximity to Sydney, that is an astonishing number of competitors. Go Mingara!!!