Australian Masters Track and Field Championships

While many of our club’s younger champions headed to Sydney, a few of our Masters athletes (30+), headed further north to Brisbane.

Spread over 4 days, the championships hadn’t been held since the Melbourne meet in 2019; as such everyone was happy to catch up with friends and enjoy the friendly competition.

Mark Harper won all three sprint events (as well the heats) – 60m 7.40s, 100m 11.47s (Championship Record) and 200 23.31s. Mark also ran in the Champion of Champions handicap event and along with team mate Mark Giglio made an attempt on the World 4 x 100 record. In warm and windy conditions the time of 45.00 was enough to take the National record!

Mark Harper & Mark Giglio

Mel Foster, competing for her home state of WA, was probably the busiest competitor.

She won the 60m (8.21s), long jump (5.69m), triple jump (11.56m), both Championship records, javelin (26.53m PB), 80m hurdles (12.71s) and high jump (1.45m PB).

Mel also picked up silver in her shot (8.81m) and 100m (13.16s)

On Sunday, Mel thought a Pentathlon would be a good way to fill in a beautiful Brisbane day. After 5 events, Mel came away with another gold, a WA state record of 3263 points and PBs in the javelin & 800 (a gutsy run producing a 12 sec PB).

Mel Foster throwing her jav PB

Mark Giglio competed in the 100 & 200 to collect a silver and bronze behind Harper.

Club coach Mas Ghasbani collected silver in the high jump with 1.88m. Mas had a couple of tries at 1.90 without luck.

John Cooper ran a season’s best 800 of 2:40.9 to place 4th. He also ran a season’s best 400 of 70.7 to come second (last).

Maggie Armstrong, competing in her new age group, was also busy, running season’s bests in both the 100 and 200, as well as PBs in the 800 (3:30.7) and 400 (87.28).