It has been a busy but successful week for the MattyB DEPT. Fresh off a great weekend at Lithgow for the squad Melissa Breen and Brendan Cole competed midweek at the Melbourne Track Classic. Brendan ran a season best of 50.25 for second behind american Justin Gaymon (49.75) whilst Melissa Breen (11.89) finished 4th in the 100m behind Sally Pearson (11.52).
Brendan Cole backed up the next day to run a solid 50.70 in the heats of the Victorian State Championships.
Back in Canberra on the weekend several athletes competing in the AACT state Championships. First up was Lauren Boden who ran a season best of 56.37 in far from ideal conditions with training partner Chloe Jamieson running 61.79 for 3rd.
Also on Saturday Stephen Sheppard 22.93 (2nd), Jaryd Cowley 23.27 (4th) and Rachael Carnegie 25.90 (3rd) ran the 200m all into strong headwinds.
On Sunday the sprinters were still faced with headwinds with Stephen Sheppard the first ACT across the line in 11.38 (won by Liam Gander in 10.71 -1.4w). Melissa Breen had a great back up from Melbourne to run 11.61 into a -0.7 wind with Laura Whaler second in 11.76.
To finish of the titles Brendan Matthews ran second in the 400m in a new personal best time of 48.20. The race was won by Keith Sheehy (48.18) with fellow MattyB DEPT. squad athletes Luke Storta (50.27) and Jaryd Cowley (50.92) 4th and 5th respectively. In the Women’s 400m Rachael Carnegie was just over the 60 second barrier running 3rd in 60.30.